Bede’s Top 10 Films Of 2017

Hey,everyone! Okay, I know what you are all thinking: why am I finally posting a top 10 of 2017 list almost two months into the new year when every other critic posted their lists either in late 2017 or early 2018? Well, if you have been following my annual top 10 films lists over the pass couple of years, I usually don’t post mine until at least around February or March. Why is that you ask? The main reason being is that for it is that I usually like to spend January and most of February catching on some films from last year that I didn’t get a chance to until recently. Plus since a lot of the big Oscar contenders are released around that time here in Australia to see if they worthy of being on the list. So what did I think of 2017 overall? Honestly I’m not going to lie: I thought that 2017 was a truly amazing year for cinema. Sure there was still some bad ones here and there but 2017 was an extremely consistent year in terms of quality when compared to previous ones. Seriously, I saw so many really great films throughout 2017 that I honestly had a hard time narrowing my list down to just 10. Not only that even the horror genre itself had a truly excellent year as well (you can check out my top 10 horror films of 2017 list over a TheScreamCast.com right here). Now before I go into my final official top 10, here’s another list of films that sadly didn’t quite make it on there but were my honourable mentions for the year. Enjoy!

NOTE: I’ve only included films that were officially released in cinemas in either Australia, the U.K. or the U.S. in 2017 (however some films that I saw at film festivals this year won’t be included if they hadn’t had a theatrical release in either of those three countries yet).

HONOURABLE MENTIONS (In Alphabetical Order):

The Beguiled

The Big Sick

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Blade Runner 2049

Brawl In Cell Block 99

Brigsby Bear

Detroit

The Devil’s Candy

The Disaster Artist

The Family

Free Fire

Get Out

Gerald’s Game

God’s Own Country

Graduation

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Hotel Coolgardie

Hounds Of Love

I Am Not Your Negro

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power

Ingrid Goes West

John Wick: Chapter 2

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Kong: Skull Island

The Lost City Of Z

Lucky

Mother!

My Friend Dahmer

Personal Shopper

The Post

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Tragedy Girls

War For The Planet Of The Apes

…And now onto my official top 10 films of 2017…

10. PADDINGTON 2

(Dir: Paul King)

“A truly wonderful sequel that’s just as excellent and colourful as the first film. It’s a total heartwarming, hilarious and entertaining delight from start to finish.” 

9. IT

(Dir: Andy Muschietti)

“An absolutely fantastic horror film that captures the essence of Stephen King’s classic novel perfectly. It’s creepy, intense, moving and fun. It’s no doubt an instant horror classic.”

8. LOGAN

(Dir: James Mangold)

“An captivating, intense and emotionally charged entry in the X-MEN series that’s brilliantly satisfying farewell for both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in their most famous roles.”

7. THE SALESMAN

(Dir: Asghar Farhadi)

“Even though its story may be a little bit it’s familiar, Ashgard Farhadi’s Oscar-winning masterpiece is still an incredibly powerful and superbly crafted film.”  

6. WONDER WOMAN

(Dir: Patty Jenkins)

“An absolutely fantastic and riveting superhero film that ranks up there as one of the greatest ones ever made. Gal Gadot gives a truly star-making performance as the title character.”

5. THE SQUARE

(Dir: Ruben Östlund)

“Ruben Östlund’s follow-up to his terrific previous film FORCE MAJEURE is an truly hilarious and brilliantly crafted satire that’s just simply fantastic on every level. ” 

4. COLOSSAL

(Dir: Nacho Vigalondo)

“It could have easily have been a one-joke film but this brilliantly original indie sci-fi comedy/drama uses its premise to explore some compelling and interesting themes.”

3. PHANTOM THREAD

(Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson)

“Anderson’s latest is a mesmerizing and exquisitely made romance that has hooked from beginning to end. Daniel Day-Lewis is fantastic but the real find is Vicky Krieps, who’s equally superb. I absolutely loved it!”

2. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

(Dir: Rian Johnson)

“Wow… Just Wow. It was everything that wanted from a STAR WARS film and so much more. It’s entertaining, action packed, funny, unpredictable, thematically rich and emotional. It’s simply amazing.”

1. DUNKIRK

(Dir: Christopher Nolan)

“While DUNKIRK may seem smaller scale when compared to director Christopher Nolan’s previous work, its no less as amazing as those were. This is an absolutely incredible, intense and brilliantly crafted war film that keeps you keeps you captivated from beginning to end. It’s a complete utter masterpiece that truly deserves it’s spot a my number 1 film of 2017.” 

Well, there you have it. Those are my official top 10 films of 2017. Agree or disagree? Let your voices be heard in the comments below or on the official Super Network Facebook page!

– Bede Jermyn

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