Well, we're two days into 2018, so I guess there is no time than now to reflect upon 2017 and the movies that came with it.
I've been kind of dreading writing this list. Not because no good movies came out, not because I am afraid of what people will think. I'm only afraid because I am not sure I can fully explain this year in movies as a whole. I am not sure I can accurately articulate how this year in film affected me and why its so hard for me to let go.
Make no mistake folks, I am sincerely sorry to say goodbye to 2017.
Maybe its because I had such a great personal year. I married the girl of my dreams, but even before that, we moved into our first house together. Then in October, I found out that I am going to be a dad. So yes, its true, lots of stuff went my way this year. Maybe it's because I attended my first film festival. Due to my membership with Chicago International Film, I also saw a bunch of movies early this year. Or perhaps it was just that 2017 was a damn fine year in film. A year when blockbusters, foreign films, Oscar hopefuls and independent films all aligned in a perfect sync. It was a year full of surprises, where you didn't expect films to be as good as they were. A year where people I wasn't such a big fan of blindsided me completely.
It was one of those years, so I've decided to bump my best of list from 10 to 25. Yep, a year this great deserves a list that accurately examines why this year meant so much to me. Roger Ebert once said that a best list should be "a celebration of wonderful films, not a chopping process," so when 2017 was so great, why not have a bigger list than usual? I know I sure liked a whole lot of movies this year. I liked so many movies that even a longer list can't handle all the gems we were given this year. I mean, damn. The films that didn't make my list? I am a little surprised to be honest. I wish I had room for "Get Out," "Charleston," "Darkest Hour," "What Happened To Monday," "Wonder Woman," "A Cure For Wellness," "The LEGO Batman Movie," "John Wick: Chapter Two," "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol II," "First They Killed My Father," "Spiderman: Homecoming," "Okja," "IT," "Thor: Ragnarok," "I Am Jane Doe," "Gerald's Game" and "T2: Trainspotting." I love each and every one of those movies. I will own them all, if I don't already and I am sure I will watch them multiple times.
As always when formulating my lists, I listened to my heart. The following 25 films defined the year for me. How does one decide which films make a Best-of-the-year list? Is it a movie you feel you need to watch all the time? I have put movies on my year end lists that I watch frequently, and I have put movies on these lists that I watch maybe once a year. What these movies have in common is that they remind me of my love of movies, remind me why I became so obsessed with this art form at such a young age. It doesn't matter how often I watch them, they instantly remind me of my love of cinema each and every time I watch them. My favorites of each year are magic, lightening in a bottle, and I think you had a long, weekend marathon with all 25 of these movies, you'd be reminded why movies are so great in the first place too.
I will break this list into two parts. The first ten today, the last fourteen tomorrow. Let's get started.
24. Wind River
speaking of superheroes...
19. "Brad's Status"
18. I, Tonya
17. The Big Sick
16. War of the Planet of the Apes
That's all for tonight, hope you are enjoying so far, we will finish the list tomorrow!