Since I wasn't around for (most of) last year, here's some quick recaps of the 2017 stuff I saw.
...at least you tried, Ridley Scott. At least you tried. Liked the ending, though.
Kinda straightforward popcorn action flick, nothing more or less.
Damn stylish and entertaining action scenes aplenty, one of the better surprises of the year for me.
Blade Runner 2049
Easily one my favorite movies of the year, I still can't believe this one actually managed to be nearly as good as the original...and, of course, just like the original film, it tanked in sales. Go figure.
Damn good war movie, very tense and well-made. Honestly, I was just surprised as hell that it wasn't over three hours long (given the trend of Nolan's previous movies getting longer and longer).
Ghost in the Shell
Whitewashing issue aside, this was better than it had any right to be. Not that it was particularly good, mind you (except the visuals), but keep in mind how low the bar for live-action Hollywood-made anime adaptions.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Did you see the first one? Did you like it? Yeah, pretty much just that, more of the same (but that's not a bad thing). Plus, y'know, Kurt Russell.
Wasn't intending to see it originally, but the strong word-of-mouth got me interested. And it ended up being pretty good. AAA horror movies tend to miss their mark with me, but I thought it was genuinely good all-around.
John Wick Chapter 2
See what I said about GotG2 above. More just like the first, but that's okay by me.
I feel like the only person who had actual fun watching this, I had a big dumb grin on my face the whole time. Not the best comic movie by a good margin, but way more entertaining than the popular opinion of it would seem to suggest.
Now that's how you do a Wolverine solo movie. Kind of a western-in-disguise, but a good one...not to mention one of the more emotionally-heavy comic films.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Okay, confession time: I kinda liked this series. They're not great (and they're not particularly good adaptions of the games), but they do have a kind of "guilty pleasure" appeal for me. This one's pretty much par for the course compared to the rest of 'em.
No-question best Spider-Man movie since 2004, definitely a good start to (hopefully) more MCU Spidey.
Best thing Shyamalan's done since Unbreakable, and the first once since then that I bothered to sit all the way through.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Not as good as The Empire Strikes Back (what is?), but better than any of the prequels by a pretty wide margin. Like JL, I can't see what's been causing so many polarizing opinions about this one.
Yeah, no contest it's the best of the three Thor movies. The others were...okay, I suppose. But this has something they really lacked: fun.
Transformers: The Last Knight
...alright, these things are really starting to test my patience. Yes, even for brainless CGI popcorn sci-fi/action.
Underworld: Blood Wars
Not bad, but none of the follow-ups have been as good as the original. It's at least worth a watch.
War for the Planet of the Apes
Another one of the movies I wasn't originally intending to see but ended up being nicely surprised by. Also, another pseudo-western. And Woody Harrelson made for a really good sympathetic/psychotic antagonist.
I thought it was pretty good. Not as world-moving as a lot of opinions I've heard/read, but I think it's about as good as the DCEU's gonna do with how it's going right now.