My Film Year in Review and my Film-Related Goals of 2018

I had a very good year when it comes to films in 2017. I watched 218 different films and went to the cinema 61 times. You can find a list of all the films I watched in 2017 here and my Top Ten Favourite films of the year here.

I only had a few film-related goals for 2017. They were to take part and complete the 52 Films by Women project for both directors and screenwriters again which I was successful in. I watched 54 films directed by women in 2017, you can find them all here, and 11 of them I saw at the cinema, 5 more than I saw in the cinema in 2016. I don’t know if that’s down to my taste in films or it’s a small sign that the movie industry is getting that bit more inclusive but it’s definitely a good thing. I also watched 60 films that were written or co-written by women in 2017 and you can see what films they were here.

I also wanted to watch more of my unwatched DVD’s and Blu-ray’s but that didn’t really happen. I did watch some of them, and didn’t buy as many as I usually do, but Netflix and Amazon Prime have become my first choice when I want to watch a film, which doesn’t help with my unwatched physical film problem.

I’ve been looking at my stats for 2017 on Letterboxd, mainly my most watched actors and directors of the year, which I always find quite interesting.

My most watched actors were:

Considering how many franchises I rewatched, or in the case of the Resident Evil films watched for the first time, this year, my most watched actors aren’t that surprising. In 2017 I rewatched The Fast & Furious franchise, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Planet of the Apes films and The Lord of the Rings. I also rewatched the Thor films on the run up to Thor: Ragnarok’s release and I’ve started rewatching the MCU films in general.

When it comes to directors, again it’s clear I watched a lot of franchises that they made. Justin Lin directed four of the Fast & Furious films, Paul W.S. Anderson directed the majority of the Resident Evil films, Gore Verbinski was behind the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and or course Peter Jackson brought The Lord of the Rings to the big screen. I’m pleased to seen Catherine Hardwicke and Lone Scherfig in my top ten, this is mostly down to the 52 Films by Women challenge but I did enjoy most of the films of theirs I watched.

Now onto my film-related goals of 2018. Once again, I want to complete the 52 Films by Women challenge for both directors and screenwriters. I think it’s a great way to push myself to watch films that might not normally be my first choice and to discover different filmmakers. I will say again I want to watch more of my unwatched DVD’s and Blu-ray’s, really though, if I manage to finally watch all the films in my Clint Eastwood box set (there’s 35 films in there and I’ve watched about 8 of them) I’ll be happy.

I also plan to watch and review all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the run up to Avengers: Infinity War’s release. I’ve started watching the films, but haven’t got anything written about them yet, and I’ll post a separate blog post about that project later this week.

Do you have any film-related goals for 2018?

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5 comments

  1. This is so cool! I have not been watching as many movies as I would like and I did not go to the cinema often enough (this is mostly down to being back in Germany and really not wanting to watch dubbed movies; only the biggest movies play in OV and I am SO not happy with that).

    I will be looking forward to yoru MCU reviews!

    1. Thanks!
      That’s a shame about movies being dubbed abroad, it makes sense but it’s not so fun for English speakers. The only film I’ve ever seen abroad was the last Pirates of the Caribbean film which I saw in the Netherlands when I was visiting a friend, it was still in English and just had Dutch subtitles.

      1. Totally get what you mean. When I watch foreign language films I prefer to have the subtitles because I get distracted by the actors lips when it doesn’t match up when they’re dubbed 😂

  2. Aaaaah, this is such a wonderful post! I’ll definitely look through all your lists to find some movie recommendations. I’m hoping to watch more films this year as well.

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