2017 might not have been a great year politically, but I do think it’s been a rather exceptional year for movies.
Here’s a list of my top 7 films of 2017 – but before you head on to read which movies made into my top 7, there are two things you need to keep in mind… or perhaps three.
Firstly, you might object some of the films are actually 2016 movies, however I have based my selection on the Czech release dates, so yeah, for me, all these films were very much part of 2017.
Second, I have not seen the new Blade Runner yet which most people consider the best film in decades. How’s that possible for a movie goer like me? Well, I was way too busy with a project I was working on at the time of its release and when it was all over, well… Blade Runner’s run in cinemas was over too.
And last but not least – if you know my philosophy this will come as no surprise – I am not trying to convince you these films are necessarily ‘the best’ of 2017, however they are my personal favourites. Films that affected me in one way or another, films that touched me the most this year and films that stand out for various reasons. Simply films I thought should not escape your attention.
- LA LA LAND
Dancing into the new year with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling was the best start I could possibly imagine! Little did I know at the time I watched the film for the first time in cinema, that my life in 2017, and very early on for that matter, will echo the story of my new favourite film..
Still, it has not lost any of its magic for me, despite my personal turmoil. After all it is a film for the dreamers. And hell, if there’s one dreamer I know, it is me.
Damien Chazelle is definitely one of the most interesting directors in today’s Hollywood and I cannot wait for his new films. This wonderful tribute to the old musicals of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly especially is no less than genius. One of the most magical films I’ve ever seen.
And yes, I have been listening to the soundtrack way too much.
- DEMAIN TOUT COMMENCE
There are very few good comedies these days and even less good ‘dramedies’. And even fewer films with real heart.
The story of Samuel (Omar Sy), a reckless guy who parties hard and lives in South France (Marseilles) and who’s life is put upside down by arrival of one of his one-night stands announcing him he’s a father to her child and then is left with the baby in his arms when the woman drives away, was one of the best surprises of the past year. Not only it’s funny, but it also carries a great message about facing our lives and not being afraid to truly live them.
Read my blog Entering the 29 aka Demain tout commence here.
Jim Jarmusch’s masterpiece. This is poetry in motion. One that teaches you to be grateful for all the little things in your life and to see the beauty in everything.
It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s heart warming, it’s inspiring. It’s so many things I could go on and on and still not say it all.
And it’s definitely the best Jarmusch film to date.
Read my blog called Why Paterson Is Good For Your Soul here.
- A STREET CAT NAMED BOB
Some films can touch your hard in such a way that it’s hard to put it into words. A Street Cat Named Bob is without a doubt one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen and a story that touched my heart in a way only few ever did – if any at all. It’s inspiring, heartwarming, yet very sad, too.
It’s an amazing true story of a man (James Bowen) and a cat who found each other and save each others lives. It’s a film about second chances, a film about true friendship between a man and his cat and above all a film about unconditional love. One that you simply must see.
Read my blog A Street Cat Named Bob: When No One Offers A Helping Hand But A Cat here.
- PERSONAL SHOPPER
Talking of surprises, this one was a big one. Never been a Kristen Stewart fan, in fact my feelings towards her could be described as passionate hate. Yeah, I hate to admit it, but when I thought she has zero acting talent, I might have been a little wrong.
Not only is Personal Shopper a great artsy take on the spooky genre, but Kristen’s performance has blown me away.
Read more in my blog Personal Shopper and Why I Owe An Apology To Kristen Stewart here.
- WONDER WOMAN
Oh, Wonder Woman is wonderful! The ultimate self-confidence boost! You must watch this film even if superhero movies are not your thing – cause trust me, they are not mine either. But this film is pretty epic and Wonder Woman might just be the best superhero film that’s ever been made. I mean, there are MANY in this genre that I’ve not seen, so I probably shouldn’t be the one to make such statements, but honestly.. my heart was racing with excitement with every scene and Gal Gadot is just way too cool (and hot as hell – and yes, I’m a straight woman lol).
Read more in my blog Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Self Confidence Boost here.
Yes, I still owe you a blog on this film and I promise to deliver it early in the new year! But for now let me tell you, that I used to think there’s not much new you could do on post-war movies and to be honest, thought perhaps the filmmakers should take a little break from this topic. But once again, I was proven wrong.
I couldn’t make up my mind if I should put Frantz on this list or Dunkirk instead. In the end, I went with Frantz. Why? Because it’s once again poetic and there’s nothing more I love than poetry in movies. It’s full of feelings, it’s full of sadness, yet full of hope. And it’s art – not that Dunkirk isn’t, but perhaps it needs a little more advertising than Dunkirk does 😉
The story is told from a different perspective this time – from a perspective of a young German woman who is mourning the loss of her fiancé. And from a perspective of a young French soldier who shows up at her fiancé’s grave one day. You get to see how the French are accepted in Germany, the country that has lost the war. And you also get to see how Germans are accepted in the post-war France, the country that has won the war.
It’s eye-opening, it’s beautiful and you simply have to see it. Definitely the best Francois Ozon film to date.
What are your top 7 movies of 2017? Would Dunkirk make it on your list? What other movies would be there? Share them with me in the comments, I’d love to know! 😉