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Old 12-27-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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We seem to have one for every other popular medium, and I'm rather fond of movies myself, so here's your film of the year thread.

Has to be a film that was released in 2009 in at least one region in the world (not DVD or Blu-Ray, but theatrical release, unless it was straight to video) and it has to be one that you've seen. Feel free to name whatever honorable mentions you want, but you gotta narrow it down to one big one first.

It's hard for me, personally, since there was a lot I missed, the kinds of films I prefer watching at home, alone, and haven't seen yet. Stuff like Pirate Radio, Public Enemies, Up In the Air or Whatever Works, still haven't gotten around to seeing any of it. But of what I've seen, if I had to pick just one for the top spot?

District 9 would be it.


My honorable mentions probably start with Inglourious Basterds, then move on to a couple more sci-fi movies with Avatar and Star Trek. I think it was a good year for sci-fi all around, but District 9 was just a well put together movie in my opinion. It felt like a fresh approach to a relatively old plot convention. Better than the rest of what was put out there this year and it'll probably be the one movie from 2009, more than any other, that will be watched and enjoyed for decades to come, James Cameron be damned.

And I guess I should name movies that either did very little for me or could've been a lot better. Watchmen and Angels & Demons would fall under that banner. I didn't hate watching either of them, but one was too long winded and dumb, and the other was just dumb, if not a fun dumb.

Either way, what was your movie of the year?
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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I'd say Inglorious Basterds. Tarantino doing a "period" piece sounded...strange at first but it turned out really great. Up and District 9 are honorable mentions.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:55 PM   #3
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:04 PM   #4
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Inglourious Basterds
Pirate Radio just didn't deliver on anything it seemed like it would. It ended up being very dull and felt really stuffy and full of itself.
Public Enemies was an average gangster movie, it did nothing new and oddly enough Johnny Depp's performance wasn't even that memorable.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #5
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Princess and the frog.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:22 PM   #6
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oh man what

edit: okay, nevermind, I'll give that to you
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:24 PM   #7
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Inglourious Basterds and Watchmen.

Watchmen thoroughly surprised me cause I wasn't expecting much but the movie really blew me away.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:58 PM   #8
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For me it's would have to fall down to these three:

Inglorious Basterds surprised me, I was expecting it to just be a off the wall nazi genocide film, (which it was) but it was allot more than that, it had that tarantino class of writing and charm, so I just felt that I got more from the movie than what I was expecting going in.

Watchmen was great movie, and for me having not read the comic before was a good thing seeing as the movie tells the story in a much different way, and I'm sure the comic fans didn't enjoy that, but for me I loved it, not on the level of other comic book movies but up there.

Drag me to hell was probably one of the most unique horror films I have seen, especially seeing as most films these days are "blah creepy monster gonna kill you", and this movie honestly made me jump, had a light comedy feel to it and just was a great movie to watch in a crowd, also it was cool watching it wit Catter.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:14 PM   #9
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I can't pick between Taken, Inglorious Basterds, and Zombieland.

I also really liked Sherlock Holmes.
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:46 AM   #10
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Basterds, probably.

It’s not usually that I praise a Quentin Tarantino film or a flick starring Brad Pitt. I’m not a big fan of either.

It'd be Watchmen only if Zack Snyder didn't say "Hallelujah" during that god-awful sex scene.
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:49 AM   #11
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Watchmen was terrible.

I'd pick Basterds.
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:59 AM   #12
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Watchmen was hardly terrible. It wasn't amazing, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:22 AM   #14
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I'd guess I'd have to pick The Hangover. I never laughed so much as I did watching The Hangover. A clever puzzle leading to a clever end with a hilarious progression. District 9 would be in second though.

Basterds didn't cut it for me. Point being in that it could have shaved off 30-45 minutes of inane dialogue and that the movie's conclusion was only possible due to a plot hole, among other problems I saw.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:27 AM   #15
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I'd have to go with Basterds.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:54 PM   #16
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Zombieland and Drag Me To Hell. Fuck it all, I knew I forgot a couple.

Those are most definitely two honorable mentions.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:25 PM   #17
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District 9 was probably technically the best and I enjoyed it a lot.
But I think my favourite of '09 is Observe and Report.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:46 PM   #18
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Inglourious Basterds for me hands down. I loves me some Tarantino.
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