Best Films of 2009, a work in progress


I love movies and I love making lists. The problem with making a “best of the year” list is that, unlike real film critics, we normal people have to catch up with most movies on DVD several months later. I feel like I can’t make an actual Top 10 list until I’ve seen all the movies from 2009 that I want to see, but it feels dumb to put out a list in June of the following year. So I’m going to put out my list now and call it a rough draft. Maybe I’ll give it an update in a few months when I’ve had a chance to catch up with films like A Serious Man, A Single Man, An Education, Moon, Extract, In the Loop, Passing Strange, Precious, Big Fan, The White Ribbon, 35 Shots of Rum, Where the Wild Things Are, and of course Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

Top 10 (for now)  

  1. Up in the Air
  2. Coraline
  3. The Hurt Locker
  4. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  5. Fantastic Mr Fox
  6. District 9
  7. The Informant!
  8. Inglourious Basterds
  9. Duplicity
  10. Avatar

Honorable Mention: Adventureland, Up, Star Trek, Watchmen, Crank 2, Drag Me to Hell, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Girlfriend Experience, Away We Go, World’s Greatest Dad, Observe and Report, The Hangover

Worst movies that I sat through this year: X-Men Wolverine, The Ugly Truth, GI Joe, Taken.

Biggest disappointment: Sherlock Holmes

2 thoughts on “Best Films of 2009, a work in progress”

  1. You’re obviously not Tim Crockett the movie director. Your taste in movies is blah. Only 3 out of your top 10 are worth watching and they’re on every other list of good movies.

    You should let your readers know that you are Tim Crockett the computer consultant and not the Director, Tim Crockett, that everyone is coming to your site to read about.

    Just an idea. Not trying to be rude, just being honest.

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