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As 2018 starts, it’s about time to decide on my Blindspot picks for the year. After seeing others taking part, I just started following this fun series last year, choosing twelve films that I’d been meaning to see and watching one a month for the year. For the most part, I enjoyed my 2017 picks, three of which made my Top 365 List, but I thought I’d do an official ranking before announcing my 2018 picks later this week. So here’s how the 2017 Blindspots stacked up, ranked worst to best, along with some nice short comments on each (since you can just read the review if you’re really curious).

 

  1. Blade Runner

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Great visuals, largely boring narrative

 

  1. An American in Paris

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Amazing dance numbers (a tad overlong though), paper thin plot

 

  1. Imitation of Life

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Important film dealing with race, some subplot weaknesses

 

  1. Darby O’Gill and the Little People

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Underrated and charming Disney classic, wish I’d seen it as a kid

 

  1. In Your Eyes

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Unique and slightly weird romance that mostly works

 

  1. Donnie Darko

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Still trying to process this dark sci-fi tale, strong performances and soundtrack

 

  1. Giovanni’s Island

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Tragic anime drama clearly echoing Grave of the Fireflies, touching ending

 

  1. The Help

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Fantastic acting from all involved, won’t look at chocolate pie the same way

 

  1. Hear Me

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Really charming Taiwanese rom com mostly in sign language (made the List mainly for being paired with A Silent Voice)

 

  1. Cinema Paradiso

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Moving Italian classic that appeals to one’s love of film

 

  1. Saving Private Ryan

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Gruesome but hard-hitting war drama, not a casual watch but indeed one of the greatest war movies ever

 

  1. Shuffle

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Lean and fascinating time travel story, worthy of much greater recognition

 

 

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