An ongoing list. Inspired by @DawnCloud.
  1. Independence Day: Resurgence
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    Exactly what I expected. Including Jeff Goldblum being the only point in watching.
  2. La La Land
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    I'll admit, my lack of admiration for this may have been because I went in after hearing the whole universe gush over how perfect it was. THAT BEING SAID, I expect a lot from Ryan + Emma movies, and this one just...didn't deliver. I had been promised a tasty explosion; what I got was vanilla with a few rainbow sprinkles. *downcast shrug*
  3. Colonia
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    This movie was NOT what I was expecting. It was better. Much. Obviously I watched for The Most Beautiful Human Alive. Bonus: Daniel Brühl. 👍
  4. The Lobster
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    I wanted to see this movie for a long while before finally watching it, and I enjoyed it in a dark way. Practicing emotionless speech afterwards was fun too.
  5. Sneakers
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    Watched this the night before Trump's inauguration. The parallels to things I fear his Presidency will bring were un.com.fort.a.ble. But I enjoyed it as far as quality goes; it was well made. River Phoenix is *always* welcome in my living room.
  6. Split
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    Without giving anything away, this movie did a real number on my mind. Watching McAvoy's character fail to contain his mental behavior and idiosyncrasies hit unbelievably close to home; I don't have Dissociative Identity Disorder, but I do struggle with lightning mood changes due to my capital Depression. (Sorry for the 🎻.) I don't know about the box office, but I enjoyed it—there were moments when James McAvoy completely disappeared before my eyes.😱👏
  7. The Killing Joke
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    I read this last year and really enjoyed it; parts of the movie were creepy as mess for an animated film. Mark Hamill's Joker voice is diabolical.
  8. Hacksaw Ridge
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    Andrew Garfield's character shocked me with his selfless decisions made over & over again. It made me certain of two things: 1. I would never be so unself-serving, and 2. Though I despise war, I won't look down on those who fight for me. Humans weren't created for such unimaginable misery. Also, as a Christian, and I really liked that it didn't portray non-Christians as ignorant brutes, as many "Christian" films do. Aside: there were unnecessary romance moments that were straight from my life.😄
  9. Blue Velvet
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    Finally saw this—weeeiiird but I liked it. Young Kyle Maclachlan sounded uncontestedly like Young Jake Gyllenhaal.💙 It was kind of a painful peer into the dark side of humanity, which I'll admit I'm lately realizing I've been blessedly removed from during my formative years. Which I'm thankful for, as it allowed me to believe that people are mostly good. Nowadays I'll admit I struggle to have faith in such idealistic things.
  10. Passengers
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    Alternately called Galaxial Titanic; actual line: "We're on a sinking ship in space." Not necessarily a *stunner* of a film, but I'm always game when Jenn Law's playing. Toed the love/hate line w/ a character I loved, which is always fun. Had a horrifying straight-from-my-nightmare bit that involved being trapped in a zero-gravity water globe, but the visuals were spectacular—talking about the ship's interior here, although the cosmos was obviously stunning as well. A sexy fun celestial romp.
  11. The Lego Batman Movie
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    Holy one-liners Batman! Okay listen to me: if you haven't seen this movie, go see this movie. I can't even explain how good it was for my soul. It took all the best elements of The Lego Movie and turned them into a witty hodgepodge that had me cackling aloud as the jokes hit that sweet spot of simple, pure fun. Also Batman had a bangin' new song, ______* had a cute song, and it ended with an ensemble number that made my heart warm and fuzzy. 🦇+ 🙂 (*Character undisclosed due to minor spoilers.)
  12. The Fundamentals of Caring
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    This was a good watch-on-the-elliptical movie—a nice Paul Rudd roadtrip story. Caveat: they made an unfortunate stop in Idaho and picked up an unbearably foul-mouthed Selena Gomez whose profanity escaped her mouth even quicker than her cigarette smoke, which was meant to present her as a John Green-esque "edgy troubled vixen." She basically played out as a tag-along ignoramus, and I was not at all impressed. But the bickering dialogues between Rudd and Craig Roberts were great, loved those bits.
  13. Sisters
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    Weirdly relatable because if this movie was dialed down to a PG rating it would be my little sister and I—she's the one who has it all together and I'm the mess. Also giving my five thousandth standing O for Tina Fey's banging body.🔥👏
  14. Moana
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    BEYOND impressed by this movie. Major kudos to Disney for the music, the new technology they created specifically for the water in this movie, the music, the story, the music, the heroine, and did I mention the music? I spent basically the entire film on that tremulous edge where you could cry if you let yourself.👍👍
  15. Manchester by the Sea
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    One giant bundle of heartache composed of myriad other heartaches. Some moments had me breathless on the floor. CAVEAT: I couldn't dislike Patrick more. I get he's a high school guy so there's some douchery built in, but stuff like talking about having two girlfriends as if that's a reason not to move to where his guardian lives, asking his guardian to keep GF2's mom busy so he can go bang GF2, or the endless potty mouth—I legit despise him. Otherwise 👍💔👍. Also M Williams brill as always.
  16. Moonlight
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    I didn't relate to this movie on many levels, but the beautiful thing is I *did* on the important ones—the colorblind ones. Bullies are cruel. Families can be difficult, sometimes impossible. Falling in love is frightening. Carving out a life for yourself in the face of overwhelming odds can leave you hopeless, especially when you realize you don't have it in you to rise above them. (How I understand that.) Still, you breathe in, out, make choices. Those choices, right AND wrong, form your life.
  17. The Little Prince
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    Been meaning to watch this for ages, but so glad I inadvertently saved it till now. Resonates deeply with this whole "Defining Decade" I'm living in, urging us to be diligent in the efforts of being "such a good grown up," but not at the price of losing the things that truly enrich existing: kindness, compassion, exploration, risk, friendship, hope. There's more to life than a paycheck.👑
  18. Logan
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    Fully agree with a review I saw that said this wasn't just a great comic book movie, it was a great movie period. No details because there are very real spoilers that could ruin it, but I was very mesmerized, very weepy, and very satisfied. 👍
  19. Alien
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    Finally saw this movie after hearing about it my whole life. Scared the pants off me, but uncontestedly well-made. Sigourney Weaver is an icon for a reason.
  20. Regression
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    B.r.i.l.l. I knew exactly what was happening as it happened, but I still loved watching the characters get to the bottom of it. Emma was perfect in a role unlike any she'd previously taken on.👏
  21. Aliens
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    Sigourney is still a bada**. Less scary that the first, but also maybe more fun. My favorite character named Newt—screw Scamander.
  22. Beauty and the Beast
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    Two lists are coming as I slowly come to terms with all the feelings I have about this movie. But to start: I was disappointed. My least favorite version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast I've seen professionally performed. Keep in mind: my least favorite BatB is still high up there. But Emma just was. not. Belle to me in this movie. More to come, but if I talk about it now I'll speak out of anger over losing two years of my life deeply anticipating this film. An important note: Dan Stevens=MVP.
  23. The Edge of Seventeen
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    Oh man, this was incred.i.ble. I was psyched for this movie before it came to theaters, and then of course it didn't come to any near me, so I had to wait until it came to RedBox; I was beyond pleasantly surprised. I went in with high expectations, and it surpassed them all. Hailee Stenfield was perfect, and her chemistry with Woody Harrelson was just...I mean BONKERS fantastic. I'm not going to go into a single detail because I think you should go watch it, but it is definitely worth your time.
  24. Nocturnal Animals
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    SPEECHLESS. This was so amazing. Jakey G and Amy Adams were captivating, Aaron Taylor Johnson was shocking because I despised him despite the fact that I'm actually in love with him—not to ignore Michael Shannon's performance which was spot on too. The cinematography and score both really caught my attention, and the whole thing had me on edge. This was a fascinating think-piece and honestly I want to watch it several more times to really absorb it.
  25. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
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    I liked this one better than the first one, which admittedly was not my favorite. Baby Groot was everything the first movie needed. Literally cried like four times over him. Also really enjoyed seeing a bit more about Rocket's human characteristics, as well as Drax in general—that giant laugh!
  26. The Witch
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    I really enjoyed this one. The story kept me questioning what I was certain I knew, and every frame aside from the very very last one had me riveted. Spectacular. I loved it because several of the characters walked the line between my feeling sorry for them and wanting to sock them in the gut. Also, the costumes, cinematography, and dialects were all bewitching (😉).
  27. Alien: Covenant
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    Definitely better than Prometheus, but it makes Prometheus more watchable as it provides it with a direction. Michael Faasbender was captivating. No lead in this franchise will ever be as enthralling as Sigourney'e Ripley, but Katherine Waterston's Daniels absolutely won me over pretty much instantly. In my opinion, she and Fassbender absolutely carried the film.
  28. Man of Steel
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    I had intensely low expectations for this movie; it met all of them. (Great for a snuggle sesh on a monsoon day, though.)
  29. Wonder Woman
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    I was going to try to squeeze this all in, but I literally cannot do it. I have many, many thoughts, which I am compiling into a list that I will attempt to complete by weekend's end. To sum up I'll say, 1) best D.C. film by far; 2) Gal Godot was fantastic; 3) forced studio edits are the living worst; 4) this was a pretty spectacular film apart from one glaring error that killed my "oh my goodness I have to start training right this second" vibe it had ignited within me. More on that to come.
  30. Spider-Man: Homecoming
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    All the stars. This was the first movie I've seen this year that lived up to and surpassed my expectations—which were HIGH. Tom IS Peter Parker. I won't spoil anything, so I'm not going to say much, but while there were a few things I wish would've been included, it's the greatest superhero movie in ages, I think every bit as good as the well-earned praise for Spider-Man 2, and had many of the "young kid hero" elements that were missing from every other incarnation of Spidey. It was perfect.
  31. 20th Century Women
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    Fascinated by these three women struggling to answer a question I've never before considered but which I know plague millions every day: "Don't you need a man to raise a man?" Brilliant casting; Elle Fanning is captivating as always; Annette Benning and Greta Gerwig were also electrifying as they took charge of redefining what it means to be a woman. The guys were okay too I guess. 😘 In all seriousness though this movie blew my mind a little bit.
  32. Baby Driver
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    So. Naturally I've been in love with Ansel since the Fault in Our Stars and Lily since Downton Abbey, hence I Insta-stalked the making of this movie pretty heavily via Ansel's stories. That said, this movie friggin' blew. me. away. It was SICK. Legit every single thing about it was fantastic. And the opening shot was the greatest intro to a live action movie I've seen in so long, maybe ever. I wasn't a fan of the way it ended, but I still left *enthralled* by the film as a whole.
  33. Kubo and the Two Strings
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    Holy paper animation. This film was the most unique and impressive animation I've seen since the Deathly Hallows narration scene. The music was beautiful, the story was fresh, it was certainly one of the best, if not the best, non-Disney animated film since the likes of Anastasia or The Prince of Egypt. Also, the credits rolled to a Regina Spektor cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and the guitar may not have been the only thing weeping.
  34. Get Out
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    This movie was twisted as heck but it was absolutely riveting. Worthy of the hype.
  35. In the Mouth of Madness
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    Friggin. Weird. This movie gave me a headache. But I've loved Sam Neill since early girlhood so obviously I was here for it.
  36. Catch & Release
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    I remember seeing the trailer for this when it came out and wanting to see it; here we are like 16 years later and I've finally watched it. Meh. Not terrible, but certainly a typical early 2000s rom-com with some slightly edgier content. I will forever love Jennifer Garner though, so no regrets.
  37. GoodFellas
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    This was a really interesting watch; I don't pretend to genuinely understand some of what critics rave about, but I do know that the pacing was really well-done. It kept me invested for thirty years of a mobster wannabe's life, which is something I won't claim to have ever before been interested in. I can't explain why, but Robert De Niro is one of those actors who I love watching every time. Also I was somewhat shocked I'd never heard of this true story before in a history class?
  38. The Zookeeper's Wife
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    This film is incredible. I highly recommend it. It depicted a few elements of Nazi behavior that I'd genuinely never before considered. I mean, if I'd been *asked* "Do you think Nazis raped young children bloody?" I would've naturally said yes, but it was never a topic I was taught. I think it should be. Perhaps if it were we wouldn't have so much Nazi-esque beliefs in our world today. Current events aside, the movie is phenomenal. Tears everywhere for all kinds of reasons.
  39. The Circle
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    Hm. Not one that evoked strong emotions because it was like a watered-down version of Black Mirror. Ddn't hate it or anything, I just expect a LOT when you throw Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in a film together. Bill Paxton's turn as an MS-stricken father got to me though; I won't be letting my mother watch it. I will say, however, that as a student of Information Sciences, it was unsettling how seduced I was by the idea of global open data. Like I get it can go so bad SO easily but...just WOW.
  40. LIFE
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    This was very, *very* similar to the original Alien, but I still enjoyed it! The one thing that I kept thinking was how much better they would've been if all of these attractive people would've stayed on earth, stopped pestering outer space to provide new depths of human understanding, and instead had hours of sex. (There is a chance Jakey G's being in the movie had a lot to do with this; I can't see him without thinking of the potential for luscious lovemaking.😏)
  41. The Lost City of Z
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    Obviously this has been on my to-watch list for like a year because Tom Holland. I'll be honest: I would've rather had a whole lot more of the story focused on what comprised the last 40 mins or so of the movie. Having said that, it's a fascinating and unsettling study in what obsession can lead people to sacrifice to that pursuit. Also, Cedric Diggory, Emperor Palpatine, and Skinny Dudley Dursley. Lastly, this is one of those interpretive ending movies that lends itself to discussion; me likey.
  42. It (2017)
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    HOLY TOLEDO. I'm not going to say anything because I don't want to spoil *anything* but this. movie. is. so. good. It was the first horror movie I've ever seen in theaters and it was fantastic. Just.....go see it. I won't be able to sleep tonight, not because I'm afraid but because it was SO STINKING GOOD. Also I'm in love with a few teenagers now. It's fine. KIDS FROM IT RANKED BY HOW BIG MY CRUSH IS
  43. Better Off Single
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    Almost all of this movie basically just showcased what greedy misogynists SO. MANY. of today's men are. It presented irreverence and vulgarity as a "sexy and desirable" show of self-confidence, when in actuality it was just an excuse to behave badly with no apologies. The worst part was that the people demonstrating these traits spent the whole story trying to convince Charlie (Aaron Tveit) that it was the best way to live. Gross. There was a great quote in it though, which I'll add to my list.
  44. The Glass Castle
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    I reread the book recently to refresh my memory; while I'll admit the film didn't capture a full depiction of the tragedy of the situation, I think it did a great job of condensing a long story into a compact film.
  45. Dunkirk
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    Once again, went in with high expectations and left less than awed. Guess I'm too much of a girl here, but I need *some* story going on in order to reach the level of emotional investment that draws me to the movies in the first place.