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Favorite Films of 2009

  • Dec 22, 2009
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Moon DVD
This outstanding hard science fiction film is the best that the genre has ever seen, brought to us by Duncan Jones, son of rock legend David "Bowie" Jones. Luminary actor Sam Rockwell knocks it out of the park in what is essentially a one man show in space, and Kevin Spacy ices the cake with his redux of a Hal 9000 with a big heart.
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(500) Days of Summer
Not since Chasing Amy has "romantic comedy" been so mis-applied by a film marketing team. This gut-wrenching, wistful and beautiful Dude Gets Dumped story played between the always sexy JGL and the beautiful Zooey Deschanel has won over the hearts of thousands of cute haircut boys and girls and you should join them, the crooning opening notes of "Sweet Disposition" by the temper trap herald the song of the summer 2009.
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Inglorious Poster
Tarantino strikes again in this brilliant war film, which stays close to Tarantino's core themes: an homage to cinema and also a character study of killers, this time Nazis and a group of american jews who hunt them, the Basterds. Like his last work Death Proof, Basterds flawlessly interweaves brilliant dialogue, explosive action, and beautiful filmmaking to deliver one of the years best films.
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Star Trek Poster
I admit, I was skeptical when I first saw this trailer, but this thrill ride from movie and TV god JJ Abrams blew us all away from explosive start to equally-explosive finish. Not much to say about it except that everything was done right. Brilliant special effects, nuanced and natrual performances from the young cast aided by a tight screenplay, and of course, Spock's stamp of approval, and Shatner thankfully shooed away.
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Up
Up
There are two kinds of Pixar movies it seems. There are the simpler children's movies, like Toy Story, Cars, A Bugs Life, and so on, and there are the sophisticated masterworks: Incredibles, Ratatoille, Wall-e and now Up. Taking bold story and emotional risks, Up sets the stage for a great buddy comedy between an old man and a young boy centering around a house tied to baloons that is surprisingly suspenseful and heartwarming at the same time.

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November 18, 2010
I'm sure that capitolizing "Nazis" while putting "jews" in the lower case was just a typo, right? =)
 
January 14, 2010
I'm dying to see MOON, but there's a long wait at NetFlix. UP IN THE AIR would be on my list of mainstream films.
 
December 22, 2009
I super love this list!  I'm surprised that your #2 isn't your #1 since you kept bugging me to go catch it, but it looks like I'm going to have to catch Moon now.  Thanks for sharing, m³! :D
 
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