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

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’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)

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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.
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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.
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 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.
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Thirst (2009)

07. Thirst (2009)

Watch it for: a very unconventional vampire love story, its dark humour, and Chan-wook Park’s direction.
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The Haunting (1963)

06. The Haunting (1963)

Watch it for: THE haunted house tale, and creative psychological horror from the 60s.
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Elle (2016)

05. Elle (2016)

Watch it for: the fierce perfection that is Isabelle Huppert on screen, and a surprising revenge story.
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The Handmaiden (2016)

04. The Handmaiden (2016)

Watch it for: Chan-wook Park always, plus a dark, twisted, and sexy tale with sleek visuals.
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Possession (1981)

03. Possession (1981)

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

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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!


  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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