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The Year in Review

I didn't see a lot this year but it was mostly quite good. It was difficult to pick between Avatar, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation. Ultimately, I settled on Avatar because it's the movie which will have the greatest impact on the future of Cinema. 2009 was the year that 3D Cinema matured.

My Top Picks

  1. Avatar: I didn't really expect anything to top Star Trek (and it's a very difficult choice since Trek had a better story). Avatar however is a ground breaking film in so many ways that I guess it earns the top spot. It had a great message too. The story was simple and lacked emotion but at least the story and concepts were present.
  2. Star Trek: Wow. This wasn't really high on my "want to see" list but I loved it.
  3. Up!: Pixar seem to have outdone themselves again - and I have a soft spot for scouting based movies.
  4. 9: Wow. This was some amazing animation and storytelling.
  5. Terminator Salvation: Very Gritty. Not something that the fans were going to accept (and that Transformers style scene is silly) but the rest of the film is interesting and tells a very different part of the war.
  6. Zombieland: This was amazingly funny. A film to watch while eating twinkies.
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Not as good as I was hoping for - but my expectations were way too high. I think I need to watch it a few more times yet before I make up my mind where it sits in the list.
  8. Knowing: There were a couple of good "shock" surprises in this film and the ending wasn't exactly predictable - plus, it wasn't a remake.
  9. Ponyo: Not up to Hayao Miyazaki's usual standards but pretty good anyway.

Notable Mentions ("Surprise" Films)

  1. District 9: It didn't look that interesting but the film was "layered".
  2. Agora: Science and History together. A compelling story with some truly amazing points of view.
  3. Precious: Some really inspirational storytelling here.
  4. Antichrist: I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this - but it certainly wasn't anything like it delivered. The "famous" scene in this film didn't shock me at all because I'd only recently watched Nekromantik which did the same thing. The fox was the "wow" moment for me. One thing is for sure, it's a film that will still be in my head a decade from now.
  5. Carriers: A zombie movie without the Zombies. Refreshingly "real" science fiction and horror. Where the worst horror of all is callous human nature.
  6. Moon: A refreshingly low budget science fiction film.
  7. Fanboys: The Star Wars fan in me loves this movie.
  8. Orphan: It had a hard time living up to the hype but I enjoyed it anyway.
  9. The Taking of Pelham 123: A remake but a good one.
  10. Couples Retreat: I really wasn't expecting much from this chick flick but it turned out to be quite funny.
  11. The Fourth Kind: I accidentally borrowed this because it looked like Paranormal Activity. It was better than expected (better than Paranormal Activity) and it had the "always watchable" Milla Jojovich in it).
  12. Push: I thought it was a superhero movie but it was more like a Stephen King film.

The Biggest Disappointments

  1. Hurt Locker, The: No, this wasn't a terrible film but given the hype and expectation surrounding it, I was ready for something great. In that sense, it fell flat for me.
  2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: I was expecting something really, really bad. It was worse. Dull, Dull, Dull. All special effects, no interesting characters, no interesting story. Nothing to keep me engaged.
  3. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: I was expecting bad, just not this bad.
  4. The Box: All that anticipation for nothing.
  5. Watchmen: After all of the hype it was bloated long and boring.
  6. The International: Spy thrillers don't come much duller than this.
  7. 12 Rounds: With a cover that looked like a cross between Die Hard and the Bourne films, I was ready for action. There wasn't much in the film though.
  8. Where the Wild Things Are: A great book and good film... until it got boring.
  9. Crank: High Voltage: It had a lot to live up to - and it failed. Miserably. Suspension of disbelief was just too difficult in this film.
  10. Land of the Lost: It would have been much better if they'd seriouly just tried to remake the Saturday morning show without the comedy - and without Will Ferrell.
  11. 2012: Normally I like popcorn flicks and I can safely check my brain at the door. 2012 really pushed its luck though - particularly taking off from a disintegrating runway three times. It just got repetitive.
  12. Sherlock Holmes: Possibly a decent film but way overlong and certainly overhyped. There was no way this was going to live up to my expectations.
  13. Paranormal Activity: Somebody told me that this was supposed to be scary but my seven year old watched it with me in a dark room and said at the end... "well, that wasn't scary was it?"

All the films I've seen from 2009 at the Cinema

  1. Knowing
  2. New In Town
  3. Star Trek
  4. Night at the Museum 2
  5. Terminator Salvation
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. District 9
  8. Up (3D)
  9. 2012
  10. The Final Destination (3D)
  11. Couples Retreat
  12. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  13. Avatar (3D)

All the films I've seen from 2009 on the small screen

  1. 12 Rounds
  2. 9
  3. Adam
  4. Adventureland
  5. Agora
  6. Antichrist
  7. Blood: The Last Vampire
  8. BrĂ¼no
  9. Carriers
  10. Christmas Carol
  11. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  12. Coraline
  13. Crank: High Voltage
  14. Dead Snow
  15. Did You Hear About the Morgans?
  16. Donkey Punch
  17. Drag Me to Hell
  18. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  19. Fourth Kind, The
  20. Gamer
  21. G-Force
  22. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  23. Hangover, The
  24. Haunting in Connecticut, The
  25. Horsemen
  26. Hurt Locker, The
  27. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  28. Inglourious Basterds
  29. Inkheart
  30. International, The
  31. Invention of Lying, The
  32. Jennifer's Body
  33. Land of the Lost
  34. Lovely Bones, The
  35. Messenger, The
  36. Monsters vs. Aliens
  37. Moon
  38. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  39. Ninja Assassin
  40. Orphan
  41. Outlander
  42. Pandorum
  43. Paranormal Activity
  44. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  45. Perfect Getaway, A
  46. Planet 51
  47. Ponyo
  48. Precious
  49. Push
  50. Race to Witch Mountain
  51. Road, The
  52. Saw VI
  53. Sherlock Holmes
  54. Surrogates
  55. Taking of Pelham 123, The
  56. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  57. Twilight Saga: New Moon
  58. Unborn, The
  59. Uninvited, The
  60. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  61. Watchmen
  62. What Goes Up
  63. Where the Wild Things Are
  64. Whiteout
  65. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  66. Zombieland

What's left to see from 2009

There's obviously a lot I haven't seen from 2009. The bold one are the ones I'm most interested in.

  1. (500) Days of Summer
  2. 12
  3. 17 Again
  4. 35 Shots of Rum
  5. Aliens in the Attic*
  6. All About Steve
  7. Amelia
  8. American Casino
  9. American Violet
  10. Amreeka
  11. An Education
  12. Answer Man, The
  13. Armored
  14. Art & Copy
  15. Astro Boy*
  16. Away We Go
  17. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  18. Bandslam
  19. Bart Got a Room
  20. Battle for Terra*
  21. Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
  22. Big Fan
  23. Billu
  24. Black Dynamite
  25. Blind Side, The
  26. Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, The
  27. Bride Wars
  28. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  29. Bright Star
  30. Broken Embraces
  31. Bronson
  32. Brothers*
  33. Brothers at War
  34. Brothers Bloom, The
  35. C Me Dance
  36. Cake Eaters, The
  37. Capitalism: A Love Story
  38. Cargo 200*
  39. Casi Divas
  40. Chandni Chowk to China
  41. Cheri
  42. Cherry Blossoms
  43. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
  44. Class, The
  45. Coco Before Chanel
  46. Cold Souls
  47. Collector, The*
  48. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  49. Corso: The Last Beat
  50. Cove, The
  51. Crazy Heart
  52. Crossing Over
  53. Crude
  54. Dance Flick
  55. Damned United, The
  56. Dragonball Evolution
  57. Duplicity
  58. Earth
  59. Earth Days
  60. Easy Virtue
  61. Echelon Conspiracy
  62. Education of Charlie Banks, The
  63. Every Little Step
  64. Everybody's Fine
  65. Extract
  66. Fame
  67. Fast & Furious*
  68. Fighting
  69. Fired Up
  70. Five Minutes of Heaven
  71. Food, Inc.
  72. Friday the 13th
  73. Funny People
  74. Gentlemen Broncos
  75. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  76. Girlfriend Experience, The
  77. Gomorrah
  78. Good Hair
  79. Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, The
  80. Grace
  81. Great Buck Howard, The
  82. Halloween II*
  83. Hannah Montana: The Movie
  84. He's Just Not That into You*
  85. Homecoming
  86. Hotel for Dogs
  87. Humpday
  88. I Can Do Bad All By Myself
  89. I Hate Valentine's Day
  90. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
  91. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  92. I Love You, Man
  93. I Sell The Dead*
  94. Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The*
  95. Imagine That
  96. In the Loop
  97. Informant!, The
  98. Informers, The
  99. Invictus
  100. It Might Get Loud
  101. It's Complicated
  102. Janky Promoters
  103. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
  104. Julia
  105. Julie & Julia
  106. Killshot
  107. Last House on the Left, The*
  108. Last Station, The
  109. Law Abiding Citizen
  110. Let Them Chirp Awhile
  111. Limits of Control, The
  112. Little Ashes
  113. Love Happens
  114. Luck by Chance
  115. Lymelife
  116. Madea Goes to Jail
  117. Maid, The
  118. Make the Yuletide Gay
  119. Management
  120. Me and Orson Welles
  121. Men Who Stare at Goats, The
  122. Merry Gentleman, The
  123. Michael Jackson's This Is It
  124. Miss March
  125. Missing Person, The
  126. Motherhood
  127. My Life in Ruins
  128. My One and Only
  129. My Sister's Keeper
  130. New in Town
  131. New York, I Love You
  132. Next Day Air
  133. No Impact Man
  134. Not Easily Broken
  135. Not Forgotten
  136. Notorious
  137. Observe and Report
  138. Obsessed
  139. Old Dogs
  140. Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
  141. Paper Heart
  142. Phoebe in Wonderland
  143. Pink Panther 2, The
  144. Pirate Radio
  145. Post Grad
  146. Powder Blue
  147. Princess and the Frog, The*
  148. Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The
  149. Proposal, The
  150. Public Enemies*
  151. Rudo y Cursi
  152. Serious Man, A
  153. Sherman's Way
  154. Shorts
  155. Shrink
  156. Sin Nombre
  157. Single Man, A
  158. Skin
  159. Soloist, The
  160. Sorority Row
  161. Spread
  162. State of Play
  163. Stepfather, The
  164. Stoning of Soraya M., The*
  165. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
  166. Sunshine Cleaning
  167. Surveillance
  168. Taking Woodstock
  169. Tetro
  170. That Evening Sun
  171. Thirst*
  172. Time Traveler's Wife, The*
  173. Tokyo!
  174. Tormented
  175. Transylmania
  176. Trucker
  177. Two Lovers
  178. Ugly Truth, The*
  179. Uncertainty
  180. Up in the Air
  181. Whatever Works
  182. Whip It
  183. White on Rice
  184. White Ribbon, The*
  185. Women in Trouble
  186. World's Greatest Dad
  187. X Games 3D: The Movie
  188. Year One*
  189. Young Victoria, The