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Movies You've Watched 2017
Posted: Posted January 1st by Orion Nebula

It's time for a new thread to bring in the new year!

2016 thread:
Lots to look forward to in 2017 - Blade Runner 2049, T2 Trainspotting, John Wick 2, Dunkirk, Alien: Covenant, The Dark Tower, Pirates of the Caribbean, Kong: Skull Island, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Logan, Thor: Ragnarok, and of course Star Wars Episode 8.

I saw Allied today. Thought it was a tone deaf movie with awful dialogue and two of the blandest spy characters I've ever seen put to screen. The ending was pretty dumb too. Wholly forgettable.

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Spider-man, Thor Ragnarok, Kong Skull Island, and - somehow - Alien Covenant are the ones I'm really looking forward to.

Posted January 1st by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

They finally made a dark tower movie? Awesome!

Posted January 1st by Xhin
Rise from ashes

It's in the making^ I think Idris Alba is the main character, correct me if I'm wrong. Steven King's It is also in the making.

I didn't watch any movies in 2017 yet. lol

Posted January 3rd by ShadowFox08

The Man from Nowhere (2010)

I liked it a lot.

Posted January 3rd by Chain Chomp
Chain Chomp

Netflix keeps recommending that movie to me and I keep thinking it's one of those ones that I feel like isn't going to be good. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Might watch it whenever I have time for movies at home again.

I forgot to mention that I'm very interested in GET OUT.

Posted January 3rd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I'm no film buff -in fact, you may as well call me a film layman- but I thought it had a decent enough story and was a good mixture of action/drama/thriller.

Posted January 3rd by Chain Chomp
Chain Chomp

So I watched LA LA LAND today.

I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure how good I ultimately thought it was. It felt more like a love letter to jazz than to classic Hollywood musicals. At some point, it felt like they even forgot they were making a musical. The music is also really, really good, but for the movie musical numbers don't exactly stick out. I remember the jazz more than the lyrical songs.

Really well done though. Emily Stone and Ryan Gosling were both excellent, and I couldn't tell at all how much Gosling knew of playing piano - if he learned a bit and faked it, or if he actually learned jazz piano like that (the way Miles Teller learned a good amount of drumming for Whiplash).

I also appreciate the ending, but that too felt to fly a little in the face of the notion of making a love letter to musical movies. But I suppose that's the point - it's all a fantasy. (Ok, I just talked myself into liking it more.) It did get kind of weird for a bit there at the end.

Posted January 3rd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I watched Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, the newer version on blu ray. I enjoyed it and it got me hyped for the game. Sephiroth was bad ass.

Posted January 3rd by Castrael

the man from nowhere is good.

finishing up deepwater horizon. great film.

Posted January 15th by S.O.H.

I watched STEEL (1997). It's really bad, but I think it was the right kind of bad to enjoy with friends.

Posted January 15th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

10 cloverfield lane.

Surprised how much I enjoyed it. Some one give the creepy man an Oscar.

Posted January 16th by S.O.H.

Finished fantastic beasts and where to find them. I enjoyed it.

There were somethings I didnt enjoy. And some stuff that added a lot to the established HP Universe.

interesting to see that through and through Gridelwald was a far more powerful and dangerous wizard than Voldemort.

Posted January 16th by S.O.H.

Lion was fantastic, not ashamed to admit I got pretty emotional by the end of it. Dev Patel is such a talent, and that Sunny Pawar (who plays the younger Saroo) was a revelation. Would definitely go back and see it again.

Should be seeing Moonlight next week, really looking forward to it!

Posted January 25th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula

Ah man, I wasn't really into Lion. Thought it was just one of those cheesy films for elderly white folks. (I didn't think it was bad, just nothing special.)

I do like Dev Patel a lot though. He's usually pretty great.

Posted January 26th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Caught an early screening of T2: Trainspotting last night, the follow-up to one of my all-time favourite films. Fucking loved it, over the moon that it actually managed to live up to the original. All the throwbacks to Trainspotting never felt pandering either, it just all worked so well. Editing was on point.

Posted February 17th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula

Nausicaa of The Valley of The Wind. It's an oldie but goodie, Definitely one of Miyazaki's better works. For all the technical failures it certainly nails down his mastery, I think because it was a project he thought about many years in the making. I honestly believes it deserves to be ranked higher than Mononoke for the purpose that the characters are much better and much more likable, again, despite the obvious shortcomings in being his first animated film struggling to keep up with the ambition. Watching this on a 4K HDR TV and Blu Ray is AWESOME.

Posted February 18th by mariomguy
What up, 1-up

Caught an early screening of T2: Trainspotting last night, the follow-up to one of my all-time favourite films. Fucking loved it, over the moon that it actually managed to live up to the original. All the throwbacks to Trainspotting never felt pandering either, it just all worked so well. Editing was on point.

I was really excited when they released the trailer back in...November, December? Glad to hear it's worth the hype, for I one who was afraid of pandering throwbacks.

Posted February 18th by Chain Chomp
Chain Chomp

Danny Boyle said they only used about a minute's worth of "old footage", but it's sprinkled across the movie to great effect.

Posted February 18th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula

10 cloverfield lane.

That was my favorite movie of last year. Great suspense.

I'm not big into movies these days but I am really looking forward to the new Pirates of the Caribbean. Even though this is the 5th one, they have been so spaced out that I don't feel like they're milking the series. I feel like the series gets hate from critics for doing the same thing over and over, but I love the characters in Jack Sparrow and maybe ever more so Hector Barbossa.

Edited February 18th by Vandy

Finished Watching Dory. Good movie. Nowhere as good as the first one but It had me laughing a few times.

Going to watch Allied tonight.

I am hoping to watch Split, John Wick 2, get out, Power Rangers and Logan within the next few weeks. Dont think Ill be able to though.

Posted March 4th by S.O.H.

I honestly believes it deserves to be ranked higher than Mononoke for the purpose that the characters are much better and much more likable, again

Hmm. In the sense that Nausicaa is a bit more personable and likable than Ashitaka, yeah. I'm not so sure I'd say that's the case with the rest of the cast of characters, though. But I also think Princess Mononoke is a lot more complex and layered, with a bit more depth, which is why it gets a bit more love (my general stance is I enjoy Nausicaa more, but think Mononoke is a better all around film and a more impressive technical display of artistry overall, which makes sense given how much later it came).

Glad to hear he's coming out of retirement for one more film. I really liked The Wind Rises, but I know a lot of people were disappointed with that as a final note for him to go out on.

Posted March 5th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

saw John wick 2. Good movie. the end shoot out scene really annoyed me though. glass mazes hurt my head it seems.

Posted March 21st by S.O.H.

watching moonlight tonight. Heard good things.

Posted March 23rd by S.O.H.

Saw the power rangers. Surprisingly good. A combination of the breakfast club, chronicle and Pacific rim.

Posted March 24th by So.o.h.

Just finished Split. Holy shit what a good movie.

Posted April 1st by S.O.H.

Kong island was alright.

Posted April 13th by S.O.H.

last one was beauty and the beast in theaters. Loved every moment of it!

Then I was a late bloomer on Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them but it was so good! can't wait for the next 4!

Posted April 21st by Katniss_girl_on_fire

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was a lot of fun, even if it tried a little too hard. Felt like Ego was one of the MCU's better villains - in large part due to the sheer presence of Kurt Russell (and his delightful performance), allowing the time to flesh him out as a character, and have him interact intimately with Quill and the guardians - but his ultimate goal still seemed kind of unclear. The Gamora and Nebula subplot felt tacked on and distracting, and they milked baby Groot for all it was worth too. The whole "Drack lol's and states the obvious" sort of wore thin early on as well.

It almost seemed like what Gunn and co. ultimately got out of the success of the first movie was that they needed to ramp up the humour to 11 at every possible chance. But a large part of it sadly felt forced.

Still, I'd put it up there as one of my favourite Marvel movies. I do enjoy the cosmic adventure and "dirty dozen" vibe of the Guardians compared to the Earth superheroes, and while the humour was hit and miss in Vol. 2, I still appreciated the wonderful bursts of colour, the absurdity, and absolute weirdness of the galaxy that it takes place in.

There were like 6 mid-credits scenes as well. One of them teased a new hero or whatever, but I legit have no idea who that even was.

Posted April 24th by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula

I watched Batman v Superman yesterday and it sucked ass.

Not going to bother watching the directors cut. So many of the subplots and scenes were superfluous in the first place; I'm not interested in seeing how Snyder tries to justify them with even more boring shit stacked on top of it.

Posted April 24th by nullfather

Oh yeah. Forgot Guardians 2 was coming out soon. (Or, has for you blokes down under.)

I still don't really like the way Drax is characterized in the films. He's occasionally funny to me, but I just think it's annoying that everyone has to be comedic relief.

That said, I am really excited for Thor: Ragnarok.

Yeah, Batman v. Superman was an incoherent mess of a film for so many reasons that had nothing to do with edited out scenes. Sure, maybe some scenes were better uncut, but that doesn't fix the bulk of the issue that I had: which was that primarily, Superman has no real characterization, Lex Luthor is a horribly erratic villain (and not in a good way), and there's just little compelling motivation for anyone doing anything beyond the opening sequence for Batman.

Posted April 24th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

That said, I am really excited for Thor: Ragnarok.

I am more excited for this movie than I am for guardians 2 or spider man. which is saying a lot since I hated the first 2.

I saw Get out. It was alright. Unsetteling as fuck though.

I also saw Fate of the Furious. Surprisingly enjoyed it. Never been a fan of the series but this one is the best from the ones Ive seen.

Edited April 25th by S.O.H.

>Superman has no real characterization, Lex Luthor is a horribly erratic villain (and not in a good way), and there's just little compelling motivation for anyone doing anything beyond the opening sequence for Batman.

The blatant mischaracterization was the obvious biggest failure for my enjoyment.

Superman: some guy with superpowers.
Batman: rich psychotic liftbro acting out slasher villain power fantasies.
Lex Luthor: socially retarded raving lunatic.

There wasn't a single moment where Superman or Batman said something that made me say "fuck yes, that's what being a superhero is about". There wasn't a single moment where Lex Luthor said something that made me mentally stumble over his intellect or determination.

Also, who the fuck is Wonder Woman in the context of this movie? She's some foreign chick for the first two-thirds and then she is revealed to have superpowers before having any kind of character definition so she can help Superman and Batman fight Doomsday.

And Doomsday is a rampaging monster of mass destruction that's stronger than Superman by himself, created by Lex Luthor to solve the problem of...a superhuman who tries to help people and defend humanity?

And Batman (the greatest detective in the world) can't figure out Lex Luthor's simple plan, or even steal a thing from some goons without murdering the shit out of like 20 of them?

And Superman is too stupid to just fly out of Batman's reach and tell Batman what's going on when Luthor kidnaps his mother, circumventing the entire premise of the movie?

And a next-generation super-bullet created by Lexcorp out of some super-hard metal that doesn't deform and looks like an AP round doesn't fully penetrate a 1-inch-thick journal, conveniently allowing Lois Lane to retrieve it to serve a subplot that is superfluous for multiple reasons?

This movie was shit.

Posted April 25th by nullfather

You forgot that all it took to change Batman's mind was that he and Superman both have mothers with the same name. Gotta love taking one of the most coincidental trivia facts in comics history and hinging a critical plot development on it... (And by that, I mean, no, it's terrible.)

Thing is, Lex Luthor didn't need to be in the movie at all. They actually do a decent job setting up Batman's motivation for hating Superman at the beginning. They easily could have just worked that angle, focused more on why Superman would hate Batman, and if you absolutely must throw Wonder Woman in the film, maybe have her be the neutral third party that figures things out and gets them to stop fighting each other.

The problem too is that they tried to smash together The Dark Knight Returns with The Death of Superman, in my opinion two of the most dramatically overrated stories in the history of superhero comics. (I don't think either is "bad," but I don't think either is great. Why did they blow their load on the Death of Superman TWO MOVIES IN AND WITH NO REASON TO GIVE A SHIT ABOUT SUPERMAN???)

But yeah, it was mildly cool seeing Wonder Woman on the big screen for the first time, but she's literally only in the film to open a folder with teaser trailers for The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman movies.

which is saying a lot since I hated the first 2.

I enjoyed them just fine for what they are, but they're not particularly great by any stretch. It's mostly just certain individual aspects that are pretty good. Overall, the first two Thor movies leave a lot to be desired.

I think the thing about Thor: Ragnarok is that Marvel seems to finally be embracing some of the weirdness. That it doesn't take place on Earth at all will go a looooong way to making it better. It doesn't hurt that they hired Taika Waititi, who is one of the best directors working today - even if few know who he is.

Posted April 25th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I don't know who he is surprisingly.

Posted April 25th by S.O.H.

Not really surprising. He's a New Zealand director who made some awesome smaller flicks. Boy, Eagle v. Shark, What We Do In the Shadows (my favorite), and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (which is also great, and a close second). Nothing super major in the States. But they're great. Some of them are on Netflix, I believe.

Posted April 25th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I'll add them to the list

Posted April 25th by S.O.H.

So I watched Suicide Squad. It was...pretty dang awful. I think it's without doubt a worse film than Batman v. Superman, but I actually found it less frustrating to watch. I think it's because there were stretches of the latter that I liked and thought were interesting. So you'd get ten minutes here, a few minutes there, and I'd think, "Oh, ok. This is neat. This is the movie I want to watch!" And then it just abandoned it. Whereas Suicide Squad is just bad from beginning to end, and there's almost nothing redeeming about it. So even though it was worse, I had no reason to take any interest in any of it, which made it easier to tolerate (since I would just start double screening.) Everything is super forced, and half the budget must have been spent on music licensing (it's like they saw Guardians of the Galaxy and were like, "OH! People like dated soundtracks??? Got it!")

(That said, I actually really liked the look of the Enchantress before her brother helped her or whatever.)

I also just re-watched Clue for the first time since childhood. Man, so good! Easily the best game-related movie ever made.

Posted April 30th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Yeah I wish enchantress had stayed as the weird psycho demonic dirty witch. Instead we got that ballerina new vita repulsa looking chick.

Posted April 30th by S.O.H.

Just watched Wonder WOman. What a fantastic super hero film. DC really knocked it out of the park for once. If you would have told me Wonder Woman would be the saving grace for DC films I would have told you to get out. But dam what a great film best super hero film Ive seen since Civil war. I think I might watch it again.

Posted June 4th by S.O.H.
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