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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158 thoughts on “Some Great Movies I Watched in 2017

  1. saachijain987 says:

    I don’t really watch a lot of movies but if you like them then I would like to suggest you a movie that I saw this year “The Greatest Showman'”. it is amazing you should watch it. And also your blog is lovely .

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  2. kinchski says:

    Amazingly I have seen all of these except The Graduate! The Third Man is spectacular… probably in my all-time Top 10, if I believed in Top 10s… I get chills every time I see Welles billow out of that doorway like a giant bat (and I’ve seen it at least five times)

    I also watched Mississippi Burning for the first time this year, and it’s bloody amazing. Mind you, it had me at Willem Defoe AND Gene Hackman! As for Logan, I remember liking it but not thinking it was anything amazing… inspired to take a second look now, so many thanks 😀

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh awesome! And yes!! It’s so creepy!! Love that movie- I already want to rewatch it 😀

      Ah yes it seriously is!! Fair enough- I just found it very emotional (plus I did used to like superhero movies- before there were a million of them- and this was a cool take on the genre) Cool- I hope you like it!

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