What you are about to see here is a pattern. As I went back and looked at my Top 10 favorite films of 2009, it became obvious to me that I want to be entertained. Not that a good drama is a bad thing (unless it’s “Public Enemies”, which was a HUGE disappointment), but I like special effects on the big screen, and this year there were quite a few that did FX the right way…big and eye-popping. Not that the effects are the ONLY thing I want to see in a movie (hellooooo…”2012″….), but it does help! So here are MY Top 10 favorite movies of 2009. There were a few movies I have yet to see that I NEED to see to say that this is the final list (like “The Hurt Locker” & “The Lovely Bones”). But for now, this list will do and they are ALL examples of quality filmmaking…
10. Monsters vs Aliens
I had a blast seeing this movie with my daughter and the pace and the characters were all perfect for this type of film. And with it paying homage to B-movies of the 60’s, it just made me happy.
9. The Hangover
The comedy event of the year! And I laughed hysterically in several spots. Will definitely have a cult following for years to come…
8. Star Trek
Talk about a huge surprise! I went into this J.J. Abrahms spectacle expecting a farce. What I ended up getting was an amazing cast with great acting and a decent plot. Lots of action and some well-timed humor also takes this one above most special effects space movies.
7. District 9
Social commentary aside, this story of alienation is a great update on “The Fly”. Producer Peter Jackson did a good thing by allowing director Neill Blomkamp to make the movie he wanted to make.
6. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
I really had low expectations for this movie and it blew me away with its sense of humor and colorful 3D animation. The first movie that has used 3D as it should be. And extra credit for having a monkey as a main character. Steve!
5. Up In The Air
Everything about this movie is good…even the uneven ending, which doesn’t exactly sell it as a “feel-good” flick. But maybe that is what makes it so endearing. Clooney is top notch, as is the rest of the cast. But kudos (and hopefully an Oscar) goes to Anna Kendrick, who steals the movie and shines like a true star.
The most fun I’ve had at the movies this year! Totally goofy and right up my alley! I love the zombies. I love the quirky characters. I love the soundtrack. A must have for all horror/buddy film lovers!
When you think “superhero flick”, you don’t think dark. But that is exactly what “Watchmen” is…the dark underbelly of the inner-workings of superheros. So many try to explore the mind of superbeings, but this one gets it right. Based on the comic novel, this film manages to capture the heart of the book and transform it to the big screen successfully.
A movie that will change the way science fiction films are made from now on. With an amazing eye for detail, James Cameron has taken a decent script and good actors and made a film using almost all CGI…and you can’t even tell that it’s all computer-generated. So much eye-candy to watch that you’ll be wishing you never had to leave the theater! It’s a beautiful film all from the heart of a computer and the mind of a genius.
1. The Road
Once again, a film based on a Cormac McCarthy book is at the top of my “Must See” list. In 2007, the Cohen brothers made “No Country For Old Men” which was, in my opinion, one of the best of that year. Now this year, John Hillcoat brings us this movie about the end of our world as we know it and pulls it off without losing the heart of the novel. It’s not a pretty picture by any means, but it is a testament to the human will and how our need to survive overcomes the suffering that we endure that makes this movie shine. Nothing made me think about all that I have more than “The Road” this year, and I feel like it is that the sign of a great movie. It made me appreciate my family, my home and my friends. In the glut of movies that are released that are fake and transparent, “The Road” is a great big smack in the face…and I love it.