Josef Woodard’s 2017 Top 10 TV and Films

The Year’s Best TV and Film

<em>Twin Peaks: The Return</em> (Showtime)

Much as I crave time away from screens, the going is getting tougher. Only a couple of years back, I joined the revolution of obsessive TV watchers, giving into urgings of family, friends, and media pundits who insisted that television is a vastly improved and more artistically respectable domain in the post-Netflix epoch. Duly noted, and duly inducted into the proverbial living room/screening room. Case in point: 18 blissful, head-scratching, dream-scaping hours lost in the world of David Lynch’s masterpiece Twin Peaks: The Return.

Even so, nothing can compare with the experience of a film seen on a big screen in a darkened theater with members of one’s species (and the field is riper lately in Santa Barbara, with the impressively improved film rooms of The Hitchcock Cinema & Public House and the state-of-the-art new Riviera, under the control of the mighty Santa Barbara International Film Festival). What follows, then, is my dual 2017 Top 10 list, for small and large screens.

<em> The Florida Project</em>

Film

1) The Other Side of Hope
2) The Florida Project
3) The Square
4) Mother!
5) Brigsby Bear
6) Dunkirk
7) Maudie
8) The Big Sick
9) I Am Not Your Negro
10) Paterson

TV

1) Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
2) Godless (Netflix)
3) Big Little Lies (HBO)
4) Mindhunter (Netflix)
5) She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix)
6) The Deuce (HBO)
7) Comrade Detective (Amazon)
8) Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
9) Fargo (FX)
10) The Young Pope (HBO)

<em>The Other Side of Hope</em>

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