Here are the Top 10 Movies I Saw in 2009:
10. Moon (Sam Rockwell plays a worker maintaining a space station who’s been cloned several times and doesn’t know it)
9. Sunshine Cleaning (sisters Amy Adams and Emily Blunt go into the hazardous waste disposal business when their own lives are a mess)
8. Trucker (Michelle Monaghan drives a big rig, lives alone, is forced to deal with her kid when the boy’s Dad gets sick). See my Trucker Reviews That Twitter. Trucker was released in 2008, played film festivals, had limited theater run in 2009.
7. The Young Victoria (Emily Blunt, Emily Blunt, Emily Blunt)
6. Star Trek (what every big budget studio action picture should strive to be)
5. 500 Days Of Summer (structurally complex, visually intriguing tale of love starting/ending with Joseph Gordin Levitt and Zooey Deschanel)
4. Revolutionary Road (1950′s couple questions the conformity of their suburban existence)
3. Away We Go (Pregnant couple John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph take a road trip looking for a new life/home for their budding family)
2. Zombieland (Hilarious mayhem as a quartet of survivors – Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin – battle human Zombies, make a pit stop at Bill Murray’s house and learn to trust and love one another.) See my Zombieland Reviews That Twitter.
And the Best Movie I Saw In 2009 was:
1. Adventureland (College kids work a theme park during summer. The director of Superbad, Greg Mottola, strikes gold again with a cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Martin Starr and Kristen Stewart, who is even better here than she is in Twilight and New Moon.)
A few notes of interest regarding the Top 10 Movies I Saw In 2009:
2009 was not a great year for movies. Based on what I saw, it was rather weak. Still, record box office. Go figure.
Twofer #1-Sam Mendes directed two films in the Top 10 (Away We Go and Revolutionary Road). I’m not a Mendes freak, didn’t care for Road To Perdition. But I call ‘em like I see ‘em. His American Beauty remains a great film.
Twofer #2-Jesse Eisenberg, mid-20′s actor, appears in the Top 2 films on my list, Adventureland and Zombieland (the ‘Land’ duo, as I like to call them). Quite a year.
Twofer #3 – Emily Blunt appears in two films in the Top 10 (Sunshine Cleaning and The Young Victoria). Quite an actress.
The Michael Jackson documentary This Is It, which follows Jackson’s preparations for the concert tour that never was, ranked in my Top 10. I decided not to list it since it’s the only documentary, and everything else is scripted.