Favourite Flicks 2017

'tis the season

Once again, we’ve seen quite a lot of movies this very year. Some would say way too many. The hardcore festival cats would rather state that the amount was a ridiculously small one. We’ve definitely missed a few highlights. We’ve found some unexpected gems as well. Our top picks would probably look very different if we would’ve find the time to see these: The Disaster Artist / Let The Corpses Tan / A Ghost Story / Machines / The Endless / Lady Bird / Oklahoma City / I Love You, Daddy / First Reformed. Well, but maybe not, who knows, right? Anyway, here we go. Our favorites of 2017. In no particular order.

01. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by Luca Guadagnino
An honest, beautiful and overall heartbreaking ode to desire, love, summer and being young, with a star-turning performance by Timothee Chalamet.

02. PLAYGROUND by Bartosz M. Kowalski
The kids are so very far from being alright in this deeply disturbing depiction of the last day of school in a small Polish town which ends in soul-crushing tragedy.

Joaquin Phoenix is bulldozing his way through his own disturbed memories and a very grimy NYC as a hired gun in search of an abducted girl in this dark and violent thriller.

04. HOUNDS OF LOVE by Ben Young
The last years proved that true crime stories from Down Under are a lot more gritty and distressing than their competition - and Young’s debut most definitely underlines this.

Willem Dafoe and Brooklyn Prince shine in this unsentimental flick about the highs and lows experienced during one summer in a run-down Florida motel.

06. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER by Yorgos Lanthimos
It’s a consciously aseptic parable filled with crime and punishment and pushed forward with a mythic drive, which just loves to destroy idyll with nightmarish logic.

07. LOVELESS by Andrey Zvyagintsev
The outstanding Russian director depicts an emotional wasteland inside and outside a rotten marriage, resulting in so much more than simply being a devastating family drama.

08. MOTHER! by Darren Aronofsky
If you want to view the film as a socio-political allegory or as a twisted mystery thriller might be completely up to you, but it shouldn’t distract from the fact that Aronofsky is finally back on form.

09. GOOD TIME by Ben & Josh Safdie
Driven by an ace score by Oneohtrix Point Never, this feverish crime thriller/drama sees Robert Pattinson giving a groundbreaking performance as Nick, who just loves to ruin the lives of everyone around him.

10. KUSO by Flying Lotus
If you’re tired of seeing the same formulaic shit over and over again then this tapestry of trippy, funny, surreal, taboo-breaking sketches might be this year’s holy grail.