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Lesinski's Favorite Movies of 2009

  • Mar 14, 2010
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A Single Man
Everyone in this movie is beautiful. I'm not gay, but even the guys in this movie are beautiful. And this movie deals a lot with homosexuality -- but homophobes needn't beware -- there's no such Broke Back Mountain spit-in-my-hand kind of stuff. And that actually says a lot about this film. It subverts the whole idea that gay people have lots of gross hook-ups and instead develops them as real people with real relationships. And Colin Firth gives a performance that really deserved Best Actor.
Goodbye Solo
THANK YOU FOR AN INDIE FILM THAT ISN'T QUIRKY AND HIPSTER-FAKE! The characters in this story are so mindblowingly genuine and the performances compliment that. If that fact doesn't sell you, I know what will: A cab driver is asked to transport a client to an obscure cliff – one where the guy is going to presumably kill himself. And the cab driver has to convince him not to do it. Heavy.
State of Play
An all-star cast in a political thriller with musings on the future of journalism. If you do not like this movie, you will not like me either. It has everything I love. Though this wasn't my favorite movie of the year, it's one I insist everyone see. Look out for a special appearance by my car.
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Yes, please, I would like to watch a guy disarm several IEDs in Iraq. Bomb-disarming scenes are the best -- and I'm not even being sarcastic. So, this movie is just a whole movie of that. It's just bomb-disarming. In fact, the bomb inside you that makes you like Avatar just a little bit -- this movie will even disarm that!
Moon DVD
Every year there is at least one really good sci-fi movie. No, this year's wasn't Fern Gully 2.0.

It also wasn't that movie which was one-half "The Office" and the other half, suddenly, a sci-fi crap-thing with where the writer realizes, "OH MAN! I have to wrap up this 'plot' thing -- I forgot about that!."

Instead, the sneaky-good sci-fi movie was Moon. This is the directorial debut of David Bowie's son! What's not to like? You'll be watching it and thinking, oh -- I know this sci-fi movie. I know what's going to happen. And then THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. That's what makes good movies. And that's why Avatar and District 9 blew. Moon is truly top-notch sci-fi.
Sometimes it gets hard to see through all the Saw movies. And all the Paranormal Activity. But there ARE good horror flicks in the mix, and Drag Me to Hell owns it. This movie is exactly how visual effects should be utilized in modern horror -- it's subtle but still makes you terrified. And if you think a talking goat sounds like something from a children's TV show, think again. And, in case you haven't noticed, I love genre movies.
Sin Nombre
If you live in an area that might have gangs, Sin Nombre movie will make you deadbolt your doors every night.
An Education
A girl is all prissy and wants to go to Oxford. But then this guy exposes her to culture in the REAL WORLD and she changes her whole perspective! Get it? It's like asking the question: "What is AN EDUCATION?" How cliche does that sound? It sounds like a script based on every study abroad conversation you've ever had. And yet, the writing in this movie is pristine and rings true. You'll fall for Sarsgaard as hard as the girl in the movie does even though he's a freakin weirdo! He's like a pedophile in this movie! But you'll love him! What a dirty trick.
In the Loop
If you think it's too pretentious to list "Dr. Strangelove" in "favorite movies" on your Facebook profile, but you still like Dr. Strangelove, then this movie should instead take its place. It's like if Arrested Development were about warfare. The characters just explode with personality and the writing is WITTY!
The Cove - Movie Poster
Going to SeaWorld turns out to have these ridiculously nasty upshots. Seriously. This doc will make you FLIP. (Get it?)

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April 09, 2010
This list is fantabulous, Chris!  I really need to catch #1 and #5 since I've heard so much about them.  By the way, you should really consider joining @woopak_the_thrill's movie community and adding this list there (after you join the community, a little link that says "Add to a Community" pops up underneath the title of your list).  Thanks for sharing! :)
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