To be perfectly honest, I had nearly forgotten about this blog. Moving households, pregnancy, birth, postpartum shenanigans, a full-time job, and caring for a preschooler on top of all that will do that to you. However, my love of cinema remains constant, despite my inability to make it to the theater much these days.
The great heartache in posting this list is that the number of films I wanted to see greatly dwarfs the number of films I actually did see. Nevertheless, I am still immensely grateful that I was able to see any films at all. (Thanks, maternity leave, cable movies on demand, and online streaming platforms!) Thus, without much further ado, I give you my Top Ten Films of 2017. Imperfect as it is. (But if there is one thing that motherhood has taught me thus far, it is that nothing is perfect or will ever match up perfectly with your ideal; so embrace what you are capable of. I tried my best.)
1. A Ghost Story, dir. David Lowery
2. Personal Shopper, dir. Olivier Assayas
3. Get Out, dir. Jordan Peele
4. Dunkirk, dir. Christopher Nolan
5. I Am Not Your Negro, dir. Raoul Peck
6. Ladybird, dir. Greta Gerwig
7. Lady Macbeth, dir. William Oldroyd
8. Their Finest, dir. Lone Scherfig
9. The Big Sick, dir. Michael Showalter
10. Mudbound, dir. Dee Rees
Most cinephiles will of course note certain grave omissions (i.e. The Darkest Hour; The Post; Phantom Thread; The Killing of a Sacred Deer; Call Me By Your Name; etc.). Alas, if it wasn't already released on DVD or through an online streaming platform this year, there is little chance that I would have seen it. Such is the plight of a mother of two tiny humans.
And just in case you're curious how my list stacked up against those of a few friends, please head on over to Michael Anderson's site, Ten Best Films.