Year In Films and Documentaries

Back in July, I made a Year In Books post, reflecting on the books I’ve read from July 2016 to July 2017. I did something similar in September for the best of the best new music (disclaimer: not chronologically new, just new to me) I’ve listened to in my Music Monday: Favorite Albums of the Year post.

Now, I will reflect on my favorite movies, documentaries and T.V. shows (stay tuned) bolded at the end of my Month In Review posts I’ve seen this year (well, year and a half since I started my monthly posts) relative to each other:

Oldboy (Korean version) (★★★★★): This is most certainly one of my new favorite films of all time. A man imprisoned for 15 years is released and given the task to figure out the reason for his imprisonment as he exacts revenge.

Neerja (★★★★★): An amazing hidden gem on Netflix. Based on a true story about a single airline pilot who saves hundreds of lives for terrorists.

The Iron Giant (★★★★★): Why did it take me so long to watch this? An unlikely friendship between a giant robot and a young boy stands the test of fear mongering amongst locals.

Kill Bill (★★★★★): Again, what took me so long to see these films? Bride exacts revenge on every person who contributed to her attempted murder and loss of her unborn child.

The Departed (★★★★): A police officer and an Irish mob member go undercover in each other’s operations hoping not to get found out.

Imperium (★★★★): F.B.I. agent goes undercover in a white supremacist group to uncover terrorist plans.

Secret of the Wild Child (★★★★): One of my favorite documentaries of the year. A child was imprisoned for the essential early years of her live and struggles to walk, talk and otherwise make a human connection. It’s so interesting to see psychologists and social workers wrap their heads around this case for the first time and what becomes of “Genie” as they try new techniques.

Heathers (★★★★): Nothing like I was expecting. A student is on a covert killing spree against the “popular” kids and only his new lover Veronica can try to stop him… or join him.

Before the Flood (★★★★): Another great documentary from this year on climate change brought to us by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Prestige (★★★★): Two magicians escalate their battle for supremacy to dark and dangerous illusions.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (★★★): This movie was good. Just good. I’ve come to expect more from Marvel.

The Inbetweeners films (★★★): I’ve come to like the T.V. show, but expected a bit more from a full-scale production of Britain’s most iconic group of young men.

My Penis and Everyone Else’s (★★★): An interesting documentary about male body image.

 Jesus Camp (★★★): A whirlwind documentary about indoctrinated evangelist children.

The Theory of Everything (★★★): A film about the life of Stephen Hawking. It was inspiring to see his struggle. Eddie Redmayne is incredible.

Pretty Woman (★★★): An easy to watch classic about a hooker hired merely for companionship by a wealthy businessman.

Child of Rage (★★★): Another documentary about the psychology of abused children where a couple’s adopted siblings begin having violet outbursts that lead to the uncovering of their dark past.

Black Swan (★★★): Psychological thriller about a ballerina consumed in competition with a new dancer.

Earthlings (★★★): Documentary that exposes the suffering endured by animals at factory farms, research labs, puppy mills and more.

Ghostbusters (2016) (★★): It had its funny moments, but largely unsatisfactory.

Photo by Joseph Pearson.


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