Dec 292017
 

It is hard to believe another year has passed. If you know me you know I am obsessive about organising what I have seen, read and listened to and having a clear idea of how I feel about things. In 2017 the things striving for attention increased dramatically. My wife an I introduced our daughter to the world. I started a new job. Big changes. I had books, music, the NBA (I am a die-hard 76ers fan, somewhat foolishly) all dominating my life for stretches of time, to the point of overshadowing film watching. From a vastly smaller (and I believe significantly weaker) pool of films than recent years I have selected my favourite 25 from 2017. Check them out after the jump.

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Dec 242017
 

So, the following list contains my favourite films of the year. I normally run with 25 favourites but I saw 168 new films this year (62 alone were from film festivals) which is more than my usual so I’ve upped it to 30 (And even then it broke my heart cutting some out of a list that began with 50).

These films embodied an honesty and optimism that were needed in a year like this one. These films reflected social progression and change. These 30 films for me encompassed all of those feelings yet not a single one, no matter when or where it was set, ever ignores the current state of things and how bad they are. They each acknowledge it and then give you something in return.

These films are inclusive, exciting, progressive, challenging, hopeful and they greatly improved my year.

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Dec 222017
 

Hello friends.

What a year. For many reasons. 2017 was the year that film took a bit of a backseat for me. I took the year off writing, saw far less films at the cinema, and instead, spent time with my daughter.

That’s not to say I didn’t see anything. I still made it to the cinema a decent number of times, and my viewing total for the year will be around 200, most of which are new releases. VOD and streaming services played an extremely important part in my film consumption, and while I do miss physical stores, online viewing has made it possible for me to stay part of the film community, even in a little way.

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