Thursday, December 21, 2017
Top Ten Films of 2017
Here are the top ten best feature films during 2017. (Note that the Internet Explore browser doesn't support the reversed list as 10, 9, ..., 1, so you have to mentally reverse the list below, which shows the #1 film of 2017 on the very bottom.)
- The Square
(Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark 2017 | in
English/Swedish/Danish | 142
min. | My
The acclaimed Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's thought provoking "The Square" makes fierce social commentaries through an art project at a museum. If nothing else, the film makes you think about what you will do when you are stopped on the street and asked: "Would you like to save a life today?"
- Plastic China (China 2016 | in
Chinese | 82 min. | Documentary | My review)
Chinese director Wang Jiuliang takes us to a place that's usually invisible in his heart-wrenching documentary "Plastic China." On a very micro level, this terrific documentary tackles the devastating environmental problem due to massive usage of plastic that impacts the lives of future generations.
- The Coffin in the Mountain
(心迷宫/殡棺 | China 2014 | in Chinese |
- Motherland (USA/Philippines 2016 |
in Tagalog | 94 min. | Documentary
With compassion and empathy, documentarian Ramona S. Diaz's "Motherland" gives us a jaw-dropping and intimate look at the operation behind the walls of the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, nicknamed "Baby Factory."
- Departure (UK/France 2016 | in French/English | 109 min.)
- The Student (Ученик
| Russia 2016 | in Russian | 118 min. | My
From start to finish, the Russian writer-director Kirill Serebrennikov unflinchingly confronts the issue of religious fanaticism in his captivating "The Student," and tells an extraordinary story about a high school student who starts a religious war in his high school.
- Indignation (USA 2016 | 110 min.)
The writer-director James Schamus's beautifully composed intelligent drama "Indignation" tells a rich and compelling story about a young Jewish boy who attends a conservative college in Ohio in the '50s.
- Land of Mine (Under sandet |
Denmark/Germany 2016 | in Danish/German | 101
min. | My
Danish writer-director Martin Zandvliet's thrillingly captivating and profoundly emotional World War II drama "Land of Mine" terrifically demonstrates that war does not only destroy lives and infrastructure, but it also provokes hatred and wipes out empathy. But despite the amount of demons wars might bring out from people, there is still hope for humanity to sustain.
- Dunkirk (Netherlands/UK/France/USA
2017 | 106 min. | My review)
Call Me by Your Name (Italy/France/Brazil/USA
2017 | in English/Italian/French | 132
min. | My
The Italian director Luca Guadagnino's splendid "Call Me by Your Name" offers us a perfect nostalgic escape from the dreadful reality and brings us back to the sensual first love experience and to an alluring Italy.