Sunday, December 31, 2017

Film and Book Tally 2017

Well, thank God another garbage year is done with. (Is it weird that it went by both too fast and too slow?) Anyway, I had a few bright spots in this otherwise crummy time: I had a job at a movie theater (which I left after four months because I got fed up with it), went to a few film festivals (my savings are now nigh depleted), and had my work pile up repeatedly. Oh wait, that last one isn't a good thing... (Some will be up presently, I promise.)

Anyway, you're all here to see what I saw and read this year but in comparison to the last few years, the lists are a bit shorter. (Oh, the joys of having depression: it always sucks out any motivation to see and/or do anything.) The lists start after the jump:
(The titles in bold are the ones I saw at film festivals.)
  1. Silence (2016, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  2. Manchester by the Sea (2016, dir. Kenneth Lonergan)
  3. La La Land (2016, dir. Damien Chazelle)
  4. 20th Century Women (2016, dir. Mike Mills)
  5. The Rains Came (1939, dir. Clarence Brown)
  6. Love and Death on Long Island (1997, dir. Richard Kwietniowski)
  7. Silver Streak (1976, dir. Arthur Hiller)
  8. Husbands (1970, dir. John Cassavetes)
  9. The Red Turtle (2016, dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit)
  10. I Am Not Your Negro (2016, dir Raoul Peck)
  11. Battleground (1949, dir. William Wellman)
  12. The Cobweb (1955, dir. Vincente Minnelli)
  13. Hidden Figures (2016, dir. Theodore Melfi)
  14. Colossal (2017, dir. Nacho Vigalondo)
  15. Get Out (2017, dir. Jordan Peele)
  16. A United Kingdom (2017, dir. Amma Asante)
  17. The Zookeeper's Wife (2017, dir. Niki Caro)
  18. The Great McGinty (1940, dir. Preston Sturges)
  19. The Lost City of Z (2017, dir. James Gray)
  20. Chuck (2017, dir. Philippe Faladeau)
  21. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2017, dir. Joseph Cedar)
  22. A Quiet Passion (2017, dir. Terence Davies)
  23. Their Finest (2017, dir. Lone Scherfig)
  24. Twelve O'Clock High (1949, dir. Henry King)
  25. Fear Strikes Out (1957, dir. Robert Mulligan)
  26. Brigsby Bear (2017, dir. Dave McCary)
  27. Lane 1974 (2017, dir. S.J. Chiro)
  28. Lady Macbeth (2017, dir. William Oldroyd)
  29. Tom of Finland (2017, dir. Dome Karukoski)
  30. Mr. Roosevelt (2017, dir. Noël Wells)
  31. Columbus (2017, dir. Kogonada)
  32. The Trip to Spain (2017, dir. Michael Winterbottom)
  33. Beach Rats (2017, dir. Eliza Hittman)
  34. The Ring Thing (2017, dir. William Sullivan)
  35. The Strange Ones (2017, dir. Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein)
  36. God's Own Country (2017, dir. Francis Lee)
  37. Window Horses (2017, dir. Ann Marie Fleming)
  38. Landline (2017, dir. Gillian Robespierre)
  39. Lucky (2017, dir. John Carroll Lynch)
  40. Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947, dir. Stuart Heisler)
  41. My Cousin Rachel (2017, dir. Roger Michell)
  42. Megan Leavey (2017, dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite)
  43. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979, dir. Terry Jones)
  44. Stop Making Sense (1984, dir. Jonathan Demme)
  45. Lost in Paris (2017, dir. Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel)
  46. Maudie (2017, dir. Aisling Walsh)
  47. The Hero (2017, dir. Brett Haley)
  48. Baby Driver (2017, dir Edgar Wright)
  49. Wonder Woman (2017, dir. Patty Jenkins)
  50. The Big Sick (2017, dir. Michael Showalter)
  51. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017, dir. James Gunn)
  52. Where the Wild Things Are (2009, dir. Spike Jonze)
  53. The Beguiled (2017, dir. Sofia Coppola)
  54. Too Much, Too Soon (1958, dir. Art Napoleon)
  55. A Thousand Clowns (1965, dir. Fred Coe)
  56. Dunkirk (2017, dir. Christopher Nolan)
  57. The Little Hours (2017, dir. Jeff Baena)
  58. A Ghost Story (2017, dir. David Lowery)
  59. It Should Happen to You (1954, dir. George Cukor)
  60. Two Weeks in Another Town (1962, dir. Vincente Minnelli)
  61. Village of the Damned (1960, dir. Wolf Rilla)
  62. Menashe (2017, dir. Joshua Z. Weinstein)
  63. Becks (2017, dir. Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell)
  64. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017, dir. Griffin Dunne)
  65. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017, dir. Alexandra Dean)
  66. Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017, dir. Sam Pollard)
  67. The Light of the Moon (2017, dir. Jessica M. Thompson)
  68. They (2017, dir. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh)
  69. Arthur Miller: Writer (2017, dir. Rebecca Miller)
  70. The Tin Star (1957, dir. Anthony Mann)
  71. Cluny Brown (1946, dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
  72. Suspicion (1941, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  73. Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970, dir. Frank Perry)
  74. The Constant Nymph (1943, dir. Edmund Goulding)
  75. The Square (2017, dir. Ruben Östlund)
  76. Suburbicon (2017, dir. George Clooney)
  77. The Wound (2017, dir. John Tregrove)
  78. A Fantastic Woman (2017, dir. Sebastián Leilo)
  79. I, Tonya (2017, dir. Craig Gillespie)
  80. The Last Detail (1973, dir. Hal Ashby)
  81. Last Flag Flying (2017, dir. Richard Linklater)
  82. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017, dir. Robin Campillo)
  83. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017, dir. Paul McGuigan)
  84. The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017, dir. Jared Moshé)
  85. Happy End (2017, dir. Michael Haneke)
  86. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959, dir. Robert Wise)
  87. The Rape of Recy Taylor (2017, dir. Nancy Buirski)
  88. Cat Ballou (1965, dir. Elliot Silverstein)
  89. The Leisure Seeker (2017, dir. Paolo Virzi)
  90. Down with Love (2003, dir. Peyton Reed)
  91. The Florida Project (2017, dir. Sean Baker)
  92. In the Fade (2017, dir. Fatih Akin)
  93. Call Me By Your Name (2017, dir. Luca Guadagnino)
  94. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017, dir. Martin McDonagh)
  95. Experiment in Terror (1962, dir. Blake Edwards)
  96. Black Hand (1950, dir. Richard Thorpe)
  97. Lured (1947, dir. Douglas Sirk)
  98. Born to Be Bad (1950, dir. Nicholas Ray)
  99. Possessed (1947, dir. Curtis Bernhardt)
  100. The Blue Gardenia (1953, dir. Fritz Lang)
  101. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946, dir. Lewis Milestone)
  102. Pretty Poison (1968, dir. Noel Black)
  103. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  104. Battle of the Sexes (2017, dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)
  105. Molly's Game (2017, dir. Aaron Sorkin)
  106. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942, dir. William Keighley)
  107. Holiday Affair (1949, dir. Don Hartman)
  108. Bell, Book and Candle (1958, dir. Richard Quine)
  109. Never Say Goodbye (1946, dir. James V. Kern)
And now onto the books! (Bold means graphic novels.)
  1. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  2. So, Anyway... by John Cleese
  3. Kiss Me Like a Stranger by Gene Wilder
  4. Silence by Shūsaku Endō
  5. The Page Turner by David Leavitt
  6. The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker
  7. Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher
  8. The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  9. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  10. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda
  11. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
  12. The Lost City of Z by James Grann
  13. How to Talk Dirty and Influence People by Lenny Bruce
  14. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans
  16. Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov
  17. Hellraisers: A Graphic History by Robert Sellers and JakE
  18. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
  19. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
  20. The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
  21. A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner
  22. Who I Am by Pete Townshend
  23. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool by Peter Turner
  24. The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
  25. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
  26. Yes, Roya by C. Spike Trotman and Emilee Denich
  27. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Okay, long story short, no resolutions for the coming year outside of not letting my work pile up past the double digits. And hopefully -- hopefully -- this coming year won't be as depressing as the last two.

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