Friday, January 05, 2018

Top 10: Films of 2017

01. Never Let Me Go (2010)

After watching the Doctor Who episode 'Blink', I kind of fell in love with Carey Mulligan and so I started to watch a lot of her other work, one of them being the film Never Let Me Go (2010). I went into the film completely blind, not watching trailers or having read the book it was based on. I have to be honest, I wasn't really expecting much from it but I was actually blown away. Firstly, it has a pretty fantastic cast, starring: Carey Mulligan; Andrew Garfield; Sally Hawkins; Keira Knightley and Domhnall Gleeson. Secondly, the film is just so heartbreakingly poignant and so beautifully shot. I won't go into too much detail about the premise because it's so much better to go into it blind but I will say it explores human morality in such a bittersweet way. It was also directed by Mark Romanek, who also did One Hour Photo (2002), which I really loved!
02. Closer (2004)

Ugh, this film hurts my heart. Even watching the trailer makes me feel like chugging on some vodka, yet anytime someone asks what my favourite film is, I reply with this. There's so much I could say about this film and maybe one day I'll write a whole post on it because honestly, it's so underrated. Ultimately, this is a film that shows just how messy and complicated relationships are. I don't know any other film that is as brutal and honest as this. It's a great example of what love and cheating can really do to you as a person. It'll effect you differently depending on which part of your life you watch it in. 

03. Heathers (1988)

2017 was the year I fell in love with W
inona Ryder and I think I watched most of her filmography. One of my favourites was Heathers. It's not anything super special but it's an enjoyable watch! It's like an 80's Mean Girls meets Pretty Little Liars. They also made this into a musical and a tv show (that admittedly looks pretty lame) is coming soon! 

04. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Girl, Interrupted is a film I'd always heard so many great things about but never found the time to watch but I finally gave it a whirl when I was going through Winona's filmography and it definitely deserves all the hype it gets! The story is set in the 60's and follows Susanna (Winona Ryder) as she's admitted into
 a mental institution to help her overcome her Borderline Personality Disorder. I love films that help to raise awareness for the mental health issues that are less talked about and this is great for that! It also stars Angelia Jolie and Brittany Murphy, who are both fabulous actresses! (As this is a film that's main focus is mental health, some scenes could be triggering.) 

05. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

This was another random watch that pleasantly surprised me! The premise is what you would guess from the title, the end of the world is nigh and we follow Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) as they live the last three weeks of their lives. When I saw that Steve was in it, I was expecting some sort of weird comedy but it was far from that, it was actually quite a beautiful film, that left me sobbing!

06. Paddington (2014)

Near the end of the year, Paddington 2 was released and someone recommended I watched the first. I didn't expect it to be my thing at all but I humoured them and I absolutely adored it! If you're like me and love those films that just feel really British and they make you go into that weird euphoric state, you'll love this too! Sometimes we just really need a lovely, happy film amongst all of the misery and this is it!

07. La La Land (2016)

As I've already written a whole post on why I love La La Land so much, I won't go into too much detail. However, since that post, it has even more meaning to me. It's a film that will always stay very close to my heart.
"I guess I’ll see you in the movies

08. Blue Valentine (2010)

 ...and if Ryan Gosling hadn't made my heart ache enough in 2017, I watched Blue Valentine. It has a similar vibe to Closer and we watch as Dean and Cindy's marriage breaks down. Quite a heartbreaking film about how love can get lost along the way. 

09. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

 Being a film fan apparently means you have to adore everything Wes Anderson does and to be honest, I had never really 'got it' until Moonrise Kingdom (2012). This is another film I went into blind and I'm glad I did because I think the premise isn't something I'd of rushed to see but if this film list has taught me anything, it's that I need to watch happier films now and then!!! And this film is just so beautiful and pure and wholesome. I'll always rewatch this.

10. Life, Animated (2016)

So, until recently I had someone in my life that I cared about so deeply. They suffer from autism and as someone that does not, I kind of took it upon myself to find a better way to understand them, in the hopes they might not feel as alone. I used to read about it a lot and while I was doing so, I came across the trailer for Life, Animated. A beautiful coming-of-age story of Owen Suskind, who first learnt to communicate through classic animated Disney films. It's such a beautiful, poignant watch that I recommend to all but especially to those who know someone that is autistic, watching things such as this really helps to understand them and their world, which allows you to make things easier for them.

So that's it! My top 10 films I watched in 2017! What have been your favourites?



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