Best Movies of 2017

For the second year in a row I managed to watch over one hundred movies in 2017.

Here is a roster of my favorite cinematic experiences of the past year:

“I, Daniel Blake” (Directed by Ken Loach)

“Dogtooth” (Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos)

“45 Years” (Directed by Andrew Haigh)

“The Saragossa Manuscript” (Directed by Wojciech Has)

“The Hourglass Sanitarium” (Directed by Wojciech Has)

“Blue Ruin” (Directed by Jeremy Saulnier)

“Kill List” (Directed by Ben Wheatley)

“Stalker” (Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky)

“Le Corbeau” (Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot)

“Faust” (Directed by F.W. Murnau)

Honorable Mention:

“The Four Hundred Blows” (Directed by Francois Truffaut)

“A Touch of Sin” (Directed by Jia Zhangke)

“The Rover” (Directed by David Michod)

“Disorder” (Directed by Alice Winocour)

“Hell and High Water” (Directed by David McKenzie)

“The Lure” (Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska)


“Merchants of Doubt” (Directed by Robert Kenner)

“Muscle Shoals” (Directed by Greg Camalier)

“The Wrecking Crew” (Directed by Denny Tedesco)

“Kedi” (Directed by Ceyda Torun)

“Red Army” (Directed by Gabe Polsky)

“Twenty Feet From Stardom” (Directed by Morgan Neville)

“Lo and Behold” (Directed by Werner Herzog)

Honorable Mention:

“Bergman’s Island” (Directed by Marie Nyrerod)

“The White Diamond” (Directed by Werner Herzog)

“The Corporation” (Directed by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott)

* I had the great fortune to see both “Stalker” and “Faust” on the big screen, which only enhanced the genius present in those masterpieces.

About Cliff Burns

I'm a literary writer, specializing in slipstream/ alternative/surreal/science fiction. My influences include Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, David Cronenberg, Rene Magritte, any artist who defies convention and busts open genres, attacking the status quo.
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