Here we are, once again, with the list of dvds/cinema that have made the best or worst of my viewing pleasure in 2009. I know I am writing this post a bit late in the year (I should have technically written it at the start of January and not the end), but I’ve been too busy……….. doing nothing. No! Joke, joke! I’ve been working hard.
Anyways, as last year, I have divided the list into my five top and five bottom of movies watched at the cinema, and my five top/bottom of movies watched on dvd. Also, as last year, I watch a lot of rubbish on dvd it seems… But, without further ado, here they are:
Worst of 2009 at the cinema:
Knowing (What was Nicolas Cage thinking!? Awful tosh…)
Blood. The Last Vampire (what was I thinking!???)
Fame (how could they get it so wrong? Dull, insipid, zzzzzz)
AntiChrist (you have an hour? Meet you at the pub to explain why this is rubbish).
The Box (so much potential, such a horrendous mess. This year’s The Happening? This film still gets me angry when I think of it…)
Best of 2009 at the cinema:
Che. Part 1 (I was extremely surprised at how good this is. Great cinema making, and thrilling. Pity the second part isn’t as good).
Milk (Maybe, even, the best film of 2009 for me).
Star Trek (Yes, maybe Entre Les Murs deserves to be in this list instead of this film but, when I think about it, I rather re-watch Star Trek than Entre Les Murs, even if this film is much better overall).
(500) Days of Summer (Great acting, fantastic screenplay, awesome soundtrack. I could spend another 500 days with them…).
Up (Pixar. Need more? Then watch the first flawless 10 minutes. More? One word: Kevin).
Worst of 2009 in DVD:
Bangkok Dangerous (Nicolas Cage… Wow, he’s got a worst on dvd and a worst on cinema. Go Cage… whoop, whoop…).
Van Helsing (Hated it at the cinema when I saw it back in 2004, fell asleep watching it on dvd).
The Art of Being Straight (Pretencious, not thought out characters, bad acting… Kinda good idea though… Kinda…).
Bruno (It’s got a couple of funny segments, but overall it fails miserably).
Fighting (WTF!? Honest, I wanted to fast forward, but the remote was too far away and couldn’t reach it…).
Best of 2009 in DVD:
Il y a Longtemps que je t’aime (Slightly depressing, but uplifting at the same time. Great performances).
Star Wars IV. A New Hope (Can never get bored of re-watching this one. Perfect).
The Princess Bride (Ditto. Love ‘As you wish’. Sweetest idea ever… gives me goosebumps and all).
Lars & The Real Girl (Never saw it on the cinema, but was very surprised when I cought it on dvd. Such a lovely little film).
Fauteuils D’Orchestre (might not be perfect, but all the characters are lovely, and it just has that French feeling that I like. Plus it made me want to go to Paris).
So, that’s it, that’s the 2009 list. I wish Broken Embraces had made my top five, but it was a bit of a dissapointment… Same with Watchmen and Coraline (don’t get me wrong, did like them, just not enough… was expecting more). And special mentions should go to Vicky Christina Barcelona, Revolutionary Road, The Boat That Rocked, Monsters Vs. Aliens, State of Play, The Hurt Locker, Away We Go or An Education. All great films that have made my 2009 film watching a very enjoyable one. Here’s for a 2010 full of surprises and dissapointments.