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2009: The year in movies

I only had one real goal this year; to watch a 100 movies at the cinemas. Sadly [sadder than the fact that that was my one real goal of the year [and year before too]], I’m stuck on 99, and I don’t know if I’m going to squeeze in a screening of The Lovely Bones tomorrow.

w00t! Scratch all that. I found a ticket stub for a Japanese Film Festival movie I missed that wasn’t in the IMDB database / my IMDB list [and people shake their head when I mention that I collect all my movie ticket stubs – this has saved me from another year of pain and guilt!]

Anyway, here’s the list, ranked, without explanation, as always [the list was completed 2 hours after I wrote this…I really need to do it as a dynamic, weekly list next year].

  1. Okuribito [Departures]
  2. Up
  3. Avatar
  4. Revolutionary Road
  5. Der Baader Meinhof Komplex [The Baader Meinhof Complex]
  6. Beautiful Kate
  7. Star Trek
  8. I Love You, Man
  9. The Girlfriend Experience
  10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

  11. The Cove
  12. District 9
  13. Balibo
  14. Whatever Works
  15. This Is It
  16. Samson and Delilah
  17. Changeling
  18. Inglourious Basterds
  19. Doubt
  20. The Informant!
  21. A Serious Man
  22. Låt Den Rätte Komma In [Let The Right One In]
  23. Los abrazos rotos [Broken Embraces]
  24. The Wrestler
  25. Sunshine Cleaning
  26. Gran Torino
  27. The Reader
  28. Disgrace
  29. Moon
  30. It Might Get Loud
  31. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  32. Seppun [The Kiss]
  33. Che: Part One
  34. Che: Part Two
  35. (500) Days of Summer
  36. Julie & Julia
  37. Genova
  38. Drag Me to Hell
  39. Funny People
  40. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  41. Brüno
  42. An Education
  43. Whip It
  44. Mary and Max
  45. The September Issue
  46. Hansamu sûtsu [The Handsome Suit]
  47. Coraline
  48. State of Play
  49. Yes Man
  50. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
  51. Watchmen
  52. Amreeka
  53. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  54. Adam
  55. Fast & Furious
  56. Paper Heart
  57. Mao’s Last Dancer
  58. Rachel Getting Married
  59. The Boys Are Back
  60. Sherlock Holmes
  61. The Invention of Lying
  62. Is Anybody There?
  63. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  64. Milk
  65. Ghost Town
  66. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  67. The Soloist
  68. Synecdoche, New York
  69. Gomorra [Gomorrah]
  70. Chi Bi [Red Cliff]
  71. Role Models
  72. 9
  73. Duplicity
  74. Terminator Salvation
  75. Gravity’s Clowns
  76. Seven Pounds
  77. Gururi No Koto [All Around Us]
  78. A Christmas Carol
  79. Monsters vs Aliens
  80. Flammen & Citronen [Flame + Citron]
  81. Angels & Demons
  82. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  83. Bronson
  84. Year One
  85. Blindness
  86. Surrogates
  87. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
  88. Valkyrie
  89. Transporter 3
  90. The International
  91. Séraphine
  92. Zombieland
  93. Gake no ue no Ponyo [Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea]
  94. Public Enemies
  95. Where the Wild Things Are
  96. The Hangover
  97. Capitalism: A Love Story
  98. Push
  99. Kei hei hup [Metallic Attraction: Kungfu Cyborg]
  100. 2012 [I seriously stand by my tweet on this. Just, please stop, Mr. Emmerich]

Ok, a line of analysis… #1 – #50 are all pretty darn good and worthy of a second viewing. #73 onwards is where I go from like to dislike, and #98, #99 and #100; I do not wish the type of punishment I endured during them upon anyone.

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4 thoughts on “2009: The year in movies

  1. Yo Joe says:

    Although I appreciate that this is a personal ranking, but including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (a 1-star movie) at #10 really undermines this excercise. Fact is, G.I. Joe was superior.

  2. c0uP says:

    Thanks Alex! But no, Transformers had giant frakn robots which turned into even bigger robots and Megan Fox being Megan Fox; it was *much* more enjoyable

  3. Transformers II? Really? Agrees with Yo Joe that it undermines pretty much the entire post. I guess it’s your personal prefs so won’t diss… *Having said that* I can’t believe you rated Coraline, Chi Bi and The Hangover so low. And Whatever Works @ 14? You couldn’t even remember what happened properly after you saw it so come on! Much as I love LD the movie was a snoozer. OMG was just about to end the disdain and saw Paper Heart @ 56! You preferred that to 44 other movies? Vomit.

  4. c0uP says:

    re: ‘Hangover’ I saw it directly after the awesomeness that was ‘I Love You, Man’, to which it paled in comparison and looked like a lame slapstick comedyre: ‘Whatever Works’ I forgot one bit of the story, but I *do* remember cracking up constantly! Maybe your snoozing had to do with you not sleeping the night before you saw it -_-re: ‘Paper Heart’ It really wasn’t that bad! Then again, I didn’t spend every minute hating on that freak of a woman – I just found it hilarious / very cringeworthyThanks for the disdainful comment!

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