New to You Movies in 2017!
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What were the best and worst movies you saw for the first time in 2017 (or if you want to include a Top/Bottom 5 or Top/Bottom 10 in your entry, you can do that.) To be clear, like the New to You Games lists, this is not talking exclusively about movies that came out in 2017 but movies that you watched for the first time in 2017 regardless of when they were made.
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Board Game: Twins
[Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:6743]
Being a Lions fan is a gift...
...and a curse.
I watched 319 movies that were New to Me throughout the year 2017. It was a great year for movies, and I saw some truly awesome stuff. Of course with all those movies seen there were some real stinkers as well. Here are my Top 10 and Bottom 10 New to Me Movies from this year:
1. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) - Pure joy captured on film. Every moment of this movie makes me smile, and I don’t even know the language.
2. Get Out (2017) - Perfectly crafted thriller that makes so many interesting choices, and even has something to say about racism in America. Best movie of the year!
3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) - Totally deserves its reputation. I find the interactions between Khan and Kirk to be marvelous and the end is heartbreaking.
4. Scaramouche (1952) - It’s funny and adventurous and everything else I would look for from a swashbuckling film. Made me feel as happy as The Princess Bride which is a tall order.
5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - You could simply put this film on in order to teach an acting class. Not to mention it has a script that takes you through the full range of emotions.
6. Rope (1948) - Possibly one of the most tense movies I’ve watched in years. Absolutely remarkable how Hitchcock managed to make me hold my breath for what seemed like hours.
7. The Big Sick (2017) - A revival of the romantic comedy but in a different form. Does more than just warm your heart, also makes you laugh out loud.
8. The Last Samurai (2003) - One of the best epic adventure films I’ve seen. So many superb moments, and it all felt authentic too (even though I’m sure it is not.)
9. Tropic Thunder (2008) - Constant hilarity in a way that I haven’t seen since the early Zucker brothers. I laughed to the point of tears multiple times with this movie.
10. Dial M for Murder (1954) - It’s like a murder mystery, a police procedural, and a thriller all rolled up into one. Every genre is one I adore, and this movie nails them all.
10. The Emigrants (1971) - Boring, I mean extremely boring. I can get over boring sometimes, but not when it’s more than 3 hours long. Ugh!
9. Le Bonheur (1965) - Boring but this time with irritating characters added in. I hated the lead actor and the fact that the movie expected us to not hate him was even worse.
8. Knife in the Water (1962) - This was tedious beyond measure. Two men so insecure in their own masculinity they have a penis-measuring contest for hours.
7. Valley Girl (1983) - Incoherent, annoying, and loaded with obnoxious teens that I cannot fathom anyone liking. Even Nick Cage can’t save this one.
6. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) - Everything I hate in movies. Horror, boredom, and unsympathetic protagonists. (A convicted rapist for a director doesn’t help either.)
5. Post Mortem (2010) - Unpleasant to watch, the behavior of the main character is despicable, and I don’t even know why I’m supposed to care about any of this.
4. Tony Manero (2008) - I felt like I needed a shower after watching this movie. Horribly acted, directed, and produced. The movie fully embraces the lead character who is despicable.
3. Knight of Cups (2015) - Utter nonsense slapped on the screen to try and say something by saying nothing. Infuriating in how it dares you to hate it like a modern artist who poops on a stick and sells it for thousands of dollars.
2. Koyaanisqatsi (1982) - Basically the same as Knight of Cups but with a Philip Glass score that is three notches above nails-on-a-chalkboard on the scale of irritating sounds.
1. Zombeavers (2014) - When you know you’re making something terrible and you think you can lean into it to make it funny you just make it worse. I genuinely felt dumber after watching this movie.
MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Blade Runner 2049
I may never be able to pronounce or spell the director's name, but he's accomplished what I thought was impossible: crafted a worthy sequel to my favorite film of all time. SO MUCH could have gone wrong with this film but so much went right. I don't think it was better the original and I did have some problems with it (especially how a certain important and interesting character and plot line was thrown away), but it was a worthy successor in every way.
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR: The Last Jedi
I've spilled enough digital ink elsewhere so I won't rehash my criticisms here. Like everyone else, my estimation of the film improved greatly on the second viewing. And I enjoyed it the first time. But any time I think about the movie, it falls apart. Its problems are legion. But I still like it. However, being such a big Star Wars fan, it fell far short of my sky-high expectations so it ends up here.
OVERRATED OF THE YEAR: Okja
Lots of critical love for this film. God knows why. Despite some excellent CG and some decent characters, I found it a boring and clumsily told tale.
CRAPPY FILM OF THE YEAR: Transformers: The Last Knight
I had drive-in tickets to a double-feature for this and Wonder Woman (another movie I found a bit overrated, but I enjoyed). I knew I would hate this so we arrived way late. I only caught the last hour, but I wish I had missed all of it. Sound and fury signifying nothing.
I actually enjoyed the first Transformers film, but the second was so bad I gave up on the franchise forever. I'm sorry I had to suffer through a little more of it.
CRAPPY FILM OF THE YEAR I ACTUALLY SAW IN ITS ENTIRETY: It Comes At Night
What a steaming pile. Here's a movie with a cool premise and absolutely no idea with what to do with it.
So this was my first year participating in the geeklist, and I only started in June, so anything I saw before that I won't be including (except for one, sort of). For example, I remember watching both The Accountant and Interstellar in January/February of 2017, but I didn't write anything down and that was long enough ago that I don't really remember exactly how they'd stack up to all of the stuff I've seen more recently.
Overall it was a good (half) year for movies for me. A lot of movies I really liked, a lot that were pretty average, and very few I disliked. A few I revisited after remembering liking that weren't as good, and a few that were just boring, so none of those will end up on here. And with those eliminated there are only two new to me movies that I actively disliked. Anyway, that's probably too much background.
10. Central Intelligence (2016) just squeaks in at number 10. It's a pretty silly movie but I've been really getting into buddy cop comedies recently and this one was actually really good.
9. Wonder Woman (2017) was such a pleasant surprise after the other recent DC stuff. Some nice visuals and really cool action scenes (other than the last one). I definitely feel like it dropped the ball in a number of ways right at the end, but it still gave me hope for the DC movies to actually become good.
8. xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) knows exactly how ridiculous it is and just really leans into that and has a ton of fun with itself. Some really cool over the top action scenes and dialogue consisting almost entirely of people exchanging one-liners, I can't think of a more unashamedly fun movie. Definitely not for everyone but if you know what you're going in for I can't imagine you won't have a smile on your face the whole time.
7. Baby Driver (2017) is probably the most loved movie that's going to end up on my top list. The driving scenes would be amazing even without any music, but the musical choices they made and the way they got the music to line up with the action were really incredible. The story was serviceable and the characters are interesting, but I'm really just the for the stylish chase scenes.
6. Inland Empire (2006) seems like the highest-brow movie on my list. But probably more than any other this movie isn't for everyone. It's very slow and doesn't really have a narrative per se. But it really evokes a mood like nothing else I've seen. If you can get past a slow start and don't mind a movie not having a traditional narrative structure the experience of this one is definitely worth it.
5. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) is a really inventive space opera from a director who consistently makes really interesting movies. The main plot and title character are actually pretty boring, but as a vehicle to take a tour through this fascinating and beautiful world it does exactly what it needs to. And there are a few incredibly inventive sequences. Overall a movie that I think was a bit underrated.
4. Jupiter Ascending (2015) is the movie that I watched for the first time before June (in February). I watched it for a second time recently so it's more fresh in my mind to talk about, and oh man is this an underrated movie. Some really amazing world building, beautiful sets and costumes, a really interesting cast of characters (for the most part), and an interesting and somewhat unique style of conflict for this kind of movie. The big action setpieces occasionally crossed the line into too busy for me, but ultimately I don't think they're really what the movie is about. Definitely a great movie.
3. The Fountain (2006) doesn't completely land emotionally for me, but visually it's just a great movie. There are three simultaneous stories going on, and none of them on their own are all that strong, but it's the way that they interweave that puts it over the edge for me, both thematically and visually, with some really clever shots. I just really enjoy what this film did, even if it didn't have the emotional impact I'd necessarily have wanted.
2. 22 Jump Street (2014) manages to improve upon its predecessor, an already really enjoyable buddy cop comedy (as I said, a genre I've really been enjoying recently). This time around the movie feels smarter and more self aware in exactly the way that I really enjoy.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (2017) is safely my favorite Marvel movie (I think the only ones I haven't seen are Spider-Man and Ant-Man). It's colorful, the soundtrack is great, and it mostly rode the line perfectly for me between not taking itself too seriously and having some really impactful emotional moments. Every character had something to do and felt important to the story, which is hard in a movie with this big a cast. And the characters actually grew and changed, having learned something by the end. And it looked great. An excellent movie.
Like I said above, I didn't have nearly ten movies I hated this year. Here were the two that stood out as particularly terrible.
2. Suicide Squad (2016) just really didn't work on basically any level. None of the characters were interesting at all, no one's actions were at all justified and everyone just did exactly what they needed to do for the story to progress regardless of how little sense it made for what thin characterization there was, and worst of all on top of all that the action scenes were incredibly boring. The one saving grace of the movie is that there were a lot of cool songs in it. Granted, the use of a lot of the songs was incredibly on the nose, but they were still good songs.
1. Jurassic World (2015) was essentially Suicide Squad but without any good songs. I have nothing good to say about this movie.
For some concluding thoughts, I'll say that I've really been enjoying the monthly lists, which give me an excuse to think about movies moreso than I used to and have forced me to figure out why I do or don't like a movie at least enough to be able to write some comments. And seeing everyone else's taste is a lot of fun too, as are the lively discussions. So I want to thank Ben for putting them together and everyone who participates for providing me with interesting perspectives to consider.
Also, interestingly I think Channing Tatum is the only actor to appear twice on the good half of my list (and Kingsman 2, which he's also in would probably have been around my #12 or so). I guess this means I'm a fan, I'll have to track down Step Up now.
Also, going forward into 2018, there are a handful of movies already I'd like to try to watch, both new to me and not, but in general I think I should try to watch a bit more highbrow fare. Don't get me wrong clearly I enjoy some of the lowbrow stuff, but I do enjoy the other stuff too and I think things have come out a bit off balance.
And thanks for reading to anyone who made it this far. This was a lot of fun.
Video Game: Driver
[Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1389]
I went to the cinema 37 times in 2017, and saw 30 unique films (7 visit were to re-watch a particularly enjoyable film. I also saw few new to me on bluray and netflix, but I have not analysed those yet.
My Top 10 At the Cinema
Baby Driver x3 4.50
Thor : Ragnarok x1 4.50
Spider-man: Homecoming x2 4.50
Paddington 2 x1 4.50
Star Wars: The Last Jedi x2 4.25
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.0 x2 4.25
The Lego Batman Movie x2 4.25
Blade Runner 2049 x2 4.00
Wonder Woman x1 4.00
Logan x1 4.00
Baby Driver was by far the breakout hit for me of 2017... closely followed by Thor : Ragnarok, Spiderman : Homecoming, and (surprisingly) Paddington 2.
Biggest disappointment was Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, which was very unsatisfying given how much I enjoy the series. Churchill was also a complete waste of time being a complete fabrication with no Historical basis whatsoever.
Si non potes reperire Berolini in tabula, ludens essetis non WIF.
Hey, get your stinking cursor off my face! I got nukes, you know.
I saw 25 movies in 2017. The highlights.
The Big Sick - Kumail Nanjiani's big-screen debut. I'm not a fan of romantic comedies, but this was wonderful. Great story, great acting all around (love Kumail's parents, and Emily's parents). Second best film I saw in 2017.
Get Out - Jordan Peele's big-screen directorial debut. "It's a documentary." Peele tweeted that a couple of months ago and he was only half-joking. It's funny in spots, horrifying in many. I think the horror quotient would be even higher if you are black
Best film I saw in 2017.
Spoiler (click to reveal)
since the theme of white people controlling black people's bodies is not limited to horror movies and is not limited to history.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? - I'd never seen this early '60s movie with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. A creepy psychological thriller. Yeah, it's dated in production values and just in movie-making style. But it was good.
Nathan for You: Finding Frances - this was the season finale for Comedy Central's Nathan for You, but it was done as a feature film, 90 minutes long. All about Nathan helping an old guy find the girlfriend of his youth. Starts off sweetly, becomes a little stalkerish as it becomes apparent the guy hasn't given Nathan the whole unvarnished truth about the long-ago relationship. Meanwhile, Nathan cultivates a sweet relationship of sorts with an unlikely person. I can't say enough good things about this.
Blade Runner 2049 - forgot to add this. I'm always leery of sequels. But this was very good.
A couple of lowlights:
Kingsman - creative killing porn set to a Lynyrd Skynyrd soundtrack, with lisping villains and puerile promises of anal sex for the hero. Worse than expected, and I expected bad.
Weekend at Bernie's - every bit as horrible as when I first saw it. Why, why, why did I watch it again?
Whisky Tango Foxtrot - Tina Fey as a jaded war correspondent. It wasn't bad, but I'd hoped for better - a mild disappointment.
I started participating in the movie geek list around August but I like to include the whole year in my top and flop lists. I saw about 120 'new to me' movies in 2017 so plenty to choose from!
Best new to me from 2017:
Saw some excellent movies in the theater this year but also a few (modern-ish) classics at home which stuck with me.
10. Dunkirk (2017)
Very tense war movie which kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
I liked the telling of the story from different viewpoints and it feels very close to reality.
9. The Last Samurai (2003)
Really enjoyed it and the battle scenes are really epic to watch.
I read it's not entirely accurate but that's okay, still a great movie.
(funny to see I was not the only one to include this older title on this list )
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Great acting, great visuals, great sound editing, great story with unexpected twists: I simply cannot understand why this Star Wars installment is disliked so much.
I also stopped discussing it because when people who hate it start to say things like "that's not how space works!", I don't know how to respond. Should I say there's also no sound in space? Laser-guns? Hyperspace?
Anyways: great film!
7. The Revenant (2015)
Missed it in theaters but cought up to it this year and instantly regretted I missed it in theaters.
The stunning visuals of the North American landscape are amazing! I do think the academy award for DiCrapio was well deserved and Tom Hardy also did a very good job.
6. T2: Trainspotting (2017)
I am a big fan of the original from 1996 and found this to be a worthy sequel. I liked how it continued the characters story after the original and all the little throwbacks to the previous installment. It made me think about how my own life developed since I saw the original movie as a teenager and I praise this movie for accomplishing this.
5. Heat (1995)
Somehow missed this big starred gangster movie with DeNiro and Pachino at the height of their impressive careers.
I understand now why the famous bank robbery shootout is famous. Very good movie!
4. Prisoners (2013)
This movie almost gave me nightmares and made me just as uncomfortable as Silence of the Lambs does. It reminds me that there are some really bad persons in the world and they could be living next door to you. It's also scary to see how far people descent into madness when their children go missing. Excellent acting by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Probably one viewing only..
3. Ratatouille (2007)
I am a huge fan of the animation genre and I really loved this movie about a little rat that has an extraordinary talent for cooking and becomes friends with a young guy who wants to be a chef but is terrible at cooking. It has everything in it to be a great animation movie: excellent voice work, great visuals, lot's of humor, excellent pacing and heart warming moments. Loved it.
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
I didn't know what to expect from this movie but it is really great! Everything in this movie connects: the great visual style, the excellent acting of both Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori, the humor, the thriving plot, etc. I can see myself returning to this movie every year and have a big smile on my face for 95 minutes.
1. Bladerunner 2049 (2017)
Watching this movie was an amazing experience: the stunning visuals, the outstanding soundtrack, the excellent performances by Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
One of those rare moments when the sequel is better then the original. It is without a single doubt the best movie I have seen this year and Denis Villeneuve has become one of my favorite directors.
Worst new to me from 2017:
I delved into really awful comic-book movies this autumn but also saw some recent movies which I thought were really bad.
10. The Mummy (2017)
*Please stop pointless reboots* *Please stop pointless reboots* *Please stop pointless reboots*
And WTF was up with that ending? Garbage!
9. Baywatch (2017)
Okay there is not much to expect from a movie based on a below average 90's action/drama series but still: what an awful crapfest!
If you think this is great comedy then I think you haven't seen great comedy or are VERY easy to please.
8. Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
The first Underworld movies are okay but they should have ended the franshise years ago.
This pointless installment made no sense and was just hilariously awful. The scene were they shoot each other with five feet between them made me think of movies like the Naked Gun. (and made me laugh just as hard)
7. Wild Card (2015)
Most of Jason Statham's action movies should not be taken seriously but this one was really bad and hard to sit through.
6. Independance Day: Resurgance (2016)
What were they thinking? The original is a funny mindless popcorn flick but this movie couldn't hold a candle to it.
The new cast was annoying as hell and the plot was behind ridicules. A 3000 mile (WTF?) ship that uses planet cores as fuel? Why bother with earth? Take Jupiter: bigger core! more fuel!
5. Pearl Harbor (2001)
It has great sound editing. That's it. The rest is utter shite.
Boring stupid romance mixed with historically inaccurate bull-crap.
4. Catwoman (2004)
Always 'funny' to see academy award winning actors perform in a movie with a really bad plot, bad writing and bad effects.
No matter how talented you are, some movies cannot be saved.
3. Steel (1997)
I could give it a 10/10 for how hard this hilarious movie made me laugh but it's really bad.
Nothing in this movie works or makes sense, godawful effects and bad actors. But still a must see because you will probably pee your pants from laughter.
2. Batman & Robin (1997)
I urge everybody that complains about the Dark Knight trilogy to watch this movie.
It succeeded in killing the Batman franchise for years, until mr. Nolan was interested in trying again. The only amusing thing about it is counting how many Ice puns Arnold makes.
1. Supergirl (1984)
I covered this steaming pile of horse manure in detail in my review and the mere thought of it gives me the creeps.
This is probably the worst movie I have ever seen. And I am including the soft porn movies I watched when I was 14 for that statement, because even those projects have better acting and effects then Supergirl.
Roll on 2018, and if some great movie is missing from my list, I probably have not seen it yet.
10. The Post
9. The Meyerwitz Stories
8. Thor: Ragnorak
6. War for the Planet of the Apes
5. Disaster Artist
4. The Big Sick
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople(2016)
welcome your reptilian overlords!
I don’t feel comfortable doing a whole list so I’ll just the two biggest positives this year:
1. Blade Runner 2049
2. Get out
Not necessarily in that order.
Disappointments there were many but
1. Independence Day and
2. The Mummy
were particularly atrocious.
Edit: Should not have forgotten to mention as one of the positives the excellent Logan.
I actually made a list of films as I watched them last year so for once I know what I watched.
10. Passengers (2016) - A sci-fi movie that wasn't what I was expecting at all.
9. John Wick (2014) - I had never heard of this until I saw John Wick 2 being advertised. I've never seen so many head-shots in a film before. Even people who were dead he shot in the head. It's like he was going for a Steam achievement! Still a good film though.
8. Happy Death Day (2017) - Groundhog day but with a college girl who is murdered each day and has to track down her killer.
7. The Last Jedi (2017) - I liked it. There were parts that didn't make sense but overall it was decent enough. I believe Empire was also slated by certain fans on it's release, and I still hear people complain about the Ewoks in RotJ.
6. What we do in the Shadows (2014) - Superbly funny vampire documentary co-written/directed/staring the director of Thor: Ragnarok.
5. Train to Busan (2016) - I was going to say this is the best zombie movie I've seen in years but it's probably the best zombie move I've seen (Sean of the Dead doesn't count, it's a comedy!).
4. Logan (2017) - Very dark but very well done. I don't think I've even list it as a superhero movie. It was something more.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017) - More of the same and just as funny. Though sometimes maybe trying too hard. Ah, Yondu...
2. Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - It was long but I was immersed in the world the whole time. Superbly done and true successor to Blade Runner. In fact if anything I thought it was better.
1. Thor Ragnarok (2017) - Ah Thor, my favourite Avenger finally let loose. I wish I hadn't watched the trailers just so I could have been surprised by Hulk's entrance.]
Honourable mentions - Wonder Woman, Arrival, the Accountant, Rogue One.