The 10 Best Movies of 2017
2017 has been a shitty year for a lot of reasons. More than ever, we need the cinema to provide us multiple universes to escape into. With the releases from household auteurs to bold emerging filmmakers, it has been an exciting year for movies. And this list contains my pick for the top 10 best movies of 2017!
10. Blade Runner 2049
As a massive fan of the original Blade Runner, it’s such a relief to watch Blade Runner 2049. Brilliantly (….and passionately) directed by Denis Villeneuve, this movie pays homage to all of the DNAs of the first movie and gives new fresh exciting ambition at the same time. ‘2049’ will go down in my book as one of the best sequels ever made.
9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
It’s not the easiest movie to watch. It’s an angry movie filled with deeply troubled characters. The humor is pitch black, but it still has lots of heart to it. Led by a high-wattage performance by Frances McDormand, this is an exceptional movie that really takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride.
I’m a huge fan of Cristian Mungiu. I consider his Palme D’Or winning movie, ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days’ as one of the best movies of the century. He’s a gifted filmmaker with a sharp instinct to present story that beams with humanity. Graduation validates this assertion, period.
7. Call Me by Your Name
Sensual, beguiling, and incredibly nuanced. Call Me by Your Name is a powerful movie that stays with you long after the credit rolls. One memorable moment after another (don’t get me started with how heart-wrenching the last 15 minutes of this movie is…) This is Luca Guadagnino at his most accessible, and his beautiful vision is amplified by a star-making performance from Timothee Chalamet.
6. Get Out
By now, a LOT of positive things have been said about Get Out. So I’m going to keep it short and sweet for this one, Get Out is the most audacious American film in recent memory. Now…sink into the floor. Sink.
5. A Ghost Story
You know what this movie has? A strange charm. David Lowery has a peculiar vision and it materializes into a movie that casts an odd spell on you. Everything works, because amid all of the high concept, this movie still talks about an universal theme, loss. Unusual, original, and yet still emotionally resonant on every level.
No movies in 2017 has given me a bigger ‘gosh-i-feel-a-huge-lump-on-my-throat’ sensation than Ziarah. This movie moves with such grace and sophistication. It’s profoundly heartbreaking. The storyline structure is simple, yet it still has all the gut-wrenching twist & turn that you won’t be expecting. On top of that, it also has one of my all-time fave performances by an actor in Indonesian movie. Ponco Sutiyem is nothing short of miraculous in the movie. Truly a gem.
An astonishing debut from Kogonada. This is a satisfying 99 minutes filled with meditative essays on finding meaning by one of our most exciting new filmmakers. It’s a beautiful movie, running out of adjectives to describe the movie here. It’s just a goddamn beautiful movie.
2. The Florida Project
I’m grateful for this movie. I’m grateful for Sean Baker. I’m grateful for his devotion and commitment to shine a light on the outcasts, marginalized communities, and the underbelly of society. His previous entry, ‘Tangerine’, is one of my favorite movies in 2015. Baker outdoes himself with this remarkable movie. He seamlessly combines realism with electrifying grand cinematic moments. A total winner.
1. Lady Bird
Coming-of-age perfection. I stand by every single thing I’ve said about this movie. Lady Bird is a millennial masterpiece. Not to mention, one of the best movies about mother-daughter dynamics ever. Greta Gerwig pours her heart and soul into this movie, and you can feel that. There’s something truly authentic about how the story unfolds, and that’s simply magical to witness.