The Best Movies of 2009: A Retrospective

It is now November, which is prime time for awards-caliber movies to be making their way to the theater.  But this post is not about those movies.  This post is about the highly entertaining and high quality movies that were released in the early part of this year but will be overlooked by awards committees come December in favor of The Reader-quality art house garbage and/or movies about apartheid that were directed by Clint Eastwood.

In Memoriam…

Inglourious Basterds. There is a very good chance this movie will be nominated for an Oscar, what with the rule of 10 this year, but I’m just going to assume the Academy will not be that cool and will go with Amelia instead.

Star Trek. Soooo entertaining.  Soooo perfectly cast.  Chris Pine is full of the noms.  Zachary Quinto is not so bad either, but I have trouble separating him from his involvement in that unfortunate Heroes show.  J.J. Abrams, you are a delight.

Zombieland. There is no way in Hades this movie will be nominated for anything…except… In Bruges did get a screenplay nomination, so maybe…?

State of Play. If I had billions of dollars, I would personally pay Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, and Helen Mirren to star in the US TV version of this show and I would make it run at least as long as Law & Order.  That’s how riveting these people are to watch on screen.

I Love You, Man. Paul Rudd deserves a Best Actor nomination.  Seriously.  He is absolutely brilliant in this film.




  1. Hammervision Said:

    Thanks for shining a light on some of the great films this year that may go unnoticed. Other than the exclusion of District 9, I’d say you have it covered. Perhaps some love should also be shown for Drag Me to Hell, (500) Days of Summer, and Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

  2. Mags Said:

    But I took a nap during “District 9!” So ashamed!

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