The Best of 2017: The 1990s

The Best of 2017The 1990s

Oddly enough, 1990s movies are a huge blindspot for me. I was very career-focused during that decade earning two graduate degrees and changing jobs four times. I also moved four times and got married. Since I didn’t see very many movies at that time, just about everything from the 90s is new to me. The following is a short list and some of the films will reappear on at least one other list. So here’s my brief look at the best films I saw from the 90s:

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The Best of 2017: The 1980s

The Best of 2017The 1980s

You could call this my Best of the 1980s list or my Salute to John Sayles, since he has three films on the list. Again, we could quibble about films on this list being film noir or neo-noir as well as international films, but the list is the list. Hope you enjoy it.

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The Best of 2017: The 1950s

The Best of 2017 - The 1950s

As was the case with my films from the 1940s, many great film noir movies came out in the 1950s, but you’ll find few of them here. Most of those will have to wait until my Best of Film Noir post sometime in the near future. Yet you’ll find a little bit of everything in this list from the 50s: comedy, science fiction, horror, Westerns, war, drama, and more. Again, these are movies I watched in 2017 for the very first time. I hope you’ll find something to investigate here:

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The Best of 2017: The 1940s

The Best of 2017The 1940s

(As with all of my lists – other than the Rewatch list – these are all films I saw in 2017 for the first time.)

This has definitely the hardest list to compile so far. The 1940s is my favorite cinematic decade largely due to the fact that so many film noir titles came from this era. Yet for this list I’ve tried to avoid most of the noir movies (although you might find a few, depending on your definition of film noir). I’ve also eliminated many British films, saving most of those for a separate category later. Eliminating those two categories takes a big chunk out of what I watched in the 40s, so don’t be surprised if you find a few British films and a few noir titles.

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The Best of 2017: Silent Movies

The Best of 2017Silent Movies

With apologies to my friend Movies Silently, I must confess that silent movies are still quite a blindspot for me. I’m almost never disappointed when I watch silent films, but I think it’s getting myself in the right frame of mind to watch them that keeps me from watching more often. Just know that it’s something I’m still working on… So here are the silent films I most enjoyed in 2017:

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The Best of 2017: Rewatches

The Best Movies I Watched in 2017

Probably like most of you reading this blog, I rewatch movies all the time, some on a more-or-less yearly basis. This list doesn’t cover any of those films, but rather movies I hadn’t seen for at least 10 years. (Okay, I bent this rule a couple of times…)

Some of these films I hadn’t seen in over 30 years. Rewatching a film you haven’t seen in a long time can be nostalgic, reaffirming, or possibly devastating. Should you run the risk of destroying what was a good memory of a film by discovering that it is, in reality, a turkey? Such are the gambles one takes…

So here are the 20 best or most interesting films I rewatched this year in the order I saw them:

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Coming Soon: The Best of 2017 Lists

The Best Movies I Watched in 2017

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.

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Noirvember 2017: 30 Films in 30 Days


Noirvember 2017 is almost over… For the third consecutive year I watched and commented (sometimes briefly) on one film noir each day during the month. (You can read about my 2015 and 2016 Noirvember adventures if you so desire.) For 2017 I decided to watch only films that were new to me (plus two bonus episodes that were rewatches) and stayed mostly within the bounds of the classic noir era 1940-1959, straying just a couple of times.

Now for some nerdy statistics for those who enjoy such things…

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