Watched and Read in 2017

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Ratings out of 5 stars. Comments in italics.

My three favorite things watched in 2017 were La La Land,  I Am Not Your Negro, and Stranger Things.

  1. Sing ★★★
  2. The OA  ★★★½
  3. Fences  ★★★½
  4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ★★★½
  5. Queen of Katwe ★★★½
  6. Assassin’s Creed ★★½
  7. A Monster Calls ★★★½
  8. Hidden Figures ★★★½
  9. Busanhaeng ★★½
  10. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close ★★★½
  11. Everything Is Illuminated ★★★
  12. La La Land ★★★★½
  13. Allied ★★★
  14. Passengers ★★
  15. Blade Runner 2049 ★★★★
  16. Hope Floats ★★★ “My cup runneth over.”
  17. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi ★★★★
  18. Star Wars ★★★★
  19. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ★★★
  20. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace ★ ½
  21. In Time ★★
  22. Bright ★½
  23. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ★★★★
  24. What Happened to Monday? ★★½
  25. Wind River ★★★½
  26. Coco ★★★★
  27. Crooked House ★★½
  28. Coyote Ugly ★★
  29. Wonder ★★★
  30. Kingsman: The Golden Circle ★½
  31. Cars 3 ★★½
  32. Logan Lucky ★★★½
  33. Justice League ★★½
  34. Inside Man ★★★½
  35. Stranger Things, Season 2 ★★★★
  36. Thor: Ragnarok ★★½
  37. The Nice Guys ★★★
  38. War for Plante of the Apes ★★★
  39. It ★★★ I also reread the book this year, which I really enjoyed.
  40. Baby Driver ★★★½
  41. Misery ★★★½
  42. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie ★★ The things I watch for my children. Although I drew the line at The Emoji Movie.
  43. Varelan and the City of a Thousand Planets ★★
  44. The Dark Tower ★★½ I had hoped this would be better. Sigh.
  45. Mr. Mercedes ★★★½  This was much better; my favorite Stephen King adaptation of the year.
  46. I Am Not Your Negro ★★★★½ Everyone should watch this.
  47. The Prestige ★★★
  48. Atomic Blonde ★★★
  49. The Magicians ★★½ Books were better.
  50. Dunkirk ★★★★½ This movie was so stressful to watch. The incessant ticking was driving me crazy!
  51. San Andreas ★★½
  52. Richard III ★★★½
  53. Sherlock Holmes ★★★
  54. The Circle ★★ I didn’t love the book, so I gues I shouldn’t be surprised I didn’t love the movie either.
  55. Furious 6 ★★ These movies are one of my guilty pleasures.
  56. The Fast and the Furious ★★
  57. Fast Five ★★
  58. Descendents ★★
  59. Transformers: The Last Knight ★½ This was shockingly bad.
  60. The Architect ★★½
  61. El sistema ★★★½
  62. Zodiac ★★★½
  63. Swing Kids ★★ Time travelled to 1997 Wellesley, MA.
  64. The Girl on the Train ★★
  65. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  66. Furious Seven ★½
  67. Captain America: The First Avenger ★★★
  68. Ghost in the Shell ★★★
  69. The Lost City of Z ★★★
  70. Despicable Me 3 ★★½
  71. Baywatch ★½
  72. The Mummy ★ So bad!!!
  73. Kong: Skull Island ★★
  74. A Cure for Wellness ★★
  75. Pirate of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ★★
  76. Wonder Woman ★★★½ I found myself tearing up inexplicably at random moments.
  77. Men in Black ★★½ We’ve been watching older movies with the kids. This was one of their favorites.
  78. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ★★½ Strange David Beckham cameo. Lots of snakes. 
  79. The Handmaiden ★★★½
  80. Hamlet ★★★★
  81. National Treasure ★★
  82. Casino Royals ★★★½
  83. John Wick: Chapter 2 ★★★½
  84. Logan ★★ Was I the only person in the world that did not like this?!
  85. Alien: Covenant ★★★
  86. Get Out ★★★½  I love it when a movie totally surprises you.
  87. The Handmaid’s Tale ★★★½
  88. American Gods ★★★★ Yes!!
  89. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ★★★
  90. The Fate of the Furious ★★★ Perhaps the best of the franchise; I really enjoyed this.
  91. Becoming Warren Buffett ★★★
  92. Legion ★★★½ Completey weird, in a good way.
  93. Rogue One ★★★★ I loved this, but my three children ended up on the floor crying over all the deaths. 
  94. The Great Wall ★★★★
  95. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ★★★★ Everytime I watch this I remember seeing it at the movies at The Rialto theater in Geneva. One of my favorite movie experiences ever.
  96. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ★★★★
  97. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ★★★★
  98. Split ★★★
  99. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ★★★½
  100. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ★★★½
  101. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ★★★½
  102. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ★★★½
  103. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ★★★½
  104. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ★★★½
  105. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 ★★★
  106. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 ★★★½
  107. Star Trek: Beyond ★★
  108. Amadeus ★★★½
  109. The LEGO Batman Move ★★½
  110. A Series  of Unfortunate Events ★★★
  111. The Girl with All the Gifts ★★★
  112. Jackie ★★★
  113. Taboo ★★★½
  114. Big Little Lies ★★★★ I really enjoyed this. Also, Alexander Skarsgård. 
  115. The Adjustment Bureau ★★★½
  116. 300 ★★★ Spartans!!!
  117. Pacific Rim ★★½

My three favorite books read in 2017 were Los detectives salvajes, La hora de la estrella, and Glosa
I didn’t read very many books this year compared to previous years, but any year in which I discover writers like Roberto Bolaño and Juan José Saer is a great year for reading.

  1. Historia oficial del amor by Ricardo Silva Romero ★★★★
  2. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf ★★★
  3. Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer ★★★★
  4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★★★★
  5. American Photography, 1890-1965 by Luc Sante ★★★★
  6. The Photographer’s Eye by John Szarkowski ★★★★
  7. El pintor debajo del lavaplatos by Alfonso Cruz ★★★★
  8. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer ★★★
  9. Los detectives salvajes by Roberto Bolaño ★★★★★
  10. La autopista del sur by Julio Cortázar★★★★
  11. Duma Key by Stephen King ★★★
  12. Every Heart a Dorrway by Seanan McGuire ★★
  13. Volver al oscuro valle by Santiago Gamboa ★★
  14. Amuleto by Roberto Bolaño ★★★★
  15. Ese cambio by Philipe Dumas ★★★★
  16. Frida by Sébastian Pérez ★★★★★
  17. Malka y papá by Gusti ★★★★
  18. American Gods by Neil Gaiman ★★★★
  19. Vida by Patricia Engel ★★★
  20. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett ★★★★★
  21. The Gunsllinger by Stephen King ★★★
  22. Tanta sangre vista (graphic novel) ★★★
  23. Tanta sangre vista by Rafael Baena ★★★★
  24. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson ★★★★
  25. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote ★★★★
  26. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami ★★★
  27. Hamlet by William Shakespeare ★★★★★
  28. Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare ★★★
  29. What we Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver ★★★★
  30. Canción dulce by Leila Slimani ★★★
  31. Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare ★★★★
  32. Patria by Fernando Aramburu ★★★★
  33. Margarita entre los cerdos by Pedro Badrán ★★★
  34. La pesquisa by Juan José Saer ★★★★
  35. Glosa by Juan José Saer ★★★★
  36. La hora de la estrella by Clarice Lispector ★★★★★
  37. Undoctored by William Davis ★★★

 

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