Next up in my 2017 film recap is a group of films I’m labelling ‘Awards Contenders.’ These movies are either winning or at least in the conversation for the various critics prizes, Golden Globes, SAG, PGA, DGA, WGA, Oscars and you get the idea.
Studios often hold these award-bait movies until the very end of the year, so I still have quite a few to catch up on, including Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name.
Given the back-loaded nature of major movie releases, I think it’s safe to call late August the mid-point of the cinematic year. So this week I’ll count down my top five films of 2014 so far.
This is a very strong list. It’s hard for me to imagine any of these five movies not being in my top ten at the end of the year, but with an impressive slate of films still to come, I’m sure that’s a possibility. Good problem to have.
Most memorable films make good use of music, and these are no exception. I’ll feature a soundtrack tune from each.