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    Best Films of 2009

    So what movies did you guys like this year?

    1. Moon
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    3. District 9
    4. Adventureland
    5. Avatar
    6. Where the Wild Things Are
    7. Coraline
    8. Up
    9. Drag Me to Hell
    10. The Hurt Locker

    I still need to see A Serious Man, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a few others.


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    I agree with you. Different order, but yes this has been a great year for film. There was even a star trek movie I actually enjoyed.

    I think Drag Me To Hell, Hurt Locker and Moon were way underrated.

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    Best:
    Up!
    Star Trek
    Avatar
    Inglorious Basterds
    District 9

    Best opening credits:
    The Watchmen Golden Era montage - (the rest of the movie was good too)

    Liked a lot:
    The Informant!, Sherlock Holmes, Where the Wild Things Are

    Need to see still:
    Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up in the Air, The Hangover, Moon, Zombieland, Public Enemies

    Worst:
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    Terminator Salvation
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
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    Can't remember if I've seen ten movies this year... But the best I can remember are

    1. Inglorious Basterds
    2. Moon
    3. Star Trek
    4. District 9
    5. Coraline
    6. 9
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    I've hardly watched any films this year, though Moon was great, and I enjoyed The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
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    Up and District 9 were both excellent.

    Inglorious Basterds was probably in the good range, but not mind blowing. Same for Public Enemies. Star Trek was fun but not great. Coraline was very good. Still need to see Moon, Avatar and Mr. Fox.

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    I only went on Avatar this year. Wall-E last year, so yeah, not much of a cinema goer.
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    District 9
    Moon
    Up In the Air
    Coraline
    Up

    then the rest. lots of crap on the blockbuster front this year. Transformers 2 was probably the worst. GI JOe, Wolverine, 2012, Terminator: all crap. Trek was fun though

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    Films that I actually saw in the theater that I enjoyed, in order of enjoyment. Up! and Inglourious Basterds are both in second place.

    Best Movies:

    1. Avatar
    2. Up!
    2. Inglourious Basterds
    4: Star Trek
    5. Whip It
    6. District 9
    7. Paranormal Activity

    Worst or Most Disappointing Movies:

    1. Watchmen
    2. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    3. Transformers 2
    4. Probably a couple of other lousy movies that my relatives watched on Netflix, but I don't remember.

    In the above list, Transformers 2 was an objectively worse movie than Watchmen or Harry Potter, but they scored "higher" on the list because they were awful adaptations of very good books.

    Meh

    In no order: The Soloist, Terminator Salvation, Night at the Museum 2, State of Play, 2012 a bunch of other very forgettable movies

    Need to See: Moon, The Hangover, Sherlock Holmes, Invictus, The Road (came and went without me even realizing it was in theaters yet), Where the Wild Things Are, Pandorum, Twilight: New Moon (just kidding!), 9, Up in the Air, The Informant!

    Best Performance: Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds

    Worst Performance: The supporting cast of Transformers 2

    Best Opening Credits: Zombieland, mostly because it played "For Whom the Bell Tolls," one of my favorite Metallica songs.

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    I've only seen Up and Sherlock Holmes from this year... I liked both... Oh and I saw The Watchmen on a plane--nothing special, but the OP credits were awesome... Snyder should stick to music videos...
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    Great films:

    Inglorious Bastards
    District 9
    The Hurtlocker
    Up

    Fun films:

    Watchmen (yes, I loved it...)
    The Hangover
    Star Trek

    Worst film I saw this year was probably Invictus. God, I hated it.

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    Just saw 9... kinda disappointing I guess. Pointless story, sub par animation. Good art though.

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    The only movie I seen in theaters in '09 was District 9; Intense and Well made, but ridiculously overhyped. I plan on seeing Star Trek, 9, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, and probably Moon if I get the chance.
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    Inglorius Basterds was the best one and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the most disappointing one

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    Your taste in movies sucks y'all! "The Lesbian Vampire Killers" takes it all.

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    Up until last week I'd have said Watchmen. I thought the film was very solid and the ending far better than the original's bizarre squid-based escapade.

    Overall, though, District 9. That was one of the best sci-fi films I've ever seen.

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    Avatar was my favorite for this year hands down not the narrative but everything else
    from the design to the cg i thought it was spectacular
    up was brilliant ofcourse
    star trek
    and a few others which i just cant think of

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    Add Avatar to my list please...

    Still IB is the best of the year IMO.

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    Is it bad that out of the few movies I've seen this year, my favorite have been kid's movies?

    I thought Up and Coraline were both excellent.
    Coraline I was a little skeptical of because I read the book and was worried about how the movie adaptation would turn out...but I was pleasantly surprised.

    Saw District 9 and Avatar (normal and 3D)...both were ok I thought.
    2012 was disappointing.
    I am getting very cynical about movies lately.

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    The ones I have seen thus far that I've liked immensely:
    Sherlock Holmes
    Avatar
    District 9
    Star Trek
    Inglorious Basterds

    Films not so much:
    Watchmen (I had big expectations for this movie...it followed the GN fairly well but something about it was offputting.)
    Harry Potter (I've had a difficult time liking these movies since PoA)
    Transformers 2 (Stupid, last-minute contrived plot stuffed into the later half. Extremely childish and unnecessary amounts of potty humour. More aliens but zilch character development...focused too much on the humans. Sam's mother was the best part.)

    I have yet to see Zombieland (which is surprising) and Paranormal Activity (have rented it, plan on watching tonight). I suspect I'll really like the former, if it's the Americanised version of Shaun of the Dead that everyone's saying it is.

    Public Enemies was o.k..

    Not really interested in 9 or 2012...

    Hurm.

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    District 9
    Ponyo
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    Watchmen

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    If your worst film list doesn't include Dragonball Evolution, it's a good thing because you probably didn't watch it haha. As a person who did, this is up there as not only the worst of 2009, but the decade.

    Up was awesome. I haven't watched many movies this year though.

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    If we're judging things solely on visuals, Avatar is probably the best... but as far as a well rounded, well conceived movie with the story to back up the visuals, District 9 has the edge.

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    1. Avatar
    2. Alice -two part TV movie from Syfy
    3. Star Trek

    I didn't see that many movies this year but those were the good ones.

    Worst movie I saw was 2012

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    In no particular order, since 2009 was such a stellar year for film. So much filmee goodness and not enough time to catch them all in the theater! Thank the gods for DVD!

    Moon
    District 9
    The Brothers Bloom
    Inglorious Basterds
    Watchmen
    The Hurt Locker
    Its Might Get Loud
    UP
    Coraline
    Drag Me To Hell
    Zombieland


    Haven't seen: Where the Wild Things Are, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Thirst, Anvil or In The Loop yet. Soon, though!

    I'll add: for total film experience (story, characters, direction, execution) - District 9 edges out THEM ALL for best of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liffey View Post
    Just saw 9... kinda disappointing I guess. Pointless story, sub par animation. Good art though.
    The Fellini musical remake had animation?...
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    I haven't seen all these flicks, but I think The Watchmen was excellent, and the Wolverine flick was decent, for that series. Too bad they killed so many characters in it though.

    Up was incredible, as was Ponyo. I also liked the Informant, Men Who Stare at Goats, Armored was a decent crime flick.

    One of the worst films I saw was A Dangerous Man with Steven Seagal - one of the most ridiculous, poorly constructed plots in a long time, and the stereotyped character dialogue was nauseating - I will say though, the main villain was a good actor. It's the only plus of the film.

    District 9 was really well made, but I couldn't grasp how aliens with superior technology would just let humans walk all over them. Even if they didn't blast us to bits in the first encounter, they could at least figure out how to communicate with us and demand a better deal... I probably need to rewatch it. How were all their weapons confiscated again?

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    Mine were District 9, The Hurt Locker and Public Enemies. I really liked Public Enemies and Michael Mann films in general, but nobody else seemed to.

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    Mmm, there are quite a few unanswered questions in District 9 but the film's so damn good they don't seem to matter. Still, I'd like to know -

    *** spoilers ***









    Why spaceship fuel turns people into aliens

    If that tiny amount of fuel had taken 20 years to collect, with a single drop making the difference, how come when Wikus got sprayed with about half of it there was still enough left?

    How the weapons got transported from the ship to the ground seeing as all the aliens were evacuated by humans (especially the 12 foot mecha suit)

    How were a million aliens transported from the mothership anyway?

    How they were going to get 1.8 million aliens to sign eviction forms within 24 hours going door-to-door with a team of only a dozen or so people?

    If the aliens had "thousands" of weapons how come Wikus and Christopher needed to go to the Nigerians?

    Why didn't the Nigerians knock Wikus unconcious or shoot him before they tried to amputate his arm (especially after the first occasion)? In the same way, why didn't the human medics sedate him before trying to operate?

    If nobody wanted the aliens there, and the aliens had a way of leaving (the module), why was everyone trying to stop them? And why would the aliens hide the fact?



    Still one of the best sci-fi films ever made...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TASmith View Post
    District 9 was really well made, but I couldn't grasp how aliens with superior technology would just let humans walk all over them. Even if they didn't blast us to bits in the first encounter, they could at least figure out how to communicate with us and demand a better deal... I probably need to rewatch it. How were all their weapons confiscated again?
    The aliens in the film are the worker caste, and aren't able to organize without the leader caste to give them direction. This is speculated on in the film, and I believe the background material of the film confirms it. Christopher and his son are either the only survivors of the leader caste, or they are the first of the worker caste to metamorphose into a new leader caste, somewhat like how certain species of fish will metamorphose from female to male if the male of the group dies. At least, I think that's what the official explanation. It's on the internet somewhere, I think, and it may also be on the DVD.

    Those are good questions, Baron Impossible. It's the first two, though, that are the most gaping holes, in my opinion, and threaten my suspension of disbelief the most. A substance that can change an organism from one planet into an unrelated organism from another planet, without killing it, would have to be an extremely complicated compound. I doubt a substance like that would occur just by accident. What a coincidence that this substance also happens to be the super special fuel needed for the mothership. Perhaps it's some sort of 'smart' substance able to transform any other suitable organism into a prawn, so that the prawn population would be able to rebuild in case they all died. That's pure speculation on my part, though.

    I actually thought that all of the fuel in the canister was sprayed onto Wikkus when he picked it up. I was actually surprised when they decided to go retrieve the fuel; I was like, isn't it all gone??

    So yeah, very good movie, but also very imperfect.

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