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.
The rules: All the films listed below were either released theatrically in Australia in 2017, played at a film festival, or were available on VOD/streaming services. Due to the release schedule in Australia, some films listed are 2016 releases in the US, while some of the big ‘awards contenders’ are 2018 releases here, and I haven’t been able to see them yet.
My list is far less international this year, and it doesn’t feature any documentaries. This is a direct result of not being able to see my usual boat-load of films at Sydney Film Festival and the various other film festivals which are held throughout the year.
My #1 I saw way back on January 8th. I loved it from the opening shot, and I still love it to bits. I’ve rewatched one particular part of the film around 6 times. It’s such a gentle, beautiful film. Just thinking about it makes me teary.
Until just a few days ago the aforementioned film was my only 5 star film of the year. However, a rewatch of another much-admired film, pushed that film over the edge. Don’t you love rewatching a film to find that your questions are now answered, and your doubts have faded away? It’s so satisfying.
Shout-out to the two worst films I saw this year: Goon: Last of the Enforcers, and Voyage of Time (feature-length version).
Honourable mentions (alphabetical order): Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond; Manchester by the Sea; The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected); Nocturama; The Other Side of Hope; A Quiet Passion; Song to Song; Tramps; Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets; War for the Planet of the Apes.