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
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.
09. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Watch it for: a glimpse into the geisha culture, good performances, and that Rob Marshall razzle dazzle.
08. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Watch it for: Gene Tierney’s unreal good looks and amazing performance as a bone chilling femme fatale.
07. Thirst (2009)
Watch it for: a very unconventional vampire love story, its dark humour, and Chan-wook Park’s direction.
06. The Haunting (1963)
Watch it for: THE haunted house tale, and creative psychological horror from the 60s.
05. Elle (2016)
Watch it for: the fierce perfection that is Isabelle Huppert on screen, and a surprising revenge story.
04. The Handmaiden (2016)
Watch it for: Chan-wook Park always, plus a dark, twisted, and sexy tale with sleek visuals.
03. Possession (1981)
Watch it for: an intense, weird and aggressive game of psychological terror, featuring outstanding performances.
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.
01. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Watch it for: Alain Resnais and the french new wave, Emmanuelle Riva, poetic dialogue, impressionist storytelling, and powerful visuals.