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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    Watched During 2017

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  1. Movie DetailsArrival (2016) 10  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Linguistics professor Amy Adams and the tense puzzle of 12 alien spacecraft. Deeply affecting humanity.
  2. Movie DetailsEndless Poetry (2017) 10  FantasyObscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Jodorowsky's vibrant retelling of his life continues. Chronicles personal and artistic development via magical realism.
  3. Movie DetailsGhost Story, A (2017) 10  Fantasy
    Bedsheet-covered meditation on the passage of time and death's inevitability. A profoundly sad haunted house.
  4. Movie DetailsMoonlight (2016) 10  Filmometer Best Film of the YearAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    A masterpiece. Tenderly chronicles a young black man's rough and anxious life in 1980s Miami.
  5. Movie DetailsWorld of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People... (2017) 10  AnimationComedyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Dazzling and poignant sci-fi. Don Hertzfeldt reverse-engineered this sequel from audio of his five-year-old niece.

  6. EXCELLENT
  7. Movie DetailsCaptain Fantastic (2016) 9  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    A survivalist raising his children in an isolated Washington forest must return to civilization. Parenting!
  8. Movie DetailsGirl Walks Home Alone at Night, A (2015) 9  FantasyHorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    In Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a lonesome vampire stalks residents at night. Charming as hell.
  9. Movie DetailsHidden Figures (2017) 9  Documentary/True
    Spotlights NASA's black female mathematicians during the 1960s space race, especially Katherine Johnson. Vital history.
  10. Movie DetailsIt Follows (2015) 9  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    A terrifying supernatural entity starts following a young woman after a sexual encounter. Gripping, ingenious.
  11. Movie DetailsLast Week Tonight with John Oliver - Seasons 1-4 (2017) 9  ComedyDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    The very best news satire program. Weekly updates from former 'Daily Show' host and correspondent.
  12. Movie DetailsRoom (2016) 9  
    A loving mother raising her boy within the confines of a small shed. Incredibly moving.
  13. Movie DetailsSteve Jobs (2015) 9  Documentary/True
    Explores Jobs's ruthless drive to revolutionize computing. Behind the scenes of three iconic product launches.
  14. Movie DetailsStranger Things - Seasons 1-2 (2017) 9  ConspiracyFantasyHorrorSci-FiTV Shows
    A small Indiana town in the 1980s has a shadowy parallel dimension. Thrilling, emotionally resonant.
  15. Movie DetailsTwin Peaks: The Return (2017) 9  FantasyHorrorMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/NudityTV Shows
    David Lynch revisits the surreal, mystical character of a quaint Washington town 25 years later.

  16. VERY GOOD
  17. Movie Details20th Century Women (2017) 8  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    A teenager is raised by his bohemian mother and two young women. Southern California, 1979.
  18. Movie DetailsApril and the Extraordinary World (2016) 8  AnimationComedyConspiracyObscure/RareSci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Alternate universe ruled by coal and steam engines. Scientists have been disappearing. Fun French steampunk.
  19. Movie DetailsBaby Driver (2017) 8  Musical/Music
    A baby-faced getaway driver is in deep trouble following a botched heist. Musical chase scenes.
  20. Movie DetailsCemetery of Splendor (2016) 8  FantasyObscure/Rare
    Gentle magical realism featuring Thai soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness, ancient kings, and love.
  21. Movie DetailsDavid Lynch: The Art Life (2017) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Lynch discusses his early life, his art and his creative process. Meditative smoking and painting.
  22. Movie DetailsFinding Dory (2016) 8  AnimationComedy
    The forgetful blue tang fish searches for her long-lost parents, journeys to an ocean conservatory.
  23. Movie DetailsFull Frontal with Samantha Bee - Seasons 1-2 (2017) 8  ComedyDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    Weekly news satire, with particular attention to women's issues, from the former 'Daily Show' correspondent.
  24. Movie DetailsGet Out (2017) 8  Horror
    A black man meets his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend at their estate. Razor-sharp.
  25. Movie DetailsHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) 8  Comedy
    Adventures of a misfit teenager and his foster 'uncle' in the wild New Zealand bush.
  26. Movie DetailsLobster, The (2016) 8  ComedySci-Fi
    Absurd allegory for how society regards romantic relationships and loneliness. A provocative, original love story.
  27. Movie DetailsMonster Calls, A (2016) 8  Fantasy
    A yew-tree monster helps a 12-year-old cope with his single mother's terminal illness. Devastating fable.
  28. Movie DetailsMy Life as a Zucchini (2017) 8  AnimationComedy
    Vibrant stop-motion animation about a young boy sent to a foster home. Delightful youthful resilience.
  29. Movie DetailsNymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    Lars von Trier overlays explicit sexual encounters (via porn doubles) with philosophy, religion, biology, math.
  30. Movie DetailsPaterson (2016) 8  Comedy
    One week in the quiet life of Paterson, a poet in Paterson, NJ. Existential Jarmusch.
  31. Movie DetailsRogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 8  FantasySci-Fi
    How the Rebel Alliance stole the Death Star plans. Occurs between Episodes III and IV.
  32. Movie DetailsUnder the Shadow (2016) 8  Horror
    Distinctively creepy genre film that's also an allegory of female oppression in 1980s Iran. Djinn!
  33. Movie DetailsWitch: A New-England Folktale, The (2016) 8  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    A Puritan homesteading family in 1630s New England is torn apart by forces of witchcraft.

  34. GOOD
  35. Movie DetailsBoy and the Beast, The (2016) 7  AnimationFantasy
    A nine-year-old boy in Japan stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts. Uneven coming-of-age anime.
  36. Movie DetailsChappie (2015) 7  Sci-Fi
    Both brazenly ridiculous and ingenious. Die Antwoord teaches a conscious AI how to do crimes.
  37. Movie DetailsDark Star: H.R. Giger's World (2014) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    The dark surrealism of Swiss artist H.R. Giger interspersed with documentation of his final years.
  38. Movie DetailsFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) 7  Fantasy
    The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards.
  39. Movie DetailsGhost in the Shell (2017) 7  Sci-Fi
    Scarlett Johansson, now cyber-enhanced, is the perfect weapon. A big-budget spectacle that honors the anime.
  40. Movie DetailsGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 7  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    The ragtag, intergalactic crew fights to stay together and unravels the mystery of Quill's father.
  41. Movie DetailsHieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (2016) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    New infrared photography of the late-medieval artist's fantastical paintings. Too much focus on inter-museum politics.
  42. Movie DetailsHush (2016) 7  Horror
    A deaf-mute writer lives alone in the woods. A masked killer appears in her window.
  43. Movie DetailsInto the Inferno (2016) 7  Documentary/True
    Werner Herzog explores the cultural power of volcanoes in Vanuatu, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Iceland, North Korea.
  44. Movie DetailsMoana (2016) 7  AnimationComedyFantasyMusical/Music
    Disney musical set in Ancient Polynesia. A girl befriends a demigod to save her people.
  45. Movie DetailsNymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Lars von Trier further explores one woman's tragic life story and sexuality. Quite bleak, intellectual.
  46. Movie DetailsOkja (2017) 7  Sci-Fi
    A Korean girl's best friend is a GMO created by a powerful corporation. Over-the-top antics.
  47. Movie DetailsPete's Dragon (2016) 7  ComedyFantasy
    When a boy is orphaned in the forest, a magical dragon named Elliot protects him.
  48. Movie DetailsPhantom Boy (2016) 7  AnimationFantasyObscure/Rare
    A boy whose illness allows him to float outside his body befriends a NYC cop.
  49. Movie DetailsSaving Capitalism (2017) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Robert Reich's demoralizing yet hopeful account of how American politics became rigged by crony capitalism.
  50. Movie DetailsSnowden (2016) 7  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    A paranoid thriller, plus ethical dilemma, about leaking the NSA's illegal surveillance techniques. Gordon-Levitt stars.
  51. Movie DetailsStanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    Kubrick's incredible attention to detail revealed in 1,000+ boxes of his meticulously sorted film materials.
  52. Movie DetailsSwiss Army Man (2016) 7  ComedyFantasy
    Surreal, earnest adventures of a stranded man and the gaseous corpse he befriends. Poetic slapstick?
  53. Movie DetailsUncanny (2015) 7  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    A groundbreaking A.I. exhibits emergent behavior. Quite similar to 'Ex Machina' but actually predates it.
  54. Movie DetailsWho Took Johnny (2015) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Examination into the famous 1982 disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch. Case appears essentially solved.

  55. FAIR
  56. Movie DetailsBabysitter, The (2017) 6  ComedyHorror
    A 12-year-old trying to spy on his hot babysitter learns too much and is imperiled.
  57. Movie DetailsBFG, The (2016) 6  Fantasy
    Spielberg-directed adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book about giants and a 10-year-old British girl.
  58. Movie DetailsBottom of the World (2017) 6  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Trippy mystery of a guilty subconscious. Dreams within dreams, but falls flat in the end.
  59. Movie DetailsGirl Asleep (2016) 6  ComedyFantasyObscure/Rare
    Vibrant and fantastical. Chaotic caricature of a teenage girl coming of age in 1970s Australia.
  60. Movie DetailsHaunter (2013) 6  Horror
    A 1985 teenager's stuck in a time loop. Predictable yet illogical 'Groundhog Day' with ghosts.
  61. Movie DetailsHunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The (2014) 6  ConspiracySci-Fi
    Jennifer Lawrence's charisma is the only thing holding this trilogy together. Sadly underdeveloped, yet overdone.
  62. Movie DetailsInto the Forest (2016) 6  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Post-apocalyptic survivalist story with surprisingly limited hardship. The sisterhood of the talented Page and Wood.
  63. Movie DetailsOtherLife (2017) 6  Sci-Fi
    Biological software can induce time-compressed virtual realities, or make false memories. A lonely, cautionary tale.
  64. Movie DetailsSecret Life of Pets, The (2016) 6  AnimationComedy
    The silly escapades of some Manhattan pets and a psychotic rabbit. Both cute and annoying.
  65. Movie DetailsThese Final Hours (2015) 6  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Just hours before a global extinction event, most people go crazy. One man finds redemption.
  66. Movie DetailsWheelman (2017) 6  
    A getaway driver is double-crossed. Top-speed BMW driving plus cell-phone cursing. 'Locke' it is not.

  67. ADEQUATE
  68. Movie DetailsGuardian Brothers, The (2017) 5  AnimationObscure/Rare
    The spirit world is authoritarian and small-minded. The godless human world has tasty-looking Chinese soup.
  69. Movie DetailsHunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The (2015) 5  ConspiracySci-Fi
    The downhill slide concludes. Was almost wishing Katniss would shoot every character with an arrow.
  70. Movie DetailsiBoy (2017) 5  Sci-Fi
    A teen gains superpowers after smartphone fragments enter his brain. Bruv, mind-hacking everything is easy!
  71. Movie DetailsLast Survivors, The (2015) 5  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    A teen girl tries to evade masked marauders in drought-stricken, post-apocalyptic Oregon. High body count.


  72. How much time was spent watching movies?
    On average, Ian watched 0.2 films per day during the past 365 days.
    That's a daily average of about 20 minutes of cinema. Or, about 1.3 films per week.


    Statistical ratings distribution of these 66 films (4.1% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 66 films: 7.5.

    10:7.6%

    9:13.6%

    8:25.8%

    7:30.3%

    6:16.7%

    5:6.1%

    CRAP:0%



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