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Top 5 Movies of 2017

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Carrie, Rob, and Tim are refreshed and relaxed, and we’ve spent the last few weeks cramming in all the movies we missed over 2017, and this first new episode of 2018 celebrates all of our favorite films of the last twelve months.


Logan (2017)
Wind River (2017)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Coco (2017)
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)


Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Coco (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Logan (2017)
It (2017)


Faces Places (2017)
Starless Dreams (2016)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Personal Shopper (2016)
In This Corner of the World (2016)

17 Responses so far.

  1. Yourself says:

    I watched a typical 51 movies in 2017, although only 9 *released in* 2017. So there’s not much to choose from, although I did very much enjoy all five of these, and the first two are 10/10s.
    1.) Blade Runner 2049
    2.) Logan
    3.) John Wick: Chapter 2
    4.) I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
    5.) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    And since it’s more fun, those bottom four are:
    1.) Star Wars: The Last Jedi – as a standalone blockbuster, kinda tedious, but with some good parts. As a Star Wars movie, a flaming turd launched at the speed of sound.
    2.) Alien: Covenant – ugh, I’m done with Scott and his bizarre hate-boner for/utter disconnect from why the Alien franchise exists.
    3.) Kong: Skull Island – bloated beyond belief, but with a couple cool monster battles.
    4.) War for the Planet of the Apes – doesn’t really belong in a “bottom four”, but I’d feel more generous had it actually depicted a war.

    And now it occurs to me that the only ‘new’ movies I watch are sequels.

  2. Leah says:

    Tim, does this podcast episode replace your year-end post?

    • Tim Brayton Tim Brayton says:

      Not at all, though it does mean that I’m holding off on the year-end post until 1/29. Which is useful, as it gives me a chance to catch up with a lot of movies I’d have never made it to if I was targeting an early-January top 10.

  3. Will says:

    It’s probably not a good sign that I’m having to comprehensively wrack my brain to remember movies that came out last year, but here goes:

    1. Blade Runner 2049
    2. Baby Driver
    3. War for the Planet of the Apes
    4. John Wick 2
    5. Spider-Man: Homecoming

    The caveat is that I wouldn’t describe ANY of these movies beyond BR2049 as particularly great, and the movies I remember most from this year were awful schlock like The Mummy, The Dark Tower, Bright, and Alien: Isolation, all of which I subjected myself to because I have a deeply unhealthy relationship with cinema. It should also go without saying from my list that I don’t usually venture too far beyond the category of wide-release blockbusters, so I may have been missing some much better smaller films.

  4. CRD says:

    This was the year I fell hard for the awards contenders, I guess.

    1. Personal Shopper – my #1 movie of the year since I first saw it in March. Haunting and thoughtful in ways I can’t describe.
    2. Call Me By Your Name – So, so pretty (both in visuals and in casting choices).
    3. Lady Bird – it’s not original, but it works incredibly well (and Laurie Metcalf is everything).
    4. The Florida Project – I don’t think any movie in 2017 hit me harder than this one.
    5. Get Out – terrifying in more ways than one, and an excellent cast.
    6. Lady Macbeth – lean, mean, and cruel. Florence Pugh is a revelation.
    7. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos is never going to lighten up, huh?
    8. Closeness – a stunning debut for both its director and its lead actress. A hidden gem at this year’s CIFF.
    9. Phantom Thread – gorgeous, hilarious, and a fantastic musical score.
    10. The Beguiled – These women obviously haven’t heard New Rules by Dua Lipa.

    (Shoutouts to Atomic Blonde, A Ghost Story, The Post, Raw, and Thelma.)

  5. Sarah says:

    1. it
    2. the shape of water
    3. get out
    4. coco
    5. okja


  6. Damian says:

    Blade Runner 2049
    Wind River
    Baby Driver
    Get Out

    HM to Twin Peaks: The Return, which really ought to count!

  7. jeremy09 says:

    1. Phantom Thread
    2. Call Me By Your Name
    3. Blade Runner 2049
    4. The Last Jedi
    5. Lady Bird
    6. The Big Sick
    7. Baby Driver
    8. Three Billboards
    9. Dunkirk
    10. The Post

  8. Michael says:

    Proof that I don’t watch enough movies:
    1. Get Out
    2. John Wick Chapter 2
    3. Blade Runner 2049
    4. Your Name (I’m counting this as 2017 because that was when the US release happened)
    5. Baby Driver

    Tim gave most of these okay scores :-/

  9. Arlo says:

    1. World of Tomorrow 2
    2. The Phantom Thread
    3. Personal Shopper
    4. Paddington 2
    5. Blade Runner 2049

    This was a weak year, and Twin Peaks: The Return has burrowed its way deeper into my brain than any theatrical release.

  10. victor says:

    1. Lego Batman
    2. Cars 3
    3. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    4. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
    5. Despicable Me 3

    I didn’t see many movies in 2017, I guess. Eagerly awaiting the release of “Thor: Ragnarok” on Blu-Ray which will probably change my rankings.

  11. Paul 2 says:

    Didn’t see many movies this year, but my top 5 would probably be
    1. Coco
    2. mother!
    3.The post
    4.Baby Driver
    5. It
    With honorable mentions to the two other (new) movies I saw this year “get out” and “Dunkirk”

  12. Grant Hagey says:

    1. It – an easy numero uno cuz it’s so good.
    2. Thor Ragnarok – this one is pretty good too.
    3. Alien Covenant- what I like about this one is the goodness.
    4. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – another good one.
    5. Logan – this one petered out towards the end but was good until then.

    Top 5 I need to see are Bladerunner, Wonder Woman, Apes, Atomic Blonde, and Twin Peaks.

  13. Caleb says:

    Having knocked a few more off the watchlist, I’m roughly somewhere at:
    5. Get Out
    4. Lady Bird
    3. World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts (thanks again for the heads up on this existing, Tim)
    2. Coco
    1. Twin Peaks: The Return j/k just wanted to see Tim explode. In fairness to actual movies that aren’t the greatest season of television ever made, let’s go with Blade Runner 2049.

  14. Matthew says:

    1. The Shape of Water
    2. Hounds of Love
    3. The Florida Project
    4. The Beguiled
    5. The Lost City of Z

    Maybe it’s just because I was extra attuned to new releases this year, but I found plenty to watch and enjoy. Spots 6 through 15 are also filled with good movies. Let’s have a good 2018!


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