I want to thank everybody for visiting Shoton35.com this year and again there were many of you that visited from all over the world. 2017 has been great, hopefully 2018 will be even better for all of us!

Below you will find a list of my personal favourite movies and tv series that were officially released in 2017. There are some titles I haven’t been able to see yet (Shape of Water, You Were Never Really Here, Tonya, All The Money In The World), but I hope to see them early in 2018. Also some movies on this list haven’t been reviewed yet, but they will be soon!

Thank you once again and let’s hope that 2018 brings us more amazing movies and TV series! I wish you all a happy 2018!

~Dani

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Best Movies Of 2017:

10. Wind River

Wind River almost completely fails as a mystery, but that’s not the movie that Sheridan’s trying to make. It’s less about who did the raping and killing, and more about the fact that the raping and killing actually happened. What Sheridan has on his mind is that it’s a cruel world, and he pulls back few punches in showing this to his audience. It’s a no-nonsense picture, but the violence and gore are kept sparse and chaotic, enhancing the impact for when these elements actually arise. READ MORE…

9. Raw (Grave)

Raw is never tacky or cheesy in its depiction of its terror. The film is a superb directorial debut for Julia Ducournau. She knows the medium well and employs a plethora of aesthetics to drive the terror home, mixing it with some subtle but hilarious black comedy. It is visually stunning, perfectly capturing isolation and imprisonment, and often skin-crawlingly uncomfortable to watch. She immediately establishes herself as being able to craft adept, didactic visual metaphors. READ MORE…

8. Mother!

Aronofsky films are the kind of movies that I adore and admire, but would never willingly recommend them to someone else as they are so emotionally raw and stylistically aggressive that it takes a specific kind of viewer to not be instantly turned off. I feel that with his latest film ‘Mother!’ even those specific viewer might have trouble appreciating this. mother! isn’t just one thing and whether you see it as a critique on religious obsession, the reckless destruction of our planet, the struggle of an artist’s creative process, or the slow deterioration of modern-day marriages… you’re right. And there is undeniable artistic beauty in that. You either love it or hate it. READ MORE…

7. It Comes At Night

The film speaks of the atrocities that humanity can bare witness to; when it is attested to the natural-based human fears of trust and paranoia. It is a film that speaks about humanity, as a whole; a film that is not meant for the main-stream audience, if they are expecting a stereotypical horror film that is devoid of philosophical allegories. It is blessed by a wonderful original score and very convincing performances by its entire small cast. The characters are believable and the tensions created by the situations in the film are all too realistic. The cinematography is immersive and claustrophobic in the best way possible. Perhaps best of all, the film does not rush or dawdle; the pacing is precise and measured. READ MORE…

6. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer takes this Kubrickian sterilization (accompanied even with an appropriately overblown operatic, orchestral soundtrack) as if to match the unwelcoming environment of a hospital, using the carelessness and awkward deliberateness of every character and situation to accentuate human facades and flaws. Not to mention, Lanthimos actually interweaves a few moments of authentic humanity into this one; and strangely enough, such moments don’t feel like inconsistencies in tone so much as plausible elements of human behavior. READ MORE…

5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

If ‘In Bruges’ was Martin McDonagh introducing his style, and ‘Seven Psychopaths’ was him experimenting with it, then ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is him perfecting his craft. His direction is more assured here than ever before, and he hasn’t lost a step in terms of crafting a script filled with idiosyncratc characters and black comedy without stepping into parody or charicatures. (Review Coming Soon…)

4. Columbus

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Director, Kogonada, has made a film that is as beautiful to look at as it is heartwarming, writing a naturally conversational script that Cho and Richardson flow through perfectly. Almost every shot is impeccably framed to place it’s characters within visually arresting scenery, whether in or outdoors. The space between the two characters becomes as meaningful as the places in which we see them positioned. It’s an incredibly still and serene film to watch but one that is rich with life and character. There is a lot of re-watch value here too and it continues to linger in the mind long after it has finished. READ MORE…

Honorable Mentions:

Brawl in Cell Block 99 | Call Me By Your Name* | Logan | Lady Bird | Baby Driver | The Levelling | Good Time | Get Out | Personal Shopper | War for the Planet of the Apes

(*: Review Coming Soon)

3. The Lost City of Z

James Gray makes his films feel like epics of cinematic days gone by, and they rarely fit traditional formula, eschewing predictability by examining the unknown about life. Staying true to its similarities to the movies of an older era, The Lost City of Z is shot on 35mm film and it looks beautiful. Shot by Darius Khondji (Seven, The Immigrant), the darkly lit ballrooms, the strange glow of a boat going down a river and the shots of Fawcett walking through the forest with the tribes of the areas he explores, are almost indescribable in their beauty. It’s as though we are right there with them and we are getting a clear glimpse into this world that no longer exists. READ MORE…

2. Dunkirk

What makes this film such an immersive experience is Nolan’s direction, the sound design, and 70mm IMAX. They shoot this big epic rescue mission, doing things I didn’t think were possible with an IMAX film camera. This is Nolan’s second time working with Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and the two have created some of the most beautiful and dire images in any of Nolan’s films yet. The way IMAX is used in the dog fights is the closest thing you can get to feeling like being a pilot. And with the imagery and technical craft that’s being displayed on the screen, the sound design is all around. You will jump out of your seat as you hear the booming gunfire literally surround you. You’ll be ducking as the bombs hit the beach and tear the mole apart as the soldiers each waits their turn to board a boat to safety or doom. Adding to that tension is Hans Zimmer’s score which is also smartly embedded in the sound design. READ MORE…

1. Blade Runner 2049

Y’all might start to think that I’m Denis Villeneuve biased, with his films being #1 the last two years. The guy is just that good and he speaks volumes to me through his style of filmmaking. He has created another immaculate film with a story that will render you speechless, characters that command your full attention, and filmmaking achievements that will go down in history. Much like the original, this film thematically explores topics of humanity and artificial intelligence relationship, social stratification, and postcolonialism. Villeneuve’s ambitious efforts not only continue the discourse started by Scott but elevates it. It challenges philosophical ideologies about the human soul and identity, all through an astoundingly strong visual language reinforcing the cyberpunk beauty that is already established. As a huge BR fan I was more than satisfied. READ MORE…

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Best Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Blade Runner 2049

Best Cinematography:

Roger Deakins

Blade Runner 2049

Best Written Screenplay:

Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Soundtrack:

Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch

Blade Runner 2049

Best Actor:

Robert Patterson

Good Time

Best Actress:

Garance Marillier

Raw

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Best TV Series Of 2017:

5. Mindhunter (Season 1) [Netflix]

4. Master Of None (Season 2) [Netflix]

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3. Fargo (Season 3) [FX]

2. Mr. Robot (Season 3) [USA]

1. The Leftovers (Season 3) [HBO]

Best Directed Episode:

Mr. Robot: “eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00”

Sam Esmail

Best Cinematography:

The Leftovers: “The Most Powerful Man in the World and His Identical Twin Brother”

John Grillo

Best Written Episode:

The Leftovers: “The Most Powerful Man in the World and His Identical Twin Brother”

Damon Lindelof & Nick Cuse

Best Original Soundtrack:

Jason Hill

Mindhunter

Best Actor:

Justin Theroux

The Leftovers

Best Actress:

Carrie Coon

The Leftovers

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Written by Dani

Gallego/Español 🇪🇸 | Writer & Director for Film | Editor in Chief of http://Shoton35.com | Supporter of Celta de Vigo | Fan of DC Comics & Vertigo

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