Film 2009

  1. A+
  2. Inglourious Basterds
  3. Watchmen
  4. Fish Tank
  5. (500) Days of Summer
  6. A
  7. Observe and Report
  8. Public Enemies
  9. Moon
  10. Up in the Air
  11. The Hurt Locker
  12. Antichrist
  13. Two Lovers
  14. Julia
  15. A-
  16. Adventureland
  17. A Serious Man
  18. The House of the Devil
  19. State of Play
  20. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  21. A Single Man
  22. Zombieland
  23. Star Trek
  24. The Vicious Kind
  25. Sin Nombre
  26. Coraline
  27. Whip It
  28. Generation Why
  29. A Prophet
  30. The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights
  31. It Might Get Loud
  32. Shrink
  33. Big Fan
  34. Tetro
  35. Funny People
  36. The Brothers Bloom
  37. The Road
  38. Up
  39. B+
  40. World's Greatest Dad
  41. The Hangover
  42. Collapse
  43. The Messenger
  44. Drag Me to Hell
  45. BrĂ¼no
  46. A Christmas Carol
  47. I Love You, Man
  48. The Cove
  49. Orphan
  50. Duplicity
  51. B
  52. Me and Orson Welles
  53. That Evening Sun
  54. Crazy Heart
  55. The Informant!
  56. In the Loop
  57. Whatever Works
  58. An Education
  59. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  60. Capitalism: A Love Story
  61. Lymelife
  62. Gamer
  63. Fanboys
  64. Mary and Max
  65. Sunshine Cleaning
  66. Paranormal Activity
  67. The Damned United
  68. Trick 'r Treat
  69. The Box
  70. 9
  71. Mystery Team
  72. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  73. Don't You Forget About Me
  74. The Boat That Rocked
  75. This Is It
  76. Assassination of a High School President
  77. Dead Snow
  78. B-
  79. Sherlock Holmes
  80. The Secret in Their Eyes
  81. The Merry Gentleman
  82. Monsters vs. Aliens
  83. Harry Brown
  84. Where the Wild Things Are
  85. Extract
  86. Away We Go
  87. Cold Souls
  88. The Invention of Lying
  89. Invictus
  90. Avatar
  91. C+
  92. The Lovely Bones
  93. Brothers
  94. It's Complicated
  95. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
  96. Couples Retreat
  97. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  98. C
  99. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  100. The Blind Side
  101. District 9
  102. The White Ribbon
  103. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  104. 2012
  105. Gigantic
  106. Jennifer's Body
  107. Saw VI
  108. C-
  109. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  110. The Girlfriend Experience
  111. Knowing
  112. Terminator Salvation
  113. D+
  114. He's Just Not That Into You
  115. The Pink Panther 2
  116. Surrogates
  117. Law Abiding Citizen
  118. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  119. D
  120. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  121. The Soloist
  122. Madea Goes to Jail
  123. D-
  124. Crank: High Voltage
  125. The Limits of Control
  126. F
  127. Old Dogs
  128. Still Waiting...
  129. Land of the Lost
  130. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  131. Angels & Demons
Author Comments: 

Titles to catch up with: Broken Embraces, Humpday, Thirst, Black Dynamite, The Boys Are Back.

had chance to view directors cut of watchmen yet? just ssking as i have and thougt could share opinions on it

You sorted out all your A+s, Will? I'd like to see them, even if not ranked.

A couple of others might slip in, but here's what I've got for now:

It's interesting how much we agree on certain movies. I'm really glad you like Watchmen as much as me, not to mention 500 Days and A Serious Man. Lots of good picks here. I'm also glad you rated The White Ribbon quite low, because I thought it was pretty pathetic and disgusting (but what do I know - proton! I mean cretin!) What is more interesting is how much we disagree on certain movies, like Paul Blart for instance, or Observe and Report and Public Enemies. I had such polar reactions to those films than you. Otherwise I like your taste!

Thanks, man!

Watchmen is quite the overlooked masterpiece, isn't it? I was already a fan of the comics when the movie came out and it just completely blew me away. Really rewards repeat viewings too.

Definitely with you on The White Ribbon - boring, pretentious nonsense. Especially unfortunate since, as a big fan of both Bergman (the obvious influence) and Haneke's Funny Games films, I was fully prepared to love it!

Despite disagreeing, it's interesting to find someone who liked Paul Blart! I mostly just thought it was very dumb, but I'd love to hear why it worked for you. Then again, I do seem to be in the minority on the really quite similar Observe and Report; the polarized reactions make sense, though. It's become something of a special film for me, the mainstream comedy equivalent of Taxi Driver. Plus Jody Hill is really starting to prove himself as a visual filmmaker.

As for Public Enemies, I was actually disappointed on first viewing, but everything came together for me the second go around. I'm a HUGE Michael Mann fan, though, so I'm probably a little biased.

You wouldn't happen to have an '09 list up I could take a look at, would you?

Yes, Watchmen surprised the pants off me. I had to rewind it after I'd gotten them back on. I've seen it about 4 times (not all the way each time mind you) and only on the last viewing did it really hit me how great the story is. To me it is just an instant classic. It makes me think that the greatest films are all built on a really solid foundation of a great story. I'd love to check out the comics now, I'd never heard of them. I really loved the difference between Rorschach & Dr. Manhattan - they were such great characters. And Silk Specter was so hot. Such good casting.

As for White Ribbon, oh man. I found it unwatchable, and believe me I tried. I've tried sitting thru it on about 3 separate occasions, each time has been laborious. I want to give it a chance because it's so acclaimed and I really liked Haneke's first 3 films. But oh man, Jesus, I don't even know what to say. Just ugh!

Paul Blart did a good job of balancing comedy with more human elements. On one hand he was such a nice man who tried to be a good father, on the other he was so pathetic because of how seriously he took himself. It also mixed a lot of genres together, like comedy, romance & crime thriller. I thought it had a good mix. My problem with Observe and Report is that it felt somewhat monotone. It was almost overbearingly dark to me, it tried to be so shocking and negative and it just felt sort of juvenile. I didn't find Seth Rogan funny in that one. I'm not sure how much I like him as an actor. He doesn't really do any physical comedy, it's more sort of wise cracking sarcasm. He's more of a writer than a comedian imo. Might need to give it another chance. I will admit, Anna Farris plays a good drunk and I loved that whole sequence when he takes her home.

I do have an '09 list that you can find here: It's not as comprehensive as yours but hopefully it has some stuff you haven't seen yet.