Journeys in Darkness and Light

Coming Soon: The Best of 2017 Lists


2017 has been an incredible year for movies on a personal level. So many people I know have watched far more movies this year than I have, but right now I’m on target to go well beyond 400 films in 2017 and that doesn’t include TV shows. That’s more movies than I watched last year (a mere 280) and probably more than I’ve ever seen in an entire calendar year. It does, however, come at a cost. I’ve read fewer books than usual this year, have taken time from other projects, and have made my wife shake her head more than a few times. My friends and co-workers laugh when I say this (and I understand how it sounds), but it’s a real dilemma trying to see all the films I’d like to see just from any one decade. I could easily spend the rest of my life confining myself to one decade, category or genre and still not even come close so seeing everything in it. Plus there’s new stuff coming out all the time. I know some of you understand.

Enough of my poor-mouthing. I frequently post my Best of the Year lists and I plan to do so again this year. Some films may appear on more than one list. Time is tight, so I probably won’t write anything new about these films, relying instead on previous blog posts. If time really gets tight, I won’t write anything at all; I’ll just give you a list or maybe provide a link or two. We’ll see. (From the photo above, you now know of at least four of the films that will appear on my lists.)

My planned categories for my Best of 2017:


Silent Films








2000 and beyond


British (separate)

Film Noir


Other than the re-watch category, all of the titles will be films I saw for the first time in 2017. I hope you’ll enjoy the lists. I look forward to reading yours as well.