My top 20 films of 2017

FloPo 2017

2017, for all its myriad horrendous flaws (including those finally outed in Hollywood itself), was an exceptional year for exceptional movies. I was utterly unable to round up just a top 10 of the 120 films I saw this year, as I’d just be leaving too much great stuff out. Even with 20, I’m still missing superb stuff like Lady BirdThe Death of Stalin, and Paddington 2, but here’s the countdown. Continue reading


Heal the Living Review

Heal Living

It seems only right that a film about surgery of the heart should be so capable of breaking and mending that of its audience, which is exactly what Katell Quillevere’s utterly fantastic Heal the Living does repeatedly in its deftly weaved ensemble story of families, life, and death. With a story spiralling outwards following a tragic car crash that leaves 17 year old Simon (Gabin Verdet) brain dead, but with viable organs for transplant, his mum Marianne (Emmanuelle Seigner) has to make the impossible decision to turn off his life support so that another mother, Claire (Anne Dorval) can live on with Simon’s heart.  Continue reading