Why pick? Here is everything I saw in 2017. Titles in bold were seen theatrically.

1. NORTH BY NORTHWEST. Dir. Alfred Hitchock
2. CAMERAPERSON Dir. Kirsten Johnson
3. THE EYES OF MY MOTHER Dir. Nicholas Pesce
4. OJ: MADE IN AMERICA Dir. Ezra Edelman
5. CAFE SOCIETY Woody Allen
6. SILENCE Dir. Martin Scorsese
7. JACKIE Dir. Pablo Larrain
8. THE RIGHT STUFF Dir. Philip Kaufman
9. I DON’T FEEL AT HOME AT THIS WORLD ANYMORE Dir. Macon Blair
10. PERSON TO PERSON Dir. Dustin Guy Defa
11. L.A. TIMES Dir. Michelle Morgan
12. THE YELLOW BIRDS Dir. Alexandre Moore
13. BEACH RATS Dir. Eliza Hittman
14. WHERE IS KYRA Dir. Andrew Dosonmu
15. GET OUT Dir. Jordan Peele
16. THE NOVITIATE Dir. Marion Betts
17. SPLIT Dir. M. Night Shyamalan

18. UNBREAKABLE Dir. M. Night Shyamalan
19. BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN Dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky
20. LITTLE SISTER Dir. Zach Clark
21. NERUDA Dir. Pablo Larrain
22. WAR REQUIEM Dir. Derek Jarman
23. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Dir. Raoul Peck
24. RASHOMON Dir. Akira Kurosawa
25. YOJIMBO Dir. Akira Kurosawa
26. SOLARIS Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
27. TONI ERDMAN Dir. Maren Ade
28. THE NINTH CONFIGURATION Dir. William Peter Blatty Home
29. THE CHASE Dir. Arthur Penn
30. SANSHO THE BAILIFF Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
31. PATERSON Dir. Jim Jarmusch
32. THE ASPHALT JUNGLE Dir. John Huston
33. CLAIRE’S KNEE Dir. Eric Rohmer
34. LE PARC Dir. Damien Manivel
35. THE SIXTH SENSE Dir. M. Night Shyamalan
36. DAMSEL Dir. David Zellner
37. STRAIGHT TIME Dir. Ulu Grossbard
38. THE SALESMAN Dir. Asgar Farhadi
39. A CURE FOR WELLNESS Dir. Gore Verbinski
40. ACE IN THE HOLE Dir. Billy Wilder
41. LE SAMOURAI Dir. Jean Pierre Melville
42. LOGAN Dir. James Mangold
43. THE VILLAGE Dir. M. Night Shyamalan
44. CHARLIE VARRICK Dir. Don Siegel
45. KEDI Dir. Ceyda Torun
46. A MOTION SELFIE Dir. Jamie Stuart
47. PRINCESS MONONOKE Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
48. MEDITERRANEA Dir. Jonas Carpagniano
49. SHORT CUTS Dir. Robert Altman
50. LOST IN LA MANCHA Dir. Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe
51. DOWN BY LAW Dir. Jim Jarmusch
52. MY LIFE AS A ZUCHINI Dir. Claude Barras
53. INGRID GOES WEST Dir. Matt Spicer
54. DAY FOR NIGHT Dir. Francois Truffaut
55. THE BENEFACTOR Dir. Andrew Renzi
56. KONG SKULL ISLAND Dir. Jordan Vogt Roberts
57. THE EVIL WITHIN Dir. Andrew Getty
58. THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE Dir. Peter Yates
59. TRAINSPOTTING 2 Dir. Danny Boyle
60. SONG TO SONG Dir. Terence Malick

61. THE COALMINER’S DAUGHTER Dir. Michael Apted
62. PERSONAL SHOPPER Dir. Olivier Assayas
63. GHOST IN THE SHELL Dir. Rupert Everett

64. THE DISCOVERY Dir. Charlie McDowell
65. RAW Dir. Julia Ducournau
66. GEORGE WASHINGTON Dir. David Gordon Green
67. THE VOID Dir. Steve Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie
68. SOMETHING WILD Dir. Jonathan Demme
69. PRIME CUT Dir. Michael Ritchie
70. LOST CITY OF Z Dir. James Gray
71. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Dir. James Gunn
72. A DARK SONG Dir. Liam Gavin
73. COLOSSAL Dir. Nacho Vigalando
74. MAGNOLIA Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
75. BOTTLE ROCKET Dir. Wes Anderson
76. THE DINNER Dir. Oren Moverman
77. ALIEN: COVENANT Dir. Ridley Scott
78. THIRST STREET Dir. Nathan Silver
79. THE CROW Dir. Alex Proyas
80. HUNTER GATHERER Dir. Josh Locy
81. A QUIET PASSION Dir. Terence Davies
82. TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME Dir. David Lynch
83. STALKER Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

84. LIFE IS SWEET Dir. Mike Leigh
85. WALKING AND TALKING Dir. Nicole Holofcener
86. THINGS TO COME Dir. William Cameron Menzies
87. THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Dir. F. Gary Gray
88. WAR MACHINE Dir. David Michod Home
89. LOST HIGHWAY Dir. David Lynch
90. ASSASSIN’S CREED Dir. Justin Kurzel
91. BEATRIZ AT DINNER Dir. Miguel Arteta
92. MARJORIE PRIME Dir. Michael Almereyda
93. SEX LIES & VIDEOTAPE Dir. Steven Soderbergh
94. BITCH Dir. Marianna Palka
95. ICARUS Dir. Bryan Fogel

96. THE BIG SICK Dir. Michael Showalter
97. ALLIED Dir. Robert Zemeckis
98. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Dir. Bill Condon
99. WONDER WOMAN Dir. Patty Jenkins
100. TARGETS Dir. Peter Bogdanovich
101. NOCTURAMA Dir. Bertrand Bonello

The Top 255 Movies Of 2017
102. CITIZEN BAND Dir. Jonathan Demme
103. THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV Dir. Albert Serra
104. THE LITTLE HOURS Dir. Jeff Baena
105. IT COMES AT NIGHT Dir. Trey Edward Shultz

106. JULIETA Dir. Pedro Almodovar
107. SUNSET SONG Dir. Terence Davies
108. DEATH BECOMES HER Dir. Robert Zemeckis
109. THE BEGUILED Dir. Sofia Coppola
110. THE SARAGASSO MANUSCRIPT Dir. Wojciech Has

111. JOHN WICK 2 Dir. Chad Stahelksi
112. MASTERMINDS Dir. Jared Hess
113. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Dir. Chris McKay
114. RICKI AND THE FLASH Dir. Jonathan Demme
115. MY LOVE IS IN FLAMES Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
116. HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES Dir. John Cameron Mitchell
117. THE UNTAMED Dir. Amat Escalante
118. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Dir. Stella Meghie

119. PRINCESS CYD Dir. Stephen Cone
120. LIFE Dir. Daniel Espinosa
121. FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Dir. Stephen Frears
122. BABY DRIVER Dir. Edgar Wright
123. SUPER DARK TIMES Dir. Chad Phillips
124. MOHAWK Dir. Ted Geogohan
125. JAPANESE GIRLS NEVER DIE Dir. Daigo Matsui

126. MAP TO THE STARS Dir. David Cronenberg
127. WAR FOR THE PLAET OF THE APES Dir. Matt Reeves
128. RULES DON’T APPLY Dir. Warren Beatty
129. VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF 1000 PLANETS Dir. Luc Besson
130. LADY MACBETH Dir. William Oldroyd
131. DUNKIRK Dir. Christopher Nolan
132. ENDLESS POETRY Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
133. GIRLS TRIP Dir. Malcom Lee
134. ATOMIC BLONDE Dir. David Leitch

135. FATE Dir. Fred Keleman
136. IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES Dir. Nagisa Oshima
137. THE HUMAN SURGE Dir. Eduardo Williams
138. STAYING VERTICAL Dir. Alain Guiraudie

139. LOVETRUE Dir. Alma Har’el
140. BELOVED Dir. Jonathan Demme
141. NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A FIXER Dir. Joseph Cedar
142 KAILI BLUES Dir. Gan Bi
143. SEVENTY-EIGHT / FIFTY TWO Dir. Alexandre Phillipe
144. RUMBLE FISH Dir. Francis Ford Coppola
145. BRIGSBY BEAR Dir. Dave McNary
146. ED WOOD Dir. Tim Burton
147. ANNABELLE: CREATION Dir. David O Sandberg
148. FANASTIC PLANET Dir. René Laloux

149. VIOLET Dir. Bas Devos
150. LOGAN LUCKY Dir. Steven Soderbergh
151. KUSO Dir. Flying Lotus
152. SUMMER HOURS Dir. Olivier Assayas
153. ESTHER KAHN Dir. Arnaud Desplechin
154. GOOD TIME Dir. Josh and Bennie Safdie
155. DEATH NOTE Dir. Adam Wingard
156. BLADE RUNNER Dir. Ridley Scott
157. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3RD KIND Dir. Steven Spielberg

158. EIGHT AND A HALF Dir. Federico Fellini
159. WE ARE THE FLESH Dir. Emiliano Rocha Minter
160. LIGHT OF MY LIFE Dir. Casey Affleck
161. LEMON Dir. Janzica Bravo
162. WILSON Dir. Craig Wilson
163. THE MUMMY Dir. Alex Kurtzman
164. THE LOVERS Dir. Azazel Jacobs
165. BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING DEBBIE REYNOLDS & CARRIE FISHER Dir. Fisher Stevens & Alexis Bloom
166. IT Dir. Andy Muschetti
167. THE EXORCIST III Dir. William Peter Blatty
168. SUSPIRIA Dir.Dario Argento
169. MOTHER! Dir. Darren Arronofsky

170. SURREAL ESTATE Dir. Eduardo De Gregorio
171. GOOK Dir. Justin Chon
172. DARK CITY Dir. Alex Proyas
173. JENNIFER’S BODY Dir. Karyn Kusama
174. CITY OF GHOSTS Dir. Matthew Heinneman
175. THE HUSTLER Dir. Robert Rossen
176. DESPERADO Dir. Robert Rodriguez
177. ROUGH NIGHT Dir. Lucia Aniello
178. CHUCK & BUCK Dir. Miguel Arteta
179. VENGEANCE IS MINE Dir. Shohei Imamura
180. NIGHT OF THE HUNTER Dir.Charles Laughton
181. NEVER GOIN’ BACK Dir. Augustine Frizzell
182. BATTLE OF THE SEXES Dir.Valerie Dayton & Jonathan Farris
183. GERALD’S GAME Dir. Mike Flanagan
184. STRONGER Dir. David Gordon Green
185. OUR SOULS AT NIGHT Dir. Ritesh Batra
186. COLUMBUS Dir. Koganda
187. BRAD’S STATUS Dir. Mike White

188. MARIE ANTOINETTE Dir. Sofia Coppola
189. BLADE RUNNER 2049 Dir. Denis Villeneneuve
190. CAT PEOPLE Dir. Val Lawton
191. SPIELBERG Dir. Susan Lacy
192. DON’T LEAVE HOME Dir. Michael Tully
193. THE SHAPE OF WATER Dir.Guillermo Del Toro
194. FREAKS Dir. Todd Browning
195. THE LOST BOYS Dir. Joel Schumacher
196. HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE Dir.Jon Schnitzer
197. THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE Dir. John Hough
198. HALLOWEEN Dir. John Carpenter
199. HALLOWEEN 2 Dir.Rick Rosenthal
200. TRAIN TO BUSAN Dir. Yeon Sang Ho
201. EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE Dir. Anne Goursaud
202. MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE Dir. Stephen King
203. FRIDAY THE 13th Dir. Sean S. Cunningham
204. DRAG ME TO HELL Dir. Sam Raimi
205. CABIN FEVER 2 Dir. Ti West
206. THE BROOD Dir. David Cronenberg
207. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Dir. Dan O’Bannon
208. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
209. THOR: RAGNAROK Dir. Taika Waititi

210. THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES Dir. Noah Baumbach
211. WONDERSTRUCK Dir. Todd Haynes
212. THE UNINVITED Dir. Lewis Allen
213. THE FLORIDA PROJECT Dir. Sean Baker
214. LAST FLAG FLYING Dir. Richard Linklater
215. THE SACRIFICE Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

216. GOLD STAR Dir. Victoria Negri
217. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Dir. Kenneth Branagh
218. THE TRANSFIGURATION Dir. Michael O’Shea
219. THE SQUARE Dir. Ruben Ostlund
220. JIM AND ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND Dir. Chris Smith
221. JOAN DIDION: THE CENTER WILL NOT HOLD Griffin Dunne
222. BISBEE ‘ 17 Dir. Robert Greene
223. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Dir. Jodie Foster
224. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING, MISSOURI Dir. Martin McDonaugh
225. THELMA Dir. Joachim Trier
226. LUCKY Dir. John Carrol Lynch
227. COCO Dir. Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina

228. PHANTOM THREAD Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
229. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Dir.Mel Brooks
230. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC Dir. Carl Theodor Dryer
231. THE DISASTER ARTIST Dir.James Franco
232. EYES WIDE SHUT Dir. Stanley Kubrick

233. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Dir.Luca Guadagnino
234. I, TONYA Dir. Craig Gillespie
235. SPIDERMAN HOMECOMING Dir. Jon Watts
236. MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND Dir. Asa Asensio
237. VOYEUR Dir. Myles Kane and Josh Koury
238. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Dir. Rian Johnson
239. ELF Dir. Jon Favreau
240. A CANTERBURY TALE Dir. Powell / Pressburger
241. IRMA VEP Dir. Olivier Assayas
242. STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH Dir. George Lucas
243. ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD Dir. Ridley Scott
244. LADY BIRD Dir. Greta Gerwig
245. HOME ALONE Dir. Chris Columbus
246. A CHRISTMAS STORY Dir. Bob Clark
247. HOME ALONE 2 Dir. Chris Columbus
248. NINETEEN EIGHTY-FIVE Dir. Yen Tan
249. DOWNSIZING Dir.Alexander Payne
250. THE POST Dir. Steven Spielberg
251. BY SIDNEY LUMET Dir. Nancy Buirski
252.REBECCA Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
253. DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME Dir. Bill Morrisson
254. THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN Dir. Me
255. CITIZEN KANE Dir. Orson Welles

I watched almost no television this year, with the natural exception of Twin Peaks, episode 8 of which is in a category all its own.

The best book I read this year was The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. The other best was Lincoln IN The Bardo by George Saunders. Both felt as if they advanced literary form, maybe by just a little even though it felt like a lot. The most monumental book I read was The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, which true to the quote on the back cover was the fastest 1000-plus pages I’ve ever read.

All of this was set to Lorde’s Melodrama, which wasn’t the only record I listened to this year but might as well have been, and the title of which aptly sums up the direction my disposition flared towards over the past twelve months.