The MovieViews 500 – December Summary

At the beginning of 2017, the MovieMuse crew set ourselves the challenge of watching 500 different films between us in the calendar year. Every new film watched would be rated and given a short review as part of our MovieViews database. And guess what? We did it!  😀


A final push throughout December resulted in an additional 66 different films being watched between us, which means the final total for 2017 was 511 different films. Gordon continued to work through many of the year’s new releases, while Mat decided to see if there were any half-decent Christmas films on the many freeview TV channels (Spolier alert: there weren’t!). All of the team had time to check out a number of beloved classics over the festive period, and of course there was time to assess new cinema releases such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle.


Below are the stats for the month, including our picks for best and worst films of the month. You can also scroll down to see the reviews written by each team member for every film watched in December. We’ll also be revealing more stats about our viewing (and reviewing) habits in an upcoming podcast.


Our challenge may now be complete, but that doesn’t mean we will stop watching or reviewing films, so expect the MovieViews database to continue to grow during 2018, and we will post occasional updates to highlight some of the best and worst films we’ve seen over the year.


Overall Stats

 January - JuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Total Films Watched282393563383774
Unique Films Watched258323251363666
New Reviews Added231303047333661
Average Rating Given3.303.
Challenge Completion51.6%58.0%64.4%74.6%81.8%89.0%102.2%

Team Member Stats for December

Total Films Watched37316
Unique Films Watched35235
New Reviews Added35215
Average Rating Given3.282.943.83
Best Film of the MonthBlade Runner 2049Lights OutSherlock Holmes
Worst Film of the MonthGeostormChristmas on Chestnut St.Jumanji

Gordon’s Reviews

The Killing of a Sacred Deer 2017 A disappointingly linear film that charts the impact of an unthinkable dilemma. The film takes an age to reveal its single plot point and then does nothing with it. Far too safe from the director of The Lobster. 2
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) 2017 A funny and touching tale of familiar dysfunction and redemption. The film features superb performances from all of its ensemble cast, but most notably and surprisingly from Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller. 4
The Mountain Between Us 2017 A well shot and believable tale of survival in the wilderness that loses its way when romance rears its ugly head. Elba is on form, but Winslet is really quite poor and sports a dreadful accent. 3
The Snowman 2017 Murder in the wilds of a Norwegian winter. Intriguing atmosphere and stunning locations, but the pedestrian plot means that we unfortunately may not see any more of Inspector Harry Hole. 2.5
The Untouchables 1987 Slightly dated and overly theatrical, but Brian De Palma's depiction of Al Capone's downfall is still as entertaining as ever. It is a pity that De Niro is so underused though. 3.5
Thor: Ragnarok 2017 As is the current trend with Marvel movies, Ragnarok dials the comedy up to 11 and delivers shallow but crowd pleasing entertainment. Twice the jokes and half the plot of either of the other Thor films. 2.5
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017 A superbly written and acted story of action and inaction as a grieving mother takes on the local police following her daughters murder. Only heavy handed directing keeps the film from greatness. 4
Timecrimes 2007 A head-scratcher of a time-travel movie that becomes better and better along the way as you work out more and more of its tangled plot. 4
Unlocked 2017 A surprisingly entertaining CIA in London action-thriller. Noomi Rapace suits the tough girl role, but Orlando Bloom sported a dodgy London accent in his underused role. 3
Videodrome 1983 Classic Cronenberg body horror. Whilst the concept and effects of the killer VHS are outdated, the film stands the test of time and delivers a pleasingly twisted vision. 3.5
Wind River 2017 A superbly atmospheric murder mystery in the snowy wilds of a Wyoming Indian reservation. The end may have felt a little rushed, but Wind River is a great film with a career best performance from Jeremy Renner. 4
Wonder 2017 Predictably saccharine tale of boy with disfigured face triumphing against bullies and life in general. The film has a big cast, but small ambition. 2.5



Mat‘s Reviews

The Dog Who Saved Christmas 2009 Basically it's Home Alone with a dog replacing Macaulay Culkin, much worse acting and very little humour. Inoffensive but instantly forgettable. 1.5
The Girl With All the Gifts 2016 Seeing my local city centre as the setting for a post-apocalyptic zombie movie was exciting, but the movie itself was a bit of a slow burner with a dull ending. The main characters were all well-acted but nothing much happened. 3
The Lego Batman Movie 2017 Far less irritating than the first Lego Movie, and the parodying of numerous heroes and villains is fun, but again this is a film designed to sell toys to people with no attention span. Entertaining but entirely forgettable. 3
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 The Lord of the Rings saga comes to an end with another epic, action packed and emotion-filled instalment. There are undoubtedly too many endings, but spending a few more minutes than necessary with the residents of Middle Earth is no bad thing. 4.5
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 The sense of wonder and tension from the first film is replaced by a bunch of idiotic or despicable characters that you're just waiting to get eaten. A grim, depressing sequel that is marginally redeemed by the climactic T-Rex rampage. 2.5
Why Him? 2016 Pretty much a rehash of Meet the Parents with a slightly different twist and a lot more crude humour. Sags heavily in the middle but the first and last half hour are entertaining enough. 2.5



Simon’s Reviews


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