Sight & Sound and Cahiers du Cinema’s Top Films of 2017

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December is here which means that many of the various “Best of 2017″ lists are starting to roll out and, as per usual, BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine and the iconic French publication Cahiers du Cinema are among the first to publish their favourite films of the year. There’s a bit of a twist this time around, however, in that David Lynch’s new season of Twin Peaks has somehow managed to make it onto both lists. We all know that the French love their Lynch, but isn’t this kind of cheating? Jordan Peele’s Get Out also made both lists, coming in at #1 on the Sight & Sound poll. The only other movie to make both lists was Ben and Josh Safdie’s Good Time. In terms of bigger mainstream films, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split both got some recognition here as well. Check out both lists after the jump and let us know what you think.


Sight & Sound

1. Get Out, dir: Jordan Peele
2. Twin Peaks: The Return, dirs: Mark Frost, David Lynch
3. Call Me by Your Name, dir: Luca Guadagnino
4. Zama, dir: Lucrecia Martel
5. Western, dir: Valeska Grisebach
6. Faces Places, dir: Agnes Varda, JR
7. Good Time, dirs: Ben and Josh Safdie
8. Loveless, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
9. Dunkirk, dir: Christopher Nolan
9. The Florida Project, dir: Sean Baker
11. A Ghost Story, dir: David Lowery
12. BPM, dir: Robin Campillo
12. Lady Macbeth, dir: William Oldroyd
12. You Were Never Really Here, dir: Lynne Ramsay
15. God’s Own Country, dir: Francis Lee
16. Personal Shopper, dir: Olivier Assayas
16. The Shape Of Water, dir: Guillermo del Toro
16. Strong Island, dir: Yance Ford
19. I Am Not Your Negro, dir: Raoul Peck
19. Lady Bird, dir: Greta Gerwig
19. Let the Sunshine In, dir: Claire Denis
19. Moonlight, dir: Barry Jenkins
19. mother!, dir: Darren Aronofsky
19. Mudbound, dir: Dee Rees
25. The Other Side Of Hope, dir: Aki Kaurismaki
25. Silence, dir: Martin Scorsese

Cahiers du Cinema

1. Twin Peaks: The Return (David Lynch)
2. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
3. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
4. Get Out (Jordan Peele)
5. The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
6. Lover For a Day (Philippe Garrel)
7. Good Time (Josh and Benny Safdie)
8. Split (M. Night Shyamalan)
9. Jackie (Pablo Larraín)
10. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee)

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  • Colin

    These guys are drinking the Kool-Aid on that TP, just like Cheel

  • bendoofus

    Quite right. TP return was a masterpiece

  • Jake

    Surprised to see Billboards missed both lists. Is the Twin Peaks choice for one particular episode of the new season or just for the series? Kind of dumb to include a TV show on a list of films.

  • Jameson

    I’ve seen it on a few lists now. Seems like they’re counting the entire season as a long movie. I bet Frank is losing it.

  • DrewNugent

    I love that Split is on the Cahiers du Cinema list.

  • devolutionary

    I love that Twin Peaks is on this list; David Lynch even viewed it that way. Is this going to turn into another OJ made in America conundrum?.

  • Tommy

    Billy Lynn’s, though :/

  • MartyMcFlyJr

    I was thinking about the OJ doc as well. But that at least did play in theaters in its entirety. I wouldn’t have it on the list simply because it will be competing for all the TV awards not film. But then again I haven’t even watched the thing so who am I to say anything.

  • Nobody

    Ha, I’m probably one of the very few who saw that and thought, “Sweet, someone else loves that movie!”

    Based on the responses I’ve seen here and there from veterans, I wonder if it’s a movie that generally worked better for those with military experience.

  • Indianamcclain

    I take it that you weren’t a fan?

  • Colin

    Not a fan of it being considered a film, no

  • Indianamcclain

    I agree, it’s not a film. I’m actually surprised at how many people love it. I found it to be a tough watch.