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January 13, 2018
 

Pete’s 2017 Media Diary

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This is the fourth year publishing the list of television, movies, and books that I read throughout the year. It’s always interesting to look back on the content you have consumed with your viewing and reading habits laid out in front of you.  It can be pretty scary for those not ready to truly look inside their own mind. For me, my biggest takeaway is always… “I need to read more books”. Looking through my 2017 media diary it’s hard to deny the fact I read zero books. I did however watch plenty of great television, and a few great movies. (Here’s to changing that in 2018).

2017 was the year in which my excitement for new television far exceeded my excitement for new movies. I continued my trend from 2016 where I felt I watched more television than movies. Television had a far larger impact on me, and sure there were some fine films scattered throughout the year, I just happened to get much more satisfaction from the plethora of television this year had to offer. Going to the movies will forever be one of my favorite activities, I just felt like too many movies I saw were simply mediocre.

There were some bright spots for me in the film world.  Some of the highlights include Good Time3 Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Brigsby Bear, Okja, and Get Out. On the television side, The Leftovers, Fargo, Mindhunter, American Vandal, Black Mirror, and too many others to count were beyond delightful.  Between Netflix and HBO the quality shows kept coming. Netflix has truly turned into something special.  The money and creative control Netflix gives the artists is something we’ve never seen before. Beyond the creative and unique output, the sheer volume of content Netflix puts out is crazy. Sure not all of it is “good”, but just about every month there was a series that was fantastic. Out of nowhere shows like Ozark or American Vandal and countless others seemly dropped out of nowhere.

Now there is a part of me that misses the old Netflix (which I first had around 2009 or so) where you could stumble across classic movies you had never seen or heard of. Now, the times have changed. It’s a different world. It’s exciting to see their original content and where it’s headed in the future. Every studio and company is starting a streaming service and Netflix continues to lead the pack.

Already as of writing this in 2018 I have seen some great movies that qualify for Awards season. As always, this time of year brings the prestige pictures which have been thoroughly entertaining. I’m excited to see what 2018 has to offer, and the fact that there is no Batman movie to disappoint me, the potential for the new year already seems to be going in the right direction. Here’s to reading more in 2018. Cheers.

JANUARY

1/2- Trophy Kids

1/3- WHY HIM

1/3- Jason Bourne

1/4- White Girl

1/5- Blair Witch

1/6- Sully

1/6- Independence Day Resurgence

1/7- The Number 23

1/9- SILENCE

1/9- The Wolf of Wall Street

1/10- MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

1/14- LA LA LAND

1/13- Magnificent 7 (remake)

1/18- An American Werewolf In Paris

1/22- Superman 4: The Quest for Peace

1/24- THE FOUNDER

1/28- LOST HIGHWAY

1/29- Gross Pointe Blank

1/31- Bill Burr Standup Special (Netflix)

6 THEATER

13 At Home

FEBRUARY

2/1- Rebecca

2/2- Notorious

2/3- Snowden

2/4- The Third Man

2/5- Spellbound

2/7- The People V OJ Simpson 

2/7- The Accountant

2/8- The Fly (1958)

2/9- Santa Clarita Diet

2/10- JOHN WICK 2

2/11- Sixteen Candles

2/11- OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS

2/12- Batman (1966)

2/13- THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

2/14- The Village

2/16- Bringing Out the Dead

2/18- Girlfriends Day

2/18- War Games

2/19- A Few Good Men

2/20- Being There

2/21- A CURE FOR WELLNESS

2/21- Vinyl

2/20 The Color of Money

2/24- Romancing the Stone

2/25- Crimson Peak

2/28- Twin Peaks Season 2

4 THEATER

4 TV Series

18 At Home

MARCH

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 12

3/1- Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes

3/2- Almost Heroes

3/3- Imperial Dreams

3/3- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem

3/4- Dog Eat Dog

3/4- Masterminds

3/5- The Shallows

3/6- Deadpool

3/9- LOGAN

3/10- Grumpy Old Men

3/10- GET OUT

3/11- Amadeus

3/12- Love Season 2

3/13- KONG: SKULL ISLAND

3/14- Grumpier Old Men

3 THEATER

2 TV Series

11 At Home

APRIL 

4/1- The Discovery

4/2- Trailer Park Boys Season 11

4/4- Louis CK 2017 Standup Special

4/5- Patterson

4/10- GIFTED

4/14- Leftovers Season 2

4/15- Better Call Saul Season 2

4/18- We Own the Night

4/20- Idiocracy

4/21- Split

4/30- Vacancy

1 THEATER

3 TV Series

5 At Home

MAY

5/3- Rings

5/4- Gold

5/6- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2

5/7- Moonlight

5/8- Presumed Innocent

5/10- Go

5/11- The Hollars

5/13- Southland Tales

5/15- TAKE ME

5/15- BITCH

5/16- Master of None Season 2

5/17- 1408

5/17- Back to School

5/18- Interview With A Vampire

5/19- ALIEN COVENANT

5/20- Mr Robot Season 2

5/25- Lost Soul (Island of Dr. Monroe Doc)

5/26- Detour (2017)

5/27- WestWorld (original movie)

4 THEATER

2 TV Series

13 At Home

JUNE

Wonder Years Season 4

Leftovers Season 3

Wonder Years Season 5

Wonder Years Season 6

6/7- Saving Banksy

6/8- WONDER WOMAN

The Keepers

6/16- The Neon Demon

6/19- Better Call Saul Season 3

6/21- Shattered Glass

6/21- Bug

Fargo Season 3

6/22- The Mummy (1932)

6/23- Dracula (1931)

6/23- The Invisible Man (1933)

6/24- The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

6/25- Silicon Valley Season 4

6/26- Frankenstein (1931)

6/26- Tumbletown

6/28- Anarchist Cookbook Netflix Doc

6/29- Okja

6/30- Fist Fight

6/30- Collateral Beauty

1 THEATER

8 TV Series

14 At Home

JULY

7/1- Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

7/5- The Lobster

Enlightened Season 1

Enlightened Season 2

7/10- BABY DRIVER

7/11- Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story

SPIDERMAN HOMECOMING

7 Days In Hell

The Lost City of Z

Glow Season 1

Friends From College

7/25- VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

7/25- Meet the Blacks

Ozark Season 1

3 THEATER

4 TV Series

6 At Home

AUGUST

8/4- Wet Hot American Summer

8/7- BRIGSBY BEAR

8/8- The Circle

8/14- F8 of the Furious

13 Reasons Why

8/15- King Arthur

8/16- The Bye Bye Man

Rick and Morty Season 1

Rick and Morty Season 2

8/29- It (1990)

8/30- Killing Zoe

8/31- Mars Attacks

1 THEATER

4 TV Series

7 At Home

SEPTEMBER

Doomed (1994 Fantastic Four Doc)

Monster Squad

Batman and Bill

LOGAN LUCKY

Little Evil

The Defenders

The Edge of Seventeen

9/13- Rough Night

9/14- Baywatch

9/19- IT

9/21- BRADS STATUS

American Vandal

MOTHER!

4 THEATER

1 TV Series

8 At Home

OCTOBER

10/13- Friday the 13th Part 6

10/14- Jason X

10/14- THELMA

Stranger Things Season 2

Mindhunter Season 1

Saw 2,3,4,5,6

10/31- Halloween

1 THEATER

2 TV Series

8 At Home

NOVEMBER

11/5- You Are Here

11/6- BLADE RUNNER 2049

11/7- Dark Tower

11/7- The House

11/8- Tomorrow Never Dies

11/9- THOR RAGNAROK

11/16- Future Man

11/17- Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond

11/19- JUSTICE LEAGUE

11/23- The Sandlot

11/24- All Eyez on Me

11/24- Wind River

11/25- 3 BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI

11/26- Chips

The Deuce

4 THEATER

1 TV Series

10 At Home

DECEMBER

Shameless Season 1,2,3,4,5,6

Easy Season 2

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10

12/22- Bright

Creep 2

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Home Alone

12/25- Jingle All the Way

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI

Wilson

I, TONYA

The Dinner

Black Mirror Season 4

2 THEATER

9 TV Series

7 At Home

 

2017 YEARLY TOTALS:

34 MOVIES IN THE THEATERS

40 TV Series

120 Movies watched at home

Here’s how my previous three years compare to 2017.

2014 YEARLY TOTALS:

98 MOVIES IN THE THEATERS

23 TV Series

144 Movies watched at home

2015 YEARLY TOTALS:

42 MOVIES IN THE THEATERS

16 TV Series

230 Movies watched at home

2016 YEARLY TOTALS:

32 MOVIES IN THE THEATERS

41 TV Series

129 Movies watched at home

 

 

 



About the Author

Peter Towe
Peter Towe
A graduate of UMASS Boston, I have successfully put off getting a "real" job, and continue to watch, produce, review, and obsess over movies. I lived in Boston while I completed my degree, and now live in Chicago trying the improv thing.



 
 

 

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