0. Twin Peaks: The Return (David Lynch) *

1. Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)
2. A Ghost Story (David Lowery)
3. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
4. Good Time (Ben & Joshua Safdie)
5. Get Out (Jordan Peele)

6. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
7. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo)
8. The Other Side (Roberto Minervini)
9. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
10. Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz)

11. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonca Filho)
12. The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
13. Black Mirror: San Junipero (Owen Harris)
14. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
15. Song to Song (Terrence Malick)

16. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
17. Atomic Blonde (David Leitch)
18. Quest (Jonathan Olshefski)
19. Coco (Adrian & Lee Unkrich Molina)
20. The Unknown Girl (Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne)

21. The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki)
22. Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
23. Strong Island (Yance Ford)
24. Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
25. 20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

So many runners-up… it was a good year for movies, if nothing else.

*I’m not saying Twin Peaks is a movie, but I didn’t make a TV list and it’s the greatest thing I watched in 2017.

“Recent” being the last five-ish years.

LNKarno is heavily represented.

1. Indignation (2016, James Schamus)
2. Bird People (2014, Pascale Ferran)
3. Lincoln (2012, Steven Spielberg)
4. Stop the Pounding Heart (2013, Roberto Minervini)
5. Resident Evil 4 and 5 (2010/12, Paul W.S. Anderson)

6. Moana (2016, Disney)
7. Hill of Freedom (2014, Hong Sang-soo)
8. Museum Hours (2012, Jem Cohen)
9. O.J.: Made in America (2016, Ezra Edelman)
10. Jack & Diane (2012, Bradley Rust Gray)

11. Split (2016, M. Night Shyamalan)
12. Amour (2012, Michael Haneke)
13. In Another Country (2012, Hong Sang-soo)
14. Girl from Nowhere (2012, Jean-Claude Brisseau)
15. Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012, Bob Byington)

16. Last Time I Saw Macao (2012, João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata)
17. Demon (2015, Marcin Wrona)
18. Ape (2012, Joel Potrykus)
19. Evil Dead (2013, Fede Alvarez)
20. American Honey (2016, Andrea Arnold)

1. L’Argent (1983, Robert Bresson)
2. The Virgin Suicides (1999, Sofia Coppola)
3. Same Old Song (1997, Alain Resnais)
4. Casualties of War (1989, Brian De Palma)
5. The Last Days of Disco (1998, Whit Stillman)

6. Paper Moon (1973, Peter Bogdanovich)
7. Cuadecuc, Vampir (1970, Pere Portabella)
8. Heart of Glass (1976, Werner Herzog)
9. Boy Meets Girl (1984, Leos Carax)
10. After Hours (1985, Martin Scorsese)

11. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007, Andrew Dominik)
12. Tampopo (1985, Juzo Itami)
13. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969, Toshio Matsumoto)
14. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947, Joseph Mankiewicz)
15. Blue Sunshine (1978, Jeff Lieberman)

16. In the City of Sylvia (2007, José Luis Guerín)
17. Le Révélateur (1968, Philippe Garrel)
18. Sleep Tight (2011, Jaume Balaguero)
19. The Aviator’s Wife (1981, Eric Rohmer)
20. The Tin Star (1957, Anthony Mann)

1. Stop Making Sense (1984, Jonathan Demme)
Any year I rewatch Stop Making Sense on a big screen, it’s the best movie I rewatched that year.

2. A Page of Madness (1926, Teinosuke Kinugasa)
With Alloy Orchestra in a theater full of disoriented patrons… The Lost World was fun, too.

3. Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
Very good live band at the Alamo. I’m noticing that film/concert experiences are topping this list.

4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Filmstreams… with live music

5. Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
Fully restored with delirious color on a huge screen with a sold-out crowd.

6. Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang)
7. The Manchurian Candidate (1962, John Frankenheimer)
8. Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
9. Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
All in their latest HD versions at home, my first time watching them since the VHS days.

10. Spirited Away (2001, Hayao Miyazaki)
Somehow I didn’t recognize this as a masterpiece when I first watched in theaters.

11. The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer & Stille Nacht (1984-93, Brothers Quay)
Such tactile little films, HD makes a big difference.

12. Duelle and Noroit (1976, Jacques Rivette)
I’d seen these not so long ago, but they’re awesome.

13. Kill Bill (2003-04, Quentin Tarantino)
Also rewatched Grindhouse and most of Basterds.

14. The Love Witch (2016, Anna Biller)
At first look I wasn’t sure what to make of it, then I read Sicinski’s article a couple times and watched again as soon as it hit blu-ray – it’s incredible.

15. Idiocracy (2006, Mike Judge)
Just seemed like a particularly good year to give this another look.

0. World of Tomorrow 2 (2017, Don Hertzfeldt)

1. A Brief History of Princess X (2016, Gabriel Abrantes)
2. Sarah Winchester, opéra fantôme (2016, Bertrand Bonello)
3. Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton (2015, Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson)
4. Czech animations What The Eyes See (1968) and Strazce majaku (1987)
5. En levande själ (2014, Henry Moore Selder)
6. White Helmets (2016, Orlando Von Einsiedel)

7. The Northleach Horror (2016, David Cairns)
8. Spiral Jetty (2017, Ricky D’Ambrose)
9. As the Flames Rose (2012, Joao Rui Guerra da Mata)
10. Porter Springs 4 (1999, Henry Hills)
11. All Good Things (Chloe Domont) and One of the Roughs, a Kosmos (Carmine Grimaldi) from True/False
12. Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises and Secret History of the Dividing Line (David Gatten)

I’ve been thinking about Princess X since Spring and have visited the sculpture a dozen times. World of Tomorrow 2 just came out 24 hours ago. WoT2 should probably be #1, but that doesn’t seem fair so it gets the honorary #0 instead.

Even though I watched a ton of films in theaters, I managed to miss some major ones. I didn’t do a great job of tracking what premiered on video this year, although as someone rightly pointed out, nobody cares about this but me. And I’ve yet to explore the hundreds of year-end lists from all the critics and publications, so I’ll have more titles to add, but I’ll just put ’em on my master list and leave this post alone.

Missed in Theaters:

On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sang-soo)
The Trip to Spain (Michael Winterbottom)
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)
Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike)
After the Storm (Hirokazu Koreeda)
The Disaster Artist (James Franco)
Jackie and Neruda (Pablo Larraín)
The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)
Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd)
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi)
Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman)
American Made (Doug Liman)
Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)
Columbus (Kogonada)

Missed on Video:

The Meyerowitz Stories (Noah Baumbach)
My Happy Family (Ektimishvili & Gross)
American Epic (Bernard MacMahon)
The Discovery (Charlie McDowell)
Casting JonBenet (Kitty Green)
Wormwood (Errol Morris)
Mudbound (Dee Rees)

Status Unknown:

Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Leventhal & Wilson)
In This Corner of the World (Sunao Katabuchi)
Let The Corpses Tan (Cattet & Forzani)
Buster’s Mal Heart (Sarah Adina Smith)
Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
The Challenge (Yuri Ancarani)
Western (Valeska Grisebach)
Prototype (Blake Williams)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)

Some 2017 movies for you will be 2018 movies for me, because I live in Nebraska… still looking forward to Phantom Thread, Call Me By Your Name, Faces Places, The Square, I Tonya, The Shape of Water, The Post, probably others.

As always, a “2016 movie” is defined as a movie released in 2016 (or the last couple years) which I had a reasonable opportunity to see (played theaters within an hour’s drive of here, or came out on blu-ray) for the first time in 2016. So, Carol is a 2016 movie, and I guess Elle and Jackie will be 2017 movies.

The ranking of some of these is shaky. I’m not sure exactly how much I like The Handmaiden or Cosmos or Hateful Eight or Everybody Wants Some!! or a couple others until I watch them again. I was going to make a separate “great but unranked” list but I’ll just wing it because who cares.

1. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin)
2. Carol (Todd Haynes)
3. Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight)
4. The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
5. Experimenter (Michael Almereyda)
6. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
7. Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
8. La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
9. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
10. Lemonade (Beyoncé Knowles)

11. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
12. Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski)
13. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
14. Show Me a Hero (Paul Haggis)
15. Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman)
16. The Handmaiden (Chan-wook Park)
17. The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
18. Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
19. Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)
20. One More Time With Feeling (Andrew Dominik)

21. Hail, Caesar! (Joel Coen)
22. Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti)
23. The Witch (Robert Eggers)
24. A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)
25. HyperNormalisation (Adam Curtis)
26. Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman)
27. Office (Johnnie To)
28. Swiss Army Man (Daniels)
29. Sing Street (John Carney)
30. Chi-Raq (Spike Lee)

Runners-up:
The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig)
The Invitation (2015, Karyn Kusama)
The Meddler (Lorene Scafaria)
Where to Invade Next (2015, Michael Moore)
Francofonia (2015, Aleksandr Sokurov)

Last year I focused on movies that were five years old and made a 2010 Redux list. I tried that again this year, watched a bunch of 2011 movies that I hadn’t seen, but really was trying to catch up on recent movies in general. So instead of a 2011 Redux, here are the best things I saw from the last five years.

1. Ernest & Celestine (2012, Stéphane Aubier)
2. Song of the Sea (2014, Tomm Moore)
3. When Marnie Was There (2014, Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
It was a good year for animation at our house.

4. Night Moves (2013, Kelly Reichardt)
5. La Sapienza (2014, Eugène Green)

6. Call Me Lucky (2015, Bobcat Goldthwait)
7. Vivan las Antipodas (2011, Victor Kossakovsky)
8. Goodbye First Love (2011, Mia Hansen-Løve)
9. Killing Them Softly (2012, Andrew Dominik)
10. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011, Johnnie To)

11. Sicario (2015, Denis Villeneuve)
12. The Mill and the Cross (2011, Lech Majewski)
13. Life of Riley (2014, Alain Resnais)
14. The Arbor (2010, Clio Barnard)
15. The Imposter (2012, Bart Layton)

16. Norte, the End of History (2013, Lav Diaz)
17. Tom at the Farm (2013, Xavier Dolan)
18. The Color of Noise (2015, Eric Robel)
19. Bridge of Spies (2015, Steven Spielberg)
20. The Deep Blue Sea (2011, Terence Davies)

21. The Day He Arrives (2011, Hong Sang-soo)
22. Life Without Principle (2011, Johnnie To)
23. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, Philippe Falardeau)
24. The Woman (2011, Lucky McKee)
25. The Big Short (2015, Adam McKay)

Older than 2011, that is.

1. Shoah (1985, Claude Lanzmann)
2. Shirin (2008, Abbas Kiarostami)
3. The Band’s Visit (2007, Eran Kolirin)
4. An Affair to Remember (1957, Leo McCarey)
5. Gilda (1946, Charles Vidor)

6. Le Grand Amour (1968, Pierre Etaix)
7. La Ciénaga (2001, Lucrecia Martel)
8. Summer Wars (2009, Mamoru Hosoda)
9. Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998, Julio Medem)
10. Pit and the Pendulum (1961, Roger Corman)

11. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, Banksy)
12. Targets (1968, Peter Bogdanovich)
13. Secret Sunshine (2007, Lee Chang-dong)
14. Rosetta (1999, Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
15. Innocence (2004, Lucile Hadzihalilovic)

16. Bend of the River (1952, Anthony Mann)
17. Ponyo (2008, Hayao Miyazaki)
18. Hyènes (1992, Djibril Diop Mambety)
19. Black Christmas (1974, Bob Clark)
20. Whispering Pages (1993, Aleksandr Sokurov)