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With the Oscars on tomorrow I figure I should finally do a 2009 in review piece.  I generally don’t like big sprawling pieces like this so I’ll make it as concise as I can.  There are still films from last year I haven’t seen but they’re mostly curiosities that won’t affect this list much.  There are a few big gun movies I didn’t see and likely won’t due to genuine lack of interest.  I’ll list those at the bottom.  I would say that on the whole that this year was not a great one.  Only a few times did I really feel enthralled or elated by a movie.  A found a lot of the sci-fi stuff getting major marks to underwhelming.  It was an unusually good year for kids movies.  Anyway, here’s everything.

Best Movies the Year Had to Offer:

INGLORIOUS BASTARDS

WHERE THE WID THINGS ARE

THE ROAD

ADVENTURELAND

CORALINE

UP

THE COVE

A SINGLE MAN

None to Bad.  That Which Was Entertaining and/or Well Made:

CAPITALISM

STAR TREK

CRAZY HEART

THE HURT LOCKER

TRICK ‘R TREAT

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE

FANTASTIC MR. FOX

ZOMBIELAND

500 DAYS OF SUMMER

UP IN THE AIR

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS

THE BROTHERS BLOOM

Stuff That Almost Worked For Me But Thought Was Off By Too Much:

PUBLIC ENEMIES

BLACK DYNAMITE

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS

AVATAR

DISTRICT 9

Some Interesting Bits but Didn’t Work For Me:

A SERIOUS MAN

LAND OF THE LOST

IN THE LOOP

TAKEN

IT MIGHT GET LOUD

WATCHMEN

FUNNY PEOPLE

DUPLICITY

INVICTUS

MOON

A Really Bad Year For Action, All Stinkers Through And Through:

2012

SHERLOCK HOLMES

SURROGATES

TERMINATOR: SALVATION

CRANK 2

GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

WOLVERINE

TRANSFORMERS 2

A Uniquely Horrible Creation:

OBSERVE AND REPORT

Can’t Decide If It’s Brilliant Or Shit:

DRAG ME TO HELL

Meant To See It And Still Might:

AN EDUCATION

THIRST

INFORMANT

PRINCESS AND THE FROG

LOVELY BONES

RED CLIFF

WORLDS GREATEST DAD

THE BOX

NINJA ASSASSIN

Meant To See It But Likely Won’t:

PRECIOUS

EXTRACT

BRUNO

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