In no specific order, my favorite movies I watched (watched, not released) in 2009: Avatar Moreso for the experience of seeing it in IMAX 3D than the actual story/plot, although not to say that James Cameron is not an amazing storyteller. I highly urge everyone to see this in IMAX 3D; you won’t get the same experience when it’s on your dinky flatscreen at home in boring 2D.
Michael Clayton Great ending.
Star Trek Loved J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the series. I recently rewatched this and it didn’t feel as good as when I first saw it in theaters, but still a very solid sci-fi/action film. I’ve heard criticisms of it not being true to the Star Trek spirit, but it’s still a good movie.
Closer It took me a while to realize that this movie was based on a play – meaning the director excelled in not making everything feel claustrophobic like I usually feel with other plays-turned-films (The Shape of Things, Glengarry Glen Ross). But I loved all the relationship drama too. I’ve come to realize I’m a much bigger fan of break-up movies than I am of happy endings. They just feel so much more real.
JCVD Worth it for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s monologue alone.
Up “I saw Up in all its glorious digital 3D wonder at the midnight screening, and loved it so much that I saw it again 14 hours later at a matinée showing.” – Item No. 120
Inglourious Basterds Great performances all around, although some of the conversations did feel overly long.
The Hangover Zach Galifianakis made this movie.
District 9 This movie was far different from what I expected but still completely delivered to my expectations. Amazing special effects given the budget, too.
The Hurt Locker I don’t have anything clever to say other than I enjoyed it.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father This is an incredibly sad and depressing documentary. I was so depressed afterwards that I watched porn to cheer myself up and it did nothing for me. That’s how depressing this movie is.
Fantastic Mr. Fox My main complaint against this film is it that it felt too “Wes Andersony,” which I guess could also be a good thing.
(500) Days of Summer I expected a hipster lovefest and got something quite a bit different. In terms of relationship movies I would still rank this below Russian Dolls and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The Rest And below, a chronological list of movies I saw for the first time, or for the first time in a very long time, in 2009:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Road to Perdition
- Broken Flowers
- Slumdog Millionaire
- Lucky Number Slevin
- Das Boot
- A Quiet Little Marriage
- The Merry Gentleman
- Star Trek
- Man on Wire
- The Hangover
- Drag Me to Hell
- The International
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- District 13
- District 9
- Inglourious Basterds
- The Hurt Locker
- 25th Hour
- Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
- Michael Clayton
- The Brothers Bloom
- American Psycho
- Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
- Away We Go
- Michael Jackson’s This Is It
- The Fall
- Mission: Impossible 3
- Training Day
- Terminator: Salvation
- Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior)
- Into the Wild
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Being There
- (500) Days of Summer