My favorite movies of 2009

Make list, check it twice
The decade is too daunting
I’ll stick with ’09

I didn’t see everything from 2009, but I did see enough to make a list–70 out of 277 releases to be exact…so far. That’s almost 12x the typical U.S. moviegoer (averaging six trips to the theater per year). iYowza!

Favorite “Boy” Movies:

Comic books, sci-fi, and gaming. Oh, my! Alls I can say is this: I’m a lady, I went to Comic-Con, I’m hip, and I like to rock that casbah of thought that action is for boys and love is for girls. Also, each of these has super hot hotties (hey, I didn’t say I wasn’t a girl :: swoon ::). Gamer might throw some for a loop, but Michael C. Hall’s grand finale was well worth the admission price (gots to love a dance number).

  1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  2. Star Trek
  3. Pandorum
  4. Gamer

Favorite Surprises:

I love going into something with one idea of what it’s going to be and coming out via a cinematic 180°, completely satisfied with the experience. For each of these, I thought stock thriller, sci-fi, disaster flick, and tween cheesy. I only went because I liked actors in the movie. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

  1. A Perfect Getaway
  2. Moon
  3. 2012
  4. Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Favorite Weep Generators:

I L-O-V-E love me a good cry, and these ought to be everyone’s go-to emotionable triggers. I’m pretty tear-prone in general, but all of these films caused *audible* weeps. Good show(s), Movies!

  1. The Messenger
  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  3. Phoebe In Wonderland

Favorite Game-changers:

I’m a history nerd, and in general movies that get it wrong, get under my skin. Imagine my surprise when I discovered how much I loved a bunch of movies that toss out the book altogether to create original history. A ‘what if?’ never looked so good. Of course, District 9 is a little different, but as historical commentary it’s brilliant. Take that, The Man!

  1. District 9
  2. Inglorious Basterds
  3. Watchmen

Favorite Music Machines:

They’re nostalgia fueled celebrations–and technically I’m way too young to feel nostalgic, but as a history nerd I feel nostalgia for a myriad of times/places I have no business missing in the first place. In any case, they all put a little canned heat in my heels and made me want to get in a time-machine (which I did, by way of my music collection and new Pandora stations). RAWK!

  1. Pirate Radio
  2. Taking Woodstock
  3. This Is It

Favorite Inspirationals:

I dig the fact that these movies made me want to do something–not on some grand scale, but I really wanted to get some roller skates, master some french cookin’, and expel my credit card debt, respectively.

  1. Whip It!
  2. Julie & Julia
  3. Confessions of a Shopaholic

Favorite Laughy-times:

Don’t you love when something delivers? When they supply you with new catchphrases for the entire year? Slappin’ da bass! Also, I am not ashamed to admit I love a flop.

  1. Zombieland
  2. The Proposal
  3. The Hangover
  4. I Love You, Man
  5. Fanboys
  6. Land of the Lost

Favorite Animationals:

Quite frankly, I can’t believe that Pixar continues to top itself–especially after Wall•E. But 9‘s inventiveness (no pun intended) and Coraline‘s artistry were marvels in their own right, and you can’t put a price on feeling like a kid again.

  1. Up
  2. 9
  3. Coraline

Favorite Manic Pixie Vehicles:

Women want to be them, and men want to be with them. I said it. Okay, well maybe not the manic part, but in the life-changey, quirky, kick ass wardrobe kind of way. Also, Tom’s musical number to Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams” in (500) Days was the best sequence of the year.

  1. (500) Days of Summer
  2. The Brothers Bloom
  3. Adventureland

Favorite Debatables:

Arguing until you’re blue in the face? Lost your voice from out-shouting? Have you temporarily lost a few “friends”? Now, that’s just good times.

  1. Twilight Saga: New Moon
  2. Avatar

Favorite “I’m Seeing Them This Weekenders”:

  1. Nine
  2. It’s Complicated
  3. Sherlock Holmes
  4. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
  5. Up in the Air
  6. Me & Orson Welles
  7. The Young Victoria

What were your faves?

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5 thoughts on “My favorite movies of 2009

  1. Junkie2 says:

    I’ve only seen 48 so far this year. Although, there are a few I saw twice…Either way – all time low for me. Guess I’m going to have to make up for it this weekend 🙂

  2. Junkie1 says:

    If I count multi-see, I think I’m into the 80s for sure. Without those, and as of today, I am at 73.

  3. zboothboy18 says:

    I saw 165.

    Best: Up in the Air.

    Worst: Halloween II.

  4. Roger says:

    Looks like I’m gonna need to read up some more, but this was a good place to start.

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