MOVIES SEEN IN 2017

An ever updating list.
  1. Abattoir ⭐️⭐️1/2 - January
    This was such a bizarre movie. It starred Jessica Lowndes (who I've always liked) as a reporter investigating someone who's taking crime scenes and making their own haunted house out of them (yeah, you read that right), and I was so confused by the time period. The language and style of dress - among other things - made it seem like it took place back in the classic noir era, but then they used cell phones and stuff. It was strange. I can't say it wasn't interesting though.
  2. Split ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - January
    The first movie I saw in the theater in 2017. I've always been a M. Night Shyamalan fan (except for movies like After Earth), and I really liked his last movie The Visit (especially that crazy twist). This one wasn't as good as I thought it would be, but James McAvoy was great.
  3. The Good Neighbor ⭐️⭐️ - January
    This has sweet angel Keir Gilchrist and Logan Miller from the excellent Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, so I was hoping it would be better. Also it was billed as a thriller but then features a (no spoilers) scene involving a dying woman petting a kitten, and man, that really got me. THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE THE KIND OF MOVIE THAT MADE ME FEEL THINGS.
  4. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - January
    I really loved this movie. Yeah, I wish Jill, Ada, K-Mart, and Chris had been in the movie, but at least Claire was back, and she and Alice kicked some serious ass. It was a nice way to end the series, and I loved the way it paid tribute to the original by going back to The Hive.
  5. Rings ⭐️⭐️ - February
    There were some exciting elements, the main girl's voice was strangely enthralling to me, and I enjoyed Alex Roe. But it was basically a rehash of the first two movies, and it wasn't as good without Naomi Watts. The surprise ending was effective though and left me wanting another movie.
  6. Don't Hang Up ⭐️1/2 - February
    This was about these two kids who make a lot of prank calls, and then someone decides to seek revenge. There wasn't much going on except for some over the top acting really.
  7. Havenhurst ⭐️⭐️ - February
    This movie is about a woman played by Julie Benz investigating her friend's disappearance in an apartment building for people who need a "second chance." Naturally the owners have secretly sinister intentions.
  8. The Crooked Man ⭐️ - February
    I watched this movie for Amber Benson. Turns out - spoiler alert! - she gets killed not even a third of the way through it, and then I stopped paying attention because I was bored. It should have been much better.
  9. XX ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - February
    This was a horror anthology about women written and directed by women, and it was pretty good overall. Like all anthologies, some segments were creepier than others. Stylistically it really worked for me (especially the segment "The Birthday Party"), and a surprise Breeda Wool (from UnREAL) showed up in "Don't Fall." The best was "Her Only Living Son," but the creepiest thing was the transitional segments in between stories, weird stuff with dolls and birds and a bunch of other shit. Super weird
  10. Buddymoon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 - February
    I loved this even more than I thought I would. Like I mentioned in this list MOVIES THAT TAKE PLACE IN THE WILDERNESS, I've been on a David Giuntoli kick lately, so I watched this little indie. The sound was a bit dicey at times, but for the most part this movie was top notch, funny and unexpectedly sweet.
  11. Get Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - February
    I can't even really think of anything bad to say about this movie, it was just that great. When I literally cover my mouth and say "what the fuck?!" while watching a movie, that's when you know it's a good one.
  12. Deserted ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - February
    This is a Mischa Barton B-movie, which she makes a lot of these days, but you know, I've enjoyed several of them. I've liked Mischa since her days on The O.C., and while her movies aren't usually great, some are good (my favorite is Walled In). This one was about a group of friends who get stranded in the desert. I thought there was going to be some sort of assailant to fight, but the only thing they have to fight in the movie is their environment.
  13. Shut In ⭐️⭐️1/2 - March
    The first half kind of drags, but then the second half is suspenseful, and there's a twist. The climax is surprisingly long (there's an unintentional innuendo in there somewhere), and Jacob Tremblay is cute but ultimately kind of wasted because he has zero lines. That twist got me though, plus Naomi Watts is always good.
  14. Beauty and the Beast ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - March
    So good! I knew I would like it because Beauty and the Beast is my second favorite Disney movie (my first is Mulan), and I'm also total Disney trash. So I loved everything, from Emma as Belle to the songs to the costumes to the sets and everything else. I want to see it again.
  15. Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - March
    I didn't really care much about the characters - the movie could have done a better job of developing them. But the movie is very suspenseful once it gets going, and Jake is predictably good, even if he's not given much to work with.
  16. Power Rangers ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - April
    Now truthfully I'm a little biased because Power Rangers are a HUGE deal in my family. So I knew I was going to like the movie. And I did. I loved the characters and the depth they gave them, loved how ultimately this was a movie about relationships. The best part was watching them all bond. And in particular, I loved RJ Cyler as Billy and Elizabeth Banks as Rita. Both solid, especially RJ's nuanced performance. I wish there'd been more fight scenes, but still a great movie.
  17. The Bye Bye Man ⭐️ - April
    So boring. It could have been way better.
  18. The Circle ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - April
    This movie wasn't quite what I expected, but I enjoyed it. There's this building sense of dread as you see more and more the way this company is controlling and almost brainwashing people all over the world, beginning with their own employees. Emma Watson was great, and this is the most I've enjoyed Tom Hanks in a long time. I wish there'd been more Karen Gillan and John Boyega, and the ending was kind of anticlimactic. Not sure how I feel about that to be honest. But overall a good film.
  19. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 - May
    I really enjoyed this movie, but...it felt like that spark from the first movie was missing. Maybe it's because the first one felt so fresh, and since then movies like Deadpool and Suicide Squad have tried to replicate the formula (or parts of it at least) to varying degrees of success. Even so, I really liked it a lot. Also how cute is Baby Groot, am I right?
  20. Snatched ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 - May
    I really loved Trainwreck, so I had high hopes for this movie. It fell a bit short though. Amy and Goldie were great, and there were some really funny moments, like hilarious moments. But then others fell flat. I still would recommend it though, and it's a good movie to see with your mom on Mother's Day.
  21. Alien: Covenant ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - May
    I thought there were some pacing issues with this movie. Like sometimes it was be super exciting, but at other times it would drag. I still liked it, and the ending was...well, not exactly shocking, but chilling I suppose is a good word for it.
  22. Wonder Woman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - June
    Over two hours of Diana being a total badass amid a bunch of mostly useless men. What more could I ask for?
  23. Rough Night ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 - June
    I like the cast a lot, and they were great, especially Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, and Zoë Kravitz. Some of it was a little contrived, but I kind of expected that. It still made me laugh multiple times.
  24. Before I Fall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - June
    I was all set to give this movie 3 1/2 stars, but the last 20 minutes upped it half a star. I really liked it. There are some predictable elements and tropes, but those work for a reason, and the plot was unique enough to counteract the familiarity. Plus it's always nice to see Logan Miller in something (it seems I've developed a crush), and Zoey Deutch, man. She was so damn good in this movie, especially toward the end. Also the music was really good.
  25. The Belko Experiment ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - July
    I wasn't honestly sure what this movie was about, just that it was a thriller. Turns out it's about employees at a company being held hostage and ordered to kill each other or else they'll be killed themselves. It takes some time to build up, but it's pretty suspenseful once it gets going.
  26. The Axe Murders of Villisca ⭐️⭐️1/2 - July
    There were some interesting elements, and it was a bit creepy at times (especially the guy who played the murderer...he nailed the evil laugh), but I was a little disappointed. At least I had some nice things to look at.
  27. Spider-Man: Homecoming ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 - July
    A good movie. I really liked Tom Holland as Peter, and Michael Keaton made for a great villain. And there's a little surprise with one of the supporting characters toward the end. Plus the movie wasn't oversaturated with Tony. In fact, Happy was in it more. And the action sequences were cool too. All that being said, I still like Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man best and will always feel like he got treated unfairly in this whole situation.
  28. Do You Take This Man? ⭐️⭐️ - July
    I wanted to like this movie more. It features Jonathan Bennett, Alyson Hannigan, Alona Tal, Thomas Dekker, and others, and it's about a couple who are getting married. It all takes place the day of their rehearsal dinner, and it's essentially a lot of them standing around talking at each other. It doesn't help that the two leads have little chemistry, and the acting is kind of shoddy in spots (not awful, just not great). Alyson's part is smallish, but she acts circles around the rest of them.
  29. Kong: Skull Island ⭐️⭐️1/2 - July
    Maybe it's because I so intensely dislike him, but I feel like Tom Hiddleston was really miscast. Basically he came across as a douche. And despite the movie being filled with people I like (especially Brie Larson), the script did them no favors. It tried to be clever or deep sometimes, but it just seemed forced and unoriginal. Bright spots of the movie include Thomas Mann being adorable, a surprise Richard Jenkins, and Brie's hair looking amazing while blowing in the wind.
  30. Table 19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - July
    The movie got horrible reviews, so I wasn't expecting much, but I'm on an Anna Kendrick kick after reading her book, so I figured what the hell. And I'm glad I did because while it wasn't the best movie ever, I still enjoyed it. Anna is predictably cute, and I really liked seeing the characters at the titular table bond during the wedding. Sure, some of the movie was a bit disjointed, but it had a good story, I liked the music (the wedding band was good), and it had a really sweet ending.
  31. Demonic ⭐️⭐️1/2 - August
    This wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it would be more of a found footage type movie, but alas, that wasn't the case. That was just part of it. So I think my expectations not being met are partially why I didn't like it so much. Still, Frank Grillo is nice to look at.