Favorite films of 2017

Consider this the How Did We Stand the Suspense Edition, coming as it does 10 days into the new year. I had planned to wait on this list a few days into 2018 to buy myself time to see an extra movie or two. But then I came down with a cold, which meant I couldn’t get out to any movies OR produce the list, the pen-and-ink draft of which was on my desk at the office. Sheesh.

At least I got to two movies in the final days of the year, and they filled my No. 1 and 2 slots.

  1. The Shape of Water
  2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Get Out
  5. The Big Sick
  6. Wonder Woman
  7. The Trip to Spain
  8. War for the Planet of the Apes
  9. My Cousin Rachel
  10. Blade Runner 2049

It was hard to know where or if to place Arrival, which was a 2016 release when I saw it last January. Fences was another holdover, but I liked it less. Arrival would have come in around No. 8. From No. 11 down, the rest of my 2017 movies would run like this: Thor: Ragnarok, The Beguiled, Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Beatriz at Dinner, Rat Film.

Obviously I missed or haven’t yet had a chance to see lots of good movies, among them The Post, Phantom Thread, Darkest Hour, Molly’s Game, Call Me By Your Name, Novitiate, All the Money in the World, The Florida Project, Mudbound and I, Tonya. Oh well.

What did you see in 2017 that you liked — or hated?

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  • SAWZ

    Daivd, I had made a list without my personal critiques and did not intend to send the original (accident) Here is my list without the comments:

    1. LA-LA Land

    2. Lion

    3. Hidden Figures

    4. Arrival

    5. Tony Erdmann)

    6, Lion (second time)

    7. 20th Century Women

    8. A United Kingdom

    9. The Zookeeper’s Wife

    10. Their Finest

    11. The Wedding Plan

    12. The Hero

    13. Baby Driver)

    14. The Beguiled

    15. The Big Sick

    16. Dunkirk

    17. Maudie)

    18. An Inconvenient Sequel

    19. Wind River

    20. Patti-Cakes

    21. California Typewriter

    22. Battle of the Sexes

    23. Victoria and Abdul

    24. The Florida Project

    25. Lady Bird

    26. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

    • davidallen909

      I almost come up with a list just to give you a chance to share yours, Shirley. Your list seems to be the chronological order in which you saw them, correct? It doesn’t make sense to delete your list with the comments because otherwise it looks like you loved movies you didn’t and disliked Lady Bird, Florida Project, etc., that are toward the bottom.

      • SAWZ

        Yes, I it is a chronological list–I could never remember all the movies I saw if I did not write them down. Lady Bird was excellent and had characters to route for. The Florida Project broke my heart–that little girl should be nominated for an Oscar.

  • John Morris

    I signed up for a MoviePass ($9.95 a month) so I went to see a number of movies I otherwise wouldn’t bother with. I particularly enjoyed “It” and didn’t care for the new “Blade Runner”. The new “Star Wars” was okay, I liked “All the Money in the World” as well as “The Shape of Water”. While there’s a chance maybe your employer reimburses theater admissions as a business expense I would suggest the MoviePass would be a great deal for someone like you who buzzes around the Ontario/Pomona area like a busy bee. It would be great to use as a fill-in when you’ve got a couple of hours gap between “appointments”. Love your column.

    • davidallen909

      I’ve heard of MoviePass and wasn’t sure if it was available out here. Sounds like you’re making good use of yours, John. It’s something to think about. When I see movies it’s as a private citizen, so no reimbursement (ditto with my meals, which I actually DO write about). Now all I need is a couple of hours between appointments!