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07 January 2010 @ 10:11 am
favorite films of 2009  
Mostly so that I can remember later, here are my four favorite movies of 2009. Yeah, I'd have preferred to make it five, but I couldn't think of a fifth one that I liked nearly as much as these four. So, if you're looking for something to rent or send up your Netflix queue or what have you and you haven't seen all of these, get to it!

The Hurt Locker -- Kathryn Bigelow's brilliant drama about a bomb disposal unit in Iraq was simply incredible. I can recall no movie in the past decade that has had me so nervously wrapped up in what was going to happen next. Between this and Strange Days, I'll gladly trust the care of my adrenaline rushes to Ms. Bigelow for as long as she's making pictures. Oh, and star Jeremy Renner was utterly charming in the lead role.

(500) Days of Summer -- A love story that completely throws out the romantic comedy rulebook, but still manages to me be both hilarious and moving. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are at the top of their games and the music is pretty damn great too.

Star Trek -- This movie had a boring villain and poorly-thought out plot, but still managed to be one of the best times I've had in a theater all year, because what it got right, it got just about perfect. Ignore the big picture and just in the moments, because they're excellent. The characters from the original series were brilliantly portrayed with only minimal tweaking to their relationships in order to bring a little something new to the franchise.

Up! -- As much as I loved A Bug's Life and The Incredibles, this is by far my favorite Pixar film. You have to respect a childrens film that can emotionally punch the adults in the stomach without the kids noticing. I'm still wowed by how expertly this film blends comedy, tragedy, and high adventure. Director Brad Bird still had much to teach us.

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traballenguastraballenguas on January 7th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I saw "Up!", and it was nice, but didn't wow me. I guess I am pretty jaded about movies these days - I never go, so they all seem a bit strange and contrived when I do. Not tuned in to the cinematic thing, I guess. I do want to see the other three, though, especially "Hurt Locker" (yeah, and "Star Trek"). "Avatar" didn't make it into your top five? I haven't seen it - I don't even feel much interested, but several people say it is "the shit".
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on January 8th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Avatar was neat as hell to look at. I just wish Cameron would have done some more work on the script before he went and spent all that money making it happen. If the script had been half as good as the one he wrote for Strange Days, he could have easily made my list right next to his ex-wife's Hurt Locker.
Pallaspallasathene8 on January 7th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay, I guess I'd better queue The Hurt Locker.
lilyvalleylilyvalley on January 8th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I was so pissed off at the end of Star Trek. Still, it was an excellent movie.
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Don't hit me but...
Brad Bird did not direct or write Up!

But he did do The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

He is making another Pixar film, which will be a surprise change to live action.

Have you seen Brad Bird's first masterpiece from 1998, The Iron Giant. I highly recommend it.

He also co-produced 181 episodes of The Simpsons in the early days.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on January 13th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Don't hit me but...
Wow, it was so good I just assumed Brad Bird did it. Yeah, Iron Giant rocks.
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Why not Inglorious Basterds as a number 5?

If you take out the brief clips of brutal violence, there were three long running scenes that were really masterfully built.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: monkey ballassmonkeydiary on January 13th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Re: Suggestion
I've actually just seen that this past weekend. Interesting, but not solid enough to be a favorite. If it had concentrated on Shosanna (or possibly on the Basterds), I think I would have liked it a lot better. As it was, I thought it was too scattered.