The Movies of 2017

I started tracking the movies I see in 2004, and I set my record for most films seen in a year in 2006 (41). That record stood for a decade. Until now, baby!


New record!!! Woot!!!

Two things aided my victory. First, throughout 2017, I perpetually felt in need of cheering up. So I was already going to the theater perhaps an excessive amount. And then halfway through the year I discovered MoviePass, and the flood gates really opened. I started seeing anything and everything that looked even moderately interesting. Which is how I came to see Lego Ninjago (which I didn’t especially enjoy, but it did have at least one laugh-out-loud joke).

Amazingly, even though I saw a lot more, my enjoyment levels stayed relatively high. I did not like only four movies all year. And even most of those ones had sufficient merit to where I debated giving them an asterisk. But no matter how much I admire the spirit behind efforts like The Little Hours and The Disaster Artist, I’d be lying if I said I really enjoyed watching them.

The System:
* Good enough; worth watching once
** I genuinely liked it
X I hated it
+ Number of repeat viewings at the theater

Theatrical List (49 titles):

Hidden Figures **
Rings *
La La Land **
The Lego Batman Movie **
Oscar Animated Shorts 2017 **
John Wick, Chapter 2 *
Sing **
Beauty and the Beast (2017) **
Get Out **
Ghost in the Shell *
Your Name. **
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ** +1
Colossal *
Alien: Covenant
Wonder Woman **
The Mummy *
Baby Driver **
Rough Night *
Despicable Me 3 *
The Big Sick **
Spider-Man: Homecoming **
The Little Hours
Atomic Blonde **
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (advanced screening) *
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets **
The Dark Tower *
The Castle in the Sky (Ghibli Festival) *
Logan Lucky **
Ingrid Goes West **
IT ** +1
Mulan (theatrical re-release) **
Suspiria (Regal Horror Fest) **
Blade Runner 2049 **
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women **
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Marshall **
The Nightmare Before Christmas (theatrical re-release) **
Spirited Away (Ghibli Festival) **
Wind River *
American Made *
Happy Death Day *
Lady Bird *
Justice League *
Lego Ninjago *
Coco **
Howl’s Moving Castle (Ghibli Festival) **
The Disaster Artist
The Shape of Water **
Star Wars: The Last Jedi *

Thoughts on my theatrical list:

  • To be completely clear, I had already seen Mulan, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Spirited Away in the past; I just wanted to see them again on the big screen. But I saw Suspiria, Castle in the Sky, and Howl’s Moving Castle for the first time.
  • I still hate the insane prevalence of shaky cam even in dramas that would be better served by a different choice. I’m looking at you, Wind River and American Made.
  • If I’m going to see this many movies, I really should start blogging more again.

Home Viewing List (43 titles):

MST3K: Shorts Vol. 1 *
The Lazarus Effect *
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco *
Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour *
Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry for What I Said When I Was Hungry *
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid **
Rifftrax: Abraxus *
Justice League Dark *
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017) **
The Man in the High Castle (Season 2) **
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special *
Midnight Special *
Cinderella (2015) **
Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes **
The Discovery *
Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin *
MST3K: Hercules vs. the Moon Men *
Louis C.K.: 2017
Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas *
New MST3K: Reptilicus *
The Void *
New MST3K: Cry Wilderness **
Donald Glover: Weirdo **
New MST3K: The Time Travelers *
New MST3K: Time Travelers *
New MST3K: Avalanche **
New MST3K: Beast of Hollow Mountain *
New MST3K: Starcrash **
New MST3K: The Land that Time Forgot *
New MST3K: Yongary **
Masterminds X
12 Monkeys (Season 3) **
New MST3K: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom *
What We Do in the Shadows *
T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous
Bojack Horseman (Season 4) *
The Problem with Apu **
Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight *
Moana **
Bright *
New MST3K: At the Earth’s Core **
New MST3K: Carnival Magic *

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