Most Anticipated Films of 2017: A Look Back


At the beginning of the year, I wrote up a post of films that I was anticipating in 2017. Now that the year has come to a close I have either seen those movies or they have been delayed. For the films that I have seen just click on the title to read my review.

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Star Wars Episode VIII (Directed by Rian Johnson) – Exceeded my expectations. First Star Wars movie to leave me having no idea what comes next and that is amazing.

Alien: Covenant (Directed by Ridley Scott) – Hated this movie. So boring and dumb. No interest in the follow-ups

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos) – Lanthimos’ darkest work to date. Loved the aggressive and uncomfortable nature of the film.

Mute (Directed by Duncan Jones) – Delayed to 2018

Blade Runner 2049 (Directed by Denis Villeneuve) – Exceeded my expectations in all the best ways. Better than the original. One of the most intense atmospheric experiences I have ever had in the theater.

Thor: Ragnarok (Directed by Taika Waititi) – Lots of fun, best when it was in the alien world. Bogged down when we had too much story in Asgard.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Directed by Jon Watts) – Strongest Spider-Man entry since Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Happy to have the character back with Marvel.

It’s Only the End of the World and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (Directed by Xavier Dolan) – Have not seen End of the World yet. Donovan has been delayed to 2018.

Baby Driver (Directed by Edgar Wright) – Everything I wanted from an Edgar Wright film.

Logan (Directed by James Mangold) – Good, yet a bit overhyped. It was an excellent final entry to Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine, but a little overblown by the fandom surrounding it.

Annihilation (Directed by Alex Garland) – Delayed to 2018.

The Shape of Water (Directed by Guillermo del Toro) – Will be seeing this in the next couple days. Check back for a review.

Blossoms (Directed by Wong-Kar Wai) – Delayed to 2019.

Okja (Directed by Bong-Joon Ho) – Heart-warming while be unflinchingly dark. A film that proved to me that Netflix is a major contender in original cinema.

The Trap (Directed by Harmony Korine) – Cancelled, sadly.


Under the Silver Lake (Directed by David Robert Mitchell) – Delayed to 2018.

The Nightingale (Directed by Jennifer Kent) – Delayed to 2018.

The Death of Stalin (Directed by Armando Iannucci) – Hasn’t played in my area, but desperate to see this one as soon as I have the chance.

Nosferatu (Directed by Robert Eggers) – Delayed to 2018.

A Cure for Wellness (Directed by Gore Verbinski) – Just awful. Moody and atmospheric but lacking any substance.


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