2017 Year Retrospective, Part II:
The 10 Best Pre-2017 Movies I Saw Last Year

It’s true we usually celebrate the best movies that were released in the year in question, but this is sort of a tradition by now over at our podcast, Across the Universe – and because it’s a good one, I’m adopting it for the blog! So for the second part in this year’s retrospective series, we’ll take a look at the movies I saw in 2017, but were released prior to last year. Typically, movies from the previous year are also excluded, since we talk about most of them enough during awards season – however, I will make a couple of exceptions for two outstanding films this year.

Honourable Mention: David Lynch on Cooking Quinoa (yes, this is real)

The 10 Best Pre-2017 Movies I Saw Last Year

The Big Sleep

10. The Big Sleep (1946)

Watch it for: the crazy onscreen chemistry between Bogart and Bacall, the sassy banter of great classic noirs, and the clever, dry humour.

Memoirs of a Geisha

09. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Watch it for: a glimpse into the geisha culture, good performances, and that Rob Marshall razzle dazzle.

 Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

08. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Watch it for: Gene Tierney’s unreal good looks and amazing performance as a bone chilling femme fatale.

Thirst (2009)

07. Thirst (2009)

Watch it for: a very unconventional vampire love story, its dark humour, and Chan-wook Park’s direction.

The Haunting (1963)

06. The Haunting (1963)

Watch it for: THE haunted house tale, and creative psychological horror from the 60s.

Elle (2016)

05. Elle (2016)

Watch it for: the fierce perfection that is Isabelle Huppert on screen, and a surprising revenge story.

The Handmaiden (2016)

04. The Handmaiden (2016)

Watch it for: Chan-wook Park always, plus a dark, twisted, and sexy tale with sleek visuals.

Possession (1981)

03. Possession (1981)

Watch it for: an intense, weird and aggressive game of psychological terror, featuring outstanding performances.

The Piano Teacher (2001)

02. The Piano Teacher (2001)

Watch it for: again, Isabelle Huppert, and a broken, complex character that pulls you into her dark and twisted world.

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

01. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Watch it for: Alain Resnais and the french new wave, Emmanuelle Riva, poetic dialogue, impressionist storytelling, and powerful visuals.

Have you seen any of these movies? Feel free to share your own favourites, and give our podcast a listen for in-depth thoughts, plus Nikhat and Getter’s picks!
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  1. January 11, 2018 / 2:55 PM

    Woohoo! So glad you chose to showcase The Big Sleep and Leave Her to Heaven on your list this year!

    I remember watching Memoirs of a Geisha when it first came out and I was blown away by both the story and the visuals. Such a beautiful film!

    • January 15, 2018 / 10:49 PM

      Aww see I thought of you while writing those movies in! 🙂

      It is really such a stunning movie, Rob Marshall certainly knows how to put on a show!

  2. January 18, 2018 / 4:59 PM

    Some great movies here. Glad you had a chance to watch them all. And wow, I need to see Leave Her to Heaven because that still is so transfixing!

    • January 18, 2018 / 7:06 PM

      It was definitely a good year, with plenty of new favourites. You really do Alex because seriously, that look on her face is not even the half of it! I just couldn’t find better quality images, really, she gets way more intense than that.

  3. January 21, 2018 / 10:34 PM

    Shame on me, I haven’t seen any of these movies! I’ve heard so many great things about The Handmaiden though, I’ll be watching that one soon for sure.

    • January 22, 2018 / 10:51 AM

      Well I hadn’t either in 2016 so no shame in that ? Hope you like it!

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