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Hazalqum's Best Films of 2017 // Year of the Resistance

50 films

And y’all thought 2016 was a rough time.

If anything, 2017 has double-downed on the general violence, paranoia, and infuriating…

  • As I Open My Eyes
  • Moonlight
  • Clash
  • Swiss Army Man
  • The Handmaiden

Hazalqum's Best Films of 2016 // Year of the Miracle

50 films

2016 was a complicated year for cinema. Folks wept as they announced the death of their favorite medium. Others respectfully…

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Timbuktu
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Youth

Hazalqum's Best Films of 2015 // Year of Survival

50 films

Around a year ago, I published a “Best of the Year” list for 2014 on a whim. Cinema has been…

  • Fargo
  • Face/Off
  • Armageddon
  • Toy Story 2
  • Yi Yi

Film for Every Year I've Been Alive

22 films

1996-

After a friend. Not meant to be "best" or "most important", rather personal favorite/encompasses how I feel about that…

  • Between Worlds
  • Madam Yankelova's Fine Literature Club
  • Cam
  • You Might Be the Killer
  • One Cut of the Dead
  • Black Panther
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Iron Man
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • The Avengers

The MCU Ranked

19 films

  • Sorry to Bother You
  • 1985
  • Martyr
  • Eighth Grade
  • The Breaker Upperers

SXSW '18

16 films

  • Barakah Meets Barakah
  • Before Sunset
  • Blue Jay
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Carol

Bittersweet Romantic Masterpieces

7 films

Films that challenge our often simplistic view of romance and relationships, embracing heartache, failure and growth over "clean" narrative.

  • Salt of This Sea
  • As I Open My Eyes
  • Where Do We Go Now?
  • When I Saw You
  • Caramel

Arab Women Auteurs

10 films

Celebrating and showcasing Arab female directors I come across:

Annemarie Jacir (Palestine) Cherien Dabis (Palestine) Haifaa al-Mansour (Saudi Arabia) Hala…

  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Django Unchained