Best and Worst Movies 2017 Boomtown Rap

Best and Worst Movies of 2017

Best and Worst Movies of 2017 (plus Best TV Series of 2017)
You may disagree with my ratings, but how well do you know yer Red Delicious from yer Pink Lady, yer Valencia from yer Navel – and yer Eureka from yer Meyer, for that matter? And how do you compare between them?


  • I’ve banged on ad nauseum in previous years about end-of-year best/worst movie lists and why I don’t take them seriously, so I’ll spare yas the rave this year. Just treat my lists as a bit of fun. For me, they function as a quick reference, a reminder of my best and worst movie experiences for a particular year. My crap memory is the main reason I even bother with this annual best-of/worst-of shit. Oh, and please note: some of the films considered are 2016 releases that were released in Australia in 2017.
  • As usual, I didn’t see ALL the year’s widely acclaimed flicks, so if something great’s missing from my list hold that sneer. I’ve identified the significant ones I missed at the bottom of the page.
  • My viewing is weighted towards arthouse/indie.
  • Films in each category are listed in alphabetical order. Ranking them in order of merit makes no sense (apples/oranges; no divulgence of assessment criteria). If you want the reasons behind my assessments you’ll find them in my reviews, which I’ve linked to.

    NB: Inclusion in one category does not necessarily preclude inclusion in another.

Best Movies of 2017
Get Out
Kedi (doco)
Manchester by the Sea
Paddington 2
The Florida Project
The Music of Strangers (doco)

Near Misses
Faces Places (doco)
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Patti Cake$
Personal Shopper
Wonder Woman [not reviewed]

Best of the Rest
Baby Driver [not reviewed]
Borg vs McEnroe
Call Me by Your Name
Don’t Tell
Hounds of Love [not reviewed]
Like Crazy
Only the Brave
The Salesman
Their Finest
T2: Trainspotting [not reviewed]
Wind River [not reviewed]

“Masterpieces” That Weren’t
Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk [not reviewed]
Hounds of Love [not reviewed]
Moonlight [not reviewed]

Also Over-rated
Frantz [not reviewed]
Lady Macbeth [not reviewed]

Worst Movies of 2017
Bad Girl
The Lovers
The Only Living Boy in New York
20th Century Women

Dog of the Year
Bad Girl

Didn’t see
Battle of the Sexes
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Disaster Artist
The Lego Batman Movie
Thor: Ragnarok

Top 20 Highest Grossing Films in Australia 2017 (of these, saw only 4 – marked with asterisk)

  1. Beauty and the Beast
  2. Thor: Ragnarok
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Despicable Me 3
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  6. Wonder Woman
  7. Lion*
  8. The Fate of the Furious*
  9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  10. It
  11. Dunkirk*
  12. Logan
  13. The Boss Baby
  14. Justice League
  15. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  16. Fifty Shades Darker
  17. Hidden Figures
  18. Murder on the Orient Express*
  19. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  20. The Emoji Movie

Overall, I found 2017 to be a bit down on quality films compared with recent years, although as always there were some beauties. TV, on the other hand, has never been better.

Best TV Series

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale
  2. Catastrophe
  3. Ozark
  4. Riverdale
  5. Big Little Lies
  6. Rosehaven
  7. The Deuce

Here’s to a stellar 2018 on the big and small screens.

Happy New Year all.

Previous Annual Movie Best/Worst ofs
Best and Worst Movies of 2016 – The Boomtown Rap
Best and Worst Movies of 2015 – The Boomtown Rap
The Boomtown Rap: Movies of 2014 – Best, Worst etc
The Boomtown Rap Movie Awards For 2013
The Boomtown Rap Movie Awards For 2012
The Boomtown Rap Movie Awards For 2011
The Boomtown Rap Awards For 2010
The Boomtown Rap Awards For 2009
The Boomtown Rap Awards For 2008
The Boomtown Rap Awards For 2007

2 thoughts on “Best and Worst Movies of 2017”

  1. What, Daddy’s Home 2 didn’t make it? 😀 Best film of 2017 hands down.

    Blade Runner 2046 was good.

    Also some other good 2017 sci-fi were:

    What Happened To Monday
    OtherLife (filmed in Perth!)
    It Stains The Sands Red (if an offbeat zombie thing is your cup-of-tea heh heh)

    Do not even bother with that pretentious pile of vomit “Dumbkirk”! Gah!

    1. Sounds like I really missed something in Daddy’s Home 2. Is there no end to the tragedies of 2017 (well yeah, in a few hours).

      Yeah, wish I’d seen Blade Runner 2046.

      I thought Otherlife was a good effort, but that it got over-complicated and lost its way in the last 1/4. Dunno why it didn’t get more attention, though. Last bit aside, I thought it was a bloody good effort on a tiny budget.

      Haven’t seen What Happened to Monday or It Stains the Sands Red – ta for the tips! Reminds me, The Girl With All The Gifts was another zombie movie I thought far better than most. Really well thought out narrative for a change.

      Yeah – beats me why Dunkirk has received such accolades. Left me cold. I really don’t understand how anyone could rate it, yet here we are with a chorus of critics declaring it a masterpiece. Gotta say though, Matt, you and I are not the only inhabitants of the Dunkirk-doesn’t-make-it planet.

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