the FILM list: 2017

With a newly minted MoviePass, I’ve basically seen a movie a day for the past week. While I’ll never put butter on my popcorn, I do love seeing great, new films on the big screen. Here we go…a list of my favorite films in the year of Animojis.

Personal Shopper – Haunting, chilling, and Kristen Stewart’s strongest performance to date.


Dunkirk – I’m not too keen of the script, but the technical precision and cinematography of the film are stellar. Especially on an IMAX screen with a large Mr. Pibb Extra in hand.


The Disaster Artist – You’ll laugh and think “what the f@&%am I watching,” yet leave inspired and in awe of the narrative crafted based off such a strange film.


Phantom Thread – Ten minutes in, you are entranced by the lucious orchestration. 2 hours later you are left mesmerized and confused, questioning of whom or of what is the actual phantom thread.


mother! – It’s assaulting and horrifying, but so so brilliant.


I, Tonya – A wonderful surprise that feels like Juno‘s distant cousin. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney lead this indie-gem to the Olympics twice.


The Florida Project – The tale of Mooney, a 6-year old growing up in a motel outside of Disney World. It’s a prismacolor dream with free ice cream for all.


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Frances McDormand gives the performance of a lifetime accompanied by Peter Dinklage, Lucas Hedges, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.


Lady Bird – Easily one of my new favorite films. Greta Gerwig crafts cinematic gold with an ensemble that will bring you to tears, make you chuckle, and dream – even in a setting like Sacramento.


Call Me By Your Name – From those final credits to the picturesque countryside of Crema, Italy, Call Me By Your Name ties with Lady Bird for my favorite film of the year.