John's Top 10 Movies of 2017

This is one of my favorite posts to do every year because, well, it provides some sort of justification for seeing so many movies. It is the final payoff, however little it might be, for all those long hours spent in a movie theater when I should be sleeping. I keep a running list of movies, ranked with star ratings, throughout the year, so it's never a challenge to figure out what I enjoyed most at year's end. But, Top 10 lists are statements. The movies on these lists say something about the writer's preferences, personality quirks, and attitudes. So, the rank changes and some movies get pushed out in favor of others when pen finally meets the paper.

Look, I'll be the first to admit: I'm a populist. I like big-budget movies that entertain. My loyalties lie squarely in that arena. If a small indie movie sneaks into my Top 10, I must have really loved it. I think I just appreciate the high risk - high reward style of filmmaking. Go big or go home, right? Rewatchability was also a big factor for me this year.

I'll try to knock out my Bottom 5  and another 2017 Movie Superlative in separate posts. But, for now, the movies you see below are the cream of the crop for me.

The key phrase there is "for now." At the time of writing this, I haven't gotten around to I, Tonya yet. I also haven't seen Phantom Thread or The Post, which are not in Chicago yet. I expect to like them, and can easily see them making the cut. But, you're not going to see them here. Instead, you'll see 10 (or maybe 11) of my favorite movies, out of the 200+ new films I saw this year.

Before we dive in, let's give a quick Honorable Mention to these excellent movies, all of which I enjoyed and highly recommend:

  • The Disaster Artist
  • John Wick Chapter 2
  • The Florida Project
  • Split
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • The Big Sick
  • Stronger
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
  • The Shape of Water

And, here are my Top 10 Movies of 2017:

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