Favourites from 2017

by FilmsFillMyHoles | created - 27 Apr 2017 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

Favourite films, specials and new shows (etc.) throughout the year.

Shout-outs: Lady Bird, Five Came Back, I Tonya, Batman & Bill, Thor: Ragnarok, A Ghost Story, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore., Mother!, The Devil's Candy, Wonder Woman, Lemon, Detroit, War for the Planet of the Apes, It, Another Yeti a Love Story: Life on the Streets, Loving Vincent...

Still need to check out: Twin Peaks: The Return, Porto, Feud, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Godless, Brimstone, The Bad Batch, 1922, The Mick, Western, Mugen no jûnin, November, A Quiet Passion, I'm Dying Up Here, A Cure for Wellness, Jia nian hua, Babylon Berlin, Murder on the Orient Express, Ozark, Obit., Alias Grace, Dark, Le grand méchant renard, Gold...

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1. Loveless (2017)

R | 127 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasileva

Votes: 26,036 | Gross: $0.57M

Loveless is incredibly sad. A dour and depressing f#cking film, so make sure you're prepared for that before watching. That being said it is excellent, probably the best drama of 2017, with amazingly written and performed complex characters providing a poignant social commentary about the selfishness of our times.

2. Phantom Thread (2017)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Julie Vollono

Votes: 96,866 | Gross: $21.02M

Another stunning film by Paul Thomas Anderson. Phantom Thread explores the dynamics of a relationship like no film I've seen before. The acting is superb, the cinematography cosy and elegant and at last the gorgeous score (deserving to win the Oscar), which is tender and playful, yet full of grace.

3. The Keepers (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 436 min | Documentary, Crime

A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Stars: Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber, Jean Hargadon Wehner

Votes: 15,248

4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Votes: 525,153 | Gross: $389.81M

The humor and some of the character conflicts felt forced to me, but Gosh darn it James Gunn really knows how to tug at your heartstrings. The film almost made me cry. It's a fun superhero movie (one of the best) with a huge heart, a fantastic soundtrack and a touching ode to fatherhood.

I've rewatched it many-a-times and it has become one of my all-time favourites.

5. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.

Directors: Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Jon Nguyen | Stars: David Lynch, Lula Lynch, Edwina Lynch, Donald Lynch

Votes: 4,576 | Gross: $0.17M

If you love David Lynch, this documentary is a must. Even if you don't, The Art Life gives a wonderful insight into how a contemporary artist thinks and works.

6. It Comes At Night (2017)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

78 Metascore

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough

Votes: 75,788 | Gross: $13.99M

*stay away from the trailers*

Misleading marketing, amazing movie. The less said the better, for me it was a perfect film. A real stomach-churner.

7. Mindhunter (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

Votes: 177,435

8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 383,527 | Gross: $54.51M

Three Billboards is a wonderful meditation on grief, justice, revenge and anger with impeccable performances.

9. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

73 Metascore

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Barry G. Bernson, Herb Caillouet, Bill Camp, Raffey Cassidy

Votes: 102,654 | Gross: $2.29M

Yorgos Lanthimos achieved almost Kubrickian levels of filmmaking here. The direction and story grabs you and forces you into an alternative reality. It's a surreal nightmare of a film, full of suspense, eerie music and chilling performances.

10. The Work (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.

Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous | Stars: Brian Nazarof, Robert Staedel, Andrew 'Dark Cloud' Molino, James McLeary

Votes: 1,749 | Gross: $0.01M

An intense, raw and tearjerking look into the broken life and psyche of not just convicts but everyday men. A therapeutic experience for your mind and soul.

11. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 178,323 | Gross: $18.10M

It's a warm blanket in the best possible way. I was completely enamoured by this film. Call Me by Your Name is a beautiful and touching romance told with elegance and sophistication. The palpable and realistic chemistry between the cast was sooo refreshing to see.

12. The Shape of Water (2017)

R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones

Votes: 339,159 | Gross: $63.86M

The Shape of Water is a delightful fairy tale from the master of the genre. The film itself has a very childlike mentality, but it's so alluring in its enchantment that it just did not bother me. I completely see why people would love or hate this film, in my case I was rather enchanted by it.

13. Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary, Comedy

Maria Bamford performs a rapid-fire, playful stand-up set for crowds at park benches, bowling alleys and LA theaters in this roving comedy special.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Maria Bamford, Rhea Butcher, Alex Blue Davis, Melinda Hill

Votes: 836

14. Ingrid Goes West (2017)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.

Director: Matt Spicer | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell

Votes: 31,286 | Gross: $3.02M

Ingrid Goes West is a tough, but fantastic watch, much like Loveless, giving an accurate portrayal/satire of our social media obsessed society, but taking a more satirical, comedic angle. It's a wonderful character study with great acting and an absolutely perfect cynical ending.

15. Colossal (2016)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 54,775 | Gross: $3.02M

"If the trick is good f#ck the story, if the story's good f#ck the trick." - both apply here.

16. Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 66 min | Comedy

Dave Chappelle gives his stand about racially charged run-ins, celebrity scandals and fatherly dilemmas in his stand-up set at Austin's Moody Theater.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8,654

17. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 414,517 | Gross: $92.05M

18. Good Time (2017)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Buddy Duress

Votes: 66,701 | Gross: $2.03M

A thrillride from start to finish with an extremely charismatic performance by Pattinson.

19. Gerald's Game (2017)

TV-MA | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

77 Metascore

A couple tries to spice up their marriage in a remote lake house; after the husband dies unexpectedly, the wife is left handcuffed to their bed frame and must fight to survive and break free.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken

Votes: 76,423

Mike Flanagan at his best. The plot is quite simple, but the way Flanagan approached and executed it is ingenius. Carla Gugino's performance is fierce, one of the best this year. The only issues I have with Gerald's Game is that the pacing initially is a bit too slow, there are a few corny effects and that the last 10 minutes will make or break the film for some people. For me, I could take or leave it.

20. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

A young woman, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 54,154 | Gross: $0.51M

Raw is surprisingly clever and exhilarating, a wonderfully twisted take on the classic coming of age story. It's disturbing and grotesque (as French horrors ought to be), but at times is at odds with balancing its sophisticated elegant style and trashy grisliness. Kinda hated the last 2-5 minutes though.

21. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 502,399 | Gross: $188.37M

Dunkirk gave me a f#cking heart attack in the theatre. It's the most immersive and intense war movie I think I've ever seen (with Hans Zimmer's amazing score adding an extra dose of adrenaline). I can see why some people wouldn't like it but it just really gripped me from the first frame to the last.

22. Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus (2017– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

The raucous adventures of musicians such as Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, as told by those who knew them best. Season 2 covers the legends of funk.

Stars: Kinky Friedman, Mike Judge, Don Adams, Gary Adams

Votes: 866

23. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

Votes: 3,616 | Gross: $1.72M

A stunning documentary with impeccable editing celebrating the incredible life and work of the extraordinary person that is Jane Goodall.

24. T2 Trainspotting (2017)

R | 117 min | Drama

67 Metascore

After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 104,249 | Gross: $2.40M

Trainspotting really did not need a follow-up, but Danny Boyle and team somehow pulled it off. T2 is a sequel that has no business being as poignant, as touching and simply as good as it is. Loved it.

25. Get Out (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

84 Metascore

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

Votes: 444,854 | Gross: $176.04M

Get Out is soOo much fun. It's a better satire of our times than a horror movie, but overall it's all-that-and-a-bag-of-potato-chips.

26. Logan Lucky (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Farrah Mackenzie

Votes: 115,743 | Gross: $27.78M

Ocean's Eleven without the sleekness or the flair, but with double the heart and sincerety. One of the most enjoyable films this year.

27. The Square (2017)

R | 151 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary

Votes: 48,647 | Gross: $1.50M

A wonderful examination of the human condition and human nature. The Square is a little disjointed and heavy-handed, but it's immensely engaging and entertaining through and through.

28. Molly's Game (2017)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Votes: 118,508 | Gross: $28.78M

Aaron Sorkin working his magic. Molly's Game is a cleverly written, fast paced immensely engaging and entertaining film about a fascinating real life story brought to the screen by a wonderful cast. The only harsh criticism I can give is that the last act is way too sappy and the fact that Sorkin's directing is too reminiscent of Fincher.

29. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

The campers and counselors of Camp Firewood meet ten years after their last day at camp.

Stars: Nina Hellman, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Michael Showalter

Votes: 6,394

30. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei

Votes: 472,345 | Gross: $334.20M

Bubble-gum fun with a John Hughes flair and extremely enjoyable characters. Homecoming has the best live-action Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Tom Holland (though I'm still nostalgically a Tobey guy) and a great sense of levity, while also providing one of the best Marvel villains in years /in Michael Keaton's Vulture/.

31. Kong: Skull Island (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

62 Metascore

After the Vietnam war, a team of scientists explores an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly

Votes: 252,991 | Gross: $168.05M

The most stylish and fun B-movie I've seen in years. Loved it.

32. Marc Maron: Too Real (2017 TV Special)

70 min | Comedy

Comedian Marc Maron riffs on topics including Donald Trump, a Rolling Stones concert, and the hat-buying experience.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Star: Marc Maron

Votes: 1,338

33. My Cousin Rachel (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

63 Metascore

A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen

Votes: 16,465 | Gross: $2.68M

A perfectly executed mystery wrapped in a beautifully shot and acted period-piece. It's definitely not for everyone, but it is very underappreciated.

34. The Florida Project (2017)

R | 111 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera

Votes: 80,649 | Gross: $5.90M

The Florida Project lacks focus, the plot meanders at times and the ending is just horrendous. That said, it's immensely authentic, creating a dire tone, while balancing it with an alluring sense of playfulness. The slice-of-life aspects with Bria Vinaite's entertaining performance and Brooklynn Prince's adorable charm along with Dafoe's excellence really make up for all the film's shortcomings as well.

35. GLOW (2017– )

TV-MA | 35 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A look at the personal and professional lives of a group of women who perform for a wrestling organization in Los Angeles during the 1980s.

Stars: Alison Brie, Marc Maron, Betty Gilpin, Britt Baron

Votes: 36,135

36. The Beguiled (2017)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell

Votes: 46,912 | Gross: $10.58M

37. Happy Death Day (2017)

PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken

Votes: 102,832 | Gross: $55.68M

38. Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017 TV Special)

TV-14 | 62 min | Comedy

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the comedy club where he began his career to recount his early life.

Director: Michael Bonfiglio | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Brogan, Mark Schiff, Carolyn Liebling

Votes: 4,608

39. Lucky (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

80 Metascore

The spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist.

Director: John Carroll Lynch | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 16,672 | Gross: $0.96M

40. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 600,844 | Gross: $226.28M

There are many things in Logan (character motivation, muddy plot points etc.) that I found annoying and sloppy, but overall it is a magnificently dire, bittersweat and moving swan song for a beloved character.

41. Legion (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

Stars: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin

Votes: 77,745

42. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose

Votes: 332,615 | Gross: $92.03M

Liked it better than the original. No sugar coating just pure action with phenomenal choreography.

43. Alien: Covenant (2017)

R | 122 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

65 Metascore

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride

Votes: 239,257 | Gross: $74.26M

A glorified B-movie. It's a bit frustrating though, that Ridley Scott scrapped his original idea of a more direct Prometheus sequel). It doesn't really matter now I guess, Prometheus is a better film overall, but Covenant is more enjoyable.

44. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Udo Kier

Votes: 52,495

More like "Crawl to Cell Block 99" amiright fellas... Jokes aside, it is a borderline 'boring' film, but for that glorious ending alone it's well worth a watch.

45. Big Little Lies (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë