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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)

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For my February Blind Spot pick I figured nothing would be more fitting than one of the most famous and acclaimed romantic movies of all time, All That Heaven Allows (1955).

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!
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