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Our Top Watching 2017

The Un-Oscars!

We polled the teachers and staff of the Warwick Film & TV Studies Department for the best films and TV programmes watched this past year. The results are in:


MICHELE AARON

  1. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2017)
  2. Please Like Me - Australian TV comedy, Josh Thomas
  3. Strong Island (Yance Ford, 2017)
  4. Ghost Hunting (Raed Andoni, 2017)
  5. De Cierta Manera (Sara Gómez, 1974)
  6. Tramontane (Vatche Boulghourjian, 2017)
  7. I am not your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2017)
  8. Master of None


JOSÉ ARROYO

  • Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016)
  • L’insoumis (Alain Cavalier, 1964)
  • The Florida Project (Sean Baker, 2017)
  • Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, 2016)
  • Coco (Lee Unkrich/Adrian Molina, 2016)
  • Mountains May Depart (Zangkhe Jia, 2016)
  • Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018)
  • The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, 2017)
  • 120 BPM (Robin Campillo, 2017)


JON BURROWS
In alphabetical order:

  • Feud: Bette and Joan (TV; various dirs.)
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Noah Baumbach)
  • Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
  • Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)


CATHERINE CONSTABLE

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - all the way through on a big screen!
  • Solaris - Tarkovsky - had never seen this before and it was fascinating.
  • Lego Batman - the best ever riposte to Christopher Nolan
  • Wonder Woman - enjoyable at lots of levels and good to see a non-ironised, idealistic female action hero.
  • Hail Caesar - loved the intertexts!


TIAGO DE LUCA

  • Homo Sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
  • Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
  • Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Okja (Bong Joon-ho)


MATT DENNY

  • The Good Place Season 1&2 (creator: Michael Shur, 2016 - )
  • Detectorists Season 3 (Creator Mackenzie Crook, 2017)
  • Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (Chris McKay, 2017)
  • T2: Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 2017)
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Guy Ritchie, 2017)
  • The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola, 2017)
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)
  • Colossal (Nacho Vigalondo,2017)
  • mother! (Darren Aaronofsky, 2017)

 

ED GALLAFENT
In no particular order:

  • Lady Bird
  • Three Billboards
  • The Florida Project
  • The Other Side of Hope
  • Human Flow

ADAM GALLIMORE

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Shape of Water
  • Wind River
  • Dunkirk
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Hostiles
  • Phantom Thread
  • Baby Driver
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • I, Tonya


STEPHEN GUNDLE

  • Gomorrah, series 1 and 2
  • Top of the Lake: China Girl
  • Paddington 2 (seriously, it was much better than the first film!)
  • Il cammino della speranza (Pietro Germi, 1952 circa)
  • La cuccagna (Luciano Salce, 1962)


CLAIRE JESSON

FILM

1. Three Loves (Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt) (1929)

2. I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

3. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

4. The Muppet Movie (1979)

5. The Corner (1963)

TV

1. Storyville, OJ: Made in America (BBC)

2. Motherland (BBC)

3. The View (ABC, USA)

4. Three Girls (BBC)

5. First Dates (including, First Dates Hotel) (Channel 4)


CATHERINE (CAT) LESTER
In alphabetical order:

  • Call Me By Your Name (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
  • Colossal (dir. Nacho Vigalondo)
  • The Florida Project (dir. Sean Baker)
  • A Ghost Story (dir. David Lowery)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
  • One Day at a Time (Netflix)
  • Prevenge (dir. Alice Lowe)
  • Raw (dir. Julia Ducournau)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (dir. Rian Johnson)

 

JULIE LABALZO-WRIGHT
In no particular order:

  • The Good Place (NBC, TV series, 2016-)
  • Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)
  • Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017)
  • Transparent (Amazon, TV series, 2014-)
  • Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)
  • I am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2017)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo, VHI, 2009-)


JAMES MACDOWELL

Film

  • Phantom Thread
  • Certain Women
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • The Fits
  • Blade Runner 2049

TV

  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Crown, Season 2
  • Alias Grace
  • The Good Place, Season 2
  • Blue Planet II


TRACEY MCVEY

  • The Crown
  • Big Little Lies
  • The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
  • This is Us
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Thor
  • Stranger Things
  • Feud
  • Three Billboards
  • Game of Thrones S7


RACHEL MOSELEY

  • Riverdale
  • The Detectorists
  • Upstart Crow
  • Hetty Feather
  • The Bridge
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • The Midnight Drives
  • Enough to Fill Up an Eggcup
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • Jamestown


ALASTAIR PHILLIPS

  • Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  • The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
  • Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
  • Certain Women (Kelly Reinhardt)
  • Graduation (Cristian Mungiu)


MICHAEL PIGOTT
In no particular order:

  • Eldorado XXI (Salome Lamas, 2016)
  • Mother! (Darren Aronofsky, 2017)
  • The Human Surge (Eduardo Williams, 2016)
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)
  • Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (Julian Radlmaier, 2017)
  • Rey (Niles Atallah, 2017)
  • The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017)
  • Okja (Bong Joon-ho, 2017)
  • The Challenge (Yuri Ancarani, 2016)
  • Factory of the Sun (Hito Steyerl, 2016)

 

KARL SCHOONOVER

  • Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele)
  • Transparent, Season 3 (Jill Soloway)
  • Personal Shopper (dir. Olivier Assayas)
  • Call Me by Your Name (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
  • “Thanksgiving” episode, Season 2, Master of None (dir. Melina Matsoukas)
  • Lady MacBeth (dir. William Oldroyd)
  • Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
  • W1A, Season 3 (John Morton)

 

ZOË SHACKLOCK

FILM

  • The Shape of Water
  • The Last Jedi
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Spiderman Homecoming
  • Get Out

TV

  • The Good Place
  • Star Trek Discovery
  • American Gods
  • Black Sails
  • Big Little Lies

 

JAMES TAYLOR

A (mostly) genre top 6:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Raw
  • Wonder Woman
  • Get Out
  • A Ghost Story
  • Logan

 

RICK WALLACE

A list that speaks to the impact that having a small child has on one's film/television viewing. In alphabetical order:

  • 10 Rillington Place (Richard Fleischer, 1971)
  • Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017)
  • Hey Duggee: 'The River Badge' (Studio Aka/CBeebies, 2017) - an astounding Apocalypse Now parody and my (genuine) highlight of the year
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, 2016)
  • Motherland (Delightful Industries/Merman/BBC, 2016-)

 

HELEN WHEATLEY

  • Big Little Lies (Season 1, David E. Kelley, HBO, 2017)
  • The End of the Fucking World (Charlie Covell, Channel 4, 2017)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 7, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, HBO, 2017)
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele, US, 2017)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1, Bruce Miller, Hulu, 2016)
  • Raw (Julia Ducournau, France/Belguim, 2016)
  • The Shape of Water (Guillermo Del Toro, US, 2017)
  • Three Girls (Nicole Taylor and Philippa Lowthorpe, BBC 1, 2017)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Netflix, 2015-)
  • The Young Offenders (Peter Foott, RTE2/BBC3, 2018)
  • Also honourable mentions for Broadchurch (especially Ep 1, S 3, Chris Chibnall, ITV1, 2017) and The Love Witch (Anna Biller, US, 2017)


LYNSEY WILLMORE

  • Coco
  • Get Out
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Doctor Who
  • Big Little Lies

 

JOSETTE WOLTHUIS

  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Black Mirror, Season 4
  • Wonder Woman
  • A Ghost Story
  • In This Corner of the World
  • The Good Place
  • Moonlight (2016)
  • Carnage (Simon Amstell, BBC)
  • Daughters of the Dust (1991)

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