With July on the horizon it seemed like a good time for some mid-year reflection. Before they headed off to Glastonbury, committee members Stephen and Bill picked their favourite films of 2017. As always, it would be great to hear your favourites in the comments. If you need a reminder here’s a page with a list of everything shown at the Picture House this year.
Lady Macbeth (2016)
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
The Other Side of Hope (2017)
“My Trilogy Of Grief”: Manchester By The Sea, A Monster Calls and Jackie
I’m starting with a cheat by grouping three films together. All three came out early in the year and for many (i.e. Americans) were considered 2016 films. All three deal with grief and all remain three of my favourite films of the year.
20th Century Women
After seeing this I wrote “Just beautiful. I can’t decide if it’s life affirmingly brilliant or depressingly sad but it all feels so very real.”
I’ll need to see this again to know if it’s really one of the best films of the year but the Valentine’s night screening with Alice Lowe was a great night and one of the reasons why we’re so lucky to have the Picture House. The same could also be said for the preview of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire.
My Life As A Courgette
Despite appearances I still think this is one of the most honest depictions of life and growing up.
Some Other Films
I thought it was worth pointing out that I don’t feel like I’ve seen as many films this year but that’s only because a lot of this years releases were showing at the Film Festival. If I hadn’t already seen them I’d be considering the following for my list: The Handmaiden, Toni Erdmann, Moonlight, Certain Women, Life Animated and Mindhorn.
One thought on “Mid Year Favourites”
Posted on behalf of Keith Withall:
2017’s new releases have not been that impressive to date so I have four titles I think stand out:
Manchester by the Sea – A fine drama with a stand-out lead actor.
Certain Women – Excellent direction, three stories and four fine performances.
I Am Not Your Negro – A distinctive and fascinating documentary.
After the Storm – A superb addition to the long tradition in family dramas.