Sally Hawkins should win the Oscar

Movies I Watched in 2017

Another year, another metric ton of movies. My goal this year was to simply beat 2016 (100 new movies), and I did that in September with Gloria (a delight!!) and kept going! I reached 150 new movies by December 31st, ending things on a gentle note with Sweet Home Alabama.

2017 was the year I started Hawke Cast, a podcast focusing on the works of noted actor Ethan Hawke. It’s going well, and it’s helping expose me to movies I wouldn’t have seen otherwise! The Newton Boys is a blast! Never watch Brooklyn’s Finest!

Another thing I started doing was watching movies by directors I like to get a better sense of their ouvere. David Lynch, Mike Nichols, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater… the list goes on. This process will definitely continue into 2018. I like having some method to my film watching; Listening to Blank Check helped me realize this. Kathryn Bigelow, I’m coming for you next! After Paul Thomas Anderson.

I’ve been keeping track of movies since 2013. It’s really cool to look back on five years of film and chart my cultural photosynthesis and where my interests have taken me.

2016 movies I missed

Krisha, 20th Century Women, Arrival, Hidden Figures, The Nice Guys, Manchester by the Sea, Paterson, Pete’s Dragon (This was really good), The Jungle Book, The BFG, OJ: Made in America.

2017 in theaters (Thanks Moviepass)

One Piece Film Gold (Casino heist!!!!), The LEGO Batman Movie, Fifty Shades Darker, Get Out, Beauty and the Beast, Colossal, Power Rangers, Your Name, Landline, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Best superhero movie of 2017), It Comes at Night, Baby Driver, The Beguiled, The Big Sick, Maudie (Hawke Cast, really great!), Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Hawke Cast), Dunkirk, Logan Lucky (Channing is thicc), Ingrid Goes West, It (These kids are amazing), mother!, Victoria and Abdul, Lady Bird (Perfect, as you know), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Thor: Ragnarok, The Florida Project, Murder on the Orient Express, Coco (Reader, I wept), The Disaster Artist, The Shape of Water (Del Toro’s most coherent movie?), Call Me By Your Name, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I, Tonya

2017 movies I watched online

Logan (No!!!!), Kong: Skull Island, Life (Boring with incredible ending), Alien: Covenant, I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore (Please watch this movie), Cars 3 (Snore!), Okja, Death Note, A Ghost Story, Gerald’s Game, John Wick: Chapter 2, 24 Hours to Live (Hawke Cast, absolutely awful, sorry Ethan), The Meyerowitz Stories, Mudbound, Princess Cyd (Just incredible), Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie (I genuinely hated this), Columbus, Dave Made a Maze

Older movies I felt like I should have seen by now

Working Girl, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, They Live, Raising Arizona, Monster, Badlands, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Muriel’s Wedding, Safe, Days of Heaven, Scanners, Suspiria, The Last Starfighter, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Inland Empire, Miller’s Crossing, A History of Violence, Ghostbusters II, Silkwood, Crash (The Cronenberg one with sexy car wrecks and Holly Hunter), Doubt, Erin Brockovich, Gorillas in the Mist, Wild at Heart, My Beautiful Laundrette, Gloria, Orlando, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Slacker, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Carrie (2017 was really the year I Understood Sissy Spacek), Y Tu Mamá También, Thirteen, Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love, Sweet Home Alabama

Animated movies

Belladonna of Sadness (Hmmmmm), Storks (Way better than I expected).


Kedi (I want this), Everything is Copy (Nora Ephron was a very special person), Paris is Burning, David Lynch: The Art Life (Literally ASMR), Fursonas (People gonna do what they want).

Hawke Cast

Explorers (Really cute), Dead Poets Society, Tape, Lord of War, Training Day, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Presdestination (Fun time travel romp), Reality Bites, Snow Falling on Cedars, White Fang, Maggie’s Plan, Hamlet, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Newton Boys, Fast Food Nation.

Religious Experiences

I saw this at Coolidge Corner in March at a midnight screening with my friends. I literally felt myself leave my body. Everyone involved in making this masterpiece should be arrested.

Angels in America
I watched this all in one day while eating popcorn chicken and ice cream.

Upstate New York

The Place Beyond the Pines, Ironweed (Tom Waits is great in this), You Can Count on Me.

The rest

Room, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Conjuring, Jennifer’s Body, Bob Roberts, The Family Stone (Hated this), The Age of Innocence, In the Mouth of Madness, How to Make an American Quilt, Father of the Bride, A Bigger Splash, John Wick, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Sex and the City (Genuinely good), Sex and the City 2 (Awful), The Ice Storm (Where’s Joan Allen been lately).

That’s it! Here’s to 2018! Maybe I’ll finally watch Animal House. I will probably not watch Animal House.

If you ever want to send recommendations or fight me about my decisions, email me at or find my Twitter @kyle_amato

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