Our Favorite Films of 2017

Rick and I have a tradition of saving all of our tickets to plays, concerts, films, and anything else that involves buying a ticket, then looking through them at the end of the year and remembering all the fun tickety things we did.

Here are the best movies we went to see in 2017:

Toni Erdmann

The previews for Toni Erdmann made it look like a typical quirky, cringe-inducing comedy, but the rapturous reviews made me think there must be more to it–and there is. It’s such a moving story of a father trying to reconnect with his daughter. Bit by bit, in a series of hilariously preposterous scenes, you get glimpses of the girl he misses and why their former oddball affection matters so much to him.

Get Out

Get Out is thoughtful and funny. It’s a smart person’s horror movie, a mind-bending allegory in the great tradition of sci-fi social criticism. It is just as insightful as you would expect a movie by Jordan Peele to be. You’ll want to see it more than once, to relish all the biting cleverness you missed the first time through.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Based on the real-life boxing match between the Finn Olli Mäki and the American fighter Davey Moore in 1962, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is about deciding what matters most in life. While preparing for the big fight, with the hopes of the entire Finnish nation weighing heavily on his shoulders, Olli Mäki is also falling in love. The black-and-white cinematography is wonderful, the period feel of Finland in the 60s is fascinating, and the story is sweetly told.

Sami Blood

Sami Blood was our favorite movie at the Seattle International Film Festival. It won the SIFF Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Space Needle audience award for its star, Lene Cecilia Sparrok. It expanded my understanding of Sami culture, and what it means to live in any displaced culture, and it felt very true to my own experiences of girlhood and sisterhood and leaving home for the wider world. I didn’t cry at this movie, I wept.

~ by lolarusa on January 1, 2018.

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