2017 was the first my first year of blogging. On 01.02.2017 I published the first post ever. It was my review of a cute little film ”Safety Not Guaranteed”. At that time I had no idea that the blog will grow into something significant. Something bigger. I was just planning to review some independent science fiction movies because not so many people write about them.
In February 2017 there were 8 visitors, in April – 43, August – 192. This December – 744.
It’s not much compared to other blogs. I know.
But what may seem like one little step for the others, was a giant leap for me.
So I would like to sincerely thank all those who supported me in 2017, it meant a lot to me, all 3225 visitors who left 1167 comments and put 1353 likes. Thank you! I learned many new things and gained many new friends, all thanks to you.
And now some statistics…
Top 7 posts of 2017 ranked by their popularity:
- Top 10 Soviet Science Fiction Movies
- Female Sci-Fi Costumes, or Sexism In Modern Cinema
- Top 44 R-rated Superhero Movies
- ”Liquid Sky” review (I still don’t understand why that post was so popular… what a weird movie!)
- ”What Happened to Monday?” review (a typical modern cliched dystopia)
- Top 17 Highest Grossing Horro Movies Of All Time
- ”Version 1.0” review
Top 5 posts I had most fun doing:
- TRON designs comparisons, part 1 & part 2
- Surrealist cinema with Wire, Jonas Mekas & Vladimir Kobrin
- ‘Augmented Reality’ posts
- Biomorphic surrealism
- Female sci-fi costumes
Top 5 big budget sci-fi disappointments:
- ”Alien: Covenant” – really, really disappointed. It’s absolutely watchable and maybe lots of fun if you don’t take it seriously… But what the hell? I want to take ”Alien” movies seriously. This one felt so dumb, pretentious and artificial that ”Prometheus” is basically a masterpiece compared to it.
- ”The Space Between Us” – pure YA romantic trash.
- ”Kong: Skull Island” – not really bad, but just missing the right magic.
- ”What Happened to Monday?” – forgettable and unimaginative dystopia.
- ”Ghost in the Shell” – not a bad flick by no means, but it’s all style and little substance.
These were movies for which I had at least some expectations. There are many others, like ”The Dark Tower”, ”Valerian”, ”Power Rangers”, ”Geostorm”, ”Mummy” etc, for which I had zero expectations and simply skipped them.
Top 5 interesting sci-fi discoveries (not necessarily 2017 movies):
- ”Spring” & ”Resolution”, both directed together by emerging directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
- ”Version 1.0” & ”The Machine”, two excellent European noir cyberpunk movies
- ”Coherence” & ”The Man From Earth”, both brilliant, smart and minimal sci-fi puzzles. Probably one of the best cheapest (around $60k) sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen. Really make you think of your life.
- Mark Duplass, an amazing director, actor, producer. I’ve watched ”Safety Not Guaranteed” which is a lovely romantic sci-fi comedy and ”The One I Love”, a witty dissection of a couple relationship’s wrapped into a sci-fi puzzle.
- ”Dredd”. Holy fuck, this movie raped my brain, pardon my French. But it was such a blast, and totally unexpected. It has been a while since I’ve seen a cool sci-fi dystopia with lots of incredible action that has its own style.
I won’t make any lists of the best movies of 2017 as for the big budget sci-fi the choices are obvious, but I’d like to mention 3 movies that particularly surprised me as I had somewhat of a mixed expectations before watching them, but absolutely loved all three:
Stay tuned. More cool stuff is coming in 2018.