FILMS I'VE WATCHED IN 2017

I'm going to try to limit updating this to once a week so that (hopefully) it won't keep showing up in everyone's timelines each day. πŸ’› [πŸ’«= a rewatch since its initial entry on this list]
  1. β€’
    When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
    I'm just a Sally Albright looking for her Harry Burns.
  2. β€’
    Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) πŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’«
    Much like When Harry Met Sally... (1989), it's tradition for me to watch the original Star Wars trilogy on the first day of the year. Why? I have no idea other than it's just something I've always done.
  3. β€’
    Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) πŸ’«πŸ’«
  4. β€’
    Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1982) πŸ’«πŸ’«
    I was watching this when this happened: A STAR WARS CONVERSATION WITH MY BROTHER
  5. β€’
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
    After I finished this, my mom asked me if I would watch the whole saga with her from the beginning and being the fabulous daughter I am I agreed.
  6. β€’
    Wishful Drinking (2010) [HBO Go]
    If you ever want to experience the brilliance and hilarity of Carrie Fisher but lack the time to read one of her books, then this is the way to go. (Sadly, I recently read that she was working on developing a sequel to this when she passed.)
  7. β€’
    Everything Is Copy (2015) [HBO Go]
    Like the women she wrote, Nora Ephron was complicated and interesting, a fact that her eldest son explores with a sometimes unflinching yet always beautiful honesty that I think would have made his mother proud.
  8. β€’
    These Old Broads (2001) [Vudu]
    Yes, it was made for television but it's also a love letter to the golden age of Hollywood and the glamorous women, films and scandals it produced. (Not to mention the fact that it stars Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins and was co-written by Carrie Fisher.)
  9. β€’
    Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016) [HBO Go] πŸ’«
    This made me laugh, choked me up, and made me both adore and miss Carrie and Debbie even more than I already do. In other words, it's perfection. πŸ’› (It also made me realize that my decorating style is a lot like Carrie's was mixed with Debbie's love of movie memorabilia.)
  10. β€’
    Hurricane Bianca (2016) [Netflix]
    An independent film built around Bianca Del Rio's wickedly smart, take-no-prisoners humor.
  11. β€’
    Iris (2014) [Netflix]
    I have two hopes/wishes after watching this documentary: 1) that I will one day be half as cool as Iris Apfel and 2) that I'll find a loving relationship like the one she shared with her husband Carl.
  12. β€’
    La JetΓ©e (1962)
    A French short that's told almost entirely by still photographs.
  13. β€’
    It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
    Beautiful and heartbreaking in the most exquisite way.
  14. β€’
    Life Itself (2014) [Netflix]
    I guess my brain has decided to try to make up for my current reading slump by watching documentaries.
  15. β€’
    Sound City (2013) [Netflix, Hulu, Sundance Now, TriBeCa Shortlist]
    An absolute *must* for music lovers.
  16. β€’
    Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys (2014) [Hulu]
    I love this for two reasons: 1) I happen to collect Star Wars toys [shut up] and 2) it did a really fantastic job of explaining the role Kenner played in shaping the toy/action figure game.
  17. β€’
    Killer Legends (2014) [Hulu and Netflix]
    I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I loved the idea of searching for the truth behind urban legends like the Hookman and the Candyman but on the other, it felt kind of like an episode of "Ghost Hunters" that just fizzled out.
  18. β€’
    Crazy About Tiffany's (2016) [Hulu]
    Out of all the documentaries I've watched so far, this is the one I've felt the most meh about. I mean it isn't bad per se, it just didn't have an aspect that caught my attention and held it.
  19. β€’
    Room 237 (2012) [Hulu and Netflix]
  20. β€’
    The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) [HBO Go]
    I think what I loved best about this one is that it was narrated by Robert Evans which gave it the same sort of intimacy as if he were sitting across from you, sharing a conversation.
  21. β€’
    Becoming Mike Nichols (2016) [HBO Go]
    If you asked me to name my favorite directors, Mike Nichols would- without doubt- be in the top five.
  22. β€’
    Six by Sondheim (2013) [HBO Go]
    Not only do I love Stephen Sondheim but this documentary was partly responsible for inspiring this list: SONGS FROM MUSICALS I'VE BEEN KNOWN TO BELT OUT WHEN I THINK NO ONE ELSE IS AROUND
  23. β€’
    Stripped (2014) [Netflix]
    I have no shame in admitting that the comics are still the first thing I reach for when I'm around a newspaper. As for this documentary, it's an interesting look at how many of our favorite comics came to be and the industry that surrounds them.
  24. β€’
    Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009) [SundanceNow]
    He was a brilliant yet very complicated man as evidenced by this honestly raw documentary.
  25. β€’
    Singin' in the Rain (1952) [1st time as part of TCM's Big Screen Classics Series] πŸ’«πŸ’«
    Seeing Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Conner on the big screen in Singin' in the Rain (1952) wasn't only what my heart needed, but it also helped remind me why I love film as passionately as I do. πŸ’›
  26. β€’
    Billy Wilder Speaks (2006) [SundanceNow]
    A pretty great look at the man responsible for such classics as Ninotchka (1939), Double Indemnity (1944), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959), and The Apartment (1960).
  27. β€’
    Kings of Pastry (2010) [SundanceNow]
    After watching this, I have so much respect for the pastry chefs who compete in the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.
  28. β€’
    Drew: The Man Behind the Posters (2013) [Amazon Prime]
    What do Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Alice Cooper, Blade Runner, E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, First Blood, An American Tail, and Harry Potter all have in common? They all have artwork/movie posters created by Drew Struzan.
  29. β€’
    Greta Garbo: A Lone Star (2001)
    A lot of people don't realize that Garbo's early refusals to do interviews weren't so much because of her, but because of studio bosses who feared what their honest, straight-talking new star would say.
  30. β€’
    Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012) [SundanceNow]
    I can sum this up in a single word: fantastic.
  31. β€’
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) [Netflix, Hulu, and Tribeca Shortlist]
    This man's dedication to the art and quality of sushi is both incredible and inspiring.
  32. β€’
    Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) [Hulu]
    If Han Solo was my first crush, then Indiana Jones was definitely the second. 😍
  33. β€’
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) [Hulu]
  34. β€’
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) [Hulu]
  35. β€’
    Billy Cunningham New York [SundanceNow]
    Not only was he an icon in fashion photography but he was just an all around lovely man. In addition to that, I realized that my photography philosophy is a lot like his in that I tend to take pictures of things that interest me even if it doesn't fit within the box of beautiful.
  36. β€’
    Red Hollywood (1996) [SundanceNow]
    This was good, but it's also probably not something I would pull out to watch again any time soon.
  37. β€’
    Fleetwood Mac: Destiny Rules (2004)
    My favorite part of this is- and probably always will be- when Lindsey is trying to get/force Stevie into changing the phrasing of a lyric and she responds by telling him that he wouldn't do that to Bob Dylan.
  38. β€’
    Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (2004)
    Since Destiny Rules ends right as they're getting taking the stage for their first show of the Say You Will tour, it seems like a natural choice to follow it up with this concert film.
  39. β€’
    Cher: The Farewell Tour (2003)
    My first concert was seeing this tour when it came to Columbia, SC back in 2003.
  40. β€’
    Theater of War (2008) [SundanceNow]
    A documentary about the 2006 production of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children.
  41. β€’
    2 Days in Paris (2007) [SundanceNow]
  42. β€’
    The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
    Out of all the roles she played, this was Debbie's personal favorite.
  43. β€’
    The Mating Game (1959)
    It's kind of sad how terribly underrated this is. Seriously, if Debbie Reynolds and Tony Randall aren't at the very top of their comedy game in this, then they're pretty darn close to it.
  44. β€’
    The Catered Affair (1956)
    TCM showed a clip of Todd Fisher talking about how his mom made a deal with MGM that included not only having a screening room built onto their house, but also access to the MGM library and a projectionist who would come twice a week to screen films at her house. He then went on to talk about how Debbie was such a fan of films and was so passionate about their history that she used to make him and Carrie go to the screening room to watch a classic film each week and would discuss it with them.
  45. β€’
    How Sweet It Is! (1968)
    Not a personal fave but if you've got time to fill and nothing else to do/watch, it's a decent choice.
  46. β€’
    Bundle of Joy (1956)
    Debbie was actually pregnant with Carrie while shooting this musical remake of 1939's Bachelor Mother.
  47. β€’
    Dirty Dancing [30th Anniversary showing]
    I had such an obsession with this movie when I was younger that I watched almost every day for an entire summer. And seeing Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle on the big screen? *swoons*
  48. β€’
    Bachelor Mother (1939)
    Not only is this my favorite solo Ginger Rogers film, but it also happens to be one of my favorites of all time.
  49. β€’
    Grand Hotel (1932)
    Garbo, Crawford, and both Barrymore brothersβ€” what's not to love?
  50. β€’
    Mildred Pierce (1945)
    Easily my favorite Joan Crawford film.
  51. β€’
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  52. β€’
    Monkey Business (1952)
    Aside from the fact that it has Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers in the lead roles, it also features Marilyn Monroe in one of her first significant roles. (Sadly, it would also help typecast her as the dumb blonde. πŸ˜•)
  53. β€’
    The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    A holdover in my DVR from Christmas, I watched it last night when I was too sick to do much of anything else.
  54. β€’
    Hidden Figures (2016)
    I decided to see this instead of An Affair to Remember (1957) on birthday and gosh oh gosh was it make the right decision. I not only LOVED this film, but it further cemented my belief that Taraji P. Henson deserved to be nominated for Best Actress this year at the Oscars. (Seriously, Academy you were *so* wrong in nominating Meryl Streep- whom I love- over Taraji.)
  55. β€’
    Almost Famous (2000)
    A birthday viewing staple. πŸŽΆπŸ’›
  56. β€’
    A League of Their Own (1992)
    I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this movie.
  57. β€’
    La La Land (2016)
    After (FINALLY) getting to see this, I can confirm that I not only loved it but that I need someone sort of like Sebastian in my life.
  58. β€’
    Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  59. β€’
    Burnt (2015)
    After about the first thirty minutes of this one, I started playing Bubble Cloud and listening to it instead of actually watching it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
  60. β€’
    The Magnificent Seven (2016)
    I don't know if it's because I went into it with low expectations, but I loved this. (And that's saying something because I'm not really a fan of westerns.)
  61. β€’
    Arrival (2016)
    After seeing this, I agree that Amy Adams was another who should have been in this year's Best Actress category over Meryl Streep.
  62. β€’
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
    While the book will always be superior, the movie was a decent adaptation.
  63. β€’
    Ghostbusters (2016)
    Seeing this totally ruined my childhood!!!!... I'm kidding. My childhood is fine and I *loved* this so freaking much.
  64. β€’
    The Nice Guys (2016)
    I admit when I saw the previews for this, I wasn't all that impressed/interested in it. After finally stopping to watch it, though, I have to tell you that I not only loved it, but I literally laughed out loud at certain parts.
  65. β€’
    Deadpool (2016)
    Raunchy and funny in parts, but definitely not my favorite superhero adaptation.
  66. β€’
    Helicopter Mom (2014)
    Have you ever watched a movie and thought, "Hm, I wish I could get a refund on the time I wasted"? This was one of those movies for me, and honestly it makes me a little sad because I *love* Nia Vardalos but this movie was just a waste of her talent.
  67. β€’
    After Words (2015)
    Even a great love and admiration for Marcia Gay Harden combined with a desire to have Γ“scar Jaenada father my children wasn't enough to save this one. I mean, it was okay and had some good moments but it just didn't live up to the potential and talent that it could have.
  68. β€’
    Carol (2015)
    A brilliant adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt that I seem to fall more in love with each time I watch it.
  69. β€’
    The Escort (2015) [Amazon Prime]
    I admit that I skipped over this several times because the title lead me to believe it was going to be some kind of sex-heavy, raunchy comedy. When I finally decided to give it a chance, though, I found it to be both funny and charming.
  70. β€’
    Mr. Holmes (2015) [Amazon Prime]
    After seeing this, I'd like to officially start a petition for Ian McKellen to portray the famed sleuth again.
  71. β€’
    Lion (2016)
    Although the second half of this has its problems, it's still a beautiful film and well worth a watch...or two... or three.
  72. β€’
    Fences (2016)
    This film adaptation is a beautiful love letter to the late August Wilson.
  73. β€’
    Moonlight (2016)
    I can sum this up in one word: perfection. Seriously, I have no doubt that this will one day be looked at as one of the greatest examples of filmmaking alongside of classics like All About (1950), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Vertigo (1958), etc.
  74. β€’
    Vivacious Lady (1938)
    It's a shame that Ginger Rogers name isn't brought up as often as Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, etc because she truly was an artist when it came to delivering one-liners and physical comedy. And the decision to put her and James Stewart in a film together? The very definition of brilliance.
  75. β€’
    The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
    Not only was this a complete and total cuteness overload, but I've been quoting it off and on since I watched it last night. (Not to mention that I could easily see Mo partaking in some of the shenanigans of this movie.)
  76. β€’
    Storks (2016)
    I didn't really go into this with high expectations but y'allβ€” it was so funny and cute!
  77. β€’
    Moana (2016)
    Not only did I **love** this, but it ranks towards the top of my favorite animated movies of all time.
  78. β€’
    The Book of Life (2014)
    I wasn't very interested in seeing this when it first came out because some of the animation looked a little wonky, but y'allβ€” it is so funny. Like trying to muffle my laughs to keep from disturbing other people.
  79. β€’
    The Meddler (2016)
    Is it the greatest movie ever? No, but it's fun, quirky, and can punch you in the feels if you're not careful.
  80. β€’
    The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
    Two things: 1) I **loved** this and will now recommend it to EVERYONE and 2) I need an Erwin in my life. πŸ’›
  81. β€’
    Trolls (2016)
    It was a cute, fun way to spend an evening.
  82. β€’
    Doctor Strange (2016)
    The visual effects were amazing but it also wasn't my favorite film in the Marvel cinematic universe.
  83. β€’
    The Major and the Minor (1942)
    Ginger Rogers was 30 years old when she shot this and by no means could she pass for a 12 year old, a fact that Billy Wilder acknowledged years later. But what this filmβ€” which was his American directorial debut, by the wayβ€” did teach him was that if you did a film well, the audience would give you leniency and stretch their willingness to believe what you were trying to tell them, which would be a lesson he would utilize seventeen years later when he did Some Like It Hot (1959).
  84. β€’
    I Married a Witch (1942)
    In addition to being one of Veronica Lake's most famous role, this film- and the novel it was based on- would later inspire the television series "Bewitched" (1964-1972).
  85. β€’
    The Gazebo (1959)
  86. β€’
    Rope (1948)
    It's criminal how underrated this Hitchcock classic is.
  87. β€’
    The Late Show (1977)
    The only thing better than Lily Tomlin and Art Carney separately is Lily Tomlin and Art Carney sharing the same screen.
  88. β€’
    Beauty and the Beast (2017)
    Not only did I think it was a beautiful adaptation, but I loved how the new songs felt like they had a touch of that Howard Ashman magic.
  89. β€’
    Star Wars: Episode Iβ€” The Phantom Menace (1999)
    As much as it pains me to admit this, I haaaaaaaate this movie and only watch it when I decide to watch the saga in its entirety.
  90. β€’
    Star Wars: Episode IIβ€” Attack of the Clones (2002)
    Slightly better than the first entry in the prequel trilogy but still not one I pull out unless I'm watching the entire saga.
  91. β€’
    Star Wars: Episode IIIβ€” Revenge of the Sith (2015)
    Easily the best of the prequel series, not that the bar was set all that high. 😬
  92. β€’
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
    One of the biggest factors of me deciding whether or not I love a film vs me just merely *liking* it is asking myself if it made me laugh and/or cry. This one did both.
  93. β€’
    The Graduate (1967)β€” the March installment of TCM's Big Screen Classics Series
    What else can I really say other than it's amazing to be able to see you favorites the way they were originally meant to be seen.
  94. β€’
    Wonder Woman (2017)
    Walking out of this last night, my mind kept going to one word and one word only- yes. Yes to female lead films and to Gal Gadot, who not only embraced the strength and power of this character, but also the heart and vulnerability. Yes to putting it in the hands of a female director & (hopefully) helping open the door for more like her. Yes to the costumes and effects and every other creative decision made, and to breaking of records and filling of theaters.
  95. β€’
    But my biggest YES goes to the girls who read comics and love superheroes and want to be the heroes during recess and the strong, passionate, intelligent, ass-kicking, day-saving, believing-in-love women they become. β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’›