Friday, January 28, 2011

Movies of 2009: My Fave Five

5.  (500) Days of Summer
This is one of my favorite romantic comedies because it is surprisingly unconventional, hip and unique.  It somehow makes the familiar unfamiliar.  And Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are adorable together.
4.  Precious
This movie grabs onto you with an iron fist and never lets you go.  Bold, unapologetic, and deeply affecting, with a spectacular performance by Mo’Nique.
3.  Inglourious Basterds
Nazi-killing at its very best!  Only Quentin Tarantino could rewrite history with such finesse…  if only Hitler had really burned up in a movie theater.
2.  Up
The previews for this movie had me a little scared… they made the movie look kinda’ stupid.  But I never should have doubted my beloved Pixar.  This movie was warm-hearted and funny, and the silent flashback of Carl’s and Ellie’s life together—the miscarriage of their child and her eventual death—has me in tears every single time.
1.  Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak is one of my favorite author/illustrators, and Spike Jonze’ adaptation of Sendak’s children’s book Where the Wild Things Are blew me out of the water.  Finally, a family movie that doesn’t sugar coat or dumb things down.  It’s scary, it’s funny, it’s sad, it’s complex, it’s impactful, it’s innovative, and it’s brilliant.

Honorable Mentions:  Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Hangover

Oh, and if you haven't yet, be sure to read "Movies of 2010:  My Fave Fifteen"!

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