Ken’s Movie Diary 2017 – Week Numbers are Overrated

Weekly Update: Due to unforseen circumstances I have been unable to keep making this a weekly update thing, I am however still keeping count of my movies and will update you whenever I have the time.

Curious what else I’ve seen this year? -Click here to read the full list of movies viewed year to date-

278. Geostorm (2017)

A nonstop disaster movie thrill ride for people who didn’t get bored of non-stop disaster movie thrill rides in 1998. Revel in the utter lifelessness of this cookie-cutter would-be blockbuster. Drink it in…

279. Only the Brave (2017)

One of the best films of 2017 thus far, Only the Brave tells the story of a group of forest-firefighters from Arizona. Miles Teller proves once again to be one of the best up and coming stars in Hollywood and Josh Brolin/Jeff Bridges continue to carry their torches of stardom burning brightly. The fire fighting sequences are wonderfully shot and blend practical and computer effects seamlessly. The direction is stellar, keeping the story moving at a blistering pace even at nearly 2 and a half hours long.

280. Thank you for your Service (2017)

Based on a true story, but following nearly to a T the template of classic postwar drama The Best Years of Our LivesTYFYS is a truly unsettling film about readjusting to civilian life following the Iraq War. Post Traumatic Stress disorder is explored in detail. Miles Teller hits a twofer with his second powerful performance in as many weeks. Supporting Teller is Beulah Koale, who carries the dramatic weight of his character with star-making quality.

281. Marshall (2017)

Read the full review

282. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Vince Vaughn gives a spectacular performance as a man with just the worst luck in the world, but can handle himself in a grudge match. Taking as a template the “prison movie” grindhouse subgenre, director/writer S. Craig Zahler makes a very solid genre film that happens to also feature some of the most sharply written dialogue in modern filmmaking.

283. Spielberg (2017)

A solid documentary about the career of Steven Spielberg, taking you through most of his best known films in detail. The film touches on Spielberg’s rocky relationship to his father, and how that colored many of his films, which brings a unique new perspective to them. Like last year’s De Palma, this won’t change your mind about the filmmaker, but it will give you more details about the films you grew up on and love.

284. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Director Taika Waititi brought his characteristic comic flair to a film that otherwise could have been a dreadful bore. Everything relating to Thor, Loki, and the Hulk plays spectacularly like a buddy comedy. The film is incredibly entertaining throughout, as this part of the story makes up at least 3/4 of the film, but every time the more dramatic storyline playing out on Asgard is addressed the film screeches to a halt for a few minutes.  As usual with recent Marvel films there are simply no real stakes, so the comic elements are what buoy things. Since this film has a higher quantity of humor than average, it mostly works.

285. LBJ (2017)

Do you like watching someone play connect the dots? This by the number LBJ Biopic would be completely unremarkable were it not for a solid turn by Woody Harrelson, who is sadly trapped behind a few inches of unconvincing makeup. There are several much better films about President Johnson out there, seek them out instead.

286. Loving Vincent (2017)

A loving tribute to artist Vincent Van Gogh done the most gorgeous way possible: animated. Every frame of Loving Vincent is a remarkably detailed oil painting mimicking the painter’s style. The story itself is a simple journey a character makes to deliver a letter from the recently deceased artist to his brother, and the people he meets and talks to along the way. Very worth watching for its spectacular visual flourishes.

287. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Boasting a super-sized cast of excellent actors, Director/Star Kenneth Branagh delivers a visually sumptuous adaptation of Agatha Christie’s landmark mystery novel. Unlike the 1974 Sidney Lumet-helmed adaptation, this film gives nearly every member of the large cast something interesting to do, which keeps the close-quarters setting interesting. There are a few small deviations from the source material in the name of upping the film’s stakes, but it mostly feels in service of the story. Mostly though, this is a solid and very entertaining throwback. Your parents who binge watch BBC/ITV mysteries will love it.

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