Films in 2017 Review

We’re now a week into 2018, but before pushing ahead into a new year in movies, I wanted to look back at what I watched in 2017. I’m not listing all the new-to-me movies I watched this year (you can look at that on my Letterboxd here, or look through my monthly entries), but I’ll be breaking down my viewing habits and looking at the new releases I saw, and all the movies I revisited in the past year.

New-to-Me: 312

Re-Watched: 75

Total: 383*

*4 of my re-watches were also films I discovered in 2017, so they weren’t counted again in the grand total.

New-to-Me Films by Decade:

  • 1920s – 9
  • 1930s – 38
  • 1940s – 49
  • 1950s – 49
  • 1960s – 30
  • 1970s – 29
  • 1980s – 19
  • 1990s – 18
  • 2000s – 11
  • 2010s – 60

This past year I ended up watching more recent movies than I did in previous years, where my viewing pattern leaned more into older movies (especially from the 1940s and 1950s). And as far as individual years, the only years in which I watched a number of movies that reached the double-digits were the past two years: 2017 with 30, and 2016 with 19. After that, the most-watched year ended up being 1951 with just 9 new-to-me movies. Otherwise, my viewing habits were pretty spread out throughout the decades.

List of Re-Watched Films:

  1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  2. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
  3. The Great Dictator (1940)
  4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  5. Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking (2010)
  6. Dirty Dancing (1987)
  7. Dreamgirls (2006)
  8. An Affair to Remember (1957)
  9. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
  10. The Defiant Ones (1958)
  11. The Miracle Worker (1962)
  12. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  13. All About Eve (1950)
  14. Detour (1945)
  15. The Quiet Man (1952)
  16. Tension (1949)
  17. The Blue Gardenia (1953)
  18. North by Northwest (1959)
  19. Network (1976)
  20. Scarlet Street (1945)
  21. The Set-Up (1949)
  22. Brute Force (1947)
  23. The Graduate (1967)
  24. The Prowler (1951)
  25. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
  26. Moonlight (2016)
  27. Crime of Passion (1957)
  28. Journey Into Fear (1943)
  29. The Godfather (1972)
  30. Short Cuts (1993)
  31. Phantom Lady (1944)
  32. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  33. He Ran All the Way (1951)
  34. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  35. High Wall (1947)
  36. Hot Fuzz (2007)
  37. They Live by Night (1948)
  38. T-Men (1947)
  39. The Best of Everything (1959)
  40. Sudden Fear (1952)
  41. Gun Crazy (1950)
  42. Deadline at Dawn (1946)
  43. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  44. My Favorite Year (1982)
  45. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  46. Cluny Brown (1946)
  47. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  48. In a Lonely Place (1950)
  49. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  50. Possessed (1947)
  51. Blade Runner (1982)
  52. They Won’t Believe Me (1947)
  53. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
  54. The Princess Bride (1987)
  55. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  56. Rebecca (1940)
  57. Suspicion (1941)
  58. Raw Deal (1948)
  59. Psycho (1960)
  60. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
  61. Back to the Future (1985)
  62. Mildred Pierce (1945)
  63. Split Second (1953)
  64. The Window (1949)
  65. Casablanca (1942)
  66. Night and the City (1950)
  67. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  68. Ace in the Hole (1951)
  69. Lady Bird (2017)*
  70. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)*
  71. The Breaking Point (1950)*
  72. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  73. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)*
  74. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  75. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

*also a first-time watch in 2017

I also have to note that I watched Singin’ in the Rain twice this year (and the viewings were in a couple days of each other). While the number of new-to-me movies I’ve watched in a given year has dropped within the past couple years, I’ve noticed that I’ve been revisiting more movies instead. And I’m sure that trend will continue into 2018, especially with TCM continuing its Big Screen Classics series with Fathom Events.

List of Films I Saw in Theaters (in italics marks a re-watch):

  1. Hidden Figures
  2. Fences
  3. Lion
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. Singin’ in the Rain*
  6. 20th Century Women
  7. Dirty Dancing
  8. An Affair to Remember
  9. Get Out
  10. All About Eve
  11. Beauty and the Beast
  12. North by Northwest
  13. The Zookeeper’s Wife
  14. The Graduate
  15. Their Finest
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  17. Smokey and the Bandit
  18. Wonder Woman
  19. The Godfather
  20. Some Like It Hot
  21. Cars 3
  22. Paris Can Wait
  23. Baby Driver
  24. The Beguiled
  25. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  26. The Big Sick
  27. Dunkirk
  28. Bonnie and Clyde
  29. Logan Lucky
  30. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  31. It
  32. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  33. Blade Runner
  34. Blade Runner 2049
  35. Mudbound
  36. Farewell, My Lovely
  37. Wonderstruck
  38. Lady Bird*
  39. Call Me by Your Name
  40. The Princess Bride
  41. Battle of the Sexes
  42. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  43. Thor: Ragnarok*
  44. Murder on the Orient Express
  45. Casablanca
  46. Justice League
  47. Coco
  48. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  49. The Disaster Artist
  50. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  51. Star Wars: The Last Jedi*
  52. The Shape of Water

*watched twice in theaters

My trips to the movie theater more than doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, where I only saw about 21 movies on the big screen. And I did manage to go to the theater at least twice a month (though February consisted of just 2 movies I had previously seen; you can see how it all fared out on my Letterboxd here). This past year I was fortunate enough to catch so many old favorites in theaters! That’s mostly thanks to TCM’s partnership with Fathom Events in showing at least one old movie on the big screen a month, and I also had a special Regal Cinemas pass that let me see them without the extra charge. Additionally, spending a wonderful weekend at the New York Film Festival (where I saw 5 movies) helped bump up the numbers a bit.

List of New Releases I Saw (ordered by their release date):

  1. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
  2. Get Out
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. Five Came Back
  5. The Zookeeper’s Wife
  6. Their Finest
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  8. Paris Can Wait
  9. Wonder Woman
  10. Cars 3
  11. Baby Driver
  12. The Beguiled
  13. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  14. The Big Sick
  15. Dunkirk
  16. Logan Lucky
  17. It
  18. Our Souls at Night
  19. Battle of the Sexes
  20. Blade Runner 2049
  21. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  22. Wonderstruck
  23. Thor: Ragnarok
  24. Lady Bird
  25. Murder on the Orient Express
  26. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  27. Mudbound
  28. Justice League
  29. Coco
  30. Call Me by Your Name
  31. The Disaster Artist
  32. The Shape of Water
  33. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

So the number of new releases I saw in 2017 also more than doubled compared to 2016, where I only saw 16. That’s partially in credit to getting a MoviePass subscription in October, though a couple of these titles were released on Netflix. Overall though, there were just a lot more movies I was interested in catching in the theater this year.

While we’re now in the new year, the look back at films in 2017 is far from over, with awards season kicking off tonight with the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards! And with this year marking the 90th year of the Oscars, I’ll try to update with a few special posts leading up to it. Otherwise, here’s to another fantastic year in movies in 2018!

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2 thoughts on “Films in 2017 Review

    • Partially, yes! TCM also started Noir Alley in March, where they played a film noir just about every Sunday morning, and I caught most of them (which I had seen previously). Can never have too much noir!

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