With the Oscars tonight, take a look at some of the best films from 2017 while asking, what will take home best picture this year?
Written by Blake Hall
With the 2018 Oscar Ceremony tonight, I figure this would be an appropriate time to reflect on the best moments of 2017 in film. This is my personal top 10 of the year. Hope you enjoy!
10. Coco (Lee Unkrich)
A beautiful film. As with any quality Pixar film, I was just mesmerized by the animation and attention to detail. It’s a heartwarming film about finding passion in what you do. It may fall into occasional Pixar cliche’s but the wonderful characters, stunning art direction, and overall message are where its brilliance lies.
9. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
A deeply compelling psychological horror while also being a great piece of racial satire. It reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode. This will certainly go down as a cult classic.
8. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)
Truly an incredible historical piece. Possibly my favorite Christopher Nolan achievement to date, primarily down to the fact it’s so human and down to earth in its approach. I especially love the minimal dialogue. Its plays out like a silent film at times.
7. Three Billboards Of Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)
Martin McDonagh strikes with his greatest achievement since In Bruges. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with its unpredictable nature. A masterful blend of dark comedy and tragedy. Some amazing characterization and dialogue to be found here.
6. mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
Well here is one that really split people down the middle. Although I can understand why, I personally think it is a gem. It’s a unique and unforgettable psychological horror experience in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby. Darren Aronofsky has an approach that make his audience feel as if they’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown right along with the characters. It’s not the easiest film to love but it’s a powerful piece with plenty of merit. For better or for worse, you won’t forget this one.
5. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
This decade has given us some incredible coming-of-age films. 2014 gave us Boyhood, 2016 gave us Moonlight and 2017 has gifted us with Lady Bird. Equally hilarious and dramatic, it’s a pure relate-able joy from start to finish. It also makes for a fantastic time capsule of the early 2000’s. I have a gut feeling this will win best picture.
4. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)
Well here we are with another fantastic coming-of-age film from this year. A moving portrait of first love. What really makes this special is the attention to detail. The romance fleshes out in a natural and organic manner. It reminds me of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise in that manner. The Italian landscapes contribute heavily to its brilliance. The entire atmosphere of this film is emotionally rich and warm.
3. The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
An amazing slice-of-life from this year. Absolutely mesmerizing and endlessly engaging. I love how it finds humanity in these characters that society typically frowns upon. Although gritty at times, there is ultimately a beautiful child like sense of wonder to it. I personally believe this is William Dafoe’s greatest performance to date. He usually plays larger than life characters but here he is grounded and an honest to good man. Can’t get enough of the uniquely colorful atmosphere of this film.
2. Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve)
Honestly, this is everything anyone could’ve asked for from a Blade Runner sequel. It’s heavily atmospheric, moody and contemplative. Truly a special and wonderfully crafted film. It officially cements Denis Villeneuve as one of the cinematic greats. He has been on the rise throughout this entire decade but this is his strongest effort yet. The aesthetics are off the charts good. It never feels like a cheap rehash of the first. It feels like a natural continuation of what the first film was striving for, yet its original enough to stand alone as its own piece. You can tell Villeneuve put everything into this to make sure it delivers. And boy did it. I’m absolutely confident he is the right man to reboot Dune.
1. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Paul Thomas Anderson has gifted us with another masterpiece this year. This film is pure bliss from start to finish. Its sheer beauty and elegance is overwhelmingly captivating. Even in a catalog as diverse as PTA’s, it’s unlike anything else he has made. It has an approach which is ultimately romantic and elegant, yet with a moody Gothic touch. As fantastic as Daniel Day Lewis is (per usual), it’s Vicky Krieps that stands out the most. It cannot be expressed strongly enough how good Jonny Greenwood’s score is here. Certainly one of his finest moments to date. Soaking into this rich and beautiful film is simply a mesmerizing experience. There are few things more exciting than seeing your favorite modern director, actor and composer completely on top of their game.