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Top Films of 2017 17-13 Reviewed

17. Mur Murs -- Agnes Varda's documentary concerning the mural painters in Los Angeles in the 1970s is a visual joy to behold. She takes an esoteric subject and instills it with beauty and color that many might miss by not just exploring the murals but their creators.
16. Stalker -- Andrei Tarkovsky's film is a very different matter. It portrays the drab palette of a soviet landscape, mixing it with science fiction, and telling the story of a "stalker" who guides people to a forbidden zone in search of room filled with anything they might desire. On its surface, the film could seem dull and long to those only familiar with Hollywood blockbusters and short attention span theater, yet the characterization and performances make this film as great as critics rate it.

15. Limelight -- In one of his last films, Charlie Chaplin portrays a famous stage clown past his prime who has become a hopeless drunk. The film tracks his redemption as he puts on one of the last great ac…

Top Films of 2017 22-18 Reviewed

22. Three Colours: Blue -- It was hard to choose a favorite from the Three Colours Trilogy because each of these films was masterfully shot, the writing and acting was phenomenal, and Krystof Kieślowski's directing was breath taking. The first entry in the trilogy, Blue is also the saddest, depicting a young woman's struggle to live in isolation after the death of her husband and child. Juliette Binoche brings Julie to life and adeptly depicts her struggles. The trilogy's themes are those of the French Revolutionary Ideals. The film's subject is liberty, and it shows the difficulty of achieving freedom and autonomy, yet it also shows how connections  with others can be freeing. 

21. On the Bowery -- One of the more thematically interesting films that I watched last year. On the Bowery is a biopic of the early days of New York City's Bowery. The director, Lionel Rogosin, hired actual Bowery inhabitants and shot it in that section of the city. It tells a story of the …

Top Films of 2017 25-23 Reviewed

Since I watched 365 films, I decided to delve into the best films I watched in 2017.

25. Rollerball

Norman Jewison's Rollerball is fun to watch, and its portrayal of a man expressing his individuality in a society that threatens to completely control him is apt even in today's world. The sport of Murderball is brutal and when the executives continually change the rules, he struggles to maintain. Yet he manages to succeed, despite the fact that he will possibly ultimately fail. The sport is interesting, if a bit unrealistic, and the performances, especially that of James Caan, take the story beyond its generic science fiction trappings.
24. Jules and Jim

Truffaut was one of my favorite directors this year, so it was hard to narrow down which films I wanted to put on this list. I picked Jules and Jim because I felt adversarial to it and had to think about the story and cinematography to really understand its value. The film's romantic love triangle is hard to watch, but the …