My End of Year Lists and Challenge: Best Stories in Movies

A reminder on what my lists and challenge is about:

As it’s December, I have decided to make “best of the year” lists for things I like and am interested in. I will cover books, TV shows, anime, movies, and Webtoons.

The challenge part is 100% optional and may not even happen. But the idea is that, if you would like to, fellow bloggers could also participate with the lists, adding in their own personal likes.

If you would like to participate in the challenge, here’s all the lists I’ll try to do. Keep in mind, there isn’t much time left in the year, so even I may not get around to doing all of them. Therefore, you can pick and choose which list(s) to do! Plus, unless he specified, you can choose to have the list be featured around books, TV, movies, anime, or webcomics. Mix it up!

The only rules are that you have to choose fiction or media you discovered in 2017. It doesn’t have to be from 2017, it can be from any year, but you have to have discovered it in 2017. The second rule is that if you do participate in the challenge, please ping-back to one of my posts, so I can see your post! Also, there is no limit to how many things you can put on the list; feel free to put as much or as little as you want.

Lists:

  • Best Stories
  • Best Main Characters
  • Best supporting characters
  • Best relationships (platonic and romantic)
  • Best antagonists
  • Best plot twists
  • Most beautiful (this goes for anything BUT books)
  • Best written (goes for books and/or Webtoons)
  • Best performances (movies, TV shows, and even voice acting)
  • Best authors and/or artists

My list:

10. 10. Cloverfield Lane:

I didn’t need to see Cloverfield to enjoy this movie. It’s about a woman named Michelle, who gets in a car accident and wakes up injured and in a locked room. Then she meets a man named Howard who tells her that the world is ending, and that he’s saved both her and another man named Emmett. As the movie goes on, it becomes less clear whether Howard is lying or not, and how dangerous he is.

9. The Accountant:

The less you know about this movie, the better. At first it seems to be about an ordinary accountant called Christian Wolff, who also has high-functioning autism. And then we find out about an FBI agent tracking down the accountant who is helping all these criminal organizations, who may just be Wolff. And that’s really all I should say. While one plot twist is pretty easy to predict, there’s another that I didn’t see coming.

8. Wait Until Dark:

This is a movie that deserves a remake. Not because this movie is bad; no, it’s really good! It’s just a little dated. It’s about Susy Hendrix, a recently blinded woman who’s husband has just gotten in contact with a smuggled doll filled with heroin. Of course, the day he leaves the house is when the main smuggler concocts an elaborate plan with some unwilling criminals to get the doll back…This movie deserves to be better known, at least for the sake of the heroine if not for the plot.

7. Collateral:

Max is just an ordinary taxi cab driver who has big dreams. He spends his days driving and hoping to start his business. But of course, that all changes when a man named Vincent gets into his cab. At first, he seems to be an ordinary passenger, if not a bit more well-spoken…and then it turns out he’s an assassin who’s been hired to kill specific people, and Max has to drive him to all his stops. Unless he can come up with a way to get out.

6. Fargo:

When a car salesman decides to hire some guys to kidnap his wife and demand a ransom, it predictably goes very wrong. Very, very, wrong, and it ends up with a law enforcer dead. Enter Marge Gunderson, a folksy police woman who happens to be very pregnant. While Marge doesn’t seem to be particularly intelligent right off the bat, she turns out to be smart, tough, and not someone you want on your trail.

5. Catch Me If You Can:

I’m not sure how much of this is based off a true story, and I’m not sure if I care too much. I liked this movie a lot. It’s about one of the greatest conmen in American history, who pretended to be an airplane pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, and also collected millions in false checks, all before the age of eighteen. (I am not nearly so ambitious…). It’s also about the agent tracking him down. It’s interesting, at times bittersweet, but also very fun.

4. Psycho:

Yep, I got to finally watch Hitchcock’s most famous film. Although I already knew the major plot twist (I won’t spoil. Somehow, I found someone who doesn’t know the twist, and I don’t want to spoil). Marion Crane desperately wants to be with her boyfriend, Sam. So she ends up stealing a large sum of money and running away, where she ends up at the Bates Motel. Again, I have met some people who don’t know what happens, so…it’s a psychological horror.

3. Alien:

Ah yes, the pinnacle science fiction horror. A merchant spaceship finds a distress call and goes to an uncharted moon to investigate. One of the members gets an organism stuck to his face. Despite the warnings of a woman named Ellen Ripley, the crew allows the man onboard their ship. But then, the organism vanishes…before coming out the chest of the infected member. It begins to grow, and kills off the crew one by one.

2. Arrival:

When I went to see Arrival, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it turned out to be a slow, thoughtful movie that deals heavily with language and feels real. Louise Baker is a renowned linguist, so when aliens come to Earth, she is enlisted by the government to find out their language so they can communicate. As she learns more about how to communicate with them, she begins to have visions of her future daughter. The focus on languages and the genuine emotion and twists made me love this much more than I expected; it feels so real.

1. Memento:

Wow. This is how to make an artistic, psychological thriller that doesn’t feel condescending. This follows Leonard Shelby, a man with retrograde amnesia ( can’t record new long-term memories, but he can remember his life pre-injury and the last five-fifteen minutes) who is hunting down a man known as John G., who killed his wife. He uses notes, polaroids, and tattoos to keep track of his life. He finds people who help on his search…or are they just using him? Alone, this is a fascinating concept, but here’s the kicker that makes this truly a masterpiece: it’s told backwards. It’s so confusing, I was tempted to keep notes myself. This movie is on Netflix, so watch it ASAP, before the Internet spoils the twists for you. They’re good.

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2 thoughts on “My End of Year Lists and Challenge: Best Stories in Movies

  1. I had to write a film review on Memento, and it was the most confusing review I could write. I don’t even know if it made any sense. XD But Psycho really is quite well done, and Hitchcock was quite a genius with suspense. Wonderful list, Kate! ❤

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    1. Oh gosh, yes. And when did you write a review on Memento? I’d love to read it! Psycho was amazing. I already knew the twist, so it was fun seeing all these tiny hints and clues as to that twist. Hitchcock really was ingenious. I rewatched Rear Window during my American Pop Culture class, and a good way to guess whether a suspense movie has aged well is if you make a bunch of older high schoolers watch it and they gasp twice. That did happen.

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