Okay, okay. Not really. Sorry that it took me so long to get to this post. Remember 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005? Just checking.
So, I guess I didn't end up seeing that many movies that were released in 2009. Hmm.
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Honestly, this one was hard to decide. The top three on my list were all quite excellent, and it was hard for me to decide in which order they should go. I think that the brilliant use of comedy in this movie was the deciding factor. The Harry Potter saga is in one of its most depressing stages with this film, but they somehow smoothly wove in so many opposing emotions. They contrasted the bleakness with hilarity and a little bit of romance. The movie blended ordinary teenage life (for wizards at Hogwarts... work with me here) with life-altering events. This movie was the most highly-anticipated movie of the year for me, and it completely exceeded my expectations. In fact, if I were to grade it, I would give it an Outstanding.
2. Star Trek - I guess this one was highly-anticipated, as well. In preparation for the release of Star Trek, a couple of my friends and I watched every other Star Trek movie in order. Really, this one could be better than all of them. I won't commit to that statement until I've watched it at least 20 times and it's been at least 5 years. Nevertheless, this Star Trek was pretty riveting. There were no five-minute scenes of checking out all the contours of the
3. Up - The first five to ten minutes of this movie were fantastic. Pixar seems to rock at the first five to ten minutes of movies. The character development and theme set-up were so successful, and that is what really caused the rest of the movie to be so enjoyable. That, and Russell. He is pretty much, so hilarious. I also thought that the dogs were humorously quirky.
4. The Princess and the Frog - The voodoo guy in this movie was so scary. Really. He rivals Ursula, the Sea Witch in scariness. Point of randomness: Today, I actually found a voodoo doll that I made of myself once. It's actually a pin made partially out of matches. I did a good job on it. So, anyway, I like it when I can relate at least a little bit to a character in movies when I watch them, and I thought that Tiana was an excellent character. And even though I knew, just knew that the writers wanted me to think that Ray was so funny, and I like to be contrary, I have to admit that I did think that he was so funny. I guess I can't be contrary all of the time. In the scheme of all Disney movies, this one is probably somewhere in the top 25%. Not too much higher, though.
5. (500) Days of Summer - Again, I could relate to one or more of the characters in this movie during various parts of it. (Sarah, there's this part in the first fifteen seconds of the movie where the title character does something that to me, is extremely reminiscent of you.) Also, this movie has an excellent soundtrack. An excellent soundtrack can cover all manner of film sins. Okay, it really can't, but it can help me more fully enjoy an already-enjoyable film, which it did in this case. I don't think that I could watch this movie repeatedly like I can with, say, the previous four movies on this list, but it was enjoyable. I will be seeing it again.
6. Julie & Julia - Again, I don't think I could watch this movie repeatedly, but I thought that it was a fun and funny movie. I have a problem, though. I recently watched "Enchanted" again, and I was getting kind of annoyed by Amy Adams. Previously, I thought that I liked her in movies, but she really started to get on my nerves. Could someone please remind me of why I should like her before she goes the way of Nicole Kidman, Liv Tyler, and Renee Zellweger? Thanks, in advance. And now back to the film: One thing that I love about this movie is that it is about food. I love food. I can relate to the characters who love food. Food is beautiful and generally tasty. If you love food, then I recommend this movie. Also, Meryl Streep was amazing in the role as Julia Child.
7. Sherlock Holmes - I actually just saw this movie the other day. I had a problem with the movie. When I think of Sherlock Holmes, I think of a delightfully-dignified, brilliant sort of nerdy awesome guy who has a fantastic heart and a passion for music and solving people's problems. In other words, he could have been my fictional dream man. I don't know where I got the idea that he was like that. It could have had something to do with too much exposure to "The Great Mouse Detective" or listening to a really tame short story as a podcast. The reader had a fantastic and dignified voice. Anyway, the movie character of Sherlock Holmes was kind of a cad, which is unattractive to me and also, from what I hear, much closer to the character from the books, which I haven't read. I think I read about five pages of the Hound of the Baskervilles once, but that doesn't count. So, I had to remove my personal let-down of the movie and accept it for what it was, and it was pretty alright. One thing that I liked was that it made use of the indestructible and gigantic bad guy, who shows his face in the form of different actors in various films. If you ever decide to be an evil genius who is trying to take over some government entity, don't forget to put one of those in your group of henchman.
8. The Blind Side - If this movie had not been based on a true story, I probably would have hated it. They probably couldn't have written it from scratch to get to the point where it ended up. Inspirational movies that are fictional don't seem to really strike a chord with me as much as well-made ones that are based, however loosely, on true events or people. I didn't necessarily relate to any of the characters in this movie, but I did see a lot of characteristics in the depicted persons that I would like to more fully develop. And that is how they succeeded in this movie. Also, oddly enough, Sandra Bullock's accent never bothered me like I thought it would. Kudos to Sandra.
9. He's Just Not That Into You - The thing about this movie is that it wasn't really very original. This movie is like the bastard child of "Love Actually" and "Every Typical Chick Flick," which is, in fact, not an actual movie. So, I guess that they just artificially inseminated the DNA from every single Chick Flick into "Love Actually" and got this movie. (Was that too much? Do you blog readers think I need to edit this?) Anyway, the good thing is that they were able to make me laugh. Some of the situations were so extremely ridiculous, that I heaved a hearty laugh over it occasionally.
10. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - When I think of this movie, the five words that come to mind are stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, and enjoyable. There really isn't a whole lot more to say about it. (And yet, I still continue.) It was an excessively stupid, stupid movie with terrible lines and an absolutely horrible leading man, that somehow turned out to be enjoyable and entertaining. How that works, I do not know. It's a mathematical enigma. In fact, I remember thinking shortly after I had seen it, that there were only a couple of actors that I could have considered to be any good at all. The rest were seriously garbage. So, somehow, they took garbage actors and absolutely terrible lines and made an entertaining movie. Yeah, I'm still perplexed over it, too.
Not in the Top Ten:
That's right; these are the losers.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine - I really liked the first two X-Men movies. The others have been okay, but really, that's it. Just okay. I love Liev Schreiber, but they really should have done more with him than scenes with Liev S. and Hugh Jackman running at each other to collide. They really overused that one.
Night at the Museum:
Monsters vs Aliens - To me, this was an after-school cartoon, only in movie form.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - There were some funny parts, some predictable parts, and some really annoying parts. Also, Matthew McConaughey: blech.
The Time Traveler's Wife - I watched this on the plane back from
Movies I wanted to see from 2008 that I saw:
Son of Rambow - I really didn't enjoy this movie that much until the end, and I was so embarrassed that I cried at the ending, even though there was nobody around to see me cry. (In my defense, I was hungry and tired.) I guess that I can recommend it based on the ending. Also, it was kind of weird and quirky, and that's enjoyable sometimes.
Kung Fu Panda - Well, it was Jack Black playing himself in a cartoon panda form, so yeah, I liked it.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Meh.
Bedtime Stories - I enjoyed it, even though it was so obviously stupid and reeked of the Adam Sandler movie that it was.
Movies from 2008 that I didn't necessarily want to see, but I saw them anyway:
Fireproof - Well, it had a good moral. And... I guess that's all I'll say about that.
Slumdog Millionaire - It really was a good movie. It held my interest the entire way, and I especially enjoyed the credits.
Frost/Nixon - It was a movie about an interview. How do you think it was? Okay, okay. It was alright. FYI: This movie is not rated G.
Movies I still want to see from 2007:
(Fortunately, I signed up for Netflix. If they are not already in my queue, I will put them there.)
Movies I still want to see from 2008:
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
I kicked off The Veggie Tales movie and Nim's
Movies I still want to see from 2009:
9 (Not "Nine." 9. Why they made 2 movies with the same name in the same year, I don't know.)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Where the Wild Things Are
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Do you think I missed anything? Was there a movie that you absolutely loved that I have overlooked?
And just to make this post a little longer, let me just say that reading through the lists of movies that were released was interesting. There were some titles that were hilarious, but after I got about 10% through the list, I became angry because of the stupidity of the movie titles. Too many of them are too punny, and too many of them are just random words.