Thursday, December 31, 2009

What I Like About 2009 - Movies

I saw a lot of movies this year. Well, more than I normally would see in a year. I saw:

Star Trek
The Hangover
District 9
Inglorious Basterds

Extract
The Informant!
9
The Damned United
The Men Who Stare At Goats
The Road

Yes. That's a lot for me. Let's talk about the favorites.

Favorite Sci-Fi Movie Of The Year and Favorite Movie Of The Year
District 9

This movie turned me on my head when I saw it. The effects were phenomenal. The story fascinating. The acting spectacular. A spaceship stalls over a town in South Africa. The inhabitants are then forced to live in a refugee camp. After many years the South Africans grow tired of having these aliens invade their space and a relocation program is set into place. The Aliens do not want to leave because they want to stay near their ship. A fight ensues and a scientist is caught in the middle. The story is heartbreaking and left me shaking when it ended.

Favorite Comedy Of The Year
The Hangover


Who knew this movie would be so damn funny? I mean, really, it was supposed to be a stupid summer comedy. But thanks to it, I will never pronounce 'retard' the same way again. Non stop laughs. Perfect casting. Babies, Tigers, Mike Tyson, and a photo gallery during the credits that is truly inspired. I'm almost scared to see it again for fear that it won't be as good and it will then be ruined.



Favorite Inaccurate Historical Movie Of The Year
Inglorious Basterds

I did not like this movie as I watched it, though the first scene is fucking brilliant and should get an Oscar all of its own. But the days following after I saw it, I liked it more and more. It really stuck with me and I found myself thinking back on it fondly. Christoph Waltz is a shoo-in for the Oscar, and he should be. He was so amazing. But, I also think Denis Menochet, the poor French Farmer from that first brilliant scene, should also get a nod. He drew me in with his quiet pain. Love Love Love.

Favorite George Clooney Movie Of The Year
The Men Who Stare At Goats


This was another comedy that I had no idea would bowl me over like it did. I thought it was hilarious. Though it seemed like it was written as an inside joke about Ewan McGregor playing Obi-Wan Kenobi. So, if you don't get those references, you might not find it as hilarious. I find it hard not to like a George Clooney movie. I don't know if it's him or the movies he chooses to be in, but they are usually quite good. I am (hopefully) seeing Up In The Air this weekend, so maybe this category will change, but for now, The Men Who Stare At Goats is the winner.

Favorite Matt Damon Movie Of The Year
The Informant!


Yet another movie that I did not think would be as funny as it was. Matt Damon deserves an Oscar nod for this performance. A very stylized comedy about a corporate cog who finds himself caught up in an international business scandal. The humor is subtle, the look very retro. A highly enjoyable movie.

Favorite Depressing Movie Of The Year
The Road


Oh, The Road. How you made me want to crawl into a bomb shelter and cry out the rest of my days. I finished the book just hours before seeing the movie and it was almost too much emotional heartache to take in one day. It's the story of a man and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. A most depressing, gut wrenching book and film. But fantastic nonetheless.

Other Movie Highlights

- As someone who never watched Star Trek the TV show in any of its generations, I really enjoyed this movie. I think Star Trek is enough of a pop culture icon that the references were funny to everyone.

- I'm not much for sport movies and I don't know much about Soccer, but The Damned United was a great movie anyway. It had a lot of my favorite "That Guy" British actors and the Soccer talk was easy to understand. Maybe it helped that my husband is Soccer obsessed and so some of the references were familiar.

That's it for movies. I'm not much of a film buff, so it's not all that extensive.

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