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I’m Having My Own Oscars: 2017

We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!

Best Films 

  1. Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig)
  2. Loveless (dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  3. Western (dir. Valeska Grisebach)
  4. On Body and Soul (dir. Ildikó Enyedi)
  5. Call Me By Your Name (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
  6. Raw (dir. Julia Docournau)
  7. mother! (dir. Darren Aronofsky)
  8. Wajib (dir. Annemarie Jacir)
  9. Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele)
  10. 20th Century Women (dir. Mike Mills)
  11. Lady Macbeth (dir. William Oldroyd)
  12. The Levelling (dir. Hope Dickson Leach)
  13. The Square (dir. Ruben Östlund)
  14. The Ornithologist (dir. João Pedro Rodrigues)
  15. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  16. Mudbound (dir. Dee Rees)
  17. The Other Side of Hope (dir. Aki Kaurismäki)
  18. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (dir. Martin McDonagh)
  19. Foxtrot (dir. Samuel Maoz)
  20. Holy Air (dir. Shady Srour)
  21. Daphne (dir. Peter Mackie Burns)
  22. Heartstone (dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson)
  23. The Shape of Water (dir. Guillermo del Toro)
  24. Detroit (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
  25. Blade Runner 2045 (dir. Denis Villeneuve)

I am still planning on writing a few additional reviews for some of the films above (as well as for Wind River that I just recently watched and was somewhat disappointed with) – but for now, here’s a link to a podcast where I talked about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s in Slovene though, so an English version is definitely coming soon!

What about 2016? Here are my favourite films from last year.

What white people have to do, is try and find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place, because I’m not a nigger, I’m a man, but if you think I’m a nigger, it means you need it.

James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro

Best Documentaries

  1. Austerlitz (dir. Sergey Loznitsa)
  2. I Am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck)
  3. The Family (dir. Rok Biček)
  4. Playing Men (Matjaž Ivanišin)
  5. Safari (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
  6. Machines (dir. Rahul Jain)
  7. Whose Streets? (dir. Sabaah Folayan)
  8. Strong Island (dir. Yance Ford)
  9. Liberation Day (dir. Uģis Olte & Morten Traavik)
  10. Kedi (dir. Ceyda Torun)

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Best Women-Directed Films

For the longest time, I thought I was doing my part when it came to women directors; that I am watching as many films made by women as possible, that I am absolutely doing my part at helping the cause. But around 2015, after reviewing the list of films I watched in the past year, I realised that I was living in a bubble – less than 10% of the films I’ve seen every year have been made by women. And I decided to flip that percentage around.

Now, I believe many will stop at this point and say: but hey, there’s not even enough films made by women to do this! Or even if they are, they probably aren’t any good. I am not going to say that every film written or directed by a woman is automatically good – far from it, just as with male directors, there’s a number of them that are pure crap and almost unbearable to sit through (I am quite sad to say that three out of four “worst films” of the year that you will find below were directed by women). But there’s also so many of them that are REALLY good, even if they are not as well known as, let’s say, films by Scorsese or some other big-shot male Hollywood names. Here’s 15 of them that I liked most this past year – for a more extensive list, visit my Letterboxd page:

  1. Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig)
  2. Western (dir. Valeska Grisebach)
  3. On Body and Soul (dir. Ildikó Enyedi)
  4. Raw (dir. Julia Ducournau)
  5. Wajib (dir. Annemarie Jacir)
  6. The Levelling (dir. Hope Dickson Leach)
  7. Mudbound (dir. Dee Rees)
  8. Detroit (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
  9. Let the Sun Shine In (Claire Denis)
  10. Beach Rats (dir. Eliza Hittman)
  11. Sami Blood (dir. Amanda Kernell)
  12. I Am Not a Witch (dir. Rungano Nyoni)
  13. Miss Stevens (dir. Julia Hart)
  14. Band Aid (dir. Zoe Lister-Jones)
  15. Landline (dir. Gillian Robespierre)

Most underrated films

  1. Princess Cyd (dir. Stephen Cone)
  2. Patti Cake$ (dir. Geremy Jasper)
  3. Person to Person (dir. Dustin Guy Defa)
  4. The Incredible Jessica James (dir. Jim Strouse)

Best animated features

  1. Window Horses (dir. Ann Marie Fleming)
  2. Loving Vincent (dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman)
  3. Louise by the Shore (dir. Jean-François Laguionie)
  4. Nuts! (dir. Penny Lane)

Best short animation films

  1. The Box (dir. Dušan Kastelic)
  2. Manivald (dir. Chintis Lundgren)
  3. Debiut (dir. Katarzyna Kijek)
  4. Xoxo Hugs and Kisses (dir. Wiola Sowa)
  5. The Blissful Accidental Death (dir. Sergiu Negulici)
  6. Ježeva kuća (dir. Eva Cvijanović)
  7. The Best Customer (dir. Serghei Chiviriga)
  8. Surpresa (dir. Paulo Patricio)

Biggest disappointments

  1. Requiem for Mrs J. (dir. Bojan Vuletić)
  2. Wonder Woman (dir. Patty Jenkins)
  3. Let Him Be a Basketball Player (dir. Boris Petkovič)

Worst films of the year

  1. Fifty Shades Darker (dir. James Foley)
  2. The Bad Batch (dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)
  3. Fun Mom Dinner (dir. Alethea Jones)
  4. Rough Night (dir. Lucia Aniello)

Best actresses

  1. Saoirse Ronan /Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  2. Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  3. Emily Beecham (Daphne)
  4. Garance Marillier (Raw)
  5. Cate Blanchett (Manifesto)
  6. Maruša Majer (Ivan)
  7. Annette Bening / Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)
  8. Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
  9. Carey Mulligan / Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
  10. Juliette Binoche (Let the Sunshine In)
  11. Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth)

Best actors

  1. Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)
  2. Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
  3. Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer)
  4. Claes Bang (The Square)
  5. John Boyega / Will Poulter / Algee Smith (Detroit)
  6. Mohammad Bakri / Saleh Bakri (Wajib)
  7. Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  8. Adam Sandler (The Meyerowitz Stories)
  9. Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound)
  10. Javier Bardem (mother!)
  11. Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name)