Sight & Sound’s Top 10 Films List Stirs Debate

The British Film Institute’s international magazine has released their annual Sight & Sound critics list of the best films of the year and one result has raised some eyebrows.

Polling more than 180 critics, programmers and academics from around the world to secure the results, the list includes for the first time a TV series in the top ten – specifically David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” which came in second behind only “Get Out” which was named film of the year, and just ahead of “Call Me By Your Name”.

The inclusion of a TV series has sparked much online debate about the erosion of the line between film and television in recent years and times this has blurred before (most notably the 7.5 hour TV series doco “O.J. Made in America” winning the Oscar for best documentary feature).

2016’s list was topped by “Toni Erdmann,” “Moonlight” and “Elle”. Here’s the full rundown of the twenty-one titles:

1. “Get Out” (dir: Jordan Peele)
2. “Twin Peaks: The Return” (dir: David Lynch)
3. “Call Me by Your Name” (dir: Luca Guadagnino)
4. “Zama” (dir: Lucrecia Martel)
5. “Western” (dir: Valeska Grisebach)
6. “Faces Places” (dir: Agnes Varda)
7. “Good Time, dirs: Ben and Josh Safdie)
8. “Loveless” (dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev)
9. “Dunkirk” (dir: Christopher Nolan)
9. “The Florida Project” (dir: Sean Baker)
11. “A Ghost Story” (dir: David Lowery)
12. “You Were Never Really Here” (dir: Lynne Ramsay)
12. “BPM” (dir: Robin Campillo)
12. “Lady Macbeth” (dir: William Oldroyd)
14. “God’s Own Country” (dir: Francis Lee)
14. “The Shape Of Water” (dir: Guillermo del Toro)
16. “Let the Sunshine In” (dir: Claire Denis)
16. “Mudbound” (dir: Dee Rees)
16. “Strong Island” (dir: Yance Ford)
16. “I Am Not Your Negro” (dir: Raoul Peck)
16. “Personal Shopper” (dir: Olivier Assayas)

In a less divisive poll, esteemed film critic David Ehrlich has released his annual video montage of his twenty-five best films of 2017 and once again it’s a work of editing wonder.