Brandon’s Year of Movies in Review – 2017 Edition

As the New Year approaches, I thought it might be nice to look back at some of the movies that I watched this year. I actually kept a list of all 150 movies that I watched, so it was easy to go back and see what I enjoyed and what I didn’t. Not all of these movies are new in 2017, but movies that I’ve just now seen in 2017.

Movies Seen In Theater

I loved IT. I thought it was well made and did a great job modernizing the source material. It was fun, scary, and felt like a movie from the 80’s, which is what I think we all wanted in an IT movie.

I hated The Last Jedi. The less said about it the better.

Best Documentaries

Batman and Bill is a documentary about Bill Finger, the co-creator of Batman. Mr. Finger was railroaded and never given any credit for his part in creating Batman and this documentary explores why and how this injustice went on for so long.

After attempting to watch the Nicolas Cage piece of crap USS Indianapolis Men of Courage movie, we decided to give this documentary a shot instead. It’s a wonderful documentary that tells the story of the USS Indianapolis straight from the survivors mouth.

The Worst Movies

This is arguably the worst movie I’ve ever watched. Read my review at for more info.

Joysticks is one of those post-Porkys dirty teen comedies that is poorly acted with an absurd plot. I watched it since it was based in an old arcade and found nothing redeeming about the film. I think it took me around ten tries to actually get through the whole film.

I enjoyed the first Transformers flick, I’ll admit that. I finally got around to watching the rest a couple of years ago since my wife loves them. I found them to be a decent way to pass a couple of hours and the explosions are cool. Then this piece of shit came along and ruined all that fun. This is a terrible, terrible movie. It’s gonna take a miracle to get me to watch another Transformers movie. Then again, the next one is set in the 80’s, so that’s probably all I really need.

The less said the better.

The Biggest Disappointments

Alien Covenant wasn’t just a bad alien movie, it was a bad movie overall. Ridley Scott’s obsession with AI has never worked for me and infusing it into an alien film is a horrible idea. No one wants his running social commentary on AI, but we just want to see some friggin aliens killing everyone on a ship in the most graphic way possible.

I’m not a Dan Brown hater, and I actually enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Inferno, however, felt uninspired and the script was not smooth. It’s a shame because Robert Langdon deserves better.

I like Ben Affleck and love gangster movies, so why did this fail to excite me? Well, it’s too long, all over the place, and just a very basic movie. I’d rather rewatch Boardwalk Empire or The Untouchables instead of watching this again.

Kong’s trailer looked great and I expected to love it, but found it pretty ho-hum. The CG was good and the fight scenes great, but the movie just didn’t do it for me.

The Biggest Surprises

This movie came out of nowhere with a trailer released just a few weeks before it hit Netflix. I wasn’t expecting it to be so enjoyable, but man was it a fun flick.

I’ve put off watching this movie for years, and while it was a one-time watch for me, I really enjoyed it.

Another movie I’ve put off watching for years, mostly because I wanted to let the hype die down. Trick R Treat is totally deserving of the hype and it was some of the most fun I had watching a movie this year. It’s definitely going into my yearly rotation.

I have to be in a certain mood to deal with movies that are quiet or have subtitles. I just need to be prepared to give my full attention to it which is sometimes hard to do. One quiet night when I was alone I sat down and watched Hush and found myself enthralled in this brilliant home invasion flick.

I haven’t seen this movie in fifteen years or so and forgot how well made it was. Will Smith is at his best and Gene Hackman plays the paranoid conspiracy theorist beautifully. This film also deserves some credit for being so ahead of the game in regards to surveillance and privacy issues that plague us in 2017.

The Best

It took me a while to get around to watching John Wick and I kicked myself after waiting so long. We don’t get enough balls to the wall violent action flicks and John Wick fills that void beautifully. John Wick 2 is more of the same just amped up. Great movie and I can’t wait for the third one.

I consider myself a pretty big horror movie fan and a pretty big Stephen King fan, but somehow this movie has escaped me. Part of me thought it would be too hokey and would have a badly designed stuffed dog. I was wrong. Cujo holds up incredibly well and is a fantastic flick.

I’ve seen Evil Dead multiple times, but I always forget how much I love it. It’s like a surprise every time I turn it on, which is a good thing. I think the sound design is what always brings me back to this film and it was definitely some of the most fun I had watching a movie this year.

You can read my full review over at 90sHorrorReview, but man did I love this movie. It’s not perfect, but it’s an experience that is well acted with a great story told. Best movie of 2017 for me.

Last year, my favorite movie was Hell or High Water, and in 2017 writer and now director Taylor Sheridan has done it again with Wind River. Wind River is the story of a game warden who teams up with a rookie FBI agent to solve the death of a young Native American on an Indian Reservation. It’s a beautiful film with a haunting soundtrack and incredible acting. I was blown away at the pacing and the satisfaction that his movie provided while watching and it only makes me more and more excited to see what Mr. Sheridan comes up with in the future. Wind River is by far the best movie I saw this year and one I recommend to anyone.

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