In this column, I share my 10 favorite movies of 2017:
When I look at my list of the best films of the year, I see a stark dichotomy: 2017 contained movies that incisively examined specific cultural and historical problems, while others expertly and compassionately created escapist fantasy (and then there were those that did both — I’m looking at you, “The Florida Project”).
Never before has my favorite movies list contained such serious and such light-hearted fare all at once (with some that contained both — I’m looking at you, “Get Out”). My 2017 list should come with a warning: Contents include both candy and bits of broken glass.
That’s just the kind of year it was.
(And yes, I do conflate “favorite” and “best” in creating these lists, because I don’t believe in “objectively good” or “objectively bad” when it comes to movies, and I think that leaving out “favorite” from “best” lists unfairly favors certain genres over others.)
So with the caveat that there are still a handful I haven’t been able to see yet (as is always the case), I stand by all 10 of the following as — for my taste — the best, and my favorite, films of 2017.