Review of 2009

Right, while I’m in a list-making mood, here’s my take on 2009. This last twelve months and I, as Christian Bale would say, “professionally, we’re f***ing done!”

I should point out that I missed a few key candidates like The White Ribbon and even more frustratingly Me & Orson Welles (considering my name is on the damn credits) Ultimately though, 2009 stands as a very strong year for horror and science fiction. As usual a number of very high profile films end up occupying that forgetful middle ground, and so, don’t appear on either the best or worst lists. For me that includes Harry Potter (decent but patchy) and GI Joe (actually quite entertaining and nowhere near as bad as expected!) Release dates are also confusing. The awards season heavy weights are often held back for a UK release. So films like Slumdog Millionaire and Benjamin Button (technically 2008 releases) only made it to the UK in early 2009. Ah who cares, I didn’t actually review some of them in the first place… what a shoddy blog this is! To quote the poet Bale once again, “f***ing amateur!” Anyway, for me this top ten is essentially a Blu-ray shopping list. Those not already in my collection, will be soon.

2009 Top 10

1 Inglourious Basterds – “You know somethin’, Utivich? I think this might just be my masterpiece”

2 Avatar – Spellbinding work from the master of modern epics

3 Let den ratte komma in (Let the Right One In) – The perfect antidote to Twi-Shite. Beautiful

4 Watchmen – Surreal, brutal, thought provoking, and visually stunning… just like the book

5 Drag Me to Hell – Hilarious and terrifying, pure joyous entertainment

6 Moon – An instant science fiction classic

7 District 9 – see above

8 Up – “Squirrel!”

9 L’instinct de mort (Mesrine: Killer Instinct) – Gripping portrait of a man who lived life to the full

10 Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs – A delicious banquet of animated awesome-sauce

Honourable Mention

Coraline, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, An Education, Frost Nixon, The Hurt Locker, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, Nowhere Boy, Pour Elle (Anything For Her), Public Enemies, A Serious Man, Slumdog Millionaire, Where The Wild Things Are

As for the bad films, I steered clear of the really notorious stinkers (as any sane person would). So this is simply a list of the worst that I foolishly went to see. It’s hard to choose what repulsed me more, the penis/scissor interaction of Antichrist, or the robot hick twins of Transformers II. I think Bay just about gets the “top” spot. Quite an achievement, never has so much money been fruitlessly pissed away… and yes, I’m aware of what bankers have been getting up to lately. But Michael Bay was even more irresponsible with his millions.

The Worst of 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Not a single scene worthy of any merit. Heartless and in a way, evil 

Antichrist – Boring yet deeply repulsive

Knowing – Just wait for the flaming moose!

Synecdoche New York – Kaufman crawls up his own pretentious arse

Angels & Demons – A Vatican priest jumps from an exploding helicopter… seriously 

X Men Origins: Wolverine – Embarrassingly shoddy

Terminator Salvation – What did you expect from McG?

Surrogates – So very, very, boring

Fantastic Mr Fox – Misguided and smug, making the title ironic

2012 – What starts of brainless Emerich fun, soon outstays its welcome


~ by thewholebuffalo on January 8, 2010.

4 Responses to “Review of 2009”

  1. Moon and Let the Right One in are so much better than Avatar!!!!! sort your list out Roberts!

  2. and change the site’s name to Posting my review(not the opinion of anybody else)

  3. good list…apart for Moon…fel asleep TWICE trying to watch tha bore fest!

    drag me to hell…good, but would have been 100 times better if it was rated R!.wouldn’t make my 10 ten list.

  4. My LIst

    Ingloriuos Basterds
    District 9
    Tokyo Sonata
    Let the right one in
    The Wrestler
    Star Trek

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