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Feb 2, 2010

The Films I Saw in 2009 (ok, not all, plus a couple of 2010 ones)

What you'll see below is a listing of every film that I saw in the theater since the last End of Year Spectacular. Reviews were written for all except the few where noted. The films are sorted first by the rating I gave them, from best to worst, then by date order - so the top of every rating is the most recent of that rating and the last is the oldest.

I've also added up or down arrow images to a handful of films. As I'm sure many of you do or did, when I looked back on the films I saw and the ratings I gave, some of them didn't sit well with me. In other words, just because a film earned an "It's in the hole!" rating some months back, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll place in my Top 5 or 10. Additionally, I've marked off those films I saw in 2009 that were officially from 2008 and therefore ineligible for top prizes either at the Academy or here (ditto the few 2010 releases included). Damn the nether-world of list-making!

So what you have is the official pre-cursor to the End of Year Spectacular, which I've been putting off not for procrastination's sake (okay, that's not entirely true), but so that I could see the prestige films before the Academy Awards hit.

To view a review of any of these film, use the handy dropdown menus in the sidebar - you can search either by rating or by alphabet. Of course, it needs updating badly, but you can't rush these things...

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox
District 9
The Hangover
Let the Right One In (2008 release)

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The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Messenger
Where the Wild Things Are
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Waltz with Bashir (2008 release)

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Avatar (not yet reviewed)
Sherlock Holmes (not yet reviewed)
Up In the Air
A Single Man
The Road
An Education
The Box
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Hurt Locker
(500) Days of Summer
Sin Nombre
Terminator: Salvation
State of Play
I Love You, Man

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The Men Who Stare at Goats
A Serious Man
Paranormal Activity
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Cold Souls
The Informant
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Away We Go
Sunshine Cleaning
Monsters vs. Aliens
The Class (2008)
The Reader (2008)

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Daybreakers (not yet reviewed; 2010 release)
The Book of Eli (2010 release)
Crazy Heart
Ninja Assassin
The Invention of Lying
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Paper Heart
The Taking of Pehlam 1 2 3
The Brothers Bloom

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The International

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(none - yay!)

2 2010 releases, 60 2009 releases, 4 2008 releases = 66
You're the best...around: 4
It's in the hole: 10
Darn tootin: 21
Decent fellow: 15
Whatever: 13
Punch me: 3
Mad as hell: 0

5 people have chosen wisely: on "The Films I Saw in 2009 (ok, not all, plus a couple of 2010 ones)"

Buffett35 said...

Those arrows are hard to see, but I'm guessing they all point down except for the 3 in the "Darn Tootin" section, right?

Fletch said...

Buffett - Correctamundo.

Paul Arrand Rodgers said...

So did Wolverine retroactively get demoted to Mad as Hell?

Also, I think I've only grown to dislike Watchmen more since it was released about 40 different ways on DVD.

Fletch said...

Paul - I don't go back and change any of the ratings - it's more of an "in my head" kind of thing. And I probably have such feelings (up or down) or a lot more than I represent here - the ones chosen are probably just the most extreme cases.

I was somewhat mixed on Watchmen, but it's gone up in my book. Can't say that I've really noticed/been bothered by any DVD business.

nit said...

Terminator: Salvation
Awesome and Fantastic Movie
Great story! Loved it.
Go and watch Terminator Salvation movie and have a fun.