Each year, there are films that are released in the previous year in limited release to qualify for Oscar consideration, but they do not go wide release many times until January. That would make them 2017 films that I see in 2018. Two years ago, I eliminated these films from my list of Top 30 films of the year because they were really films from the previous year. However, I figured, why not recognize these films anyway. All it would mean would be they can have a list all to themselves.
I have six 2017 movies that I saw in 2018.
#6. Call Me By Your Name. A lot of people loved this, and I thought it was great too, but I was not as much of a fan of this as most. I enjoyed it. No doubt that Timothee Chalamet showed himself as not only a star of the future, but a star of right now.
#5. The Post. The true story of the Washington Post and their decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, which showed a cover up involving the Vietnam War. Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, the film was dramatic and showed the importance of a free press, a lesson we need to keep in mind even today.
#4. Molly’s Game. I did not expect to love this movie as much as I did, but there is an amazing performance from Jessica Chastain in a remarkably compelling true story about Molly Bloom and her high stakes poker games that she organized. Aaron Sorkin wrote the script and the dialogue showed.
#3. I, Tonya. The story of Tonya Harding, the US figure skater who reputedly hired someone to club the knee of her biggest competition prior to the Olympics. After watching this biopic, you may have a better understanding, if not actual empathy, for a figure whom had always had the worst reputation around. Allison Janney is brilliant as Tonya’s villainous mother.
#2. Hostiles. Not too many people saw this western starring Christian Bale, but Hostiles is way better than I thought it would be. Bale is a US Army captain who is assigned to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal land. There is so much strain and anxiety along the way that the two enemies find that they have more in common than they thought.
#1. The Shape of Water. This was a near perfect movie for me. I loved everything about it (with the exception of the strange dance number in the middle of the film). Guillermo del Toro directed the heck out of this and really made me pull for this unlikely and downright oddball couple. Who would have guessed that I loved this movie as much as I did? Not I. Yet, I was totally mesmerized by the film when I finally got a chance to see what everyone was raving about.
What movies will everybody be talking about this year when I have to wait until January to see them? Unfortunately, I’ll just have to wait to find out.