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The 28 essential films of 2017

The 28 essential films of 2017
The 28 essential films of 2017

The time has come. During the last months I have been updating a list of the most recommended films of this year but with the arrival of December we wanted to make a new and definitive selection with the best cinema released in 2017 that included the participation of the Alienture team.

So below you will find a list of the 28 films that have amazed us, fun, excited or impacted over these twelve months. Below you can consult the individual lists of the editors, in case you are curious and want to check with whom you agree more. An important clarification: we have taken into account the Spanish calendar of premieres, that’s why there are some productions of 2016.

La La Land (The city of the stars)

‘La La Land’ is a film like the ones that were done before, but tremendously modern. It is nostalgic, romantic, magical and unique. And it works as a portrait of a generation to that generation that dreams but gives it all for lost. A push to not give up. A toast to keep dreaming.

Manchester by the sea (Manchester By The Sea)

The great interpretations are not the only thing, but summarize the virtues of the film. His visual modesty conveys the feeling that the director protects his characters, respecting their pain, diverting their sight and giving them their space. But he captures them by trying to overcome it in a way that is faithful to the life we ​​know, offering a different vision of the family and a beautiful and atypical resolution that few filmmakers dare to try.

The cure of well-being (A Cure for Wellness)

‘The cure of well-being’ is a true festival of bewilderment that is punctuated, in addition, by a festival of references related to fantastic cinema of all times. The exquisite visual care that frames the entire film in nightmarish sequences, makes it connect with a genuine Gothic philosophy: it is possible to be macabre and beautiful at the same time.

Dunkerque (Dunkirk)

Regardless of the format in which it is seen, ‘Dunkerque’ will not stop being a true masterpiece. His expertise in managing time, his asphyxiating atmosphere and his magnificent production design, coupled with an impeccable invoice, will continue to shape one of the most important films of the century.

Toni Erdmann

The staging seeks naturalness above all, thus qualifying the peculiarities of history by making everything accessible and close. There is no shortage of details that highlight the absurdity of certain situations, usually through inspired dialogues, but he never rejoices in it. ‘Toni Erdmann’ is a jewel, a proposal that is enjoyed a lot during your viewing, but that is gradually growing as you think about it.


‘Moonlight’ is a fascinating portrait of the male fragility that knows how to use all the problems that plague its protagonist to offer a portrait as delicate as interesting of its life evolution. It perfectly combines the realistic touch with a lyrical element that is enhanced as the occasion requires. A unique movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

James Gunn has achieved the unthinkable: overcome his previous success. Not only has the humor and the amazingness of the original, it is more mature and exciting. You feel that James Gunn has supervised and taken care of every detail; Marvel has given him more freedom and more money, and it shows. It’s everything you dream when they sell you an author overproduction. A unique adventure, everything we can ask of Hollywood and more.

Let me out (Get Out)

The first film by Jordan Peele recovers the symbolic potential of genre film to throw the viewer a sour reflection on racial prejudice, collecting the witness of dozens of horror films with satirical message that have preceded him with some visual findings of an experienced teacher.

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

‘Summer 1993’ is a small miracle, a little gem of those with which one meets very occasionally, where simplicity and talent come together to give us a piece of life, nostalgic, sensitive and beautiful. One of the most moving films of Spanish cinema in recent years.


  • ‘Logan’ is a sensational film that manages to be placed in the Olympus of cinema with superheroes reserved so far for titles like ‘The Protected’ (‘Unbreakable’), ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘The Dark Knight’. All of them very different from each other and that is something that is preserved with the addition of the farewell of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

The War of the Planet of the Apes (War for the Planet of the Apes)

It goes beyond its referents, its interpretations, its special effects and, even, beyond the original saga – to which it refers without special emphasis-. His sensibility, his sense of the show, his round characters and the unblemished work of his director are just factors in an equation that combines art and entertainment to create the perfect closure to what is probably one of the most solid and consistent trilogies. of all time, if not the most.

Mother! (Mother!)

A film in which Aronofsky has been able to literally do what he has wanted and it is very clear that he has enjoyed that freedom and nothing has been cut in this cocktail of religion, drama, terror and more. It is something that should be applied to any tape, but here more than ever it comes to see it to assess for yourself, because it seems unthinkable to recommend it or not to anyone. His mixture of fascination and despair is that special.


‘Detroit’ is an impeccable exercise halfway between the thriller, the judicial drama and the lesson of everlasting history that suffocates you, beats you, destroys your nerves and makes you return home once the lights of the room have been turned on of projection with a mixture of contained rage and distress. An unusual waste of talent, involvement and brilliant mastery in all its aspects.

A Ghost Story

A tremendously catholic and personal work. Reserved for open viewers, eager to make an effort to capture details of the plans while reflecting a little on the meaning of life after death. It is a very interesting experimental piece, different in its intentions and fascinating in its beautiful composition of square frames.

The sacrifice of a sacred deer (The Killing of a Sacred Deer)

As always in his movies, bewilderment in its purest state and not putting all the keys of the film on the table play in his favor; and it ends up being stimulating and mysterious. The devotion of Lanthimos for the portrait of the darkness that inhabits each one of us, and that we expose in our most banal gestures and our most inconsequential conversations, which makes him one of the most interesting authors of the moment.

Multiple (Split)

The definitive confirmation that M. Night Shyamalan is back (although I do not think he ever got to leave at all). The impressive work of James McAvoy and the great counterpoint offered by Anya Taylor-Joy round off one of the most enjoyable horror films of 2017.

In this corner of the world (Kono sekai no katasumi ni)

Katabuchi’s efforts to take care of an animation with little movement and color tone give great visual power to ‘In this corner of the world’, which borders the lines of the tender smile and tears constantly. His film is a must-see on the disaster, the acceptance of it and the transition to adulthood. An inclement and beautiful film, with its own entity.

Z, the lost city (The Lost City of Z)

It is undeniable that the evocative power of the images and the meandering meanings of James Gray have resulted in a profound and extraordinary filmic experience. With a reiteration of Herzog’s Conradian theme, and winking at the passages in the river, its interrupted structure, based on a succession of disorientated climaxes in each of its acts, give rise to a global and seductive vision of a singular life that was worth telling.

Batman: The Lego Movie (The LEGO Batman Movie)

One of the most entertaining films we’ve seen in 2017 thanks to both its hilarious sense of humor and its ability to be a dazzling visual spectacle. All this accompanied by a good technical bill and an accurate portrait of the bat man. Highly recommended


Imbued with a certain naturalistic air that confers on history such a degree of credibility that it puts into question the barriers of fiction, and eliminated the Spanish Almodovarian pathos, Puiu captures a moment of life to, in his own way, turn the film into an interesting piece ethnographic as well as universal story. If Almodóvar captures the essence of the character of the chaotic, loud and faithful Spanish family, Puiu puts in value his Romanian namesake who, in addition, in his fascinating character-building work confers on ‘Sieranevada’ a unique, own and difficult character of forget.

Raw (Serious)

A film so hard and shocking that it can disturb some viewers. But its use is quite limited and is at all times at the service of history. The atmosphere is getting thinner as we learn new details about the desires and appetites of the protagonist. ‘Crudo’ ends up being a very striking portrait of how a young woman discovers who she really is and how she deals with that development.


‘Colossal’ is a romantic comedy because it has humor and not a little romanticism, but also one that enjoys shaking from the viewer’s head a few preconceived ideas about the topics of the genre. Especially in what concerns its female protagonists and their suitors.

Your Name (Kimi no na wa.)

An unrepeatable film that immediately conquers you with its apparent simplicity when it comes to addressing your curious premise and then does not stop surprising you as the events take place. It is also a very accessible proposal that could conquer any type of spectator for the beauty of what counts and how it does, and for how easy it is to do everything when others would have complicated it unnecessarily.

Baby Driver

With soul of musical from beginning to end, the crazy idea of ​​the director happens because its almost two hours of duration is a quasi-perpetual choreography in which everything, absolutely everything, moves to the beat of the music. This effort, which is exemplary in certain moments in which there is no action or persecution in between, becomes lesson after lesson of how to distill adrenaline in moving images when the script of Wright decides that enough of dialogues and that it is time to move to leave the audience with a thousand hearts.

Blade Runner 2049

‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a difficult and full of twists and turns. It has more points in common with ‘Incendies’, one of the great films of its director, than with most adaptations of Philip K. Dick. In addition, the work deals better than them with great themes of the science fiction metaphysics of the creator of the story: from what it means to be human, from the dark melancholy of the orphan nature of the android soul to the existential drift that this causes. A successor more than worthy, a gloomy visual feast full of layers, from which springs symbolism and details that surely we can not relate until we revise it a second time.

The Square

Loaded with a twisted irony, sarcastic and scathingly funny, the film reveals our present ridiculousness in the skin of a handful of extravagant and peculiar characters. ‘The Square’ seems right and necessary. A slide that shakes us with humor and awakens the self-criticism of a society whose pillars wobble in full refounding.

Actually, you were never here (You were never really here)

Above an urban thriller (an unusually dreamlike one, yes), ‘Actually, you were never here’ is an unclassifiable character drama. The person in charge is, above all, a Joaquin Phoenix who does not carry the inks nor in the inexpressiveness to which invariably we portray the portraits of depression, nor to the explosions of fury inevitable in the adventures of a hitman. His delicacy runs parallel to Ramsay’s taste, offering one of the most emotionally devastating films of the year.


Although the true strength of ‘Coco’ falls on its essential third act, the new Pixar is a journey in which every minute seems priceless; an amusing, tender and brilliant adventure that, at the rhythm of ranchera, excites and invites tears to flow like only the best films know how to do it; whether or not they are created based on zeros and ones.

The publishers of Alienture choose their 10 favorite films of 2017

Juan Luis Caviaro:

  • Silence
  • Toni Erdmann
  • Jackie
  • Moonlight
  • The other side of hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Z, the lost city
  • In this corner of the world
  • The sacrifice of a sacred deer
  • Actually, you were never here


  • Mother!
  • A Ghost Story
  • Logan
  • Baby Driver
  • The call
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • The Land
  • Wonder Woman
  • Dunkirk
  • Multiple

Mikel Zorrilla:

  • Toni Erdmann
  • Manchester facing the sea
  • Melanie: The Girl with All the Gifts
  • Logan
  • Your Name
  • The War of the Planet of the Apes
  • Dunkirk
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Detroit
  • Coconut

Lucia Ros:

  1. The Land
  2. Summer 1993
  3. Moonlight
  4. Toni Erdman
  5. Yours and you (Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot)
  6. The life of zucchini (Ma Vie De Courgette)
  7. Mainland
  8. The seduction (The Beguiled)
  9. Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)
  10. Manchester facing the sea

Sergio Benítez:

  1. Coconut
  2. The Land
  3. Dunkirk
  4. The War of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Baby Driver
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy vol, 2
  7. Life (Life)
  8. Your Name
  9. Batman: The Lego Movie
  10. Multiple

Jorge Loser:

  1. The cure of well-being
  2. The War of the Planet of the Apes
  3. Logan
  4. The void (The Void)
  5. The luck of the Logan (Logan Lucky)
  6. Detroit
  7. The Land
  8. Manchester facing the sea
  9. Blade Runner 2049
  10. Z, the lost city

Sara Martínez:

  1. Actually, you were never here
  2. The Land
  3. The Square
  4. Sieranevada
  5. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
  6. On the beach alone at night (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja)
  7. A fantastic woman
  8. Moonlight
  9. Summer 1993
  10. I am not your black

Víctor López:

  • The Land
  • Dunkirk
  • Detroit
  • Mother!
  • Paddington 2
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Let me out
  • The cure of well-being
  • Land of Mine (Under the sand)
  • Veronica

John Tones:

  1. Let me out
  2. I no longer feel at ease in this world (I Do not Feel at Home in This World Anymore)
  3. Personal shopper
  4. The cure of well-being
  5. Colossal
  6. Shin Godzilla
  7. The Love Witch
  8. Raw
  9. Logan
  10. Those of the tunnel

Antonio R. Jiménez:

  1. The red turtle (La tortue rouge)
  2. Sieranevada
  3. Summer 1993
  4. A ghost story
  5. The sacrifice of a sacred deer
  6. Raw
  7. The Square
  8. Paradise (Ray)
  9. In this corner of the world
  10. Blade Runner 2049

Kiko Vega:

  1. The cure of well-being
  2. Let me out
  3. A Ghost Story
  4. Manchester facing the sea
  5. Colossal
  6. Mother!
  7. Batman: The Lego Movie
  8. Something very fat
  9. The sacrifice of a sacred deer
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


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