My Top 25 Films of 2017 + Video Countdown

(I highly recommend watching my video countdown first and then checking out my list and explanations below)

25. Columbus

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Columbus is a very slow, but calculated movie.  Beautifully shot in Columbus Indiana, I enjoyed how this movie was able to subtly, but yet powerfully peel back the layers of its two main characters.

24. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Admittedly, I was hoping that I would be putting The Last Jedi higher on my list, but it bogged down by some unnecessary moments and subplots.  I do enjoy how different it is and admire some of the unique choices that Lucasfilm made here.

23. War for the Planet of the Apes

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War for the Planet of the Apes is the best film of the Apes trilogy and a great all around movie highlighted by an incredible motion capture performance by Andy Serkis.

22. Battle of the Sexes

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Emma Stone and Steve Carell are fantastic in Battle of the Sexes, a very well made film, that I don’t think recieved near enough praise.

21. Dunkirk

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Dunkirk is a very well crafted period piece and war epic directed by Christopher Nolan.  This feels like something that you’d watch in a military museum.

20. Logan Lucky

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Logan Lucky was Steven Soderbergh’s return to the directors chair and a really fun heist movie that I had a great time watching.

19. Logan

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To be honest if I had to change one thing about my list, I would maybe put Logan a bit higher, this just seemed to be were it fit best.  Hugh Jackman’s final movie as Wolverine couldn’t have been a much more fitting tribute.

18. Call Me By Your Name

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Call Me by Your Name is a well made film, with two fantastic lead performances from Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

17. Spiderman Homecoming

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I wasn’t expecting much from Spiderman Homecoming, but I ended loving it and I now consider it one of my favorite MCU films.  They absolutely nailed the character and the high school dynamic, and it is highlighted by one of the best written villians in the MCU in Michael Keaton’s Vulture.

16. Raw

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Raw is exactly what its title implies.  This beautifully shot french-horror film was incredibly disturbing and highly entertaining.

15. Personal Shopper

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Personal Shopper was one of the freshest and uniquely interesting movies of 2017.  Kristen Stewart’s performance is the best of her career and Personal Shopper is the kind of movie that eats away at you as it goes.

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Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled was a film that I highly enjoyed.  Its a very slow burn thriller that eventually kicks into gear.  I do feel that this one warrants a second watch, and as for whether my opinion will be changed for better or worse I’m not sure.

13. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer was one of the most interesting movies I watched in 2017 and maybe ever.  This is a very disturbing and highly metaphorical movie from director Yorgos Lanthimos that I very much enjoyed.

12. Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner 2049 is a perfect sequel to the original and Denis Villeneuve showed he was the right man for the job.  The only thing that kept it out of my top 10 was that it was a bit overlong at nearly 3 hours.

11. Brawl in Cell Block 99

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 was a really brutal and intense movie.  It never messed around was about the best example of a modern day grindhouse movie that I’ve seen.  It also has Vince Vaughn’s best performance.

10. I, Tonya

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Margot Robbie’s portrayal of figure skater Tonya Harding is one of the best of the year.  I, Tonya is a hilarious, heartfelt and a very fun watch.  The documentary-esque way that this story is told makes it incredibly entertaining.

9. Wind River

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With Wind River Taylor Sheridan showed that he not only a talented writer, but also a more than competent director.  Wind River is an intense and very entertaining film with a fantastic performance by Jeremy Renner.

8. Get Out

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Get Out is a great horror film with a highly original story and very well written and directed by Jordan Peele in his filmmaking debut.

7. The Big Sick

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The Big Sick was the best rom-com that I’ve seen in a long time.  There is a lot of heart and soul behind this project.  Kumail Nanjiani is really great, and it is impossible not to care about the characters as you watch it.

6. The Disaster Artist

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The Disaster Artist was one of the most enjoyable movie experiences I had in 2017.  I love the Room and this was the perfect adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book about the unbelievable true story.

5. mother!

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If you’ve seen mother! you either somewhat agree with my list here or think I’m absolutely crazy.  I love how much mother! has divided everyone that has seen it, and I for one love it.

4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

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 Three Billboards was an incredibly entertaining film with some of the best written characters of the year.  It constantly keeps you guessing, and just when you think you know what is coming next it flips your expectations.

3. The Shape of Water

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Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water is his best film and one of the most beautiful movies in years.  Del Toro seamlessly blends genres together and somehow manages to create wonderful love story between a mute woman and a monster.

2. Baby Driver

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I love Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver so much that I had a really hard time putting it at #2.  This is the most highly entertaining movie of the year and I don’t think that anyone could watch and not get some level of enjoyment out of it.  Baby Driver is one of my new favorite films and I can’t wait to watch it more for years to come.

1. Lady Bird

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Lady Bird is my favorite film of 2017.  I didn’t expect anything to upset Baby Driver, but Lady Bird struck an emotional and relatelable cord with me.  Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is such a wonderful coming of age story that I think everyone can find something that might remind them of their own life.

I don’t even know where to start with this year!  My views increased by numbers in the thousands and I had reviews read in over 45 different countries, I got to meet one of my biggest inspirations in Chris Stuckmann, I was in the first audience to see Colin Trevorrow ‘s newest film, and my Shape of Water review was retweeted by Guillermo Del Toro himself!  I’ve got to interact with some great people on here and read their material as well.  If you’re reading this or took the time to read anything that I wrote in 2017, Thank you so much.  Here’s to 2018!

-Brandon

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