My Life in Movies // A Look Back at 2017


I rarely go to the movies and I spend most of my movie-watching time rewatching old favorites, but occasionally new ones manage to slip in and find themselves entering that elusive and coveted rotation – because obviously the goal of all movies is to be watched by me over and over again. I do want I can to make that happen.


G e o r g e   o f   t h e   J u n g l e *

I’ve seen this movie before, but it was years ago, so when I got it from the library, it was almost like rediscovering it. Sure, it’s a cheesy family movie, but it has some really awesome aspects, like the fact that George is a genuinely happy guy, not a Tough Guy who beats animals up and such. There’s one scene where Ursula, the love interest, talks about how she doesn’t want to dance because it’s embarrassing, and George doesn’t even know what embarrassment means because he was never taught to be embarrassed for being happy and having fun, a fact that I wish was a part of our world as well.

M o a n a

My sister and I went to see this movie in theaters back in January, a few months after it came out, so it wasn’t too crowded. We were at one of those theaters that had super-comfy seats and people who obviously all wanted to be there and were quick to laugh and react in the right way – I’m not much for movie theaters, but I must say that it’s pretty nice to be in a crowd of people all reacting the same way and loving the movie. I was worried that this movie wouldn’t stand up to my high expectations, but it did and I LOVED it. I later got it from the library and made my parents watch it. I need to get this movie and put it in my movie rotation immediately, especially with another awesome Polynesian-celebrating movie, Lilo and Stitch.

T h e   M u m m y   ( 1 9 9 9 )

I was never interested in late-90s creature feature – then I saw a Tumblr post singing its praises for being a fun movie that subverts some of the more tired traits and tropes from supernatural adventures. I decided to check it out from the library and was surprised to see how much I liked it. I didn’t really care about the more action-oriented scenes, but I really liked the humor and a lot of the relationships. Apparently it was a bit of a Year of Brendan Fraser for me.

Also, I don’t think I’m ever going to watch the remake of this movie considering I liked the humor, not the action, and the new one seems like it’s all the opposite.

T h e   S i s t e r h o o d   o f   N i g h t

I’ll be honest – the first thing that caught my attention about this movie is the fact that Georgie Henley, aka Lucy Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia movies, is in it. Then I learned that it’s inspired by The Crucible, which is one of those required readings from high school that I kind of liked. When I saw that it was on Hulu (or Netflix – one of those), I knew I had to see it, preferably late at night and alone. It was so much more than I expected – girl drama, but in a way that made it clear that girl drama can be serious and important. It was quite sad at parts, for sure, and I’m a little scared to rewatch it, but I definitely want to. Also, Georgie Henley needs to be in more movies already. And, if you watch ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, you’ll see the main kid, Eddie, as an adorable little brother of one of the main characters – I liked that little discovery.


W o n d e r   W o m a n

Like pretty much everyone else, I fell in love with Wonder Woman and everything about this amazing movie. It was the second movie I saw in theaters – seriously, two movies in one year, I don’t know who I am! I went with my dad, once again finding a new theater that had very comfy seats, which helped since it was a more crowded theater and we had to go a bit close to the screen, one of the last seats. My dad is just as tired of superhero movies as I can be, but I found myself riveted by all the fight scenes in a way that I haven’t been with all the regular action movies with men shooting at each other. I don’t know if it was the people making the movie or simply the fact that it was women doing all the fighting, but it was so awesome seeing a female superhero at the lead, not another white dude. More of this, please.


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