4 Reviews + 1 Interview @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “Annihilation,” “Entanglement,” “Game Night” and “MexMan” + “Quest”

This past week, Film Festival Today ran two reviews of mine – of Annihilation and Game Night – and Hammer to Nail ran two, of Entanglement and one last Slamdance film, MexMan, plus an interview with the director and primary subject of the documentary Quest. Here are links to all 5 pieces:

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5 Reviews @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “Black Panther” and “A Fantastic Woman” + the Slamdance/Sundance Films “Ingrid,” “Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End” and “Sunnyside”

This past week, Film Festival Today ran one review of mine – of Black Panther– and Hammer to Nail ran four, of A Fantastic Woman and three more Slamdance films: IngridMr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End and Sunnyside. Here are links to all 5 pieces:

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4 Reviews @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” + the Slamdance/Sundance Films “Fish Bones,” “Instant Dreams” + “The Oslo Diaries”

Over the past week, Film Festival Today ran one review of mine – of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – and Hammer to Nail ran three, all of which were from this year’s Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals (I did not travel to Park City, Utah, but covered both festivals remotely): Fish BonesInstant Dreams and The Oslo Diaries. Here are links to all 4 pieces:

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9 Reviews @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “Happy End,” “In the Fade” and “The Insult” + six Sundance/Slamdance 2018 Films

Over the past two weeks, Film Festival Today ran two reviews of mine – of In the Fade and The Insult – and Hammer to Nail ran seven, of which all but one were from this year’s Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals (I did not travel to Park City, Utah, but covered both festivals remotely). That one non-festival film review was of Happy End. The six festival reviews were of: Birds Without FeathersCircus EcuadorFake TattoosFreedom for the WolfGenesis 2.0 and Time Share. Here are links to all 9 pieces:

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5 Reviews @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “The Final Year,” “Jane,” “Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story,” “Phantom Thread” + Criterion’s Blu-ray of “The Lodger”

In the past week, Film Festival Today ran one review of mine – Phantom Thread – and Hammer to Nail ran four: The Final YearJane, Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story and Criterion’s new Blu-ray of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 The Lodger. Here are links to all 5 pieces:

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4 Reviews @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “Big Time,” “Faces Places,” “I, Tonya” and “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”

Just last week, Hammer to Nail ran three reviews of mine – Big Time (seen at DOC NYC), Faces Places and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (also seen at DOC NYC) – and Film Festival Today ran one: I, Tonya. Here are links to all 4 pieces:

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Mr. Reed’s Metaphysical Neighborhood Presents the Best and Worst Films of 2017

[For an explanation of my blog post title, check out my “best of” list from 2013.]

Below you will find lists of my favorite films of the year, divided by documentary (nonfiction) and narrative (fiction) formats. Not all the movies mentioned have received a significant theatrical or online release in 2017, though most of them did; a few may still be looking for distributors after making their festival rounds. Where I have previously written reviews of a movie (whether for BmoreArtFilm Festival TodayHammer to Nail or this blog), the title of that movie is hyperlinked to my original review. In the case of one film (noted, below), I only wrote a brief capsule review of it within a film-festival recap, and I link to that write-up, instead. Where I have not (yet) reviewed a film, I have hyperlinked the title to the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page. If I later write a review (for films not yet out in wide release), I will change that link to my own review.

If a film that you, yourself, saw and liked is nowhere mentioned here, then it is possible that I did not see it (or saw it and liked it, but not enough to include among my favorites, or saw it and, of course, did not like it). As many films as I watch every year, I cannot possibly see everything. If you have questions about any omissions, feel free to comment and/or send me a note. And really, what separates the “Top 10” from the “runners-up” is very little. If you’re in my Top 20, in other words, I like you very much.

Enjoy! Over the next week, I will continue to publish other “best of” lists, for acting and technical/artistic achievements of the year.

Top 10 Documentary Films of 2017 (in alphabetical order):

Top 10 Narrative Films of 2017 (in alphabetical order):

2017 Documentary Film Runners-Up (in alphabetical order):

2017 Narrative Film Runners-Up (in alphabetical order):

*Note from 1/9/18 – recent allegations about Franco’s sexual misbehavior now complicate such a nomination. It’s still a really solid movie, however compromised the director.

2017 Documentary and Narrative Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

Worst Films of 2017 (in alphabetical order):

Stay tuned for more posts in the week ahead …

1 Interview + 1 Review @hammertonail: Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) & “Miracle on 42nd Street”

Hammer to Nail ran two pieces of mine this week: an interview with Greta Gerwig, conducted back at the Middleburg Film Festival, in October, in the company of Mae Abdulbaki (of Movies with Mae), Hannah Buchdahl (of Chick Flix) and Leslie Combemale (of Cinema Siren); and a review of Miracle on 42nd Street, a documentary I saw, in November, at DOC NYC. Here are the links:

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5 Reviews + 1 Interview @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “Downsizing,” “The Greatest Showman,” “The Other Side of Hope,” “The Post,” “Soufra” + “The Strange Ones”

Over the past week, both Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail published five reviews of mine, plus one interview: Downsizing, The Greatest Showman, The Other Side of Hope, The Post, Soufra (seen at DOC NYC), and The Strange Ones (the interview, conducted at this year’s Maryland Film Festival). Here are links to all 6 pieces:

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