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Best movies of 2009

POSTED BY: JEWELSTAITEFAN
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 22:47
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Sunday, October 4, 2009 8:47 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I know the year hs not ended yet, but we should start this list before we've forgotten too many. Soon the holiday onslaught will be upon us and many decent flicks will fade in our memories.

The obvious candidates:

Star Trek.
Terminator Salvation.
The International.


Gee whiz, I've already forgot so many.

I'll update the list here from the replies.

District 9 - 8
Up - 8
Watchmen - 6
Star Trek - 6
Moon - 4
Harry Potter HBP - 3
The Hurt Locker - 3
Inglorious Bastards - 3
The Hangover - 2
Transformers 2 - 2
Terminator Salvation
The International.
500 Days of Summer.
Black Dynamite.
In the Loop.
The Cove (Docu)
It Might Get Loud (Docu)
Drag Me To Hell.
Bright Star.
Zombieland
Time Traveler's Wife
Whip It
Paranormal Activity.
Monsters and Aliens


I forgot about District 9. Would not have said 500 days, Watchmen.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009 10:12 PM

BIGRICHARD


Star Trek was great and would probably be on the list, but I wouldn't have Terminator and International. They were entertaining, but not 'best of the year'.

I would add, in no particular order:

Moon
Up
District 9
(500) Days of Summer
Harry Potter HBP
Black Dynamite
In the Loop
The Cove (documentary)
Watchmen

I think these are all 2009 movies...
there are probably more too, just having a hard time remembering them all right now!

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Monday, October 5, 2009 5:15 AM

CHRISISALL


Just Star Trek & Watchmen.
Haven't seen Moon yet, but I'm confident it'll be right up there when I do.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Monday, October 5, 2009 11:32 AM

STORYMARK


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Just Star Trek & Watchmen.
Haven't seen Moon yet, but I'm confident it'll be right up there when I do.


The laughing Chrisisall



Ditto.

Watchmen would probably be top for me. Trek was a lot of fun, but it's kinda slight, so I can't give it the top spot. Am looking forward to Moon, but havn't been able to see it.

I also really liked District 9, so that'd be up there as well.

And while it had good action in it, Terminator Salvation had a train wreck of a script, so it'd fall closer to the bottom of my list.



"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him."

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Monday, October 5, 2009 3:01 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I haven't watched that many movies this year, at least of ones produced this year.

I review for my own site, SF & Fantasy genres only, and I only write a review for something I can recommend to others. I don't have the time and/or money to watch and review everything.

Here's what I have reviewed this year:
Watchmen
Moon
District 9

I also reviewed a documentary on Harlan Ellison, Dreams With Sharp Teeth, as it was released on DVD this year but was produced in 2007.

One of my other reviewers watched and reviewed Star Trek favorably before I saw it. If she had not written that review I might have changed my policy and finally written a negative review for a change, because I hated nearly everything about the film.

I saw Terminator: Salvation, and while I think it was better than Trek it wasn't good enough to recommend to others.

I've heard nothing but positives about UP but still have not seen it.



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Monday, October 5, 2009 9:17 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Wow. I was thinking there was much more, but I'm not seeing them listed.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:21 AM

BIGRICHARD


It Might Get Loud, another doco, was great fun.
About 3 guitarists, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2), and Jack White (The White Stripes).

Definitely recommend it if you're into music, guitar, or any of the bands these guys have been in.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 12:25 AM

HIXIE129


Harry Potter HBP

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1:05 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Certainly:

Up
&
The Hangover


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1:16 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I also saw Coraline, but on DVD not in the theater, and I had been thinking it was released last year, but it was this February. I wouldn't put it on a "Best Of" list though, since it wasn't as good as the book and the book was just fair to begin with.



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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 5:23 AM

PIZMOBEACH

... fully loaded, safety off...


The Hurt Locker was good. So was Traitor, but it was released in 2008 and I saw it in 2009.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 6:06 AM

MAIII


UP, MOON, District 9, Zombieland were great movies and definitely getting the DVDs.

Trek was an utter disappointment. have no desire to ever watch it again, and not sure I would see a sequel.

Terminator was different than the usual terminator time travel plot but had issues.

Watchmen saw on PPV, was long and stylish, but can't say I would watch it again.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2:16 PM

PCCH7


I liked Terminator more than most it seems but it wouldn´t be anywhere near my top list. Too many big mistakes in it.


1. District 9
2. The Hurt Locker
3. Inglorious Basterds
4. Drag Me To Hell
5. Watchmen

Honorable mention to Star Trek. I´m also pretty sure that "The Road", "Paranormal Activity" and "Moon" would be up there but I haven´t seen them yet.

"Summer Glau can simply walk into Mordor.."

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2:33 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:
I hated nearly everything about the film.[Star Trek]


I am split here... the alternate 'verse me hates with a passion the way they effed EVERYTHING about Trek. The here & now me likes it as a new take on a classic, 'cause that's what we get, like it or not.
Colour me SF whipped.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 9:24 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I guess I need to look at my ticket stubs from the spring.
I almost forgot that blockbuster Transformers 2,.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009 2:22 PM

OPPYH


I want to add Bright Star. Good heavens, the best love story I've seen on the big screen in years.

It is my number one favorite film for this year.


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Sunday, October 25, 2009 10:01 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


From the movies I've see and in no particular order;

Watchmen
Up
The Hangover
Inglorious Bastards

All solid, if not great, movies. But, to me the best of them so far is The Hangover. It is a sick and twisted movie with great pacing, funny unpredictable scenes and a simple story. Rent it and see it with your buddies. And if you imbibe, hoist a few.

-------------------------------------------------

Of the ones I haven't seen yet, here's my to-do list:

Moon
Harry Potter HBP (The book was awesome)
District 9
500 Days of Summer (BTW there's a film with JGL called The Lookout, rent it).

More later............


SGG






Tawabawho?

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Sunday, October 25, 2009 10:51 PM

JRNYFAN


For me, the easy answer is 'ZOMBIELAND'. That movie kicked so much ass it's ridiculous. A few thoughts on the rest:

Star Trek: Loved it, great re-imagining and good to see my beloved franchise get some new legs.
Terminator: Still bitter about Christian Bale being cast and his Batman voice being used ad-naseum. Also upset that it took 3/4 of the movie to advance the Terminator universe along.
Wolverine: Good popcorn flick. Not a lot of substance but enjoyable.
Moon: Expected more from it. Plot was minimalistic at times, I saw where they were going about 1/2 way through. Solid but unremarkable acting.
The Hurt Locker: Wanted it to be more than it was but to be fair, the trailers portrayed it as an action movie and it wasn't much of one in my opinion. Good treatise on that facet of war from what I have heard.
UP: Pixar hit another home-run, brilliant film.
Harry Potter: Best so far and made up for Order of the Phoenix which nearly made me promise never to watch films with boy wizards in them ever again.
Transformers 2: I hope some studio executive somewhere has the nuts to recognize that Michael Bay is a terrible person, regardless of the amount of cash he makes. That being said, I will buy this film and I will watch it again because explosions are cool.
The International: Forgettable to the extent that I know it had Clive Owen in it and had something to do with money and banks but I don't remember seeing it. At least it didn't scar me like...
GI Joe: You can not make a film with Dennis Quaid, a Wayans brother and Channing Tatum and expect me to believe anything beyond the opening credits. Awful film and surprisingly my letters to Paramount asking for my $ back go unanswered.
Inglorious Basterds: I can officially keep my man card when I say I love Brad Pitt. This movie was awesome and was my favorite until ZOMBIELAND came out. I'm a fan of QT and his directing style and this film was aces in my book.

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Monday, October 26, 2009 12:14 AM

TDBROWN


For myself, there was "UP", and then everything else.

"Star Trek" did nothing for me. I did enjoy "The Time Traveler's Wife", but just about everything else from this year left me cold.

"Might have been the losing side, still not convinced it was the wrong one." -Mal

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Monday, October 26, 2009 1:16 AM

LWAVES


Having glanced through the other posts I'm pretty much posting what everyone else has put down:

Up
Star Trek
The Hurt Locker
Moon
District 9
Watchmen
Paranormal Activity



"I don't believe in suicide, but if you'd like to try it it might cheer me up to watch."

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:07 AM

ASARIAN


Let's not forget Monsters vs. Aliens. :) While perhaps not A+ material per se, I nonetheless enjoyed watching it.


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:11 AM

JONGSSTRAW


Best movie for me has to be Star Trek. Also, I recently saw Whip It with Ellen Page and I liked it a lot.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 6:28 PM

ASARIAN


I'll give the following scores for the movies I've seen.


District 9 -- 8 -- A lot of "fok" in this movie. I guess it's the South-African way. How engine fuel causes a person to grow an alien arm, however, has been the subject of much musing between me and my mind. Otherwise reasonable good flic, though.

Up -- 8.5 -- Edging on 'must-see,' but it's not entirely up there with Wall-E, or Toy Story, and such. It was replete with fun, though ("Get off that wroof;" the dogs playing poker, etc).

Star Trek -- 8 -- I got a few problems with it (but no more so than I have with any other Star Trek movie installment). It's sparkly, entertaining, fast-paced, feautures an attractive Uhura for a change, and overall succeeded very well in casting good actors for the younger counterparts of the crew of lore.

Terminator Salvation -- 5 -- A disappointment. I'm trying to recall the storyline, and find myself failing at even that (honestly, hand to God). 'Nuf said.

Drag Me To Hell -- 4 -- This ain't my genre, so I guess that influenced my score. The lead girl is only moderately attractive (yes, I know, I'm being shallow). And the story itself? Too much gore, which just makes it childish.

Transformers 2 -- 7 -- Objectively, it's probably only good for a 6 (if that). But if you're looking for the ultimate Blu-Ray experience, Transformers 2 is it! Kick-ass DTS-MA sound is a must for all these lovely explosions! And it featured some hot chics (no, not Megan Fox, but that Alice girl, for example).

Coraline -- 7 -- It's not really bad, and it's not really good. The animation is only so-so, and some of the support characters, like Mr. Bobinsky, are difficult to relate to. Caroli.. err, I mean Coraline, herself is endearing, though.

Surrogates -- 7 -- Apart from Bruce Willis, this flic does not really deliver. And Rosamund Pike is not really my type. It yielded some good moments, though, and the CGI was top-notch.

Monsters vs. Aliens -- 8 -- Entertaining, sweet animation. Cute filly in lead-role, good voice-cast, humorous, and overall a pleasant watch. Nothing totally special, though.


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 10:47 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Updated the OP with votes.

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