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 …

Photojournalist Amy Davis’s Shines Brilliant Light on Baltimore’s “Flickering Treasures”

Yesterday, BmoreArt published my review of Baltimore photojournalist Amy Davis’s beautiful portrait of our city’s lost cinematic treasures – movie theaters of a bygone era – entitled Flickering Treasuresand its accompanying “Home Movies: Portraits of Baltimore’s Neighborhood Movie Houses” exhibit at  Gallery CA (first floor of City Arts Apartments, 400 E. Oliver St.). Here is the link to the article. Enjoy!

The 2017 Maryland Film Festival Is Here, in Brand New Digs!

If it’s early May in Baltimore, it must be time for the Maryland Film Festival again. This year, the festival premieres its brand new venue, the renovated Parkway Theater, located on the southwest corner of Charles Street and North Avenue. Want to know what to see? You’re in luck! I wrote a piece in BmoreArt this week, and also participated in a podcast for Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” in which we discussed the festival (as well as the current movies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Their Finest). Here are links to both pieces:

Enjoy!

3 Recent “BmoreArt” Articles: Maryland Film Festival’s “Between the Screens” Event, Holiday Movie Guide, and “Wits End” Review

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In November, BmoreArt published my first-ever print article – an interview with famed local filmmaker John Waters – in its third print edition (which you can buy at this link). Since then, the magazine’s online site has published three more pieces of mine: an overview of a recent Maryland Film Festival event featuring filmmakers Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Lodge Kerrigan (Starz! Network’s The Girlfriend Experience) and Baltimore-based Matt Porterfield (Putty Hill); a guide to movies playing in our area at the end of December/start of January; and a brief review of a low-budget indie dramedy, Wits End, from local standup comedian Mike Finazzo. Here are links to all three articles:

Enjoy!

Post-2016 Maryland Film Festival Coverage, Part 1, for Bmoreart and Hammer to Nail

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Last week, on the Monday before the 2016 Maryland Film FestivalBmoreart published my preview piece on this year’s offerings. Today’s post is an aggregation of part of my post-festival coverage, for both Bmoreart and Hammer to Nail:

Still pending is my review of Hotel Dallas (for Hammer to Nail) and my interviews with the filmmakers of all five films that I reviewed for that site. Stay tuned!