Here is my list of the film’s released in 2009 in order of preference. You must realize how difficult it is to put together a true order of films, as so many of them start running in to one another and so much time has passed between viewing some films in the theater and others on DVD or Blu-Ray. Nevertheless its a task I set out to do and therefore, present that list to you now. They are in listed in order from best to worst, top to bottom, in my opinion. I’ve given a little bit of reasoning on some of my picks, scattered throughout the list, for reference. Click on any of the bolded/italicized titles for original reviews. Let me know what you think, agree or disagree. (Please note that several of these reviews were done by other previous writers to the site, despite what some name consolidation would suggest – hence there may be some situations where a better review was given to a low ranking picture for me and vice versa.)
This was my favorite film of ’09 based on the achievement of taking a book with so few words and making it a full-length film. I think it was the ultimate in creative achievement for the year and perfectly captured the feelings of wonder and imagination a boy has, and translating for adult consumption. Spike Jonze is officially a genius and Maurice Sendak should be tickled pink over this.
After reading the book, this adaptation perfectly captured the post-apocalyptic vision that I saw in my head while reading the novel and enhanced it where it could. A difficult film, a challenging subject, but one that rewards the viewer (primarily those with the book as a frame of reference in my opinion).
A creative and technical achievement, even if the story telling is not top notch. There is a good reason this is the most seen film of all time (based on B.O. dollars).
Up In The Air
More Than A Game
Three of my top-8 favorite films this year were documentaries. This one chronicling a young LeBron James meant the most to me I suppose.
State of Play
I enjoyed this in the theater, but probably would continue to drop it down the list if I were to re-watch it a few times. Crass, but it was still amusing and Sacha Baron Cohen has brass balls. He could probably sell real estate in Glengarry Glen Ross.
This one continues to grow on me. Actor Sam Rockwell and director Duncan Jones deserved more recognition for their work. A great score by Clint Mansell, the man behind the infamous score from Requiem For A Dream.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
Uplifting final scene. One for the underdog in all of us.
Makes you care about dolphins. Pathetic, senseless slaughtering might lead some to anger and activism.
Nothing But The Truth
The Vicious Kind
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Michael Jackson’s This Is It!
I wasn’t that impressed with this when I first saw it, but I get the sense I might appreciate it more in time if I were to see it again. It’s been two years since I have seen it as it was a very advanced screening at the time.
Potential ditto on the above comments.
Didn’t deserve to get bashed as much as it did. It’s a strange film but J.R.Kelly is a unique voice in film today. I hope he gets more opportunities to utilize it.
The Blind Side
Not remotely close to a top-10 film. Oscars really lack credibility. While I was rooting for the likable Bullock, I wasn’t that blown away by her performance here either. Sorry.
This film makes me feel like Eastwood is losing it. Really a jumbled mishmash of scenes meant to be uplifting and educational.
Completely cheesy and implausible, but fun to see Liam Neeson play this role.
In The Loop
The Lovely Bones
So overrated I can’t begin to break it down. Nothing remotely special in this one and I would have loved to enjoy it. Maybe 3 laughs throughout. Plus, a little bitter since it “stole” (used) one of my script’s premises/film ideas.
Swayze is a genius in one of his last film roles. Still a pretty weak film. And yes, we’re leaving out the obvious reason why I would sit through this drivel. You can figure it out on your own.
Away We Go
Long and overwrought, disaster flick puffery. Horrendously mixed dialogue alternating between dead serious and ridiculously over the top. Amazing it not only got made but was seen as much as it was.
The Ugly Truth
I propose you never suffer through this film. The reason I rarely see rom-coms. Ocassionally I submit to a woman’s filmic desires for some reasons my subconscious would need to explain, but I am continually reminded why I choose what movies I should see.
Complete lack of chemistry between the lead male/female (C.Hanks and E.Blunt). A slice of life that just didn’t work for me.
The Limits of Control
I hate to have Jarmusch’s movie in this spot, but I can’t justify having this any higher. Boring and unmoving.