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Cinema Fanatic’s Favorite Fifteen Films of 2017


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.

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September 2017 in Films


I didn’t actually watch very many films in September. It was partially from post-SUTS overload, but also because I got sucked into a terrible tv show (CW’s Beauty and the Beast reboot. I watched all 70 episodes in two weeks!) Also, I am posting early this month because I will be heading back out to the Pordenone Silent Film Festival tomorrow. More on that when I recap October! Anyways, as always everything I watched plus some favorites can be found after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight, 2011 (dir. Eliza Hittman)


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Sveta: Did you sleep with him?
Sonya: I don’t know. Does it count if he put it in a little?
Sveta: It only counts if you want it to count.

Movie Quote of the Day – It Felt Like Love, 2014 (dir. Eliza Hittman)


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Sammy: Can I ask you something?
Lila: Sure.
Sammy: Do you want something from me?
Lila: W-what would I want anyways?