Salty Popcorn Top 20 Movies of 2017

And so it is another fine movie year draws to a close. I present to you my . This year’s list is purely based on my own viewings and not the collaborative viewing of the Salty team. If I look back on my last eleven years as a movie reviewer and/ or critic I can see one thing has become the main focus for my cinematic maturity that is superior to all. I am no longer swayed by special effects and big explosions, big names no longer mean much to me, the one, and single most important element of a movie is STORY STORY STORY.

STATS:

2017 saw a much more diverse range of films. Nearly every Australian distributor had films in my Top 20. Roadshow (clear leader last year with 1/4 of my most loved films) ties with Fox and Disney for three films each in the list. Sony and Madman just behind on two each. The Number 1 movie award does however got to Sony (or more Sony Classics) for their masterpiece. Further to this list – if you would like to see our collaborative list for the TOP 20 WORST FILMS OF 2017 click HERE.

 

CONDITIONS:

The movie had to be viewed in a cinema in the calendar of 2017. Click on movie titles to go to full review.

 

Without further ado please appreciate, hate, love, whinge, whine and judge me on my TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2017.

 

20) THE BIG SICK

My favourite romcom of the year.

 

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19) MOTHER

Total mind-fuck!

 

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18) THE GREATEST SHOWMAN – full review coming this week

Beautiful musical that has finally redeemed Zac Efron from so much comedy shit and also put Hugh back where he belongs – the haters can suck a lemon – it’s beautiful.

 

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17) ONLY THE BRAVE

Heartbreaking re-telling of one of the largest fire disasters of recent years.

 

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16) WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

A well crafted ending to a marvellous trilogy.

 

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15) THOR: RAGNAROK

A rejuvenating marvel from Taika Waititi.

 

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14) A GHOST STORY – full review still to come

Like the ghost, I have had trouble letting go of this movie. I think about it regularly.

 

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13) THE FLORIDA PROJECT – full review still coming

Heartbreaking beauty at its best who introduced one of the greatest child actors to hit the screen.

 

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12) STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

May the Force Be With Us FOREVER!!

 

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11) A MONSTER CALLS

This movie destroyed me and many tissues – truly beautiful and dark.

 

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10) UN SAC DE BILLES aka A BAG OF MARBLES

Amazing story that needed a more widespread release.

 

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9) THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Frances McDormand is one of the magical wonders of cinema, great quirky and very dark black comedy.

 

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8) DUNKIRK

Epic war movie – seeing this in 70mm was a highlight of 2017.

 

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7) BABY DRIVER

Kevin Spacey did bad in the real world but it can’t effect how much I loved this movie. The soundtrack has been on constant repeat, Bell Bottoms is now one of my all time favourite songs and I may have started to crush on Ansel since seeing him at the premiere. Best use of soundtrack in a movie in history.

 

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6) SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING

Tom Holland is the greatest Spider-Man of all time. The end.

 

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5) THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

My favourite mind-fuck of 2017. Besides MOTHER, nothing will make you think as much as this.

 

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4) BORG V MCENROE

One of the most underrated movies of 2017, just superb. One of my all time favourite sport movies that played more like a thriller.

 

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3) GET OUT

This was nearly number 1. An out-of-nowhere comedy horror that took the world by storm – I need to see it again. Bravo Jordan Peele.

 

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2) MOONLIGHT

This should really have been a 2016 movie but it didn’t release in Australia until the end of January. What a perfect movie – it was a big toss up between this at Number 1.

 

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And drumroll……………..

 

1) CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

The single most beautiful and perfect film I saw this year. If released in any other decade this wouldn’t have worked but it came out at the perfect time and is really now a timeless classic that harkens back to older filmmaking days. The amount of heart in is just blistering. I need the poster framed and on my wall and I need to own this on Blu Ray to watch whenever I am feeling down. Timothee Chalamet deserves the best actor Oscar for his performance in this – it is sublime.

 

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YOUR CRITIC:

 owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the Australian movie industry for 27yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. 

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