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The 10th Annual JWFan Awards - The Best Scores and Films of 2017!

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Prior threads:

 

 

 

 

Without further ado, let's begin discussing the best of 2017!

As always, use these catergories and/or create your own!

 

BEST SCORES OF 2017:

 

TOP 10 BEST TRACKS OF 2017:

 

BEST CATALOG TITLES OF 2017:

 

FILM SCORE LABEL OF THE YEAR:

 

BEST FILMS OF 2017

 

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

 

SPECIFIC DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2017:

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I'm quite awful because I can barely remember two films or scores that came out this year.

 

This is all I can recall;

 

BEST SCORES OF 2017:

Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

 

TOP 10 BEST TRACKS OF 2017:

Main Title and Escape

Exodus Wounds

 

BEST FILMS OF 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes

John Wick Chapter 2

Thor Ragnarok

 

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

War for the Planet of the Apes

JNH concert tour

Giacchino's birthday concert

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My favorite scores were The Last Jedi, The Post, Valerian, Spider-man, and The Book of Henry!  I need to hear more scores and see more films before I do a full post though.


I heard that Jumanji 2 score was actually good, gotta check that one out

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BEST SCORES OF 2017:

 

All the Money in the World, Daniel Pemberton

The Death of Stalin, Christopher Willis

The Last Jedi, John Williams

Logan, Marco Beltrami

Loving Vincent, Clint Mansell

The Rendezvous, Austin Wintory

The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat

Viceroy's House (A. R. Rahman)

 

Honourable mentions:  

A Cure For Wellness, Benjamin Wallfisch

Darkest Hour, Dario Marianelli

Goodbye Christopher Robin, Carter Burwell

Rebel In The Rye, Bear McCreary

 

TOP 10 BEST TRACKS OF 2017:

 

(only cues not from scores cited above)

Assault of the Earth (War of the Planet of the Apes), Michael Giacchino

Coco Suite (Coco), Michael Giacchino

Down the Rabbit Hole (Snowman), Marco Beltrami

Pearl on Mul (Valerian), Alexandre Desplat

The Presses Roll (The Post), John Williams

 

BEST CATALOG TITLES OF 2017:

 

The Bad Seed (LLL)

Papillon (Quartet)

The Haunting (VS)

Damnation Alley (Intrada)

Waxman Box (Intrada)

Close Encounters (LLL)

E. T. (LLL)

Sy Captain (LLL)

Shogun (Intrada)

Mackenna's Gold / In Cold Blood (Intrada)

The Red Shoes: Music From The Golden Age Of British Cinema (Kritzerland)

 

FILM SCORE LABEL OF THE YEAR:

 

LLL/Intrada 

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PS: 'The Rendezvous' is - as a piece - probably the most satisfying 2017 score for me: healthily thematic, harmonically sophisticated, varied, it is probably the only score which depth aspires to the masters of yore.

 

The Greenwood, which isn't out yet, probably will challenge it. But then, all the others i listed also have very commendable qualities (the Pemberton and the Willis are great fun, though a bit too eclectic to rate any higher), while the usual fan favourites (Valerian, Apes) are really not great 'whole' scores but have a few standout cues. TLJ gets my vote for the pure craftmanship and the sense of fun though it's hardly great Williams. The same goes for 'The Post' which has that one fun pulsating cue ('Presses Rolling') but apart from that dies on the spot. Still, not bad a year.

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Haven't we done this? Oh, well:

Best new score: THE CIRCLE

Best reissue: DON'T LOOK NOW

Best film: I have only watched one film, this year, so I'm afraid that I can't comment.

 

 

 

14 hours ago, Jay said:

Oooh thanks for reminding me about Goodbye Christopher Robin, been meaning to check that one out too

 

It's nice.

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As much as I adore E.T., I gotta say CE3K is my absolute favourite release this year.

 

I haven't seen many new movies, and I think I only listened to TLJ, so I can't pass any reasonable judgment in most of the categories.

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BEST SCORE OF 2017:

The Last Jedi

 

BEST TRACK OF 2017:

The Fathiers

 

BEST CATALOG TITLE OF 2017:

Papillon

 

FILM SCORE LABEL OF THE YEAR:

Quartet

 

BEST FILM OF 2017:

Blade Runner 2049

 

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

The mix of John Williams' music in The Last Jedi

 

SPECIFIC DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2017:

The box office of Blade Runner 2049

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Wintory, Zimmer/Wallfisch, Williams, and Burwell had standout years.  Desplat, Powell, and Beltrami too to a lesser extent.  Greenwood will almost certainly join them.  And I'm sure Quintus will agree that Marty's disciples have kept Destiny's music fresh admirably.  Oh, and Pemberton, Marianelli, Mansell... this was what I'd call a solid year for scores.  Not bad, not marvelous, but sturdy with some real standouts.

 

Films though were slim pickins.  Dunkirk, Star Wars... what else was there?  BR2049 was alright.  I guess the latest Thor picture was fun too.  Otherwise largely unremarkable, with The Post being crowned as the most pointless, cobbled together cash grab of the year.  

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BEST SCORES OF 2017:

 

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams

  2. Randezvous by Austin Wintory

  3. The Shape of Water by Alexandre Desplat

  4. Snowman by Marco Beltrami

  5. Thor: Ragnarok by Mark Mothersbaugh

  6. All the Money in the World by Daniel Pemberton

  7. Rebel in the Rye by Bear McCreary

  8. Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood

  9. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets by Alexandre Desplat

  10. War for Planet of the Apes by Michael Giacchino

 

TOP 10 BEST TRACKS OF 2017:

 

Down the Harry Hole from Snowman (Marco Beltrami)

The Jumanji Overture from Jumanji (Henry Jackman)

The Escape from The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

Ragnarok Suite from Thor: Ragnarok (Mark Mothersbaugh)

The Presses Roll from The Post (John Williams)

The Battle of Crait from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams)

Innocence from Rebel in the Rye (Bear McCreary)

End Credits from War for the Planet of the Apes (Michael Giacchino) (alternatively, it could be Assault of the Earth)

Pearls of Mul from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Alexandre Desplat)

The Heart of Kong from Kong: Skull Island (Henry Jackman)

 

BEST CATALOG TITLES OF 2017:

 

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (La-La Land)

Titanic (La-La Land)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (La-La Land)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (La-La Land)

Ben-Hur (Tadlow)

Apocalypse Now (La-La Land)

Papillon (Quartet Records)

Troy (Intrada)

Damnation Alley (Intrada)

The Haunting (Varese Sarabande)

 

FILM SCORE LABEL OF THE YEAR:

 

La-Land Land Records

 

BEST FILMS OF 2017:

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Dunkirk

 

Weak movie year overall.

 

PECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone In Concert

Jaws Live

Star Wars concert in Birmingham.

John Powell on Solo: A Star Wars Story with John Williams penning a theme.

Rabbit & Rogue in 5.1 on DVD

 

SPECIFIC DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2017:

 

Justice League

The Post

No Star Wars expansions for the 40th anniversary

 

Karol

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Only saw 12 movies and listened to 12 score albums this year, so I ranked them all.

 

BEST SCORES OF 2017:

 

1 The Last Jedi (Williams)

2 The Circle (Elf Man)

3 War for the Planet of the Apes (Giacchino)

4 Wonder Woman (Gregson Williams)

5 Rebel in the Rye (McCreary)

6 Tulip Fever (Elf Man)

7 Thor Ragnarok (Mothersbaugh)

8 Justice League (Elf Man)

9. Coco (Giacchino)

10 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Zanelli)

11 Fifty Shades Darker (Elf Man)

12 Spider-man Homecoming (Giacchino)

 

 

BEST TRACKS OF 2017:

 

No particular order:

 

Old Friends (TLJ)

The Fathiers (TLJ)

Happy Little Robots (The Circle)

Exodus Wounds (War for POTA)

No Man's Land (Wonder Woman)

Batman on the Roof (Justice League)

What Heroes Do (Thor: Ragnarok)

 

 

BEST CATALOG TITLES OF 2017:

 

E.T. The Extra-terrestrial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Williams, J.T.)

 

FILM SCORE LABEL OF THE YEAR:

 

LLLLLLLLL

 

BEST FILMS OF 2017

 

1. The Last Jedi

2. Get Out

3. The Big Sick

4. Wonder Woman

5. War for the Planet of the Apes

6. Thor: Ragnarok

7. It

8. Logan

9. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

10. Spider-man Homecoming

11. It Comes at Night

12. Flatliners

 

If I counted Twin Peaks: The Return as a film, it would be my #3.  A rewatch may move that needle significantly.

 

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

 

Battling the Praetorians and the "identity" aftermath - TLJ (film)

Holdo's final flight - TLJ (film)

Luke and Leia theme - TLJ (score)

Typewriter jazz percussion - Rebel in the Rye (score)

Kickass 80s synths - Thor Ragnarok (score)

Jeff Goldblum - Thor Ragnarok (film)

Elfman's orchestralizing the Wonder Woman riff - Justice League (score)

No Man's Land - Wonder Woman (film)

The Cop Car arrives - Get Out (film)

The performances of every one of the young cast members - It (film)

Badalamenti's score for the car accident aftermath - Twin Peaks (score)

Part 8 - Twin Peaks (film)

 

SPECIFIC DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2017:

 

Elfman's use of his Batman theme and Williams' Superman theme - Justice League

The Last Jedi backlash

Spider-man Homecoming theme

Falling behind on scores I want ($$$$$$$$$$$) - including CE3K at this point

Lack of "new" Twin Peaks score in Twin Peaks: The Return, and specifically, lack of any new "jazzy" material

Largely not getting that old Twin Peaks feel from The Return

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BEST SCORES OF 2017:

 

1. The Last Jedi (John Williams)

2. War for the Planet of the Apes (Michael Giacchino)

3. All The Money In The World (Daniel Pemberton)

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Michael Giacchino)

5. The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

6. Thor: Ragnarock (Mark Mothersbaugh)

7. Justice League (Danny Elfman)

8. Rebel in the Rye (Bear McCreary)

9. Beauty and The Beast – (Alan Menken)

10. Murder on the Orient Express (Patrick Doyle)

 

Honorable mentions:

 

Valerian: The City of the Thousand Planets (Alexandre Desplat)

Coco (Michael Giacchino)

Ferdinand (John Powell)

The Cure for Wellness (Benjamin Wallfisch) 

Darkest Hour (Dario Marianelli)

The Post (John Williams)

 

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Worst:

 

"Danny Elfman" - Justice League

 

A dumpster fire of a score. Not even a one-and-done because I couldn't make it though the whole thing. Two discs of this bantha poodoo? THIS guy composed Batman??

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BEST SCORES OF 2017:

 

1. War for the Planet of the Apes (Michael Giacchino)

2. The Last Jedi (John Williams)

3.The Zookeeper's Wife (Harry Gregson-Williams)

4.Thor Ragnarok (Mark Mothersbaugh)

5.Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken)

6. The Mountain Between Us (Ramin Djawadi)

7. Spiderman: Homecoming ( Michael Giacchino)

8. The Mummy (Brian Tyler)

9. Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer) - not my favourite to listen independently but deserves a lot of praise for how it functions within the film in my opinion

10.The Great Wall (Ramin Djawadi)

 

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

The full, proper, no dialogue interfering and extended prologue theme from Beauty and the Beast in all its glory (disc 2)

Exodus Wounds from War for the Planet of the Apes

End credits suite from War for the Planet of the Apes

The Rebellion is Reborn from TLJ

The climactic Luke material from TLJ

Nameless Order from The Great Wall

 

Beyond the highlights from the OSTs mentioned there were actually many individual standouts....

House of Woodcock by Johnny Greenwood from The Phantom Thread

The Colossal Finale by Bear McCreary from Colossal

Roland of Eld (Main Titles) by Tom Holkenborg from The Dark Tower

Tonya Suite by Peter Nashel from I Tonya

Truth by Ramin Djawadi from Game of Thrones

Various moments from Daniel Pemberton's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Various moments from Rupert Gregson-Williams/Lorne Balfe's The Crown Season 2

That Presses Roll theme from The Post

Genius by Lorne Balfe (actually that whole album is probably number 11 of my best scores)

 

SPECIFIC DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2017:

Beyond the main hero's theme (which has admittedly grown on me a lot), Danny Elfman's Justice League

Wonder Woman (didn't hate it but it could have been a lot more interesting; expectations may have been too high)

The fact that Outlander Season 3 OST by Bear McCreary wasn't released...

 

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5 hours ago, idril said:

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

The full, proper, no dialogue interfering and extended prologue theme from Beauty and the Beast in all its glory (disc 2)

Exodus Wounds from War for the Planet of the Apes

End credits suite from War for the Planet of the Apes

The Rebellion is Reborn from TLJ

The climactic Luke material from TLJNameless Order from The Great Wall

 

Beyond the highlights from the OSTs mentioned there were actually many individual standouts....

House of Woodcock by Johnny Greenwood from The Phantom Thread

The Colossal Finale by Bear McCreary from Colossal

Roland of Eld (Main Titles) by Tom Holkenborg from The Dark Tower

Tonya Suite by Peter Nashel from I Tonya

Truth by Ramin Djawadi from Game of Thrones

Various moments from Daniel Pemberton's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Various moments from Rupert Gregson-Williams/Lorne Balfe's The Crown Season 2

That Presses Roll theme from The Post

Genius by Lorne Balfe (actually that whole album is probably number 11 of my best scores)

 

SPECIFIC DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2017:

Beyond the main hero's theme (which has admittedly grown on me a lot), Danny Elfman's Justice League

Wonder Woman (didn't hate it but it could have been a lot more interesting; expectations may have been too high)

The fact that Outlander Season 3 OST by Bear McCreary wasn't released...

 

 

Nice to see some love for Colossal. The finale always gives me goosebumps and when I finally saw the film it was great to see that it worked great there as well.

 

Also, don't worry, I think Outlander Season 3 OST will be coming out fairly soon.

 

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Best movie 2017 (of the ones I've seen, of course):

 

The Meyerowitz Stories 

 

Best Score 2017:

 

Dunkirk (because everything else sounds the same to me)

 

Best TV Series 2017:

 

Mindhunter S1

Twin Peaks S3

Game Of Thrones S7

 

 

 

 

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BEST SCORES OF 2017:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams

Spider-Man: Homecoming by Michael Giacchino

War for the Planet of the Apes by Michael Giacchino

Colossal by Bear McCreary

Rebel in the Rye by Bear McCreary

Tokyo Ghoul by Don Davis

 

BEST CATALOG TITLES OF 2017:

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial by John Williams

Close Encounters of the Third Kind by John Williams

Titanic by James Horner

Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic by Elmer Bernstein

The Orphanage by Fernando Velázquez

Waterworld by James Newton Howard

 

FILM SCORE LABEL OF THE YEAR:

LLL

 

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

Attending my first film music concerts. All four were at the Royal Albert Hall and I enjoyed them all.

  • Titanic Live
  • John Williams Prom
  • Michael Giacchino at 50 (Gonzo!!!)
  • James Horner - A Life in Music

Also, The Walking Dead finally getting a release.

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It turns out that I have seen a few films that were released (in the UK) in early 2017, so my list is:

 

FILMS OF 2017

  1. Certain Women
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. The Levelling
  4. Lady Macbeth
  5. Personal Shopper
  6. Jackie
  7. Get Out

 

21 hours ago, Richard said:

I was referring to the music.

"That's news!" is a quote from BROADCAST NEWS.

 

Ah.

 

 

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I haven't been keeping up with everything I wanted to this year, so this is... shall we say... less than complete.

For example: I haven't yet seen Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Kong: Skull Island and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

 

Anyway, I'll give it a shot:

 

BEST SCORES OF 2017:

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (John Williams)

Murder on the Orient Express (Patrick Doyle)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Michael Giacchino)

Justice League (Danny Elfman)

The Post (John Williams)

The LEGO Batman Movie (Lorne Balfe)

The Mummy (Brian Tyler)

 

Might be included later if I ever find the chance to listen to them properly:

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Henry Jackman)

Thor: Ragnarok (Mark Mothersbaugh)

Coco (Michael Giacchino)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Tyler Bates)

 

TOP 10 BEST TRACKS OF 2017:

"The Battle of Crait" from The Last Jedi

"The Spark" from The Last Jedi

"Main Title and Escape" from The Last Jedi

"Presses Roll" from The Post

"Suite" from Murder on the Orient Express

"The Final Battle (Album)" from Justice League

"Suite" from Spider-Man: Homecoming

"The Wailing Wall" from Murder on the Orient Express

"Suite" from The Mummy

"Monumental Meltdown" from Spider-Man: Homecoming

 

BEST CATALOG TITLES OF 2017:

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (La-La Land)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (La-La Land)

Ben-Hur (Tadlow)

Waterworld (La-La Land)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (La-La Land)

Titanic (La-La Land)

 

FILM SCORE LABEL OF THE YEAR:

La-La Land, of course. Are they ever not? :P

 

BEST FILMS OF 2017

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Murder on the Orient Express

Wonder Woman

Spider-Man: Homecoming

 

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017:

What kind of highlights are we talking?

 

SPECIFIC DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2017:

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk (haven't even seen it, but I just know I'm going to hate it... :lol: )

Other than that, I don't care enough to focus on disappointments. Where's the fun in that?

 

I'd welcome any suggestions of good, fun stuff that I have missed out on.

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Naotora: The Lady Warlord by Yoko Kanno was the best score of the year:

 

 

The runner up is Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams.

 

Other than these two top picks, there were only other scores which had one or a few cues in an otherwise nowhere near as satisying whole. 

 

Overall, it was a weak year, there weren't that many scores that I cared for, especially not as a whole outside of a track here and there.

 

I thought both Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 were OK, but not what they could have been, especally not Blade Runner which is by far the biggest missed opportunity of the two. I expect the upcoming Greenwood score to make my top 20. There is also an unreleased Hisaishi score that could be good. As usual, nothing Pemberton or Burwell did impressed me - neither did Wintory even if he did some solid work. Giacchino did fairly weak work as usual, his Apes being his most OK effort of 2017. Desplat had a solid year, but none of his scores were compelling outside a few cues here and there.

 

Composer of the Year goes to Ryuichi Sakamoto if we are allowed to include his none film score work as well seeing his album async was one of the best albums of the year, otherwise it would have to be Kanno or Williams if we only are allowed to count score work. 

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On 06/01/2018 at 2:23 PM, serenifly said:

 

Nice to see some love for Colossal. The finale always gives me goosebumps and when I finally saw the film it was great to see that it worked great there as well.

 

Also, don't worry, I think Outlander Season 3 OST will be coming out fairly soon.

 

Oh my God I missed your post - this is so exciting! Finally! I am not good with waiting, particularly when it comes to new Bear scores.

 

And Lewya, we have some big differences of opinion on Michael Giacchino (Apes only OK!! :o) --- but thank you so much for posting that Yoko Kanno. I love her work and I totally missed that this existed. It's incredible. I need more.

 

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On 6.1.2018 at 7:25 PM, Glóin the Dark said:

It turns out that I have seen a few films that were released (in the UK) in early 2017, so my list is:

 

FILMS OF 2017

  1. Certain Women
  2. Manchester by the Sea
  3. The Levelling
  4. Lady Macbeth
  5. Personal Shopper
  6. Jackie
  7. Get Out.

 

Thank you so much, Gloin! Unbelieviably refreshing to see a list that is not all made up of genre fare and Hollywood blockbusters!

 

Loved CERTAIN WOMEN, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA and PERSONAL SHOPPER. The latter is a 2016 movie in Norway, and was in my 12th place then. The first two also feature on my Top 20 of the year. I thought GET OUT was merely OK. I was disappointed by JACKIE (NERUDA was Larrain's best movie last year, IMO). Not seen THE LEVELLING or LADY MACBETH yet.

 

I'll post these lists once our annual film list is published on Montages. My Celluloid Tunes episode on the Top 10 film scores have already been published (and shared on this forum), but I'll include them then too.

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4 minutes ago, Jay said:

No love for Patti Cake$?

 

Missed that movie during a festival screening last fall. But several colleagues liked it. How was it?

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17 hours ago, Thor said:

I thought GET OUT was merely OK.

 

I thought it was good but not great. All of the fun was in the first half, but after a certain point (not to be specific for the sake of those who haven't yet seen it) it felt formulaic - a good concept expressed through rather run-of-the-mill film-making.

 

I liked Jackie more, but it didn't resonate with me to the same degree as the the films above it on my list. Personal ShopperLady MacbethThe Levelling and Manchester by the Sea were all awesome. So is Toni Erdmann, which I've seen in the meantime.

 

Certain Women was an easy winner for me: the only one of those films which I've watched twice so far, and I liked it even more the second time. After Paul Thomas Anderson (and David Lynch if we count him) Kelly Reichardt is my favourite American film-maker working nowadays.

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