Movies Watched in 2017

  1. It Follows
    1/18: Sufficiently creepy + such a millennial aesthetic vibe. Was actually freaky and different without going overboard. 8/10
  2. Requiem for a Dream
    1/25: Jared Leto is the worst, but he wasn't as insufferable as usual (probably bc early 2000s Leto hadn't yet worked his way up to being fucking Jared Leto yet). Not as gross and horrific as everyone told me it would be. Pretty unsettling nonetheless, though. 7/10
  3. Ghostbusters (2016)
    2/19: SO FUN. Plot dragged at times, but what a joyful movie for so many reasons. I can't fault the issues because I enjoyed it so much. 8/10
  4. Molly Moon
    2/19: Watched only because the book it's based off of was one of my childhood favorites. It changed too many details and never was able to replicate the magic and joy of my younger self's experience reading the books. 5/10
  5. The Talented Mr. Ripley
    2/21: Matt Damon plays a psychopath a LITTLE too well, but this is a fine movie overall. I'll confess that I thought it would be like Good Will Hunting, but it's actually a thriller! So, hope you like your blood pumping. Also, Jude Law is very hot (as always). 9/10
  6. Alfie
    2/25: The titular Alfie is someone I would hate in real life, but I like Jude Law so much that I kind of rooted for him (but just a little). Jude Law is good in this, but I probably won't remember plot details in a month. 5/10
  7. Begin Again
    2/27: First of all, I wish they'd kept the working title of this movie: Can a Song Save Your Life? But I really enjoyed it anyway. Keira Knightley continues to be my fave, and Mark Ruffalo is good in this as well. I have a proclivity towards liking these kinds of movies more than everyone else, so I really enjoyed it. Overall, it's a nice movie where everything mostly works out for everyone, and I found that result very touching. Also, Adam Levine is randomly in it. 9/10
  8. Anna Karenina
    2/28: TWO OF MY FAVES IN THE SAME MOVIE. Some people will probably hate the set design, but I personally loved it. The costumes were incredible also. And its source material is good, so that helps. I would watch it again. 8/10
  9. Atonement
    3/1: More Keira Knightley! And that's never a bad thing. Here, there's bonus James McAvoy and a pre-teen Saoirse Ronan. Atonement is really well-acted, and the cinematography is beautiful, and so is the story. This movie wrecked me, honestly. I can't stop thinking about it. 9/10
  10. Mulholland Drive
    3/4: It's David Lynch, so that's kind of all you need to know. Anyway, it was a little too long and definitely required more thinking than the average movie. It was campy in a good way but also extremely unsettling. The Winky's diner scene is probably one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen. 6.5/10
  11. Chalet Girl
    3/5: Had to cleanse my brain of Mulholland Drive with something easy. Ed Westwick is in this, and so is a pre-Star Wars Felicity Jones. Sophia Bush feels miscast, but I mean that as a compliment. I don't know how to describe the mood of this film other than "reminiscent of a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie from the 2000s." 7/10
  12. Inside Llewyn Davis
    3/20
  13. Genius
    4/4
  14. Team Foxcatcher
    4/9
  15. The Prestige
    4/30
  16. Across the Universe
    5/1:
  17. Sing Street
    5/7: Directed by the same guy who did The Commitments, so it feels like an update of that movie. It's fun, and the music is nice. 7/10
  18. Spy
    5/14: 50% action movie, 50% comedy. I never realized Jason Statham was so funny. Bonus: Jude Law as a super spy. 8/10
  19. Remember Me
    5/15: The plot isn't terrible, I just can't understand the weird 9/11 twist at the end. It felt un-earned and kind of exploitative. 5/10
  20. Oasis: Supersonic
    5/19: A near-perfect documentary about my favorite band. And if you don't like Oasis, it's the story of the rise and fall of one of the last true rock and roll bands. 10/10
  21. The End of the Tour
    5/21: Not all that memorable, pretty pretentious. Jason Segel was good as David Foster Wallace but not really likable. It felt like a movie for dudes by dudes. 4/10
  22. Brokeback Mountain
    5/24: Going to be honest, this movie affected me more than I thought it would. Over 10 years later, I understand the outrage that it never got the Academy Awards recognition it deserved. 8/10
  23. The Witch
    5/24: Not your typical horror fare. It's more of a look into a crisis of faith and paranoia of a family in the 17th century. Pretty unsettling. 7/10
  24. Inglorious Basterds
    6/1: My favorite Tarantino film I've seen. The scene where Brad Pitt and his men fail at being Italian is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Even better is Shoshanna's character arc and her revenge. It's not how history went, but it's satisfying to see nonetheless. 8.5/10
  25. The Hurt Locker
    6/25: Very stressful and very human. 8/10
  26. Nerve
    7/7: I have a weird penchant for Emma Roberts and have loved pretty much everything she's been in (again, this is weird). This was a fun movie that I actually felt semi-invested in. Ending was weird and didn't fit all that well, but the journey up until was entertaining. 7.5/10
  27. Wonder Woman
    7/8: I waited my entire life to see this movie, and it was everything I dreamed of. 10/10
  28. Dune
    7/10: Too weird and sci-fi for me, sorry. Kyle MacLachlan looked good, though. 5/10
  29. The Young Victoria
    7/19: I probably smiled for 80% of this movie. Emily Blunt is so fun as Victoria! And Rupert Friend is dorky and sweet as Albert. Could've done with a little more tension in the plot, but I was too busy smiling to care. 8.5/10
  30. Dunkirk
    7/22: Stressful but amazing. A great piece of filmmaking that highlights unsung heroes from WWII. And Harry Styles was good! 9/10
  31. Zero Dark Thirty
    7/25: Jessica Chastain is good as always, but it's sad that we know so little about her character. It's good plot-wise, but it's no character study (except, weirdly, for Osama bin Laden). 7/10
  32. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    7/26: It's a Holocaust movie that shows Auschwitz through the eyes of an 8-year-old, so obviously it's kind of brutal. None of the principal actors are German, which is slightly confusing at first. Rupert Friend as a Nazi is weird and unsettling after seeing him in Homeland and The Young Victoria. 7/10
  33. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
    7/27: Kind of dull and predictable and Rupert Friend's hair was really, truly awful to look at. But the friendship between the main characters was sweet. 4/10
  34. Red Army
    7/31: Documentary offering a perspective into hockey history we don't often get. A humanizing look into a team and hockey program who are often denied it. It's unfair that Russian hockey is met with so much derision, but this film forces viewers to question why that is. 9/10