Some Great Movies I Watched in 2017

What am I doing here? I’m a book blogger- this is totally not allowed!

Well, today I’m breaking the book blogger mould. Cos I actually have strong opinions on a lot of things and I figure it’s always nice to hear about brilliant films.

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I should probably add a quick *disclaimer* that most of these did not come out in 2018. I also didn’t watch that many movies last year and didn’t finish a lot of the ones I did try (while I’m loath to DNF a book, I have no problem quitting a movie if it’s failed to keep my attention after half and hour). So this list is super short- BUT that said I would give these ALL THE BANANAS- because they really are spectacular films. In no particular order:

Logan– this the only film on this list that actually came out in 2017. A lot of people have said this, but it’s genuinely the best superhero film in *years* (I’d say the cliché “since Dark Knight”, but I actually liked Dark Knight Rises, silly chronology and all). There’s not many movies I wake up the next day, weeks, months and am still thinking about- yet this really got to me. A lot of that is cos this is actually about something more than just saving the world from *insert increasingly ludicrous threat*- it’s about the human condition, fatherhood, ageing. It’s gritty and real and raw. And the performances from everyone are fantastic.

The Third Man– I watched this before going to Vienna and managed to sufficiently creep myself out on the trip because of it. It really put me on edge… and that’s a good thing 😉 Visually it’s just stunning and the characters are so darn awesome, with very subtle storytelling (no voice overs or friends coming in telling you someone’s whole backstory). It’s a classic for a reason.

The Graduate– this was… not what I was expecting. Honestly, I was sure I’d hate this movie, but at my mum’s insistence, I gave it a go and it was amazing. I was laughing gleefully by the end! It also doesn’t hurt that I love Simon and Garfunkel, so the soundtrack put me in a GREAT mood. Here’s to you Mrs Robinson. (Also I’ve included the trailer for consistency- but it gives a lot away, so probably don’t watch it)

Mississippi Burning– MAN. This. Film. It had me feeling every single human emotion (which is impressive cos I’m an ape). It’s about some really heavy stuff and I’m getting emotional just thinking about it. Just, watch it if you’ve not seen it. It’ll blow you away.

Up– I spent the first half an hour of this film and much of the rest of it sobbing, so that’s a win in my book. Again, a lot of people say this is possibly the best Pixar movie ever- and yeah, that’s likely true. It’s definitely the most UPlifting film I saw all year. (ba dum tss)

So have you seen any of these? What did you think of them? And what was the best movie(s) you watched in 2017? Let me know in the comments!

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124 thoughts on “Some Great Movies I Watched in 2017

  1. Kat Impossible says:

    Okay, so … uhm … how do I say this? I very much disliked Logan? It was super violent, had massive plot holes about what happened in between this movie and previous ones that were just never explained and it didn’t fit in with the rest of the movies in terms of tone and style. I am not saying that Logan by itself wouldn’t have been a great movie, but it was not what I wanted it to be as far as the last appearance for Logan/Wolverine goes. I know that I am in the definite minority concerning this, so that’s why I am just going to shut up now. It’s far cooler that it enraptured you the way it did!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehe don’t worry, I don’t mind 😉 It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure and there’s certain types of movies I don’t like (violence doesn’t tend to bother me too much, unless it’s horror). I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I found it surprisingly thought provoking and moving. I did want to know more about what happened in between movies, but in the end, judging the movie on its own merits, it was very powerful. I also think there were hints scattered which was a cool way to tell the story. But really, it’s perfectly okay if it didn’t work for you! hahaha it’s okay- I’ve got plenty of unpopular opinions about popular movies 😉

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    Yeah, I ended up buying UP after watching it once. It really was a great movie.

    Logan, I’ve avoided because of it’s R rating and all that that means. It goes along with the grim and gritty we were discussing about Batman on my review. It might be a fantastic movie but I doubt I’ll ever get around to watching it. Superheroes and grim reality don’t fit real well together in my world. Batman vs Superman was about the limit and while I’ll definitely watch Justice League, I just don’t know what I’ll think.

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  3. alilovesbooks says:

    I can’t watch Up it’s just too sad for me. I would say it’s my favourite Pixar but as I don’t really like Pixar movies that’s probably not much of an endorsement 😀

    Loved Logan. It’s like a classic western, so moving. I’m a big fan of superhero movies and I think it’s probably my fave of the year, although I also loved Wonder Woman.

    Haven’t seen any of the others but really should watch at some point.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh I understand that!! it’s so emotional! haha well in a way it’s a better endorsement- cos you like it in spite of not normally liking those types of movies 😉 (gosh I have no idea if that sentence makes any semblance of sense 😉 )

      Awesome- that’s what I felt about it!! Cool! (I actually still need to watch it and I have a feeling I’m going to actually like that one)

      Definitely do!!

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  4. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirls) says:

    The beginning of Up is one of the saddest moments in movie history. I don’t think any Disney movie had made me cry as much. And Logan is so good!! Best Super hero in a while now. Definitely the best X Men movie by far, and the X Men are my favorite superheroes of all time.

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  5. Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek says:

    Up is fantastic! Sigh, there goes my bad boy reputation.😂

    Logan is awesome, I totally agree with everything you wrote about it. I like The Dark Knight Rises too, it’s good, not upto The Dark Knight level but still decent. I think unfortunately, it was always going to be a let down compared to the previous film for most people which is why it isn’t liked much.

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  6. raistlin0903 says:

    It is allowed: so really no worries about writing posts like these lol 😂😂 I highly enjoyed reading this one. Logan was fantastic, I totally loved that film, it’s one of the best superhero movies that I have ever seen, because it really ja very different from all the others. And Hugh Jackman is absolutely amazing in that one. I have seen all the others as well, and wow what can I say about Mississippi Burning: brilliant, with a terrific role by Gene Hackman. Amazing movie, and a true classic.
    My favorite film was Bladerunner 2049, closely followed by the thriller Wind River. Both are highly worth checking out.
    Truly wonderful post this one! 😀😀

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      haha that’s a relief! 😂😂 Thank you!! I’m really glad you agree! Yes!! It really had a completely different film and was overall very powerful. I know- it’s absolutely fantastic!! Ah yes I definitely want to check those out- thanks so much for the recs!
      Thank you!! 😀 😀

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  7. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    The only one of these I’ve actually seen is Logan (I know, I haven’t watched Up yet despite it being an incredible film so many people have recommended to me, I’ll get around to it one day I’m sure. :D) and I really enjoyed that one as well. It was different to the other X-Men films so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I thought it was brilliant, it was definitely a lot more real and I loved the relationship and the onscreen dynamic between Logan and his daughter, it really made the film for me. 🙂
    Great post, and great list as well. 😀 ❤

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah don’t worry- I watched it right at the end of the year, it took me forever to get to, but it was so worth it- I hope you like it when you check it out! I totally agree about Logan! 😀 Yes for sure- it was so powerful on so many levels!
      Thank you!! 😀 ❤

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  8. Pippin Corbet says:

    I watched two of my favourite films of the year in the last week of 2017… both Star Wars (Force Awakens & Last Jedi). I always liked the original films when I was little, but wasn’t a super fan (as the two year gap between TFA coming out and me actually watching it might suggest hehe). Now I think I might be obssessed, which I did not see coming! I’ve basically spent the last two weeks wondering why I can’t fly a spaceship and move things with the force…

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  9. Nel says:

    Man now you make me want to write a post about all the movies I watched in 2017. I won’t be able to go into detail though cause 2017 is the most I’ve ever went to the movies in general in a really long time hahahaha. I saw Logan and I cried like a baby at the end but I thought it was good overall. Good send-off to Wolverine if you ask me. As for the rest of your movies, I haven’t seen any if them hahaha

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh please do!! I’d love to read that!! hehe I get that- I think this was super easy for me, cos it was the least (which is slightly weird, but whatever, I read a lot more 😉 ) I *totally* agree with you!! I did too!! haha fair enough- I wouldn’t have watched most of them if my mum wasn’t obsessed with old movies 😉 But I’m really glad she twisted my arm in the end 😉

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  10. daleydowning says:

    My favorite films of 2017 (actually of 2017) were Fantastic Beasts, The Dark Tower, Kubo and the Two Strings, Collateral Beauty, and The Lego Ninjago Movie. (We usually manage to watch everything within a few months of release on Netflix.)

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh I totally relate!!!

      And it was amazing- I wasn’t really expecting it to be honest, cos I’ve gotten a bit of “superhero fatigue”- but it was fantastic!

      And you’re right (in my humble opinion 😉 ) I have to thank my mum’s wonderful taste for all of those 🙂

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  11. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum says:

    I need to do a lot of catching up on movies this year. I think most of what I’ll be watching in 2018 will be older films too, to be honest, probably anything I find interesting popping up on Netflix 😛 UP was great, though I think Toy Story 3 still wins as best Pixar film ever made for me, and made me bawl like a baby. Their movies have a pesky tendency to do that!

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  12. Carrie says:

    Well we certainly have one thing in common… I easily give up on movies too when I rarely ever DNF a book. If I get bored with a movie or a TV show I have a tendency to begin to fast forward and if it still looks boring poof it goes.

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  13. artyplantsman says:

    Loved the first three movies in your list but have not seen the other two.

    I always identified with the scene in the graduate where Ben lies on the bottom of the pool to escape, with Sound of Silence playing.

    Best film I watched fully for the first time this year was Luc Besson’s ‘The Big Blue’. Not a new film but newish to me.

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  14. joem18b says:

    Fun facts about The Graduate: Mrs. Robinson was only five years + eleven months older than Ben (Anne Bancroft, b. 09/17/31, Dustin Hoffman, b. 09/08/37. Also, Mrs. Robinson evidently gave birth to her daughter at the age of 8 (Katherine Ross, b. 01/29/1940). Cheers.

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  15. Zezee says:

    UP!! 😀 Such a sweet movie. I totally forgot about it. It’s been so long since I’d seen it.
    Logan was great. It was one of 3 superhero movies I saw. The others being Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman. I liked Thor but Wonder Woman was just okay. I think it’s overhyped, tbh.
    The Shape of Water is the best movie I saw last year though and am glad del Toro won a Golden Globe thingy for it. I don’t like watching those award thingies but my mom was watching it and Oprah gave this stirring speech that made me pay attention.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      YES!!
      It really was! Ah I want to watch both of those! I am a little afraid of it being overhyped tbh- but because I’ve hated all the other DC films so far, I also have pretty low expectations 😉
      Oh yes I need to watch that!! Ah yes, I need to watch that speech when I’ve got a minute (I generally ignore award shows tbh though)

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  16. J Shot or Not says:

    Those are some great movies! I thought Logan was a great way to end Hugh Jackson’s career as Wolverine. Pixar is always a safe bet for a great movie, so no surprise that Up made the list. We have our own review on Logan. Check it out!

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  17. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    If there’s one thing I rarely did last year, it’s watching movies? The only one on your list I saw is Up and that’s been aaaages!
    I did set myself the goal of watching 75 of my dvd’s this year, though. So far I crossed off two – Titanic being one of them and lord did I cry like a freaking baby…

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I can realllly relate to that. Honestly, the reason this list is short is cos these are the only ones I really liked- and if I don’t like a film I stop watching- sooo there really isn’t a very long list of films last year I finished 😉
      Ahh that’s a fantastic movie!! I cried too! (ach I cry every time tbh)

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  18. Ayunda says:

    Looks like some wonderful movies! I really enjoyed Logan, but didn’t care enough for the character to actually cry at the ending… The Graduate looks like a nice watch, I’ve never heard of it before!

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  19. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Oh my gosh, Logan and Up are two of my favorite movies of all time!! I’m so glad you feel the same way 🙂 And a book blogger CAN and SHOULD blog about whatever they like! I’m always happy to see diverse content so looking forward to more posts like these ^^

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  20. dragonsandzombies says:

    Oh god, yes, UP had me in tears.. I loved that movie!

    Logan was one of the few we watched in cinema this year & both liked it. I’d even watch it again, it was so good!

    Mississipi Burning.. I remember it vaguely! Time for a re-watch maybe 🙂

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  21. sorryless says:

    I haven’t seen Logan yet, but I love the idea of aging superheroes. I really love Watchmen because its portrayal of superheroes isn’t glossed over. They’re flawed. I gotta see Logan now.

    The Graduate I liked. Yes to Simon and Garfunkel!

    Mississippi Burning. What you said. Everything you said.

    UP. I cried too! This movie had a soul to it that I really didn’t think was possible for an animated movie. It’s a really, really good movie.

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  22. Chauncey Rogers says:

    The only one from this list that I’d seen was UP, which I loved. There really is just a lot of power in that film. I really liked Wall-E though, too, and that one got a lot of hate–at least from people I knew.
    I think I’d like to see The Third Man, though. I’ve been hankering for a black and white film lately, but haven’t bothered to dig into our collection. Maybe I’ll just hunt that one down, instead!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh it’s wonderful. I’m gonna lose credibility here- but I *still* haven’t seen that- but then again, it’s taken me till now to see Up, so it can’t be that surprising that I always take forever to watch films 😉
      Oh definitely watch it!! It’s an absolute classic and a wonderful movie 😀

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  23. Michelle says:

    Up is one of my favourite movies of all time! I cry every single time but it’s so worth it 💖😭 I absolutely loved Baby Driver; great if you like fast cars and it has an amazing soundtrack. I also really liked Everything, Everything; I felt like they really did the book justice!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I can see why- it was truly wonderful!! It’s so sad, but beautiful! Oh I’m so keen to see both of those- Baby Driver looks so fun and I really loved the book of Everything Everything 😁 I’m so glad it did the book justice!

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