Watch: No Film School's Glorious Best Cinematography of 2017 Recap

December 26, 2017
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Best Cinematography of 2017

With the year coming to an end, it's time to look back at the movies that defined the year in cinema. One of our favorite websites, No Film School, has put together a superb video to highlight & discuss their picks for the Best Cinematography of 2017. Not only is the video mesmerizing to watch with all of this lovely cinematography, but they completely nailed the selection - picking out, really, all the best cinematography, including from excellent documentaries like Chasing Coral (one of my favorites), Casting JonBenét, and Kedi. (The only big film missing, to me, is Call Me By Your Name…) Of course they feature Blade Runner 2049 (go, Roger Deakins, go!) and Dunkirk, along with Mudbound, Wonder Wheel, Good Time, The Florida Project, and Columbus. Yep, all the best films right there. This year end movie recap video is a must watch.

Description direct from YouTube: "To compile our list of the year’s most breathtaking cinematography, we asked No Film School writers to submit a single film that stood out visually above all others for them this year, and had video essayist Nelson Carvajal of Free Cinema Now put together excerpts from each in this supercut." Follow Nelson Carvajal - @nelsoncarvajal. You can read more about their choices and each of the shots featured in the video on NoFilmSchool.com. I highly recommend watching the film Columbus in full, every frame is pretty much cinematography perfection. I'm glad they included so many documentaries as well, as they are just as important to cinema as feature films. If you want to discover more of 2017's best cinematography, we also recommend this: The Top 10 Shots of 2017. Any other favorites from the year?

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Very happy with the cinematography this year.

DAVIDPD on Dec 26, 2017


Agreed, so many inspired shots this year alone. I think 2017, along with the rightful outing of perverts in power, will go down as a very solid year for movies.

Krishna Nadoli on Dec 26, 2017


i see your point. That said, the likes of Roger Deakins, Emmanuel Lubezki and Hoyte van Hoytema can do wonders with their lenses, film or not. Honestly, it all still comes down to good craftsmanship and talent

Krishna Nadoli on Dec 26, 2017


Add to your list Bruno Delbonnel and Darius Khondji. ;D

tarek on Dec 27, 2017


From this list, I've only seen Blade Runner: 2049. Time to add some more to the list =)

THE_RAW_ on Dec 27, 2017


What did you think about it Raw?

tarek on Dec 27, 2017


I really enjoyed it! I saw it twice in the theater. I thought the story was respectful of the original material, yet expanded it into an interesting direction. It was shot beautifully (I'm pulling for Deakins to get an Oscar nomination/win?), the acting was good and the soundtrack was decent. It was a great take on neo-noir, reminiscent of the noir movies of the 30's/40's just in a cyberpunk setting. My only complaint was Leto as the antagonist. It was a bit lazy. Everything else worked and worked well. Did you see it @tarektoverso:disqus? And if so, what were your thoughts?

THE_RAW_ on Dec 27, 2017


Yep I saw it. I wasn't fan to be honest. It was no doubt beautifully shot and all, but I had a hard time to be emotionally connected to the characters or the story. It lacked the onirism of the original one. And the lazy score of Zimmer didn't help. Zimmer ain't Vangelis. Casting Ryan Gosling didn't help either. I can't stand his sad face. ;D And yes, Leto's character was Snyder's Lex Luthor level of dumbness.

tarek on Dec 27, 2017


Interesting perspective @tarektoverso:disqus. Gotta be honest, had to Google "onirism". =P To me, I felt like the lack of emotional connection was due to the character being a replicant. This character was "less than human", a "skin job" that didn't deserve to have feelings or behave as a human. So he was very closed off due to the conditioning of his environment. He only connected with an AI because that's what HE was. I get that Gosling isn't for everyone, especially when he screams (https://youtu.be/k-gM9lB8qok) but I felt he did pretty good in this. I know you and Bo are avid fans of the original, however, while aesthetically pleasing and laying the foundation for cinematic cyberpunk, for me, it was a slow and tedious movie. I liked the Blade Runner PC Game though!

THE_RAW_ on Dec 29, 2017

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