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Top 10 Films of 2009

Top 10 Films of 2009

Now before I get into I do need to state this fact. No I have not seen everything that is out there. There are definitely some films I still need to see, but I don’t want to come out with my top 10 list at the end of March like I did last year. A lot of the foreign films are really hard to come by till then (‘White Ribbon’, ‘Un Prophet’), and I just don’t have enough time to see some films that I think deserve to be seen (‘An Education’, ‘Precious’). I have this sucky thing called a job, and unfortunately I don’t get to be Richard Roeper. I will say this though. I’ve seen A LOT, and I mean A LOT of films this year, so I do feel comfortable coming with this list, and I’m sure come March I’ll have seen those films, and maybe my top 10 will change by then, maybe it won’t. Also I have written full length reviews for some of these films so check those out, but these are just going to be some quick blurbs about why I liked the films. That being said. Here are the ten best films that I had the pleasure of seeing this year, along with 5 honorable mentions.

Honorable Mention: Invictus, Star Trek, Paper Heart, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Watchmen

#10 – Up in The Air

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What can I say. George Clooney is 0ne of the finest actors out there today, and is thoroughly enjoyable as a man who’s life is basically spent in an airplane. The film hits all the right notes, and Jason Reitman shows that he is becoming a GREAT film director as he is 3 for 3.

#9 – District 9

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Every once in a while a movie comes a long during the year that totally takes you by surprise. When I saw ‘District 9’ there just wasn’t anything else out, but I was surprised how great it turned out to be. It is a film that has some great science fiction elements, but It’s really more about social unrest, racism, and genocide in a not so distant future. Fantastic flick.

#8 – Adventureland

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Greg Mottola’s follow up to ‘Superbad’ is a great small town tale, as a group of misfits are stuck working at a local amusement park, which basically just keeps there pockets filled with enough cash to get drunk and go wreck havoc on the town. It’s a great tale of growing up, and attempting to get out before your hometown sucks you in for good.

#7 – Knowing

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Pretty much every one I’ve talked to, or read a review by so far about this movie absolutely hated it, except for my brother, and Roger Ebert. I thought it had a great science fiction element to it and also sparked a great debate about peoples belief in the end of the world. Catholicism vs. agnostic belief, vs. atheism, etc. It offers up some great incite, and was also a great thrilling mystery film along the way.

#6 – Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans

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I was quite shocked how well Werner Herzog tapped into the bad cop drama as we follow Nick Cage’s slow decent into hell. The film goes deeper and deeper into the madness as we look at the world through his eyes as the drugs consume him, and he digs himself further and further into the lies.¬†Following his episodic drug trips as he sees them was a genius thing.

#5 – The Hurt Locker

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Kathryn Bigelow’s best film since ‘Strange Days’, ‘Hurt Locker’ is a fantastic thriller as we follow a bomb squad around in Iraq defusing, well, bombs. It is probably the most intense film I saw this year and I’m calling it right now that it will win best picture.

#4 – Crazy Heart

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Jeff Bridges in the best performance of his career as drunk, womanizing country artist Bad Blake. It is a great film about music, and a great film about the road and the toll it can take on a man over his career.

#3 – 500 Days of Summer

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The best romantic comedy since ‘High Fidelity’, ‘500 Days of Summer’ is one of the most realistic portrayals of a relationship I have ever seen on film. It uses great editing as we jump around from different days over the course of a couples relationships. We witness the good, the bad, and realize sometimes things just happen for a reason.

#2 – Inglourious Basterds

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Tarantino shows us once again that he is the most prolific living director. His film is entertaining, violent, poetic, sad, enlightening, you name it, and there is never a dull moment from beginning to end.

#1 – Moon

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For me films should be thought provoking, and they should spark a meaningful conversation between the viewers. ‘Moon’ pushes all of the right buttons, and for me it is the most intelligent film of the year. It raises very important questions about the distant future of mankind, and I believe it is the best film of the year.