10 Favorite Movies 2009

2009’s been hit and missed in movies. Some of them are extraordinary and remarkable, while some of them are crappy and dull. Surely I missed 2-3 (maybe more 😀 ) great movies in 2009.

Here goes the list (in random order):

1. Watchmen

If villains vanish from the surface of the earth, what would superheroes do? Watchmen tell the story about superheroes in a non ordinary way. Who watches the Watchmen?

2. Okuribito a.k.a Departures

About fate. A fate committed sincere. A fate that brought back a cello player to his home town. A fate that delivered him become an employee of a funeral ceremony services in traditional Japanese ritual. A fate that gathered him with his past. Every actor and actress is playing his/her role amazingly. The cinematography is wonderful. The music scores is fascinating yet haunting. Find the DVD now!

3. UP

Pixar always delights their fans, so does this time. This 3D movie addresses adventure knows nothing about the age. Our dream of adventure can be achieved if we really mean it. Once again Pixar creates a lovable character in appearance of a  8 years old-slant eyed-chubby–innocent–boy scout uniformed named Russel.

4. Drag Me To Hell

Sam Raimi’s back! After hugely successful Spider-Man trilogy, Raimi directs Drag Me to Hell with his trademark style. Low budget, horror+comedy, relatively unknown casts, and shocking scenes. You’ll scream thru entire movie!

5. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Not Hayao Miyazaki’s best movie. Although on Miyazaki’s treatment Ponyo with 2D traditional animation which is inspired by Little Mermaid still looks enjoyable to watch. Don’t forget to set the DVD’s language with Japanese (not English or Chinese) and be prepared to fall in love with Ponyo 🙂

6. Star Trek (2009 Version)

Blending action, drama, comedy, and science fiction in proper proportions, JJ Abrams successfully refreshes Star Trek franchise. Old fans rejoice. New fans join aboard.

7. District 9

Who would thought with budget only US $30 million become major box office all over the world? The basic plot is about a male human infected by alien’s DNA. The truth is even deeper, it’s about racism. It’s not coincidence District 9 made in South Africa which apartheid was occurred years ago. Ladies and gentlemen, give standing ovation for brilliant work of Neil Blomkamp and Peter Jackson.

8. Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino is a truly fuckin bastard!! He creates a NAZI World War II background movie with his own version of history line. The result is a attractive movie with tight plot, smart dialog script, first class acting (Christoph Waltz should win an Oscar), stunning cinematography, and killer music scores!

9. (500) Days of Summer

Honest. Straight to the point. Funny and painful at the same time. A little note, this is not a love story. This is a story about love.

10. Zombieland

When a movie is using “For Whom The Bell Tolls” from Metallica as an opening title, maybe it’s a sign for something. Indeed it’s a great sign. It’s not a traditional zombies movie but it surely delights the audiences.  The combinations between horror, action, comedy, and crunchy dialogs satisfyingly blend together. Have fun in Zombieland!

11. Fanboys

OK, I admit I’m a fanboy ^_^ . The plot setting on 1999 when a pack of Star Wars fans travel to Skywalker Ranch to steal a copy of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Loaded with quotes from Star Wars, attributes, and many cameos (better watch it by yourself). Did I tell you I’m fanboy?

12. Coraline

What are the similarities between James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Coraline? They share the same director, Henry Selick and same style, stop-motion animated movie. This time around Selick adapts the story from award winning graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman. The atmosphere of Coraline is colorful as well as dark, similar as The Nightmare Before Christmas. Too bad it’s not screened at our theatres.

What?! Twelve..?!! Yeah, 10 would be nice as a title, but can’t help it to add 2 more movies on the list. I beg your pardon 😀

May a lot of great movies come in 2010!


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