It’s that time again; it’s time to share our year-end lists for the best in cinema, and, as usual, here’s my ranking for the best installment from each genre. Sadly, there is no room for YouTube videos because “Bat
Here is a list of what I believe to be the best films of 2017; or, more specifically, the first half of my list of best films from 2017 along with one honorable mention for a grand total of 51 films. A mix of features and shorts, theatrical and online releases, anywhere from Mubi, Festival Scope, NoBudge, Vimeo, Flix Premiere, Topic, or Refinery29 (including one from our own website). Streaming links provided in some instances.
While I wouldn’t say there was a glut of horror films released this year, we did get a solid number of really great entries, a few of which garnered universal appeal, breaking conventions of the genre. The following list is my top
Yesterday saw the publication of what I believed to be the standout male performances from 2017 while today’s list is a rundown of the most impressive female performances of the year. And, much like yesterday’s list, this overview will also feature a number of omissions for various reasons, mainly my inability to see certain films. Cynthia Nixon in Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion comes to mind and one that I have seen show up on several lists.
As always, I’m sure there are a number of performances missing from my list due to the simple fact that I have yet to see them, performances such as Timothée Chalamet’s role in Call Me by Your Name or Gary Oldham’s portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. I’m sure that these two specific performances, along with others not mentioned here, will be discussed and praised sufficiently that their lack of inclusion will be overlooked.
Film Comment has released their top films of 2017, with Josh and Benny Safdie‘s Good Time taking the number one spot. The number two and three spots went to Terence Davies‘ A Quiet Passion and Olivier Assayas‘ Personal Shopper respectively.
Alex Huston Fischer and Rachel Wolther‘s delightfully odd musical comedy Snowy Bing Bongs Across The North Star Combat Zone is now available to stream for free via: Topic. The film stars The Cocoon Central Dance Team (Eleanore Pienta, Tallie Medel, and Sunita Mani)
I’ve had the privilege of attending quite a few Rooftop Films events in New York over the last few years and if you haven’t had the opportunity to see any yourself or are unaware of what Rooftop Films is,
Among the dozens of individual top ten lists I read each year, there are only two that cause me to seek out each movie I haven’t already seen- Quentin Tarantino and John Waters. Today, Mr. Waters’ list for 2017 has been revealed
Tension abounds in writer/director Theodore Collatos’s latest feature, Tormenting the Hen, as nearly every discussion and/or interaction is laced with potential avenues providing offense and/or judgments, even the more inconspicuous and trivial subjects up for discussion harbor the possibility of illuminating surprising truths and viewpoints. With his script, Collatos has crafted a proverbial minefield for his characters to navigate, one that is laden with opportunities to weaponize any and all words and the hazards of crafting conclusions about others with incomplete information.
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Eleanore Pienta and her upcoming comedic short Ada. Shot on glorious super 16mm, this film stars Pienta as an unlikable competitive walker who has an unfortunate run-in with a hose.