Episode 564: Scott’s Top Ten of 2017

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  1. Caleb says:

    I have a hard time getting annoyed by either Scott or David’s yearly categorization rubrics, when a friend of mine has an even more maddeningly incomprehensible way of creating their yearly top ten: their definition of what constitutes a release qualifying for a best-of 2017 list is (and I quote) “any movies that premiered anywhere in the world between 2015 and 2017.”

    Of course the excuse is certain films have troubled releases.

    Don’t ask me why his top films released in 2015 and 2016 aren’t on their 2017 list.

    Now, I fall more on Scott’s side, wherein films released in the U.S. in 2017 qualify for my end-of-year 2017 list (which is why Personal Shopper is my #1 of 2017), but I completely understand David’s reasoning (it is much more strict, and in a way easier to follow). This friend of mine though… I find their process maddening.

  2. Juhani Kenttä says:

    For me, it has to do with the film’s primary production country and when the film was released theatrically in that said country. Sometimes sticking strictly to theatrical release gets tricky (like, would I really categorize Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer according to its limited theatrical run as a 1990 film and not a 1986 one?) but usually I don’t count festival premieres and runs as their release dates. Often enough the festival cuts aren’t even “final” versions that run theatrically, a good example being The Brown Bunny that premiered in Cannes 2003 as a two hour movie and a year later as a notedly different 90 minute one thus making it my favorite film of 2004 and not 2003.

  3. Marko says:

    Does David also consider The Hurt Locker a 2008 film?

  4. Mic says:

    When I make a top ten of the year list I always make it clear that its open to change at a later date.

    Since becoming a parent my cinema going opportunities have been severely curtailed, so it can often be a year later that I see even the more mainstream releases never mind smaller art-house fare. So I have no doubt I’ll be editing my top ten of 2015 over the coming year or two.

    Also, I base the release date on where I am (Ireland), so when I do eventually see Moonlight or La La Land they will be contending for a place on my 2017 list.

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