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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2017

See below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list of the best films of 2017, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots.

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From Chuck Bowen’s introduction to Slant Magazine’s Top 25 Films of 2017: “Cinema is an art of collaborative effort that speaks implicitly and often explicitly of the values of community, which often seemed in short supply this year. We live in an age in which articles are written daily on the need for “checking out” of online culture, so that we may disconnect from the bombardment of grotesqueries that keep us in an emotional tailspin. Both coincidentally and by pop-cultural osmosis, many of the year’s best films ask how deeply we may be permitted to check out and how far we should risk and extend ourselves for the prospect of personal and social rehabilitation.” Click here to read the feature and see if your favorite films of the year made our list. And see below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots.

26. The Square
27. Slack Bay
28. In Transit
29. Columbus
30. On the Beach at Night Alone
31. Rat Film
32. God’s Own Country
33. Graduation
34. 4 Days in France
35. Hermia & Helena
36. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
37. The Son of Joseph
38. The Work
39. Paraguay Remembered
40. Person to Person
41. I Called Him Morgan
42. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
43. Mister Universo
44. The Human Surge
45. The Red Turtle
46. Dunkirk
47. Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo
48. Blade Runner 2049
49. Wet Woman in the Wind
50. Harmonium

Chuck Bowen
1. Phantom Thread
2. A Quiet Passion
3. The Salesman
4. Dawson City: Frozen Time
5. Nocturama
6. The Son of Joseph
7. Ex Libris: New York Public Library
8. Personal Shopper
9. I Am Not Your Negro
10. B.P.M.

Honorable Mention: Columbus, A Ghost Story, God’s Own Country, Good Time, I Called Him Morgan, In Transit, The Lost City of Z, Logan Lucky, Marjorie Prime, The Work

Jesse Cataldo
1. Nocturama
2. Behemoth
3. Get Out
4. The Death of Louis XIV
5. Lady Bird
6. Personal Shopper
7. A Quiet Passion
8. Song to Song
9. Les Hautes Solitudes
10. Dawson City: Frozen Time

Honorable Mention: Bahuubali 2, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Call Me by Your Name, Ex Libris: New York Public Library, Florida Project, Good Time, I Am Not Your Negro, The Lost City of Z, The Ornithologist, Strong Island

Jake Cole
1. Song to Song
2. A Quiet Passion
3. Personal Shopper
4. Dawson City: Frozen Time
5. Phantom Thread
6. Good Time
7. The Florida Project
8. The Ornithologist
9. Lady Bird
10. BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Honorable Mention: Call Me by Your Name, Coco, Columbus, The Death of Louis XIV, Ex Libris: New York Public Library, Faces Places, Girls Trip, Hermia & Helena, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, Mudbound

Greg Cwik
1. Phantom Thread
2. On the Beach at Night Alone
3. Marjorie Prime
4. Nocturama
5. A Quiet Passion
6. Person to Person
7. Behemoth
8. The Son of Joseph
9. Hermia & Helena
10. Lady Bird

Honorable Mention: Brawl in Cellblock 99, The Death of Louis XIV, Ex Libris: New York Public Library, Good Time, The Lost City of Z, The Meyerowitz Stories, Mimosas, The Post, Slack Bay, Wet Woman in the Wind

Clayton Dillard
1. Good Time
2. BPM: Beats Per Minute
3. Nocturama
4. The Florida Project
5. Personal Shopper
6. The Death of Louis XIV
7. Get Out
8. Tempestad
9. The Square
10. Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Honorable Mention: Dawson City: Frozen Time, Faces Places, God’s Own Country, I Am Not Your Negro, The Lure, The Meyerowitz Stories, The Ornithologist, Starless Dreams, We Are the Flesh, Whose Streets?

Kenji Fujishima
1. The Lost City of Z
2. Ex Libris: New York Public Library
3. Phantom Thread
4. Starless Dreams
5. I Am Not Your Negro
6. Call Me by Your Name
7. In Transit
8. Personal Shopper
9. After the Storm
10. A Quiet Passion

Honorable Mention: Behemoth, Dawson City: Frozen Time, Faces Places, Get Out, Graduation, Lady Bird, The Meyerowitz Stories, Mudbound, The Son of Joseph, Tempestad

Peter Goldberg
1. Good Time
2. Personal Shopper
3. A Quiet Passion
4. Faces Places
5. Ta’ang
6. Mudbound
7. Phantom Thread
8. Lady Bird
9. Tempestad
10. Girls Trip

Honorable Mention: BPM (Beats Per Minute), Columbus, Dawson City: Frozen Time, Ex Libris: The New York City Library, The Florida Project, Get Out, Nocturama, The Ornithologist, Rat Film, Wonderstruck

Ed Gonzalez
1. Phantom Thread
2. The Salesman
3. A Quiet Passion
4. Nocturama
5. I Am Not Your Negro
6. The Lost City of Z
7. Personal Shopper
8. Lady Bird
9. The Florida Project
10. Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Honorable Mention: 4 Days in France, Behemoth, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Call Me by Your Name, The Challenge, God’s Own Country, Harmonium, In Transit, The Ornithologist, Tempestad

Christopher Gray
1. Phantom Thread
2. A Quiet Passion
3. Call Me by Your Name
4. The Lost City of Z
5. Dawson City: Frozen Time
6. Lady Bird
7. Good Time
8. BPM (Beats Per Minute)
9. Nocturama
10. Tempestad

Honorable Mention: 4 Days in France, Coco, Get Out, Marjorie Prime, Mudbound, The Ornithologist, Personal Shopper, The Salesman, Song to Song, The Work

Wes Greene
1. Personal Shopper
2. Lady Bird
3. Nocturama
4. Good Time
5. Call Me by Your Name
6. Columbus
7. The Lost City of Z
8. A Quiet Passion
9. Ex Libris: New York Public Library
10. The Ornithologist

Honorable Mention: Harmonium, Hermia & Helena, I Am Not Your Negro, The Litte Hours, Logan Lucky, The Meyerowitz Stories, Song to Song, The Square, Tempestad, Wonderstruck

Eric Henderson
1. Nocturama
2. Personal Shopper
3. A Quiet Passion
4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
5. BPM (Beats Per Minute)
6. Dawson City: Frozen Time
7. Faces Places
8. Lady Bird
9. Get Out
10. The Ornithologist

Honorable Mention: Columbus, Ex Libris: New York Public Library, I Am Not Your Negro, God’s Own Country, Good Time, The Lost City of Z, mother!, The Post, Rat Film, Staying Vertical

Oleg Ivanov
1. The Square
2. The Meyerowitz Stories
3. The Red Turtle
4. Blade Runner 2049
5. The Lost City of Z
6. Alien: Covenant
7. Endless Poetry
8. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
9. Dawson City: Frozen Time
10. Blade of the Immortal

Honorable Mention: Ex Libris: New York Public Library, I, Tonya, The Little Hours, The Lure, Menashe, My Journey Through French Cinema, Phantom Thread, A Quiet Passion, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Girl Without Hands

Carson Lund
1. A Quiet Passion
2. Phantom Thread
3. Slack Bay
4. Marjorie Prime
5. Rat Film
6. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
7. Good Time
8. Lady Bird
9. Hermia & Helena
10. The Meyerowitz Stories

Honorable Mention: Autumn, Autumn, The Challenge, The Death of Louis XIV, The Florida Project, The Ornithologist, Personal Shopper, Person to Person, Porto, Song to Song, Staying Vertical

Sam C. Mac
1. The Lost City of Z
2. Phantom Thread
3. On the Beach at Night Alone
4. Starless Dreams
5. Nocturama
6. Marjorie Prime
7. Song to Song
8. Wet Woman in the Wind
9. Human Flow
10. A Quiet Passion

Honorable Mention: Twenty Two, Lady Bird, Hermia & Helena, Mimosas, Escapes, The Other Side of Hope, Risk, Your Name, Duckweed, Behemoth

Steve Macfarlane
1. A Quiet Passion
2. Mister Universo
3. I Called Him Morgan
4. The Death of Louis XIV
5. Félicité
6. The Human Surge
7. Rat Film
8. Tempestad
9. Faces Places
10. Phantom Thread

Honorable Mention: 4 Days in France, Behemoth, BPM (Beats Per Minute), By the Time It Gets Dark, Ex Libris: New York City Library, Nocturama, The Other Side of Hope, Staying Vertical, Strong Island, Whose Streets?

Elise Nakhnikian
1. Get Out
2. Graduation
3. Phantom Thread
4. A Quiet Passion
5. Faces Places
6. I Am Not Your Negro
7. Dunkirk
8. Dawson City: Frozen Time
9. Lady Bird
10. 4 Days in Frace

Honorable Mention: For Ahkeen, Tempestad, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Harmonium, Whose Streets?, The Florida Project, Intent to Destroy, Rat Film, Donald Cried, Get Me Roger Stone

Diego Semerene
1. Paraguay Remembered
2. Call Me by Your Name
3. BPM (Beats Per Minute)
4. Starless Dreams
5. Get Out
6. Paris 05:59 Theo & Hugo
7. God’s Own Country
8. The Salesman
9. I Am Not Your Negro
10. Graduation

Honorable Mention: 4 Days in France, Behemoth, Dawson City: Frozen Time, Dunkirk, Ex Libris: The New York Library, Faces Places, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Lady Bird, The Square, Thelma

Derek Smith
1. Phantom Thread
2. A Quiet Passion
3. Call Me by Your Name
4. Mudbound
5. The Lost City of Z
6. Faces Places
7. Good Time
8. Ex Libris: New York Public Library
9. The Florida Project
10. BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Honorable Mention: Behemoth, Columbus, Dawson City: Frozen Time, The Death of Louis XIV, The Girl Without Hands, Lady Bird, Quest, Slack Bay, Starless Dreams, The Work

Keith Watson
1. A Quiet Passion
2. Good Time
3. The Death of Louis XIV
4. In Transit
5. Lady Bird
6. Slack Bay
7. Tempestad
8. The Work
9. Kékszakállú
10. Dawson City: Frozen Time

Honorable Mention: 4 Days in France, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Faces Places, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, The Human Surge, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Marjorie Prime, The Ornithologist, Person to Person, The Untamed

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Let Your Sanity Go on Vacation with a Trip to the Moons of Madness

If you dare, ascend into the horrors of the Martian mind and check out the trailer for yourself.

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The announcement trailer for Moons of Madness opens with an empty shot of the Invictus, a research installation that’s been established on Mars. The camera lingers over well-lit but equally abandoned corridors, drifting over a picture of a family left millions of kilometers behind on Earth before finally settling on the first-person perspective of Shane Newehart, an engineer working for the Orochi Group. Fans of a different Funcom series, The Secret World, will instantly know that something’s wrong. And sure enough, in what may be the understatement of the year, Newehart is soon talking about how he “seems to have a situation here”—you know, what with all the antiquated Gothic hallways, glitching cameras, and tentacled creatures that start appearing before him.

As with Dead Space, it’s not long before the station is running on emergency power, with eerie whispers echoing through the station and bloody, cryptic symbols being scrawled on the walls. Did we mention tentacles? Though the gameplay hasn’t officially been revealed, this brief teaser suggests that players will have to find ways both to survive the physical pressures of this lifeless planet and all sorts of sanity-challenging supernatural occurrences, with at least a soupçon of H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmicism thrown in for good measure.

If you dare, ascend into the horrors of the Martian mind and check out the trailer for yourself.

Rock Pocket Games will release Moons of Madness later this year.

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Watch: Two Episode Trailers for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone Reboot

Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes.

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Jordan Peele is sitting on top of the world—or, at least, at the top of the box office, with his sophomore film, Us, having delivered (and then some) on the promise of his Get Out. Next up for the filmmaker is the much-anticipated reboot of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which the filmmaker executive produced and hosts. Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes, “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” In the former, Kumail Nanjiani stars as the eponymous comedian, who agonizingly wrestles with how far he will go for a laugh. And in the other, a spin on the classic “Nightmare at 20,0000 Feet” episode of the original series starring William Shatner, Adam Scott plays a man locked in a battle with his paranoid psyche. Watch both trailers below:

The Twilight Zone premieres on April 1.

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Scott Walker Dead at 76

Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde.

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American-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer Scott Walker, who began his career as a 1950s-style chanteur in an old-fashioned vocal trio, has died at 76. In a statement from his label 4AD, the musician, born Noel Scott Engel, is celebrated for having “enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of the Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”

Walker was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 9, 1943 and earned his reputation very early on for his distinctive baritone. He changed his name after joining the Walker Brothers in the early 1960s, during which time the pop group enjoyed much success with such number one chart hits as “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore).”

The reclusive Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde. Walker, who was making music until his death, received much critical acclaim with 2006’s Drift and 2012’s Bish Bosch, as well as with 2014’s Soused, his collaboration with Sunn O))). He also produced the soundtrack to Leos Carax’s 1999 romantic drama Pola X and composed the scores for Brady Corbet’s first two films as a director, 2016’s The Childhood of a Leader and last year’s Vox Lux.

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