05 July 2017

2017 in Film! Half-Year Personal Viewing Update

Well, we're about just past the half-way mark for 2017, so it's time we take a gander at everything I've ingested so far this year. You may of course check this out in glorious list form right here, but let's do a brief analysis:

Total Movies Watched: 112
First Time Viewings: 58
Repeat Viewings: 54

The near 50/50 split is pretty much in line with 2016 where I finished the year at 53% new movies. I also finished that year with 220 total, so 112 at halfway is a good pace to match that, although I'm actually down from where I was last year, where I had 114 total (62 new). That's really not all that crazily different, which is remarkable in itself.

Now, obviously we need to get down with some Top Ten lists for the year so far. Now, as a reminder, this isn't a 2017 list like most other websites. This is merely a list of the films that I have so far personally watched in 2017, which is far more accurate to my personal viewing habits, although likely fairly uninteresting to anyone else. I've made peace with this.

Here we go, with #1 at the top and #10 at the bottom.

Patton (1970)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
Train to Busan (2016)
American Honey (2016)
Spotlight (2015)
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
Silence (2016)
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
The Love Witch (2016)

So, obviously, I'm catching up a lot with 2016 films, with 6/10 represented here. I'd say that's fair when judging only first-time viewings. The fun part is seeing which of these films make it until December. Last year only four of my Top Films halfway made the final Year List, and they were all totally out of order as my tastes changed.

I'll add four honorable mentions, three of which are 2016 films: Moana (2016), The Hustler (1961), War on Everyone (2016), and A Bigger Splash (2016) in that order.

Last year I also dished on all the terrible films I had seen, and this year is no different. Back in February I really committed to watching as many bad films as possible, but the worst was definitely Silver Streak (1976), which was shocking to me with huge expectations going in. That movie is fucking terrible until Richard Pryor shows up with about twenty minutes left and makes it awesome, yet ultimately irredeemable.

That's 2017 so far. What have you watched?

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