My Favorite Movies of 2009

Below you will find a list of my favorite 16 films of 2009.  Why 16?  Why not.  Let me know what you think.

16. ‘Watchmen
An intriguing adaption of Alan Moore’s graphic novel that raises some great questions for watchers to consider.
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15. ’Bright Star’
A lovely love story that is quietly and exquisitely told and beautifully filmed.
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14. ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’
We see a grown-up Harry Potter and a movie in which violence and love abound.  This is the best adaption of the Potter books since Cuaron’s third installment in the series.
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13. ‘Coraline’
A beautiful stop-motion animated film from the strange and imaginative mind of Neil Gaimen.  The movie lives up to his book.
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12. ‘The Princess and the Frog’
A traditionally animated film that features Disney’s first African-American princess.  A charming, fun movie for all ages.
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11. ‘Where the Wild Things Are’
Spike Jonze  does a great job of adapting Maurice Sendak’s original, and very short, work.  The music alone is worth the price of admission. Let the wild rumpus begin.
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10. ‘Up’
A touching and delightful film.  The opening section is worthy of a full movie all by itself.
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9. ‘The Blind Side’
An inspirational film of love and acceptance and hope.  It succeeds in conveying its message without being preachy.
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8. ‘Zombieland’
A bloody (what do you expect from a zoombie movie) but fun movie.  Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg are great in their roles and Bill Murray’s cameo is priceless.
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7. ‘District 9’
As another has said, “Neill Blomkamp’s first feature gave us something new: a sci-fi movie with brains.”  It is a brilliant allegory against segregation, it is also one of a few movies that deserve a sequel.
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6. ‘Star Trek’
An exciting movie and great reboot of ‘Star Trek’ by J.J. Abrams.  It would be rated even higher if it hadn’t erased all of future history of the all the Star Trek series and movies.
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5. ‘Avatar’
The story is nothing new, but the movie is still amazing.  It needs to be seen on the big screen and in 3-D, if at all possible.
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4. ‘Inglourious Basterds’
It has been called a Jewish revenge film, and maybe it is, but this movie, set in an alternate history of WW 2, is vintage Quentin Tarantino.
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3. ‘The Road’
This faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book by the same name is both horrifying and beautiful.  A father and son (Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee) try to survive in a post-apocalyptic America, and we are mesmerized watching their story.
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2. ‘Up in the Air’
Jason Reitman, 32-year-old director extraordinaire has now made three fantastic films:  ‘Thank You for Smoking,’ ‘Juno’ and now ‘Up In the Air’.’  A near perfect film featuring great work by George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, and Vera Farmiga.
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1. ‘(500) Days of Summer’
A romantic comedies that is not, I repeat not, a love story.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel give great performances. The most fun I had at the movies this past year.
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And here are some movies that haven’t seen yet that very well may cause me to reorder and redo everything listed above.

The Hurt Locker
Precious
A Serious Man
The White Ribbon
An Education
Adventureland
Moon
Gran Torino
Sunshine Cleaning

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