Posted by: ckckred | December 31, 2017

What Was The Best Non-2017 Movie You Saw This Past Year?


Today is the last day of 2017, and while we’re all making resolutions for the next twelve months, I thought I’d look back at some of the favorite movies I saw this past year.  Though I’m still compiling my best of list for 2017, I did see a plentitude of great pictures from other years, whether it be films from classic Hollywood era or the Japanese New Wave.

Perhaps my favorite non-2017 picture I caught was Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Red, but I also enjoyed R.W. Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas, Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped, Shirley Clarke’s The Connection, Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, Raúl Ruiz’s Three Crowns of the Sailor, and the Coen brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There.

But what films did you enjoy?


  1. Red was a very good movie. From non-2017 movies I probably enjoyed best Still Alice (2014) and High and Low (1963).

    • Red really is quite something, isn’t it? Kieślowski could really make quite stirring features. Besides Three Colors, I’ve seen Blind Chance and Double Life and all are great.

  2. Love Three Colors trilogy. Added Three Crowns of the Sailor to my watchlist based on your enthusiasm.
    The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) are two very different movies that impressed me. The Mack, Across 110th Street, & The Harder They Come were favorites from a “blaxploitation” marathon I did.

    • Three Crowns is a great movie, but be forewarned, it’s quite bizarre. It’s like a combination of The Trial and Daisies.

  3. Best film I saw was Victoria. Based in Berlin and I’m prety sure there are no cuts at all. The camera follows the characters all around Berlin, its amazing to watch, especially as the story was great.

    I really need to see more Japanese films.

    BTW, I can’t find the comment but you recommended a film to me, it was wonder-something. Not the Woody film, it was all one word. Was it Wonderstruck???

    • Will get on to Victoria soon; I’m a sucker for tracking shots, so it sounds like my kind of thing.

      Can’t remember the film, not sure if I’ve seen a movie with Wonder in its title. Will let you know if I can recall it.

      • Ahhhhh damn I can’t find the comment. So Wonderstruck doesn’t ring a bell?

      • Sorry, haven’t seen Wonderstruck. Almost got a chance to go to a screening with a Todd Haynes panel but was busy at that time, still kicking myself about it.

      • Dang I wisah I could remember what film it was. You were really keen on recommending it

      • oh and if you like that sort of camerawork, watch Victoria asap. makes Birdman look average as all hell

  4. I love Wim Wenders but didn’t see Paris, Texas yet… Wings of Desire caught my attention a long time ago and ever since became a gold member of my little film club. Have you seen Betty Blue?

    • Paris, Texas is a must-see. Actually caught that the night Harry Dean Stanton died, which made it all the more poignant.

      Haven’t seen Betty Blue, will get on that.

      • Harry Dean Stanton was a fantastic actor that will be sorely missed. He was a favorite for many directors including David Lynch. Paris, Texas – on my list!

  5. The Brand New Testament for me. Such a little Belgian delight.

    • A film I still need to watch, but one I’ve heard great things about.

  6. I absolutely love Red. The entire Three Colors trilogy is great and I know most like Blue the most. But for me there was something about Red that captivated me. Great film.

    • Red is really quite great. All three are excellent but Red stands out.

  7. Some fantastic films there I’d love to be seeing for the first time.

    Jack Gold’s The Reckoning was a stand out. Early 70s flick; British. Had a Get Carter sensibility both in terms of revenge themes and a post-swinging sixties industrial grime. It was released on a very nice Blu-ray for the first time in the UK which gave me the opportunity to see it for the first time.

    • Haven’t heard about The Reckoning before, will try to watch that.

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