Anne Hubbell's Feast of Films from 2017
STOWE STORY LABS MENTOR ANNE HUBBELL’S FEAST OF FILMS FROM 2017
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – This movie is exquisite. Luca Guadagnino has managed to breathe stunning new life into a Coming of Age/ First Love/Teen Heartbreak film. He even threw in a Psychedelic Furs song for good measure and maximum nostalgia.
DUNKIRK – Part old fashioned war movie, part immersive art installation, part time & space math problem and all shot on glorious 65mm. Chris Nolan set out and succeeded in creating a total theatrical experience. (Please do not watch this on the tiny screen on the back of an airplane seat.)
FACES/PLACES – A reminder that art is transcendent and universal, and that Agnes Varda is an international treasure and one of the biggest badasses in cinema.
THE FLORIDA PROJECT – What could easily have slipped into Poverty Porn in another director’s hands, is instead a tender portrait of a community on the edge and the resilience of childhood. Sean Baker’s leap from iPhone (TANGERINE) to 35mm only made the movie more magical.
GET OUT – An insanely timely and tight script, brilliant casting and shrewd direction rightfully made this the must-see movie of the year. Hard to believe it Jordan Peele’s first feature.
GIRLS TRIP – Hopefully Hollywood has once and for all put the idea that women aren’t funny and don’t make money at the box office. This is one of the most profitable projects of 2017 (So far grossing over 10 times its budget!) and these ladies are totally hilarious. I want to be a member of the Flossy Posse!
I, TONYA – Dark, funny, tragic, reflective. Craig Gillespie hits a surprising and correct tone for a present-day re-examination of one of the craziest chapters in American pop culture.
LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig is a super star. Her directorial debut is pitch perfect and lovingly captures the frustration, torment and giddiness of a teenager (and her mother) as she nears the end of adolescence.
THE SHAPE OF WATER – An exquisite dream world and yearning, misfit characters in the hands of fine actors make Guillermo del Toro’s modern fairy tale familiar, thrilling and unpredictable.
WONDER WOMAN – I love super hero/action flicks and I give big props to THE LAST JEDI and THOR: RAGNAROK. But Patty Jenkins launched a bold, feminist franchise with a breakthrough movie star to anchor it and gave women of all ages validation and hope wrapped in a smart, sexy, kick-ass story.
This was a great year for cinema, so I will add 10 more that I highly recommend: BEFORE I FALL, THE DISASTER ASTIST, GOOD TIME, HOSTILES, THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED), MUDBOUND, OKJA, PHANTOM THREAD, THE POST, ROMAN J. ISREAL, ESQ and WONDERSTRUCK.
Anne Hubbell is Co-Founder of Tangerine Entertainment, Vice President of Motion Picture at Eastman Kodak Company, and we are proud to say Anne is a Stowe Story Labs mentor.