In 2017 I watched 72 new releases, mostly in movie theaters (I am a junkie) and while there were a few films I really hated, mostly I saw a lot of films I really enjoyed. I discovered a love for documentary cinema (I saw fourteen documentaries this year!). I watched 32 new release films directed by women (with my total new-to-me directed by women clocking in at 79 this year; more on that when I do my year-end review tomorrow). For the second year in a row my favorite film of the year was not directed by a woman, but as per tradition it was also a queer romance. I am pretty easy to please. As a final reminder, I am not a fan of the term best. Film is an art that allows the viewer to bring themselves in conversation with it, and therefore what each person sees in a film will be different from what anyone else sees. This is a list of favorites and why these films resonated so with me. There are some spoilers, so beware.
Trip Murphy: Your grandfather was one of the greatest to ever hit the track. He’s the reason I got into racing. I gotta believe that it’s hardwired into your DNA. Heck, your dad oughta get Ray out of #56 and put you behind the wheel.
Maggie Peyton: How many women drivers have actually won a major NASCAR championship?
Trip Murphy: Well, it only takes one person to blaze a trail.