It's Oscar Sunday, folks, and I know this is way overdue, but here at long last is my Top Ten Films of 2009 along with my Good, Bad, and the Ugly list for the year.
A quick note about my Top Ten: it's in alphabetical order, not in order of preference. It's kind of the hip thing to do these days it seems, but frankly, it's much easier. Lord knows it's hard enough to narrow the best films of the year down to just ten, but agonizing over each individual slot is also just kinda silly.
Also, the list is for American films only because I saw so few foreign films this year. I intend to correct that this year by catching some of the great ones I missed, like THE WHITE RIBBON, AJAMI, A PROPHET, and POLICE, ADJECTIVE.
Did I have a favorite film of the year? Yeah, I think so. I would say UP IN THE AIR was my personal favorite, but the more I see UP, the more I realize what a true classic that movie is. And I don't care what anybody says, STAR TREK was a terrific movie from start to finish - and I'm not even that big a fan of the franchise.
I'm also including my Top 25 Films of the Decade. None of the films from 2009 are on the list, but who knows? Films often age like fine wines, so UP just might finds its way on the list eventually.
Enjoy - and thanks to all five of you for being faithful readers!
The Best (American) Films of 2009
(500) Days of Summer
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
Adam, Adventureland, A Christmas Carol, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Bright Star, Broken Embraces, Brothers, Bruno, Coraline, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Crazy Heart, Drag Me To Hell, An Education. Every Little Step, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Food Inc., The Girlfriend Experience, The Great Buck Howard, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Hangover, I Love You Man, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Informant!, Invictus, It Might Get Loud, Julia & Julia, Know1ng, Julia & Julia, The Last House of Left, The Lovely Bones, Me & Orson Welles, The Messengers, Monsters vs. Aliens, Monsters vs. Aliens, Moon, Paranormal Activity, A Perfect Getaway, Observe and Report, Public Enemies, Sherlock Holmes, The Soloist, State of Play, Sunshine Cleaning, Taken, Watchmen, Where The Wild Things Are, World's Greatest Dad, Zombieland
Away We Go, Confessions of a Shopaholic, He's Just Not That Into You, The International, Planet 51, Year One
and The Ugly:
Angels & Demons, Antichrist, Funny People, Halloween II, The Invention of Lying, Pirate Radio, Terminator: Salvation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
2012, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Men Who Stare At Goats, My Sister's Keeper, The Time Traveler's Wife, Whip It, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The 25 Best Films of the Decade
24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE
BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA TO MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
ALL THE REAL GIRLS
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
THE DARK KNIGHT
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
THE GANGS OF NEW YORK
KILL BILL VOL. 1&2
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
SPIDER MAN 1 & 2
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN