Monday, January 11, 2010

2009: Favourite Movies

Here are the stand-out movies I saw this year:

500 Days of Summer: A playful structure, a melancholic mood, and a conflict between the characters that I really cared about.

District 9 is great fun. An excellent action film that reinvigorated my love of movies.

The Fountain: Beautiful, emotional, and the first Aronofsky film that I can imagine myself rewatching.

It Might Get Loud: I am the target audience for a movie about how Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White became guitarists.

The Room is the Plan 9 from Outer Space of '90s indie movies. I suspect that within 2 to 10 years, The Room will be as well known as Plan 9.

Shortbus: an extremely explicit movie about people trying to overcome sexual problems in their lives. Provocative, funny, moving, and dealing with conflicts that most movies prefer to ignore. I thought this movie was fantastic.

Soul Power covers the 1974 concert in Zaire that took place at the same-ish time as the Ali-Foreman fight. Lots of great performers including James Brown, favourite-bluesman-ever BB King, and new favourite singer Bill Withers. For me it's a movie that really illustrated the joy of playing music, and the satisfaction of playing music yourself rather than receiving it from some 'star'. Great stuff.

Zombieland: a feel-good romantic comedy with an attitude that's perfectly pitched to my tastes. Taught me that interesting things can happen in a zombie movie when you dial the zombie threat down to about a 2 out of 10.

Rather than pick a best film of 2009 (whatever that means), I can see myself rewatching all of these. But the ones that I think I will continue to get something from are (500) Days of Summer and Shortbus.
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