My Top Ten Films of 2017

1) Blade Runner 2049

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In many regards, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film resonates with the hermetically sealed innocence of a snow globe.

2) Dunkirk

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Dunkirk has a genuine emotional truth that both horrifies and enlightens in the same breath.

3) The Beguiled 

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The Beguiled is a sumptuous and terse Southern Gothic that uses the conventions of the rarefied genre to illustrate the brewing tensions between old-fashioned respectability and individualistic desire.

4) Moonlight

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The most astounding aspect of Moonlight is its generous gift of lingering. The camera allows the viewer to remain in a moment and feel its raw emotions. An early scene has a close up of a young Chiron reacting with annoyance to an offered hand of apology by his surrogate father figure. In most other films, a moment of this nature would not even be alluded to let alone shown. Much like the central character holds on to the memories from the past, the audience will not soon forget Barry Jenkins’ tough and touching depiction of coming of age in contemporary America.

5) The Lost City of Z

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James Grey’s ambitious and enthralling chronicling of Percy Fawcett’s exploratory venture into Amazonia reminds us of the multi-faceted nature of discovery. It can be maddening, generational and sometimes sincerely transcendent.

6) Star Wars Episode VIII- The Last Jedi

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The Last Jedi is an assuredly bold and subversive film that digs beneath the surface of the space fantasy franchise, finds its mythological heart and puts it on a monumentally striking canvas.

7) Get Out

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Much like Roman Polanski, Jordan Peele can make the banal unnerving. But the sheer masterstroke of Get Out is the first time director taking that one step to make the audience experience the realities of racism in today’s age while also subtly alluding to its horrific past.

8) T2 Trainspotting

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T2 Trainspotting is a compellingly sobering follow-up to the much admired 1996 film.

9) Silence 

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For the much revered and venerated Martin Scorcese, Silence represents the director’s magnum opus. The film is a tremendously soul-stirring odyssey of devotion, persecution and theological struggle with Scorcese’s firm directorial hand at its most contemplative and visceral.

10) Baby Driver

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With Baby Driver, Edgar Wright has crafted a sly, whimsical and hardening genre film that emanates with wry invention and visual exuberance

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About Sartaj Govind Singh

Notes from a distant observer: “Sartaj is a very eccentric fellow with a penchant for hats. He likes watching films and writes about them in great analytical detail. He has an MA degree in Philosophy and has been known to wear Mickey Mouse ears on his birthday.”
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3 Responses to My Top Ten Films of 2017

  1. Mark Walker says:

    Excellent list, man. It’s great to somebody else appreciate T2 Trainspotting as much as myself and I too had Blade Runner 2049 as my #1 film of the year. You have good taste, sir. 🙂

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