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  • Your Favorite Movies of 2009

    It's that time of the year to review the year in movies. Let's hear about your favorite movies of the year.

    1) Avatar - No question about this whatsoever. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to see it again.
    2) Up - Pixar does it again with this adventure movie with a heart of gold.
    3) Star Trek - George Lucas ... look at what JJ Abrams did with Star Trek, erase the prequel trilogy from our collective psyche and start again!!!
    4) District 9 - Extremely original, great story, great acting, great action and effects that didn't take away from the emotion of the story.
    5) The Hangover - For once, a comedy movie that was absolutely worth the hype. Absolutely hilarious movie, the first truly quotable comedy since Superbad.
    6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - After Order of the Phoenix, I wasn't sure that David Yates was the man for the job. But the movie was absolutely amazing.
    7) (500) Days of Summer - A traditional romantic movie with a non-traditional leading character = really good movie. I thought it was well written, acted and directed. The fact that the amazingly HAWT Zoe Deschanel comes off as such a B**** makes this movie great.

    I only have about 7 movies in my top-10 so far. I could put 3 "okay" movies here, but I don't want to do that. I'll wait until I see some other movies on my "must see" list before completing it.

    Movies I haven't seen yet that may enter my top 10:
    Inglorious Basterds (I fully expect this to)
    Up in the Air (as well as this)
    Sherlock Holmes
    The Princess and the Frog

    Biggest Dissapointments:

    Transformers 2 - Just a steaming pile of crap. Michael Bay ... go with George Lucas, watch Avatar, Star Trek and District 9 and see that you can make an action movie with brains and heart without having to dumb-down your audience.

    I honestly think that was the only movie to dissapoint me this year. All the other movies I saw that were crap (Ice Age 3, GI Joe, New Moon) I figured would be crap anyway.
    Last edited by sir clinksalot; 12-28-2009, 08:23 AM.


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    Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2010

    I only have two..Up which was fantastic (Ed Asner was just awesome) and The hangover...Just rembering the Mike Tyson makes me laugh out loud
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      Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2010

      2010? You have the capability of time travel?

      I'm guessing you mean 2009. :lol:

      Well, I really didn't see many movies this year (if I go more than twice in a year, that's a lot), but of the few I saw, I liked these:

      Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince
      The Princess and the Frog
      This Is It (technically not a movie movie, but...)

      Up would probably be on the list, but I haven't seen it yet.

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        Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

        ^ Thanks for catching the 2010 thing ... sheesh, usually I write the previous year until at least March, this year I'm ahead of the game.

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          Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

          Here are some of my favorite movies of '09

          Star Trek: I'm not really a Trekkie, but I do respect TOS. I loved this film. My second time watching it I was a bit annoyed with all forced lines. (IE Damn it I'm a doctor, not a physicist)
          Up: I didn't see this in theaters so I missed out on the 3D. It is amazing how much thought Pixar put into this movie, I reccomend listening to the Developers Commentary.
          Inglorious Basterds: I honestly believe it did not live up to the hype, but it was still a great film.
          Gran Tarino: A simply great movie, I don't know what else to say about it.
          Coraline: I thought it was a good movie. I enjoyed just how odd and out there it was.

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            Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

            Hangover and Up .

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              Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

              Up was certainly a good film .... Up to the standards I would expect from Pixar. I have not seen Avatar yet. Being a long time Star Trek fan and a JJ Abrams fan I had great anticipation for this new invention of the Star Trek franchise, and I was not disappointed. I thought this was a great film and loved how they found a way to make it new without destroying what Star Trek had been.
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                Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                The Hurt Locker
                Star Trek
                Badder Meinhoff Complex
                Hangover
                District 9
                Inglorious Basterds
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                  Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                  Probably Gran Torino- I loved that movie and I watched it over and over again

                  Inglorious Basterds- Great movie. What can I say?

                  Avatar was amazing, despite a somewhat familiar storyline.

                  District 9- Planning to get this on DVD.

                  Worst? Probably Transformers- Why? Who allowed this to happen? What a waste of time.


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                    Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                    That's a tough one, there's so much... from Up, The Hangover, District 9, Gran Torino to even Watchmen (did anyone forget about that great movie) but definetly at the top of my list is Star Trek, Transformers (say what you want, I actually likled it) and Avatar. The one that will probably be on my list once I see it is Inglorious Basterds. I can go on and on with my favorite movies of 2009, there's just way too many too remember... I really need to start writing down the ones I liked somewhere!
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                      Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                      Well, my fave of 2009 is - surprise! - Astro Boy. I'm so glad I didn't let my doubts prevent me from giving it a chance. Beautiful animation coupled with a soulful, well-told story of grief, loss, rejection, redemption, self-sacrifice, father/son love, humor and pathos all dressed up in a sprightly musical score and giant robot fights. When it comes to emotional impact and just plain fun, it was everything that its lesser cousin - Up - wasn't. When this comes out on DVD, I urge you guys to rent it and find out why I keep raving about it. I guarantee your kids will adore it - and you may like it too.

                      Speaking of Up, it's my second fave. It tried hard, and in its first 15 minutes or so, it succeeded in, being memorable and, well, uplifting. But the rest was just random incidents wrapped up in a tiresome environmental polemic dusted with talking doggerel starring the cast of Snoopy vs. The Red Baron. Meh.

                      Princess and the Frog is my third fave. Again, a good try. But Disney's throwback to the '90's had the accomplished style but not the creative substance, and it fell a bit short. Too bad.

                      I haven't seen Avatar yet, nor Sherlock Holmes, so my list may be a bit premature. But I can't see either one (especially given the reported lameness of Avatar's script) surpassing my number one choice. It was just that good.

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                        Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                        Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                        It's that time of the year to review the year in movies. Let's hear about your favorite movies of the year.

                        1) Avatar - No question about this whatsoever. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to see it again.
                        2) Up - Pixar does it again with this adventure movie with a heart of gold.
                        3) Star Trek - George Lucas ... look at what JJ Abrams did with Star Trek, erase the prequel trilogy from our collective psyche and start again!!!
                        4) District 9 - Extremely original, great story, great acting, great action and effects that didn't take away from the emotion of the story.
                        5) The Hangover - For once, a comedy movie that was absolutely worth the hype. Absolutely hilarious movie, the first truly quotable comedy since Superbad.
                        6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - After Order of the Phoenix, I wasn't sure that David Yates was the man for the job. But the movie was absolutely amazing.
                        7) (500) Days of Summer - A traditional romantic movie with a non-traditional leading character = really good movie. I thought it was well written, acted and directed. The fact that the amazingly HAWT Zoe Deschanel comes off as such a B**** makes this movie great.

                        I only have about 7 movies in my top-10 so far. I could put 3 "okay" movies here, but I don't want to do that. I'll wait until I see some other movies on my "must see" list before completing it.

                        Movies I haven't seen yet that may enter my top 10:
                        Inglorious Basterds (I fully expect this to)
                        Up in the Air (as well as this)
                        Sherlock Holmes
                        The Princess and the Frog

                        Biggest Dissapointments:

                        Transformers 2 - Just a steaming pile of crap. Michael Bay ... go with George Lucas, watch Avatar, Star Trek and District 9 and see that you can make an action movie with brains and heart without having to dumb-down your audience.

                        I honestly think that was the only movie to dissapoint me this year. All the other movies I saw that were crap (Ice Age 3, GI Joe, New Moon) I figured would be crap anyway.
                        My list would generally be the same as yours with some caveats.

                        I haven't seen The Hangover and I probably won't. I think this flick's been too overhyped, and I'm afraid it won't be as great as the world claims it to be. In its place, I might put Coraline, a film I didn't discover until I bought it on Blu-ray. (And I totally agree with your comment about David Yates.)

                        I saw Sherlock Holmes last night; I liked it a lot but would probably add it to my top 10 list for '09.

                        I also haven't seen the other films on your haven't-seen-yet list. But methinks Inglorious Basterds will be one I'll be watching soon; all my friends whom I've asked about it say it's awesome! I also hope to see The Princess and the Frog in theatres, hopefully by this weekend. I could probably wait until Blu-ray for Up in the Air, but it does sound like a story I'd enjoy. I saw Taken on sale at Target; have not heard a bad word about it, so I might pick that up too.

                        I totally passed on Transformers: ROTF and am very, very proud of that feat! All of my friends felt they wasted their money on it. But I did think GI Joe was good; not top 10 material but entertaining for what it was.

                        By the way, here's apparently the top ten earners of the year. I am so surprised by the animated flicks on this list. Sheesh!

                        Top 10 Box Office Movies of 2009 - Photo Gallery on Yahoo! Movies

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                          Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                          Star Trek
                          Up
                          The Hangover
                          And I'll be in the minority but we loved Monsters vs Aliens and The Proposal also(Hellooo naked Ryan Reynolds!)
                          I'm guessing The Blindside will be added to my list, I haven't seen that yet.



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                            Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                            Up: Another great and instant Pixar classic. This is in my top 5 of favorite Pixar movies. It plays on alot of emotions which you don't see alot in Pixar films.

                            The Princess and the Frog: As biased as I may sound this is an excellent return to Disney animation with amazing music and an amazing story!

                            Paranormal Activity: The scariest movie I have ever seen... hands down!

                            Transformers 2: I actually highly enjoyed this film as much as people enjoy bashing it.

                            Where the Wild Things Are: My favorite childrens book comes to life and absolutely blows my mind!

                            Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Honestly not expecting much from this film I was really in aww by the whole thing! Great film!

                            Duds:

                            Halloween 2: The biggest waste of time and money you will ever spend.

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                              Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                              As a parent my "list" is a bit different. I broke it down into my own favorites, family favorites, and biggest disappointments. Tinkmomma and I try to get out once a month as a couple.


                              My Favorites

                              Public Enemies- HIGHLY inaccurate but Depp's performance of Dillinger was spot on. I also have a weakness for period films with classic 30's cars.

                              Sherlock Holmes- I went more in depth on another thread. I really enjoyed this one.

                              The Hangover- First time in a long time that I laughed so hard my sides hurt when I left the theater.

                              Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- Predictable, but magic is always fun

                              Star Trek- saw this at the cheap $1.50 theater... not really "great" by any means but the space scenes all but demand to be seen on the big screen.

                              Angels & Demons- another $1.50 show... predictable but the historical references were fun. It convinced me to read the book (which was a mix of better and worse).

                              Up- yet another $1.50 show... I enjoyed it, but I think Pixar could have done a lot better. Kids didn't really like this one.

                              The Taking of Pelham 123- Great performances by both Denzel Washington and John Travolta. James Gandolfini also delivers some beautiful East Coast one liners.

                              Watchmen- A lot like the comics, dark, but fun to watch.

                              Outlander- Direct to DVD and pretty entertaining if you ask me! Possibly one of the best rentals I have had in a long time.

                              Inkheart- We took the kids to this and it was a bit darker then we expected (which is why it isn't on the family list). That said it was still an interesting movie.

                              Underworld Rise of the Lycans- Tinkmomma and I love the Underworld series. This gave a lot of backstory and filled in a lot of the missing pieces.

                              Bride Wars- Tinkmomma dragged me to it and I actually ended up laughing and enjoying it.



                              Films the whole family enjoyed

                              Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs- This was one of their first 3-D movies. They enjoyed it so much that we saw it again in the cheap $1.50 theater and eventually Santa came through with it as a Christmas gift

                              Toy Story Double Feature- Technically these are older movies re-released... but the kids LOVED it.

                              The Princess and the Frog- good music, solid animation, again kids loved it.

                              Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian- cheap $1.50 theater strikes again. This was a lot of fun for the kids. It was predictable for us adults... but the kids absolutely loved it.

                              Monsters VS Aliens- Not my favorite, but the kids loved it. Another $1.50 special.

                              Hotel for Dogs- DVD rental, kids laughed the whole way through.


                              Biggest Disappointments

                              XMen Origins Wolverine- really didn't have high expectations to begin with but this was by far the worst XMen to date. Thank God for the $1.50 theater.

                              Land of the Lost- Even Will Ferrell couldn't save this one.

                              Year One- Funny, but not that funny. Another save from the $1.50 theater.

                              Transformers 2 Rise of the Fallen- My cousin talked me into going to this. If they can make a transformer that looks human why haven't they kidnapped most of the world leaders?

                              Terminator Salvation- My cousin talked me into this one too... if Skynet is so advances how come you can reprogram a Terminator bike with a phone and a USB port?

                              Fast and Furious- DVD rental, really just rented it for the cars but even that was pretty lame.

                              Paul Blart Mall Cop- DVD rental... what was that... honestly what was that?

                              Taken- DVD rental... I'm not a big fan of the whole James Bond over the top unbelievable I am invincible movies...



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                                Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                                Hotel for Dogs- I know it looked cheesy, and it was. But there's something about these types of movies where kids have big dreams to help that I really believe we should support. Plus it was cute...

                                Push-small indie, but a decent take on superheroes in an over saturated market.

                                Sunshine Cleaning-made me cry and laugh in the same scenes. Once again like movies where it shows people going out and trying to make the world, or their world, a better place.

                                Up- it made me cry and I think it should be required viewing for anyone over the age of 60 or anyone thinking of retiring.

                                Movies I wanted to love, but I couldn't:

                                He's Just Not That Into You- perhaps it's how I saw it and I took my service dog an then the old lady next to me got him hyper throughout the movie that it limited my actual viewing, but... I wanted to love. Didn't.

                                The Proposal-we saw all the funny parts in the trailer.

                                Twilight New Moon- I like the book. Like the wolves. Like Leah and the story of Emily, yet Kristen Stewart just... and everyone on the cast apparently learned in acting school that a serious face also is the "I have to hold a fart face."

                                Adventureland- I apparently hate Kristen Stewart.

                                Star Trek- I'm a Star Wars geek through and through.

                                Fanboys-funny but... could've been funnier.

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                                  Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                                  Originally posted by knittingknerd View Post
                                  Movies I wanted to love, but I couldn't:

                                  He's Just Not That Into You- perhaps it's how I saw it and I took my service dog an then the old lady next to me got him hyper throughout the movie that it limited my actual viewing, but... I wanted to love. Didn't.

                                  Adventureland- I apparently hate Kristen Stewart.
                                  I'm totally with you on both of these...and about Kristen Stewart.



                                  I'd forgotten about Fanboys, we loved that movie!And good call on Sunshine Cleaning. Great movie.



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                                    Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                                    The Good-

                                    District 9 *Best film of 09'*- By far my favorite film of the year, this film came out of nowhere with a budget of $30 Million and proved to be the dark horse of the Summer. Great direction, acting and stunning special effects that could only be outdone by Avatar.

                                    Trick 'r Treat *Best Horror*- In a time where most Horror films are nothing but remakes of great foregin films, Trick 'r Treat comes along and gives us a great horror anthology based around the holiday of Halloween itself. While it's not the scariest film by any means, it truly captures the spirit of Halloween and is just plain fun.

                                    Unfortuntly Warner Brothers never gave this a theatrical release, even though it won audience choice awards at film festivals WB never gave it the reconition it deserves. This is by far a cult classic and perfect to watch whenever you want to get in the mood for Halloween.

                                    Zombieland *Best Comedy*- While I will admit the 3rd act of this film does get a little slow, overall the film is just flat out funny. Great performences all around and this film has the funniest cameo I've seen in a long time.

                                    UP *Best Animated film*- Pixar does it again, while the film is certainly it's "zaniest"...it's visually appealing and surprisingly deep in parts. For the record, Dug's squirrel joke is magical.

                                    Avatar *Best Special Effects* - I will have to hand it to Cameron, the special effects for this film deserve a major DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE. Seriously, the special effects are stunning. While unfortuntly the dialouge and story are not as good as the effects, the film is still worth a watch and it's the only high budgeted film that was worth watching in theaters.

                                    Princess and The Frog- Welcome back to 2D Disney, now get out there and give us a 2D film that is justifyed to being the best one since "The Lion King".

                                    The Bad (Though I knew it was going to be bad in the first place)-

                                    G.I. Joe- Just one look at the trailer and I knew this was going to suck.
                                    Halloween 2- Since RZ's Halloween goes down as one of the worst Horror films of all time, I knew this was not going to be any better...and I was right. Sorry Rob, but the Halloween series and white trash/raw violence don't go together.

                                    Thankfully, that was the last RZ Halloween film...and his next upcoming film looks to be more of his style, which is a good thing since I did like The Devils Rejects. On another postive note, I've been hearing the recent tracks to his upcoming "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" album and it certainly sounds like he's making a great return to music.

                                    The truly bad (One that I had no idea it was going to suck.)

                                    X-Men Origins: Wolverine- I have three words for this, They Deadpool...that is all.

                                    WORST FILM OF 2009-

                                    Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

                                    I deeply regret seeing the midnight screening of this, from the trailers and knowing Micheal Bay and the first film I was just expecting a straight up mindless popcorn flick.

                                    I didn't expect a nearly 3 hour long disaster filled with off the wall humor, the most visual "twig and berries" jokes on robots, crunk stereotyping comic relief that could be considered offensive, overall P.O.S.

                                    The film didn't know if it was trying to be a popcorn action flick or a comedy with the most muddeled line up of jokes. It was just plain bad all around and firmly proves my opinion that a popcorn flick should never be nearly three hours long.

                                    What makes things even worse is the film was the highest grossing of the year, so Micheal Bay is going to give us a third one. People, please do humanity a favor and don't see that one. Remember, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice...shame on me.

                                    Films I'm looking forward to next year-

                                    Alice in Wonderland
                                    Iron Man 2
                                    Tron Legacy

                                    Films I'm looking forward to, but I don't know when they're coming out-

                                    Zombieland 3D- It was just recently announced, and the original cast and crew are returning for it.

                                    Gil's All Fright Diner (Dreamworks)- It was recently announced Dreamworks got the rights to do a film based off the book of the same name. I really liked the book so I'm excited about this, and I mean seriously...it has a Vampire and a Werewolf teaming up to fight Zombies!

                                    Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom- While this won't come out till 2011, I really liked the first one so I hope this will be just as good or better.

                                    Films I'm not excited for...period.

                                    The A-Team remake (2010)- Seriously? A remake of this, but with no Mr. T? Forget it.

                                    Another Amityville Horror remake (????)- There has been speculation that the same studio that did the Amityville Horror remake is going to remake it....again. If that is true, then congradulations...you just found a way to look even more pathetic by remaking a remake!
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                                      Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                                      (in no particular order):
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                                      The Hangover
                                      Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
                                      Inglorious Basterds
                                      The Princess and the Frog,
                                      Up in the Air (as well as this)
                                      Sherlock Holmes
                                      The Princess and the Frog
                                      Amelia
                                      The Blind Side
                                      Coraline
                                      Funny People
                                      Julie and Julia






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                                        Re: Your Favorite Movies of 2009

                                        Top 3:

                                        3. Avatar
                                        2. The Princess and the Frog
                                        1. Up

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