Top Ripples 2017

The following is a list of books, movies, and events that stirred up the most ripples for me in 2017. Note that the books and movies are not necessarily releases from 2017 but just what I’ve had the privilege to encounter this year. If you don’t see your book here, it could be that it’s on my TBR list for the coming year. If you don’t see your fave movie here, it could be that I haven’t watched it or that I have but, indeed, it’s not here. Click on the links to read my reviews.



Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri directed by Martin McDonagh

Mudbound directed by Dee Rees

Certain Women directed by Kelly Reichardt

The Big Sick directed by Michael Showalter

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe directed by Maria Schrader

Wind River directed by Taylor Sheridan

Things to Come directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

Silence directed by Martin Scorsese

The Rider directed by Chloé Zhao (55th NYFF)

The Road to Mandalay directed by Midi Z (NYAFF)

Calvary directed by John Michael McDonagh



At the Existential Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Wildlife by Richard Ford

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy




Visit to MoMA Click on the link to my post.

NYFF at Film Society of Lincoln Center: In September I had the chance to attend press screenings of the 55th New York Film Festival. CLICK HERE for all my reviews on AAPress.

Other than hanging out at the Film Society of Lincoln Centre for the screenings, I’d experienced NYC on the bus, in the subway, and simply on foot, some days close to 20,000 steps, making my NYC trip extra rewarding. Here are some pics of the memorable experience.

Lincoln Center:


Film Society of Lincoln Center where the screenings took place:


The Juilliard School:

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Central Park:


Reflection in Central Park



One World Trade Center:



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Strand Bookstore:



Brooklyn Bridge:




Where I found the best lobster roll I’d ever tasted, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge:



And that’s a wrap.



And to all, a wonderful 2018 for books, films, and rewarding encounters! 

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

20 thoughts on “Top Ripples 2017”

  1. I have to read Little Fires Everywhere; it is on everyone’s Best of 2017 list.

    I couldn’t respond to films as you are the aficionado there. But, we did see The Darkest Hour, and it was spectacular!


    1. As you can see, several films I’ve not mentioned cause I have yet seen them, and they are on my must-watch list. Darkest Hour, All the Money in the World, The Post… Darkest Hour esp. for Kristin Scott Thomas is one of my faves, albeit I know she plays a small, supporting role.

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  2. I want to see The Post, too, although Meryl Streep has ceased to become one of my favorites. (She needs to keep her personal viewpoints a little more to herself in my opinion; as my husband says, “She’s paid to entertain us.” Not spout politics. But, I digress.)


    1. I have a funny story about Ms. Streep from the set of “August: Osage County.” I ran into a woman who was a member of the church used in the film, and who was witness to some goings-on. I’ve kept bumping that post down the list, but if you happen to see one titled “October: Osage County,” you’ll know that the story’s included.

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    2. I suppose the reciprocal is valid too, learning to appreciate her performance even if one might disagree with her political views. The arts, literature, films… can pull us together and remind us we are all in it together, the global human community, bound by universal needs and longings. Have a wonderful 2018, my friend! 🙂


    1. Ti,

      Actually I like Ng’s first book Everything I Never Told You more than Little Fires. That was in my Top Ripples for 2016. As for Nutshell, knowing Hamlet will definitely help with your enjoyment of it. Have a wonderful New Year, Ti.


  3. You are a great source of info on movies and books. You know, I’ve never had a Lobster Roll. Maybe I should put that on my Bucket list. A very Happy New Year to you!


  4. If 2018 brings me some lobster rolls, I’ll be the happiest person in the world. There’s a food truck down here that serves them, but they’re nothing like the really good ones on the east coast. I hope 2018 brings you more lobster rolls, great books, and more film festivals as well as films. Happy New Year, Arti!

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    1. Thanks! More lobster rolls, good films and books for 2018, for all of us! Thanks for being a regular visitor to the Pond and creating your own ripples here, Linda, for close to a decade! 🙂

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  5. I remember a lot of these — but what I don’t remember is seeing your NYC photos before (Except for a couple you kindly emailed!) They’re beautiful — some wonderful angles, great sky. How I’d love to have been on that trip!


  6. Arti – looks like you had a great time in NYC. The Strand bookstore is the absolute best…I think I saw something a few days ago saying the (original?) owner just passed away.


    1. I think that’s the original owner of the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, the legendary indie film venue. Maybe coincidentally Strand’s too? One thing I know, NYC, I’ll be back.


  7. Oh I just watched The Big Sick too, and then told my kids to watch it (although don’t think Rhiannon liked it as much as I did). I thought it was very funny, just loved the quirky relationship between the two leads, and I identified with the pressure that Kumail felt from his family, and the end was very touching and apt.


    1. The Big Sick got an Oscar nom for Best Original Screenplay. Well deserved, considering the story is their (Nanjiani and Gordon’s) real life experience. Now’s the time to view some of these Oscar noms. Check out The Shape of Water and Three Billboards (my last two posts) if they come by your city.

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