Recently, I took part in a couple of end of year polls for The Skinny. First up, was the best films of the year. Seven of my picks made the cut – Mother!Raw, Logan, Dunkirk, Get Out, Moonlight, and Certain Women. Click on the link below to see the full list and my thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s epic war film Dunkirk.

Top 25 Film of the Year

Also featured in this month’s edition of The Skinny was their Criminally Overlooked Films list. These were the films that unduly passed under the radar, either ignored at the box office or were perhaps treated a little unfairly by critics. Of my picks, Alice Lowe’s brilliantly unhinged Prevenge and Nacho Vigalondo’s misunderstood, genre-busting Colossal made the cut. Check out the link below to see my thoughts on them and the full list.

Criminally overlooked movies

Finally, here are my personal lists of the year for your amusement and perusal. Feel free to add your own lists in the comments below.

Top ten: 

  1. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  2. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)
  3. O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
  4. Graduation (Cristian Mungiu)
  5. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  6. Logan (James Mangold)
  7. GetOut(Jordan Peele) 
  8. Prevenge(Alice Lowe) 
  9. Raw (Julia Ducournau)
  10. Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)


Honorable mentions: 

Jackie (Pablo Larraín) 

Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd) 

My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell) 

The Love Witch (Anna Biller) 

War for the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves) 


DVD / Blu ray re-releases of the year 

Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) 

Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967) 

Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974) 


Home release of the year: 

Lone Wolf and Cub ( Kenji Misumi, Buichi Saitô, Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Robert Houston (American re-edit)), Criterion Collection 


Stinker of the year: 

The Mummy (Alex Kurtzman)