2017 Watched It 100 Movie List

Here is my list of 100 movies from 2017 I intend on seeing. I did my best and managed to see 63 before the Oscars. I will update this as I continue to make my way through this list. Watched It Awards come out tomorrow night!

2017 Movie List

71/100

January 2017 – (2/2)

  • Gold
  • Split

February 2017 – (5/5)

  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Fist Fight
  • A Cure for Wellness
  • Get Out

March 2017 – (7/7)

  • Power Rangers
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Logan
  • CHiPS
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Life

April 2017 – (6/6)

  • The Fate of the Furious
  • The Circle
  • Going in Style
  • Sleight
  • Free Fire
  • Colossal

May 2017 – (4/7)

  • Baywatch
  • The Wall
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Alien: Covenant
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Snatched

June 2017 – (10/13)

  • Wonder Woman
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • The Mummy
  • Despicable Me 3
  • All Eyez on Me
  • It Comes At Night
  • Beguiled
  • Baby Driver
  • The Book of Henry
  • Okja
  • The Big Sick
  • Rough Night
  • The House

July 2017 – (4/7)

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Dunkirk
  • A Ghost Story
  • Brigsby Bear
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Atomic Blonde

August 2017 – (6/7)

  • The Dark Tower
  • Wind River
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  • Lucky Logan
  • Detroit
  • Patti Cake$
  • Ingrid Goes West

September 2017 – (5/7)

  • IT
  • Kinsman: The Golden Circle
  • American Made
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Lucky
  • The Florida Project
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie

October 2017 – (5/11)

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Mother!
  • Only the Brave
  • Geostrom
  • Better Watch Out
  • Thank You For Your Service
  • The Mountain Between Us
  • Wonderstruck
  • Suburbicon
  • Marshall
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

November 2017 – (9/14)

  • Justice League
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • Daddy’s Home 2
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Molly’s Game
  • Mudbound
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Darkest Hour
  • Last Flag Flying
  • A Bad Moms Christmas
  • Lady Bird
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

December 2017 – (8/14)

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Downsizing
  • The Shape of Water
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Stronger
  • Hostiles
  • I, Tonya
  • Father Figures
  • Phantom Thread
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • All the Money in the World
  • The Post

Last Month in Watched It: March 2018

What I Watched March 2018

Movies:

  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Brigsby Bear (2017)
  • Colossal (2017)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Father Figures (2017)
  • War of the Planet of the Apes (2017)

The Good:

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The Bad:

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The Old or Surprising:

Revisited a classic with the family this month… The Lion King! My son turned 5 this month and we hadn’t watched it in a while. Still such a great movie. The music and the story are some of Disney’s best work. 10/10

2017 Watched It 100 Movie List Rankings

Here are the movies from 2017 that I saw off of the Watched It 100 Movie List, ranked and categorized. First, I categorized each film by the ratings number I gave the film on IMDb. Then I put them in order of how I felt about them in each numeric category.

10. (7)

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Get Out
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Baby Driver
  • The Big Sick
  • Coco
  • Wonder Woman

9. (11)

  • Brigsby Bear
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • I, Tonya
  • Logan
  • Wind River
  • The Disaster Artist
  • The Florida Project
  • Lady Bird
  • Dunkirk
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

8. (9)

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
  • Split
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Patti Cake$
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Okra
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

7. (9)

  • Justice League
  • Mudbound
  • Logan Lucky
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • The Wall
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • American Made
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Despicable Me 3
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie

6. (10)

  • Shimmer Lake
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Free State of Jones
  • Marshall
  • Life
  • Father Figures
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Going In Style
  • The Fate of the Furious
  • The Mummy

5. (9)

  • Power Rangers
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  • A Cure for Wellness
  • Gold
  • The Dark Tower
  • Rough Night
  • Girls Trip
  • Free Fire
  • Goon: Last of the Enforcers

4. (3)

  • The Circle
  • CHiPS
  • The House

3. (4)

  • Bright
  • Fist Fight
  • Baywatch
  • Snatched

2. (2)

  • Monster Trucks
  • The Comedian

1. (0)

  • (none)

6th Watched It Awards

Drumroll, please….. The 6th Annual Watched It’s!!!!

And the Watched It goes to…

Best Picture – Blade Runner 2049

Best Director – Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)

Best Actor – Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Best Actress – Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Supporting Actor – Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

Best Supporting Actress – Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Best Animated Film – Coco

Best Documentary – Dear Basketball

Most Surprisingly Good – Wonder Woman

Most Surprisingly Bad – Kong: Skull Island

Most Overrated – Call Me by Your Name

Most Underrated – Brigsby Bear

Worst Film of the Year – The Comedian

Top 10 of 2017

1. Blade Runner 2049
2. Get Out
3. War of the Planet of the Apes
4. Baby Driver
5. The Big Sick
6. Coco
7. Wonder Woman
8. Brigsby Bear
9. The Shape of Water
10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Bottom 5 of 2017

1. The Comedian
2. Monster Trucks
3. Snatched
4. Baywatch
5. Fist Fight

90th Oscar Predictions

My 90th Academy Awards Predictions

Total…. 20/24

My picks are in BOLD.

Best Picture

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water – WINNER
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

  • Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
  • Jordan Peele (Get Out)
  • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
  • Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) – WINNER

Best Actor

  • Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
  • Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) – WINNER
  • Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Best Actress

  • Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) – WINNER
  • Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
  • Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
  • Meryl Streep (The Post)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
  • Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)
  • Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) – WINNER

Best Supporting Actress

  • Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
  • Allison Janney (I, Tonya) – WINNER
  • Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
  • Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Best Animated Film

  • Coco – WINNER
  • The Breadwinner
  • Loving Vincent
  • The Boss Baby
  • Ferdinand

Best Cinematography – Blade Runner 2049
Best Costume Design – Phantom Thread
Best Documentary – Icarus
Best Documentary Short – Heroin(e) (Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405)
Best Film Editing – Dunkirk
Best Foreign Language Film – A Fantastic Woman
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Darkest Hour
Best Original Score – The Shape of Water
Best Original Song – “This is Me” (The Greatest Showman) “Remember Me” (Coco)
Best Production Design – The Shape of Water
Best Animated Short – Dear Basketball
Best Live Action Short – DeKalb Elementary (The Silent Child)
Best Sound Editing – Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing – Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects – Blade Runner 2049
Best Adapted Screenplay  Call Me by Your Name
Best Original Screenplay – Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Get Out)

Last Month in Watched It: February 2018

What I Watched February 2018

Movies:

  • Darkest Hour (2017)
  • A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  • Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
  • Justice League (2017)
  • The Post (2017)
  • Marshall (2017)
  • Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (2016)
  • Dear Basketball (2017)
  • Heroin(e) (2017)
  • Phantom Thread (2017)
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017)
  • Lou (2017)

The Good:

See my review here… Blade Runner 2049

The Bad:

Daddy’s Home 2 would have to be the bad for the month. Had low expectations for this sequel but the trailer actually made me slightly hopeful. Mel Gibson and John Lithgow were great additions to the cast, but unfortunately they were poorly used and a bad script kills this comedy. Not the worst sequel but far from the best. 5/10

The Old or Surprising:

What surprised me most this month was that the Pixar’s offering for Best Animated Short wasn’t my favorite. Dear Basketball written and narrated by Kobe Bryant was fantastic. That’s not to say Lou was bad by any means, but it’s rather refreshing to see something new on top. 9/10

Blade Runner 2049

Full disclosure, I just saw the original Blade Runner in October of last year and my takeaway from that film was lukewarm at best. After digesting the movie for a couple days, I realized that my presumptive expectations of Blade Runner being a science fiction action film, when in reality it’s a science fiction noir, were to blame. After seeing Blade Runner 2049 and going into it with the proper mindset, I badly want to re-watch the original Blade Runner and reevaluate my opinion of it. Surprisingly, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best movies I have seen from 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 is everything I could ever ask for from a science fiction noir film and more. Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins have come together and built a masterpiece that didn’t get its due credit, much like the first film. Denis Villeneuve took this project on knowing that a large portion of the Blade Runner fanbase, were unsure they wanted this cult classic story ever touched again. He did it with care and vision and delivered the proper tone and feel that the first one gave off. The cinematography is off the charts thanks to now 14th Time nominated Best Cinematographer, Roger Deakins. By far the most beautiful movie I have seen in recent years and hands down favorite to finally win his Oscar.

Ryan Gosling continues to take on any genre and deliver a strong performance, while Harrison Ford returns to his role as Rick Deckard. Ford’s performance is strong and begs the question of how close was he to a Best Supporting nomination. Jared Leto is fine and Robin Wright is good as usual, but Sylvia Hoeks is a scene stealer. She plays the ruthless character of Luv, Niander Wallace’s (Leto) hench-woman.

Please check this movie out and give it the cult classic credit it well deserves. I loved it and will rewatch the original Blade Runner after I catch up on Oscar movies. Blade Runner 2049 is a 10/10, must see film. Yes it’s long but it somehow leaves you wanting more.

Rating – 10/10

Backlighting: Jóhann Jóhannsson

I just heard the sad news of Oscar winning composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s passing at the age of 48. As my love and passion for film continues to grow, I have started to remember names and faces like I used to do with my favorite sports teams. Now, instead of knowing the Braves AA backup catcher, I remember the composer or cinematographer of my favorite movies. I don’t know many composers off the top of my head, but Jóhann Jóhannsson was one I knew and knew quite well. I have a spotify playlist dedicated to my favorite movie scores and Jóhann is a big part of it.
 
I first noticed his work with the film, The Theory of Everything. A powerful Eddie Redmayne performance driven home by Jóhann’s beautiful score. He has also teamed up with probably my favorite director working right now, Denis Villeneuve, on several projects including Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. He won a Golden Globe for his original score for The Theory of Everything and an Academy Award for his original score for Sicario. At just 48 years of age, it feels as if Jóhann was just beginning an amazing career. Sad loss for the world of film and music.
 
RIP Jóhann Jóhannsson

My Top 5 Songs

  • “Forces of Attraction” The Theory of Everything Soundtrack (2014)

 

  • “Flight From the City” Orphée (2016)

  • “Cambridge, 1963” The Theory of Everything Soundtrack (2014)

  • “The Beast”  Sicario Soundtrack (2015)

  • “Fordlandia”  Fordlandia (2008)

Last Month in Watched It: January 2018

What I Watched January 2018

Movies:

  • Lady Bird (2017)
  • I, Tonya (2017)
  • Coco (2017)
  • Patti Cake$ (2017)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)
  • The Room (2003)
  • The Disaster Artist (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Wind River (2017)
  • The Florida Project (2017)

The Good:

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro is beautiful love story between a deaf cleaning lady at a government facility and an amphibious man from the sea. The cinematography is some of the best of the year, which we have become accustom to with del Toro’s work. Award season should be kind to this movie. 9/10

The Bad:

The Room, from 2003, is widely considered one of the worst movies of all time. I’m going to agree that it’s bad, but strangely fascinating at the same time. A must see movie if you want to be in the “club.” I gave it a 1/10.

The Old or Surprising:

I truly had no real expectations of Coco. The trailers looked solid but they didn’t have me counting down the days. When I finally saw it, it immediately became one of my favorite movies of the year. Easily a 10/10 movie for me and I’ll even go as far to say it’s the best Pixar movie of the past few years. Best since Toy Story 3 and Up I would say. 10/10

Oscar Movies Watch List

Haven’t See

  1. Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  2. All The Money In The World
  3. The Boss Baby
  4. The Breadwinner
  5. Ferdinand
  6. Loving Vincent
  7. Victoria and Abdul
  8. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  9. Faces Places
  10. Icarus
  11. Last Men in Aleppo
  12. Strong Island
  13. Edith + Eddie
  14. Knife Skills
  15. Traffic Stop
  16. A Fantastic Woman
  17. The Insult
  18. Loveless
  19. On Body and Soul
  20. The Square
  21. Wonder
  22. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  23. The Greatest Showman
  24. Garden Party
  25. Lou
  26. Negative Spaces
  27. Revolting Rhymes
  28. Dekalb Elementary
  29. The Eleven O’Clock
  30. My Nephew Emmett
  31. The Silent Child
  32. Watu Wote/All of Us
  33. War for the Planet of the Apes
  34. Molly’s Game

Have Seen

  1. The Big Sick
  2. Logan
  3. The Disaster Artist
  4. Kong: Skull Island
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  6. Baby Driver
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Coco
  9. Lady Bird
  10. Dunkirk
  11. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  12. I, Tonya
  13. Call Me by Your Name
  14. Get Out
  15. The Shape of Water
  16. Mudbound
  17. Darkest Hour
  18. Blade Runner 2049
  19. The Florida Project
  20. The Post
  21. Phantom Thread
  22. Marshall
  23. Dear Basketball
  24. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405