Top 10: Movies I’ve Seen in 2009

Yeah, I know, I’m a little late to the “Best of” parties, but I always find it incredibly unfair to all the things happening in December. So, you get this now.

Anyway, 2009 has seen me in the cinema 101 times (a new record), so I got quite a pool to choose from. I’ve seen some older movies during some festivals as well, but I’ll leave them out of this list.

My criteria is not necessarily “Best”, but definitely “Favourite”. That’s why you won’t find The White Ribbon on here. Though it is excellent.

And I have to admit that I cheated a bit, bundling some films together. But I honestly couldn’t remove more movies from the list.

Here we go (the links are to my reviews of the films):

10. Rachel Getting Married

This movie has some flaws, but the very good performances and the nice and thoughtful story saves its space in the Top 10.

9. The Messenger

This sensitive, funny and sweet movie would rightfully rake in a shitload of money, as it is, I can only recommend it as a kind of secret hint and hope that a lot of you are going to see it and make it a little more famous.

8. Doubt

Taking you back almost a whole year, one of the big Oscar movies was Doubt. Great cast, awesome script and enough ambiguity to fill five average Hollywood movies (at least).

7. Inglorious Basterds

Tarantino’s newest oeuvre combines a good story with a whole bunch of good actors and a lot of blood and gore. Not only for Tarantino fans a highlight of the year.

6. Revolutionary Road

Another one of the Oscar movies of last year. Not only does it have a beautiful soundtrack, awe-inspiring performances and great direction, I never would have thought that a movie about a 50s couple would tap into so many of my own personal fears.

5. Man on Wire

Philip Petit is an awesome storyteller and James Marsh knows exactly how much room he has to leave him. The resulting movie is interesting, fascinating and hilarious.

4. Watchmen, Star Trek and Moon

Here’s what I’d call the geeky highlights trifecta:

Watchmen wasn’t without fault, but I think it was the best damn adaptation you could have made from the graphic novel – and with an improved ending. And the cast, oh, the cast!

The same goes for Star Trek: not without fault (I still laugh about the Planet of Suspension of Disbelief), but a perfect reboot. And the cast, oh, the cast!

Now, here’s perfection. And finally Sam Rockwell gets the recognition he deserved since Charlie’s Angels (seriously, the first movie is totally a guilty pleasure of mine because of him).

3. Taking Woodstock, Sunshine Cleaning and Away We Go

And here’s the Indie Comedy trifecta:

All three were beautiful, with great casts and a fine and sweet sense of humour. [Away We Go has the additional advantage of an incredible soundtrack.]

2. Mary and Max [haven’t reviewed it yet]

Prepare for some serious gushing when I actually get around to reviewing it (shouldn’t be long now). In any case – it’s absolutely wonderful. The characters, the story, the animation, the script… *sigh*

1. Where the Wild Things Are [haven’t reviewed it yet]

Oh my goodness, people, oh my goodness. This movie is perfection, utter and complete perfection. Do watch it, no matter your age or whether you’ve liked the book as a child or not. Trust me, you will not regret it.

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