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Updated!! The Critics, The American Film Institute And More Pick The Best Movies Of 2009!!

I am – Hercules!! The critics awards season appears to have begun just as Butt-Numb-A-Thon was ending, and “The Hurt Locker” appears to be the movie to beat! NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS The Hurt Locker BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS The Hurt Locker CHICAGO FILM CRITICS The Hurt Locker HOUSTON FILM CRITICS The Hurt Locker LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS The Hurt Locker (runner-up: Up in the Air) NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE The Hurt Locker ST. LOUIS FILM CRITICS NOMINEES Up in the Air (runner-up: The Hurt Locker WASHINGTON DC AREA FILM CRITICS Up In The Air INDIANA FILM JOURNALISTS Up In The Air (runner-up: Fantastic Mr. Fox) NEW YORK FILM CRITICS ONLINE (not to be confused with the New York Film Critics Circle) Avatar ROGER EBERT (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES) MAINSTREAM: Bad Lieutenant Crazy Heart An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Knowing Precious A Serious Man Up In The Air The White Ribbon INDEPENDENT: Departures Disgrace Everlasting Moments Goodbye Solo Julia Silent Night Sin Nombre Skin Trucker You, The Living (Special Jury Prize: Avatar) MICHAEL PHILLIPS (THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE) Up Where The Wild Things Are Waltz With Bashir Of Time and the City The Hurt Locker A Serious Man In The Loop Sugar Me and Orson Welles A Single Man MANOHLA DARGIS (THE NEW YORK TIMES) Gomorrah Tulpan Summer Hours The Hurt Locker The Beaches of Agnes Public Enemies Beeswax Ponyo The Informant! Where The Wild Things Are Fantastic Mr. Fox Avatar RUNNERS-UP: Of Time and the City Frontier of Dawn Tokyo Sonata Sugar Léon Morin: Priest Julia Star Trek Anaglyph Tom Séraphine The English Surgeon You, the Living In the Loop Import, Export Lorna's Silence A Perfect Getaway The Baader Meinhof Complex Big Fan Unmade Beds Crude A Serious Man Precious The Messenger Big River Man 35 Shots of Rum Up in the Air A Single Man Invictus Police, Adjective A.O. SCOTT (THE NEW YORK TIMES) Where The Wild Things Are The Hurt Locker In The Loop Summer Hours Of Time and the City Up In The Air Funny People Bright Star Medicine For Melancholy Precious Coraline Avatar District 9 A Serious Man Anvil! The Story of Anvil Goodbye, Solo Sugar Gomorrah The Baader Meinof Complex RUNNERS-UP: La Danse 24 City Invictus Extract Tyson The Beaches Of Agnes Crazy Heart Still Walking Broken Embraces KENNETH TURAN (LOS ANGELES TIMES) Bright Star The Hurt Locker An Education Avatar The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Julie & Julia Up Up in The Air CHILDREN OF SUNDANCE: Amreeka Adventureland Big Fan Sergio DOCUMENTARIES: Afghan Star Anvil! The Story of Anvil Soul Power Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 More Than A Game Tyson Unmistaken Child JAY KNOWLES (AIN'T IT COOL NEWS) Avatar (3-D) Thirst MicMacs Up (3-D) Lovely Bones Me and Orson Welles Where the Wild Things Are (IMAX) The Hurt Locker The Fantastic Mr. Fox The Road District 9 Kick Ass Shutter Island Sherlock Holmes Inglourious Basterds Solomon Kane Star Trek (IMAX) Invictus The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Coraline (3-D) Men Who Stare at Goats RUNNERS-UP: Daybreakers Bronson Watchmen (IMAX) Whip It RICHARD CORLISS (TIME) The Princess and the Frog Up Fantastic Mr. Fox The Hurt Locker Up in the Air The White Ribbon A Single Man Of Time and the City District 9 Thirst DAVID GERMAINE (AP) The Hurt Locker Precious The White Ribbon Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans Up An Education (500) Days of Summer Passing Strange Anvil: The Story of Anvil The Damned United CHRISTY LEMIRE (AP) Moon An Education The Hurt Locker Up District 9 A Serious Man Fantastic Mr. Fox Sugar Passing Strange Drag Me To Hell AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE Coraline The Hangover The Hurt Locker The Messenger Precious A Serious Man A Single Man Sugar Up Up in the Air BROADCAST FILM CRITICS NOMINEES Avatar An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Invictus Nine Precious A Serious Man Up Up In The Air HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION NOMINEES Avatar The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious Up in the Air (500) Days of Summer The Hangover It's Complicated Julie & Julia Nine THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW An Education (500) Days of Summer The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Invictus The Messenger A Serious Man Star Trek Up Where The Wild Things Are If you’ve a mind to, feel free to forward anything else you think might belong on this page. My email is

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  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by mr. smith

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Only one person for Star Trek?

    by Director91

    That's my number one.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Seem like reasonable lists...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...STAR TREK and DRAG ME TO HELL seem a bit unlikely. <P> I enjoyed both, but they didn't strike me as the best of anything in particular.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    If Harry potter hbp fleshed out the princes storyline and

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    Had dumbledores funereal, I would call it the masterpiece (that I've seen) of 2009. Either way I think that's one of the best movies of the year. I cannot fucking wait to see district 9 and the hurt locker though missed put on those in theaters, will be picking them up.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Still trying with all my might...

    by Dapper Swindler

    To understand how anyone can think Drag Me To Hell is a good movie. The search for answers continues...

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Lists, lists, glorious lists

    by SoylentMean

    Let the disagreements begin! Or not!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Surprised at the lack of Inglorious Basterds...

    by loodabagel

    More surprised to see stuff like The Hangover besting it.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    no AVATAR

    by iwontwin

    really no avatar?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    ...Dapper Swindler...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I mentioned above that DRAG ME didn't strike me as a top ten list sort of movie.<P>I think people enjoyed it because it's a refreshingly old timey sort of horror flick and the sucker punch ending kept if from being too forgettable.<P>One big minus were the frequent CG effects when they should have gone for real goo and buckets of Karo Syrup.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell is good if you like fun, Horror, fun, goodness..

    by SoylentMean

    puppies, orangutans in hot air balloons, effluvia, old lady gum juice, hallucinogenic anvils, Curse of the Demon, awesome sound design, seances, awkward dinner parties, trains, handkerchiefs, The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, Army of Darkness, possessed goats, and more fun.<P> But if you like kittens you're screwed.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Star Trek?

    by ObiBen


  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    ...also, I hadn't seen an old lady gum a young hot chick's...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...chin before.<P>Showing me something I haven't seen before goes a long way.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    LMAO @ Star Trek

    by jimmy_009

    That movie was all 'splosions, no brains. Not a best movie pick, not even in my top 10.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    What? No New Moon?

    by Prometeo

    He he he, just kidding. Those sparkling vamps suck XD

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Appalling lists

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Star Trek? Drag Me To Hell? The Hangover? Not terrible movies, but in no way, shape, or form top 10 or even top 25, movies. Who votes fro this shit? In fact, most movies on this list are quite poor. The only decent ones I see are The Hurt Locker, Up, Inglourious Basterds and Moon.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I agree that INGLORIOUS BASTERDS deserves more love

    by JonQuixote

    I guess the critics are tired of Tarantino's schtick. I sure ain't though.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by Kraven Morehead

    Made me want to cry. A cartoon hasn't made me want to cry since Panthro thought he ran over Snarf in the Thundertank on "Thundercats". Up was the shit.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

    ...just "want to cry"?<P>You're one tough son of a bitch.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    all in all it was an absolute shit year for movies.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell wasn't as funny as I expected

    by estacado1

    It's more horror than funny. The funniest part was when she tried to stop blood from spewing out of her mouth and it came out of her nose or something like that.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by secretcylon

    I've seen that movie several times (I have kids) and I've cried EVERY SINGLE TIME!!! And the movie manages to be fun as hell at the same time!!!! Damn.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter HBP was the weakest of them all

    by estacado1

    It was damn boring. Nothing really happened. I was expecting something to happen, but before I knew it, the movie ended. It's more of a teen romance flick set in the Harry Potter universe. A whole movie dedicated to the romance that the characters go through. It's more suited for a side plot rather than a whole movie.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    A list without GI Joe is no list at all

    by JettL93

    are we expected to take these lists seriously with even one of them mentioning GI Joe?<P>and what about wolverine and terminator salvation, where the hell are they?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Worst year for movies.

    by knowthyself

    They are going to have a tough time filling up ten slots for the oscars. I can barely make up a top ten list.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    ...UP in the theater...

    by FlickaPoo the major cry spots I had to close my eyes for a second and think about sex to avoid making a spectacle of myself in public.<P>I managed to just sniffle quietly.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    My 5 fav films of the year

    by knowthyself

    1. Watchmen the Ultimate cut. 2. Where the wild things are. 3. District 9. 4. The Hangover. 5. Drag me to Hell

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    I have to say, that THIRST is brilliant and a sure classic of the Horror genre. It starts slow and just gets better and better. One of the best Vampire films ever made, and one of the best films of the decade to be sure. Great flick that you have to see. What a great surprise.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    No A V A T A R

    by Dharma4

    ...Because it isn't released yet. 5) (500) Days of Summer/Where the Wild Things Are 4) Inglorious Basterds 3) District 9 2) Star Trek 1) A V A T A R

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by estacado1

    What's so funny about a guy getting high and pulling out his own teeth? What so funny about a baby moving his hands as if jacking off? Just because douches find it funny, it doesn't mean it's actually funny.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I really thought The Hurt Locker..

    by Nocturama

    ..was from 2008.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Bad Lieutenant got some love

    by CherryValance

    lol That's awesome. I'm really happy that The Hurt Locker is hanging in there with all these year end releases. I thought it might get lost. I'm really happy that Jeremy Renner won Best Actor from the Boston Film Critics. It keeps his name in the race. Neill Blomkamp seems to be getting a lot of "new guy" love. But I hope that translates into a spot in the BP lineup at the Oscars. I'm rooting for District 9 first, then The Hurt Locker.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Star Trek, Nazis and Disney? What is this, 1981?

    by Robstar

    In the grand scheme of things, this year could Have been worse. We got a G.I. Joe movie that should never ever have been made, a Star Trek movie that made Star Trek seem relevant again, and an underground film that might become a classic. (D:9)

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    It looks like...

    by dukeroberts

    The Hurt Locker and Up are the year's biggest winners. They're both in my top 5. Any bets on them for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature? Hmmm? Anyone?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    No Love for "The Road?"

    by bswise

    After tanking at the BO, only Oscah could save it now, but this does not bode well, unless "No Ego" Viggo, Duvall or Kodi Smit-McPhee get actin' nods. Perhaps it will emerge as a cult classic someday, or... not. <br>Weird how the three "children's movies" on the lists were so full of pathos and psychotic violence, but I guess that's just the way it is Sado-America 2009. I did really dig the quote unqote Fantastic Mr. Fox, though, for Wes Anderson is legion. Spike, I love ya', but WTWA depressed the hell out of me. Up literally gave my kids nightmares about being attacked by packs of ravenous dogs.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Precious is the only obvious Oscar bait this year

    by estacado1

    and that's a good thing. And I feel sorry for whoever is co-nominated with Avatar in visual effects category.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Precious... Ugh we all know this one will win

    by andrew coleman

    Not to sound nasty but it is too predictable. Fat black chick with a horrible life... Instant Oscar because the movie is "ethnic". Don't believe me look at last year. But at least that movie was kind of good Precious was horrible. I almost walked out.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    What, no Avatar? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA......

    by MJohnson

    I'm sorry...maybe they should have let the TRADES choose the best films of the year....

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Avatar got best picture on the New York list

    by bullet3

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    REALLY happy about The Hurt Locker

    by I am_NOTREAL

    best movie of 2009 for me HANDS DOWN. I know Up In The Air is going to win the Oscar for best pic. Just give Bigelow director for God's sake.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:15 p.m. CST

    No point pretending that Precious won't get the Oscar

    by gruntybear

    . . . because it's already destined to win "Best Picture." Just the subject matter alone gives it a leg up. It's a lock. Zero contest. Just hand it the statue in the first 5 minutes of the broadcast and get on with the music montages.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Heeeeere's KRAKEN

    by Vesuvio - the new Clash of the Titan's trailer. Boy, seeing that baby in an IMAX screen will be quite an experience.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Starwarriors kidding right?

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN


  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    bullet3, that was the NYFCO: NY Film Critics *Online*

    by PennsyDeux

    That gave Avatar best picture. The actual NYFC hands out its best tomorrow. Don't expect Precious to be in there because the head of the NYFC, who's African-American, says Precious is racist.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by Missing Dink

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST

    I wonder if we'll get the "Annual" AICN Awards...

    by LoneGun

    Remember that from two years ago?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Jesus christ there's too many of these film groups

    by bullet3

    So the New York Film Critics Online and the New York Film Critics are two different bodies?! How the fuck does that make any sense at all, when pretty much every print review has an "online" version as well. Why not unify the two and save people the confusion

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    People with Darth or Obi in their names are idiots...

    by Sicuv Uyall

    not including the actual characters who are cool. Some of you jealous because the lists never included movies that had the word "Episode" or "Crystal Skull" in the title? Live long and prosper, bitches!!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Mr. Tibbs' best movies of 2009, excluding Avatar

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    In no particular order.... <p> Observe and Report, Outlander, Taken, The Hurt Locker, MOON, Knowing, Zombieland, Inglorious Basterds, District 9, The Hangover, Crank 2, UP, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. <p> Biggest Disappointments of 2009 <p> Friday the 13th, Transformers 2, Drag me to (Evil Dead) Hell. <p> Most Entertaining popcorn movies of 2009: <p> G.I. Joe, Land of the Lost, 2012. <p> Biggest WTF moments of 2009: <p> Wolverine, Star Trek, year one. <p> Biggest "OH MY GOD...WHEN WILL IT END MOMENTS of 2009": <p> The Watchmen: Theatrical, Directors, Extended, Whatever had just been released this month cut. <p> Biggest I could give a shit movies of 2009: <p> Precious, Evictus, Harry Potter, Vampire's light my bad....I meant Twilight.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Prescious is a "lock?" Are you guys f'ing serious?

    by Continentalop

    Sorry to bust your "Oscar's are predictable PC" bubble, but only one black actress has one a best actress award, only three have won best supporting awards, and no movie has which features black characters as the leads has won best picture. <p> Slumdog Millionaire is the exception that proves the rule. Everytime I hear how movies about gays, blacks, Jews and minorities always when the Oscar I have to laugh. Actually do the math people and add them up and I think you'll find they are a small percentage, even in the last decade (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Chicago, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Million Dollar Baby, Crash, The Departed, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire).

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Big Girls with issues, Frail wizards and Emo Vampires

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Are not on my wish list

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Damn you and your facts, Continentalop

    by jimmay

    We all really know the Academy is a branch of the evil left wing conspiracy to indoctrinate America with socialism and exclude good, wholesome white entertainment. Oh wait, only morons believe that. <p>And Precious was a good movie. If the reactionaries on here actually saw it, they might like it.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST

    (500) Days...

    by ooggbboo

    Hard not to immediately dismiss lists featuring this film. Unfortunately, 10 BP nominations means there's bound to be twee. And man(n), I'm surprised that Public Enemies has vanished from the discussion (not that I would include it).

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I'm ready to see some worst of lists

    by jimmay

    My fore-runner currently was Haunting in Connecticut. Sweet Mercy that movie was awful.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by KevinMuller

    Try Year one.... I knew it was going to suck, but it just blew my expectations away on how bad it was. Everyone in that movie should be thankful they still have a career after that film.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Year One

    by jimmay

    I've been avoiding it, but I may have to just to see how bad it really is. I've heard nothing but very bad things about it.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    N O A V A T A R ?!?!?

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    But it's the greestest moovee EVAR!!!! <P>OOHHHH NOESS!!!!!!!!<P> HATERS! TROLLS ! It's ALL CHUDS FAULT <P>OPEN LETTER TIME :(

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    ok girls

    by frank cotton

    i think some of you are in fraudulent possession of testicles. please return them to your wives/girlfriends immediately. yes, frank has cried at films, such as SCHINDLER'S LIST, BIKO, and as a youth, OLD YELLER. but you are crying at fucking cartoons! to paraprase BLADE - sissies

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Notice the common denominator

    by Logan_1973

    THE HURT LOCKER made every goddamn list.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Check again...I see Avatar

    by MandrakeRoot

    Avatar got a top spot. What are you reading? <p> Plus, who cares? Doesn't make it any less of a classic. Doesn't change the fact that it's the most revolutionary film of the decade. Keep grasping for thin air...

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Yep. Looks like the critics' consensus es mi consensus.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by Logan_1973

    NINE will win Best Pic this year. Marshall doing a musical again plus DDL = WIN.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker

    by VitaminZ

    Hurt Locker was incredible and absolutely should win Best Picture. Unfortunately, I agree with the posters above that the award is going to Precious. It's the type of movie content that critics gobble up.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    (500) Days and Hurt Locker here too

    by natecore

    but I also throw Adventureland and Drag Me To Hell in there too.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Do ya really want a movie that's earned only $12.7m at the boxof

    by PennsyDeux

    to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Because that's the number associated with The Hurt Locker. It was a boxoffice flop. Yet ANOTHER Iraq war story that most of America said no, thanks. <p> Useless trivia factoid: The LAFCA hasn't agreed with academy voters on best picture since 1993's Schindler's List.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    so PennsyDeux...

    by natecore

    then what is the minimal amount of box office revenue a film can have before being award worthy? I'd love to hear the arbitrary number you come up with.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by RipleyGrady

    The hangover? The goddamn hangover? Am I the only one who didn't find that film funny at all? Am I? Because I'm beginning to think people have confused the original storyline of people not remembering a drunken, drugged evening with some kind of revelatory comedic masterpiece. Seriously. Tell me when you laughed and how it merits a place in a top ten list, rather than a bottom of the barrel list.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    THE HURT LOCKER is the supreme movie of 2009

    by YackBacker

    Prepare yourselves for Awards domination.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    PennsyDeux, your tak of box office success disappoints me

    by YackBacker

    By your calculation, TRANSFORMERS 2 should be in the best picture discussion. Come on, you know you're better than that!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    "Harry Potter HBP" = High Blood Pressure?

    by YackBacker

    Sorry, as an over-the-counter guy, "HBP" amused me... carry on.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    Me too, RipleyGrady, me too.

    by jimmay

    I remember everyone on this site raving about the Hangover, like it was some breakthrough comedy of particular significance. Then I saw it, and realized it was just as dumb, just as uninspired, just as predictable as the previews made it look. "Ha ha the Asian guy talks like he's black! Haven't seen that before!" Oh that's right, Orgazmo did it ten years ago. What a derivative piece of crap.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Yack, I know it comes across like that, but my 5

    by PennsyDeux

    best picture nominees would be Avatar, Star Trek, District 9, The Hangover and Hurt Locker. Pooh-pooh it though I might, it's racked up more critical acclaim than any 5 movies put together this year. This way you have critics and moviegoers satisfied, reasonably. Precious and Up in the Air just miss my cut, but would get acting mentions for Sibide, Mo'Nique, Clooney and Kendrick. It's like Cotillard winning last year's best actress Oscar for a movie no one except the academy voters and their family/friends saw.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    IMO, there simply aren't 10 movies worth nominating

    by PennsyDeux

    this year. Wrong year to do it.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Penns, I'm no fan of the Oscars myself

    by YackBacker

    I'm just saying that a good movie can go without box office success. 2001 took decades to make its money back, that doesn't diminish its greatness, ya know? Fuck the Academy, I agree. But so what? We can appreciate movies independent from their political bullshit.<p> Have you seen AVATAR yet? I see that it's on your list of best pictures.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    TF2 will be in the picture category, among MANY others...

    by PennsyDeux

    At the Razzies.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    The previews, the rave reviews from the UK...

    by PennsyDeux

    It's a sight unseen best picture pick for me; I've got my IMAX 3D ticket in hand and will see it Friday at an actual IMAX theater outside of Philly. Can't wait. :) I believe Avatar is going to be a game-changer for the better.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Sicuv Uyall...

    by Doc Savant

    Not that I fit your username idiot selection, but seriously, I wouldn't call out people on their usernames if I couldn't figure out whether or not to use "Uall" or "y'all" in my usersurname. It's like my work buddy who keeps saying, "for your FYI", which makes me want to smack him upside the head each time he does it. That, and say, "try again, junior" while doing so, of course.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I could see AVATAR going either way

    by YackBacker

    None of the reviews thus far have said this movie has a great story- it's obviously the movie's greatness weakness. Whether or not that will matter is to be determined. I will definitely be seeing it opening weekend, but with measured expectations. I've reached a point where SFX alone cannot make me satisfied. Let's see what else AVATAR offers.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Got to say not a great year for film, looking at these lists

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    I am still to see Hurt Locker, Up in The Air and An Education, though have heard very good things about all 3 and am sure the best picture will go to one of them. <p> I have also got to see Avatar of course and based on the reviews there is a good chance I will enjoy it and am very excited to be sseing it this week. <p> I would honestly struggle to put together a top 10 this year, in the absence of not seeing the above 3 films. For me top 10 have to be must see films and don't think I have seen 10 films that are must see. <p> Top 5 films I have seen this year would be : <p> 1. District 9 <p> 2. 500 Days of Summer <p> 3. Up <p> 4. Inglorious Basterds <p> 5. Moon <p>

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Expected little more love for Moon

    by BillyLo

    Probably naive to hope for a best picture nomination. A nod to Jones his first time out would help him in being able to bring us some more cool pictures. It'd be nice to see Rockwell get some attention too.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    The Hangover

    by gooseud

    Most overrated movie I've seen in.........god, cant remember. Sitting there in a packed theater in uncomfortable silence listening to crickets chip as Mike Tyson did his unfunny schtick, or everyone collectively deciding not to laugh even one iota as Ed Helms sang his monumentally unfunny song about the tiger was among the more memorable movie memories of the year for me.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Dont get me wrong, Hurt Locker was good

    by gooseud

    but it didnt really tell me anything I didnt already know. Renner was amazing, actually the acting overall throughout was phenomenal, but.....I mean, was there a story beat or theme that remotely surprised anyone in that film? It is actually a credit to the actors that they could make such a by-the-numbers script so compelling

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Bright Star is my pick

    by Redmond

    Criminally overlooked by the critics. I thought it'd be a bigger hit with them, or at least better remembered. I hope Abbie Cornish at least gets a nomination.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Top 5 list of movies that were good and fun

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    but hardly amazing film and top 10 stuff (and a little overrated in my opinion),the stuff that is at best a 3.5 out of 5 movie : <p> 1. The Hangover <p> 2. Drag Me to Hell <p> 3. Star Trek <p> 4. Where the Wild Things Are. <p> 5. Bruno <p>

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    The idea of Bigelow and Cameron competing for Best Director

    by Redmond

    Is just too deliciously ironic.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Further to my last post

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    The inclusion of four of them in top 10 lists, is proof that 2009 doesn't deserve a top 10 list for movies.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell? Star Trek? (500) Days of Summer?

    by BenBraddock

    Jeezuz, are we in trouble..

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Worst year of the decade for movies

    by Thrillhouse77

    Even worse than the dreadful 2005, but at least that had a small handful of legitimately great films.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Top 5 disappointments for the year

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    But really I should have known better and not had high hopes, hell any hope. <p> 1. Transformers 2 <p> 2. Terminator Salvation <p> 3. Wolverine <p> 4. Observe & Report <p> 5. Knowing <p>

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Yes we aren't exactly finishing the decade on a high, though Avatar could be the start of better things, we will see

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    500 Days of Summer was ALMOST great...

    by Flim Springfield

    I really liked it, but they barely showed any of the conflict between them, mostly just Zooey being kind of passive-aggressive. It didn't seem like a real relationship without the fights.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Musashi, good observations

    by YackBacker

    I agree with all of your top 5 disappointments- excellent call re: KNOWING. What the fuck has happened to Alex Proyas? So much talent yet no consistency. Maybe I overestimated the guy...

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    #1 disappointment of the year: Moon

    by Flim Springfield

    Sam Rockwell is awesome, and the movie had a great old school sci-fi look and feel to it, so you really WANT it to be an amazing film. But it's just okay.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    I'd say 2000 was worse than 2009. What a dull year that was.

    by Flim Springfield

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Year One

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    was ONE movie I wished Mel brooks directed.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Film Springfield agreed...

    by odo19

    was loving the trailers and all the pre-release goodies for Moon. Loved the look of it and I've always been a fan of Sam Rockwell. Wanted to like it so bad but at the end of the day it was a 7 out of 10 movie at best. Plus there were a lot of very lazy plotholes that I noticed. Usually plot holes aren't a big deal to me if I like everything else in the movie but in this case it annoyed the shit out of me because most of them could be fixed so easily.

  • Proyas lost it after Dark City so I never bothered myself.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I have a confession to make- I almost walked out of MOON

    by YackBacker

    I was really let down by that one. Rockwell was superb, but the story was greatly flawed.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Up and The Hurt Locker

    by mrgreentheplant

    would be best picture winners going up against any of the winners from the past decade, besides possibly Return of the King. and the academy is still behind the curve on animated films--note that richard corliss from time's top three are all animated--so i'm guessing hurt locker will walk away with best picture, deservedly. though it pains me to say it, fuck every single "blockbuster" this year

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    The last fifteen minutes of Moon was weak

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    It had more than it's share of problems. <p> Granted Sam Rockwell was pretty good in the main (and only) role. The set designs were amazing, they reminded me of 2001 and the first Alien. There were a few things that were not made clear and left opened for speculation. I'm sure a few people haven't seen Moon yet, so I wont ruin it for them.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST


    by MandrakeRoot

    Look closer at the Avatar reviews...there is A LOT of story praise. Here's a two-for-one for you to sink your teeth in as hard proof. <p>

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    What the hell is with the "Fox" love?

    by FeralAngel

    Damned if I get it. Except that movie critics generally lurve anything connected with Roald Dahl. Marry him to Wes Anderson and they really get juicy. Sheesh. That "Fox" film was barely watchable, and there was a lot of grumbling and restless kids at the showing I attended. As for the rest, I can see "Coraline" getting a nod, and "Up" and "Precious" (depressing film, though). But of course no "Astro Boy" and I'm surprised that "Amelia" was ignored, snoozer though it was. But then who really gives a damn about these lists anyway? It's just a way for movie critics to draw attention to themselves so that their opinions actually appear to matter. After suffering "Fox" and various other "critical favorites" I generally pay no attention to critics, and thank god; I would have missed some real treasures otherwise.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Coraline ad "That Fox film"....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Creepy shit.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Top 5 anticipated movies of 2010...too soon

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Anyway, so far its : <p> 1. Inception - Chris Nolan for me has been the best director of the last 10 years, Ridley Scott in second. He is a director that you can trust and am sure he will deliver once again. <p> 2. Iron Man 2 - RDJ is the man and Favreau knows what he is doing. Will he interesting to see how he deals with a bigger movie, more stars etc, with the likes of Scarlett and Mickey. Have confidence that he will be able to handle it in a similar way to Nolan and Dark Knight. <p> 3. Kick Ass - sounds very cool, Mathew Vaughn seems to be getting better and better and the initial reports fron BNAT can't help but push up excitment for this one. <p> 4. Alice in Wonderland - This just looks amazing, seems like the perfect project for Burton and Johhny Depp is a great actor. the actress playing Alice is an Aussie (of course am happy about that) and was amazing in the the HBO drama In Treatment. <p> 5. Green Zone, Matt Damon and Greengrass teaming up again, Greengrass another brilliant director of the last decade with United 93 and the Bournes, am sure he won't disappoint here. <p> And special mention for the wife, Sex and The City 2, unless I die or get divorced I will be watching this movie. Its the kind of thing that will be good for a few months to come, i.e. "You have come home drunk yet again and with some girls lipstick on your shirt", "yeah, but sweety wasn't it great that we saw SATC2 together, how about Samantha and that guy.....".

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Thanks, MandrakeRoot

    by YackBacker

    Definitely signs of hope. I'll still remain mellow with my expectations but I do like the positive reactions.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    KICK ASS will be next year

    by YackBacker

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    KICK ASS will be next year's sleeper hit

    by YackBacker

    That's what I was attempting to say before the cunt website cut me off.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    It is a 3-way race.

    by imagin78

    The Oscar for Best Picture will be won by either The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air or Avatar. <p> Precious' buzz peaked over a month ago and is not winning any critic awards. It will win supporting actress as consolation. <p> Up in the Air is also starting to falter. While it has its' share of supporters, many think the film is too slight. It will still be competitive and its' success at the Box Office might be a determining factor. <p> The Hurt Locker is the current front-runner. Bigelow will win best director no matter what. However, its' financial performance can be a crutch. Money is always a factor in Hollywood. Only two of the Best Picture winners in the 00's failed to make over $100 million(Crash and No Country). Even there, they both at least made over $50 million. This could cripple it. <p> Avatar definitely has a chance, plus it could be the blockbuster that many in the Academy want to honor after The Dark Knight fiasco last year. Can they overlook their sci-fi bias as well as criticisms of a shallow story? That is unclear. However, audience reactions on top of overall grosses can help push momentum towards it. The DGA and Golden Globes may also come into play. <p> Unlike the last couple of years, it should be an interesting race this time.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Fuck, the Hangover got on there?

    by OutlawsDelejos

    That was seriously the most lackluster film of the year. Luckily i watched Adventureland directly after it, I think I love that movie.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST

    My fave fliqs are (in no certain order)

    by Meadowe

    Up, Star Treq, and Publiq Enemies.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    hangover was weak

    by el_pops

    How can yall have avatar as your number one if you havent even seen it, bunch of fucking knuckleheads i swear

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    A V A T A R - Fucking your eyeballs in 3 days!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    fuck yeah

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST


    by blakindigo

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Looking at these lists...

    by hike499

    Some of the movies were very good, but damn was it a shitty year for movies. Good movies, that is. I read somewhere that box office was up, but I guess people were seeing crap. I liked "Broken Embraces" a lot though...

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Star Trek????

    by Fortunesfool

    Who the hell voted for that? Top ten worst of the year if anything. I'm assuming Avatar is missing because ITS NOT ON GENERAL RELEASE YET!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST


    by Star Hump

    There was no Dark Knight fiasco last year. TDK wasn't the best picture, not by a long shot. Ledger's performance managed to get it nominated.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    by critch

    So Avatar is on less Top 10 movie lists than Star Trek (NONE!) and only becomes the best movie of the year on a online critic review that includes Armond White, professional troll. (Check out any popular movie on Rotten Tomatoes, he has the opposite review guaranteed.) It's well liked but it's not going to be best of anything. I'd still rather have it up there than this year's POS independent movie of the year. Up In the Air will join such classics as Milk, Juno, Napolean Dynamite, Sideways, and Lost in Translation as movies that everyone loves and nobody ever mentions again.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Moon? Really?

    by Orionsangels

    When that movie started and he was walking on the moon. I took it off. He should have been hopping on the Moon, like the Apollo 11 Astronauts. Make it authentic damn it! So yeah, that took me right of the movie. Moon proves without a shadow of doubt we landed on the movie. In 2009 they couldn't even make a man walking on a moon look real.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:17 a.m. CST

    I think a lot of these critics had their picks for weeks now

    by Orionsangels

    Avatar comes along and they love it, but they don't wanna bump any of their picks off their list. Which were made weeks in advance.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST

    I cry at every movie.

    by Dingbatty

    Because even matinees are exorbitant, these days. And no decent dollar theaters around any longer.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    No love for 'The Road'?

    by Sagart1994

    I would certainly put it above The Hurt Locker, Moon and District 9.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Star Trek was the best movie of the year

    by Drsambeckett1984

    No question, although I havent seen The Road yet, and considering I have never even seen a trailer for it playing in any of my local cinemas, I'll probably have to wait for DVD.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    UP and THE HURT LOCKER kicking ass

    by DVader


  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Yeah i hope Bigelow gets it

    by ominus

    come on

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    no paul blart- mall cop?

    by alice133

    fuck the liberal media!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST

    oh boy a movie which has not yet been

    by ominus

    releashed,its not in some film critics association list.oh crap.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Series7 will be happy Up in the Air is hardly mentioned

    by DVader

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Am I missing something BASTARDLY here?

    by The Chosen

    I mean, the best movie this year is Inglourious Basterds. I haven't seen Hurt Locker or Up In The Air, and i imagine they are near-perfection as all critics have been praising, but Inglourious Basterds is the 2009 movie for the ages. I thought it would even be the Tarantino's entrance to the Oscar's hall (not counting PULP) next year. What the hell is going on?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    What happened to Scriptgirl?

    by Vesuvio

    Story anyone? Links? NSFW pics of the occurred?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Coraline Love

    by lagomorph

    I'm glad to see Coraline get some of that year-end love. It wasn't always a great film but it was clearly something special and I've since seen it a dozen times and the enjoyment has not waned. Everyone who missed its theatrical run that I've shown it to has instantly fallen for its charms and its technical marvel.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:41 a.m. CST

    she left this world, Vesuvio

    by DioxholsterReturns

    shes know in a better place...porno industry,

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    this is what Scriptgirl is doing now (porno stuff)

    by DioxholsterReturns <p> NSFW!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST


    by sansara07

    (I've christened the peeps supporting Avatar as the "avatards" in an affectionate way). So, it's all square going into the next round which will be the opening night takings. If Avatar matches/exceeds New Moon's takings, the avatards will take the lead. It it fails to match New Moon's takings, that's another point for the haters. Ooooohhh this is exiting...actually it's not. It's fucking pathetic. Everyone here so grow up.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST

    KICK-ASS will be kicking your ass in 2010

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    It came here to chew some gum and kick your ass.<p>And it's all outta gum, bitches!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    the best rock doc of 2010..

    by emeraldboy

    will be motorhead the story of motorhead.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Not sure what Sansara is saying

    by gooseud

    His post seems to go back and forth between sincerity and basically, on this sci-fi heavy website, there are a group of fans highly excited about the new sci-fi blockbuster coming out, and this angers sansara?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Inglorious Basterds - critics loved it...and now?

    by quantize

    ...because, in truth, despite all the critical praise, it was a self-conscious try-hard, uninvolving roller coaster ride all downhill. Pitt was all jaw acting, the basterds were a bunch of anemic unthreatening ghosts (roth needs to stay behind the camera...or away from them even better) and the few significant scenes wheezed to unsatisfying climaxes (the bar/'who am i' game scene?...woeful). <p> The finale was a limp end laced with laughably bad was impossible to even give a fuck about the lead characters story..we hardly KNEW anything about her. <p> Tarantino is capable of much better..IB makes Death Proof look like high art.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST

    The Chosen....yes you are missing something

    by quantize

    taste. <p> go see Hurt Locker now.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Top Five

    by shutupfanboy

    From what I have seen this year 1. Inglorious Bastards 2. Star Trek 3. Watchmen 4. Ninja Assassin 5. Wolverine: Origins by default Bastards was not well loved by Time that stated the Jews should be not shown as people as bad as the Nazis. I totally disagree since Jews are human too and if I were a Jew during WWII, you best believe I would want carve symbols in German skulls. I thought the bar scene went on too long, but the rest of the film was awesome. Avatar still looks like dancing with Smurfs.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Semen Stains

    Gotta be my fav of 09

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Hurt Locker

    by BorisHumphrey

    I would love if this film got major Oscar attention, because it would show the distributor what a weak-as-balls move they made holding it back for so long. I downloaded a screener of that movie in November last year! Jeremy Renner was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for that movie LAST awards season! It was definitely one of the best movies I saw in 2008, and it's still one of the best movies of the last year if we were to go by official release dates. Good on you, Bigelow. Avatar will not have a strong presence at the Oscars outside of the tech categories. Cameron had to make a limp dick boat movie to get any Oscars love.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    think you need to see some more movies

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    And if Tom Hardy is not nominated for Best Actor...

    by BorisHumphrey

    ...then the whole thing is a fuckin sham as always.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Makes sense to me, as someone who saw it and couldn't comprehend what all the good word of mouth was about. Waltz has a great, memorable performance, and Pitt's improvised infiltration makes me laugh, but beyond that I thought the film was uneven and uncompelling. It is unforgiveable to have a story where a major component is a badass group of commandos, but then virtually never show them being badass. Show, don't tell. Only Waltz really gets anything to do in the film, both plot-wise and acting-wise - and seeing him in action, there is no doubt what he's capable of. Nobody else got anything substantial to do. Lightweight film.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Inglorious Basterds....

    by MorganLeafy

    Was pretty glorious. Maybe I was imagining things, but I saw a movie that worked on different levels and where QT played more than a few tricks on the audience, making the Nazi’s more likeable than the basterds (please don’t take this as a sort of anti-Semitic remark!) was one them. Hurt Locker was ok, but it felt more like a number of tv-episodes edited together. Come to think of it, a Hurt Locker series à la the Wire would be pretty awesome!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Also, Ben Foster should get an honorary Oscar...

    by BorisHumphrey

    ...for not overacting in Pandorum. That should be a new category. Every time a batshit crazy actor puts in a restrained performance, it should be acknowledged. Gary Oldman would have gotten it twice for the Batman movies.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Notice Not Much Love for AVATAR

    by RefutetheHype

    The so-called positive reviews, if you actually read them, are mostly negative, saying the movie is braindead, knuckleheaded, with wooden performances, poor plot decisions, cliche writing, inane dialogue all propped up on massive visual spectacle. Shocked, I am, shocked!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    moon and hurt locker

    by animas

    both are equally my top 2

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Top 5 of 2009 Is Easy (There Were Only 8 Good Movies)

    by Crow3711

    1. The Hurt Locker <p> 2. Inglorious Basterds <p> 3. The Road <p> 4. Star Trek <p> 5. (500) Days of Summer

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    My top 5

    by SifoDyasJr.

    <p>1. Up</p> <p>2. Inglorious Basterds </p> <p>3. Zombieland</p> <p>4. Up in the Air</p> <p>5. Moon</p>

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Top 10 so far

    by reflecto

    I have yet to see Up In The Air, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Avatar, The White Ribbon, Bronson, The Limits Of Control, Tokyo Sonata and An Education among others. 1. Breathless (South Korea) 2. Where The Wild Things Are 3. The Brothers Bloom (I don't care what anyone says - it's incredible because of the darker undertone beneath the "quirk") 4. The Hurt Locker 5. Revanche 6. Inglourious Basterds (people don't get it - it's a deconstruction of a world made of cinema, not a typical Tarantino cliche) 7. The Girlfriend Experience 8. Magazine Gap Road (Hong Kong) 9. Adventureland (shockingly good and totally misrepresented in promotion) 10. Love Exposure (Japan) some runner-ups: Bad Lieutenant, Star Trek, District 9, Coraline

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Why am I the only one who can't get spacing in the message box?

    by reflecto

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    reflecto, use html tags for spacing

    by SifoDyasJr.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Up In The Air is Oscar bait

    by Series7

    All the way, to whoever said only Precious was the only Oscar bait.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    I also had to inquire about the spacing issue one day. You can not just hit return between your picks. You have to place a "p" surrounded by < and > so it will look like "<p>" So make a sentence, hit enter and place that symbol, then hit enter again and start typing. Creates the space. Don't ask me why, I don't know just does. I guess it stands for paragraph maybe?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The Limits Of Control???

    by Series7

    everyone hated that movie? Even Ebert, and I guess he's in it.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    The Brothers Bloom

    by Series7

    Wouldn't that be 2008? Didn't it have an Oscar bait run late 2008?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    Making the symbol for you actually created the damn space. So, in case you can't figure it out, its < then a "p" then > basically a smallcased p surrounded by the arrows. <p> On top of that, I'm down with your list overall. I disagree on Adventureland personally, I thought it was incredibly boring and insipid, but I also agree it was mis-marketed. It might just be I hate kristen stewart so much, and I thought reynolds was way miscast. Anyway, I also havent seen Up In The Air or Fantastic Mr. Fox, so I could be incorrect in saying there were only about 8 good movies this year, could be as high as a dozen overall, but I still think it was an awful year for film. I might also have to replace 500 Days of Summer with Precious on my list as number 5...not sure. I completely agree with you on Inglorious Basterds though...people don't get what it is. Its a deconstruction of 70 years of cinema put into cinema about a world of cinema. It's amazing, amazing stuff. I hate people who don't like it because it doesn't have enough of the Basterds. Did you really want Chapter 2 spread out over the whole film? Talk about boring, and been there done that for Tarantino. All in all, Chapter 2 was probably the least engaging of the 5 chapters for me. It was fun, but didn't even close to the levels of Chapters 1, 3, and 5. He made his masterpiece.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Yeah Adventureland blew

    by Series7

    Twilight girl still though acting = running her hand through her hair. If you look at it, its kind of like a reverse Twilight, where she is the Vampire and Micheal Cera 2 is Bella.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Bros Bloom

    by Crow3711

    Brick is one of my favorite films of this decade by a wide margin...but I have to say I was entirely disappointed with Bros Bloom personally. It had style, it had wit and charm to boot, but I didn't think it had much substance. The scenes felt strung together, and then the biggest problem was that, being such a self-conciously created "con" movie...I really expected the movie to come together and reveal the "long con" where everything previous made sense. It had none of that. In the end, I felt most of it actually made less sense than when they began. Just my two cents.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST, ADVENTURELAND was good. Very good.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    ...Re: BROTHERS BLOOM...(spoiler)...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...thoroughly enjoyable movie, but Crow3711 is mostly right. It somehow both didn't come together at the end and came together obviously and neatly at the same time.<P>They telegraphed the older brother's death from miles away, but gave absolutely no indication about why he might want to die in the first place.<P>Well worth seeing though.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST

    ...that should have been "too abviously and neatly".

    by FlickaPoo

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    ...Series7, sometimes you strike me...

    by FlickaPoo someone who doesn't so much enjoy movies as like to watch them so he can collect and categorize them like a movie serial killer.<P>The pleasure comes not so much from the watching...more from the organizing and ranking.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Even This Years Best Films...

    by Crow3711

    Aren't truly good enough to love on for years to come I don't think. I think The Hurt Locker has true staying power, I'll be watching it multiple times in my life...but other than that, even the best movies this year are mostly forgettable compared to years past. I don't think any films are going to become legendary. District 9 will probably be remembered fondly for how grondbreaking the effects seemed and how cheap it was made for, how orginal it was etc, but personally...I thought the story was full of retardation and was ready to leave the theater before it ended. My personal biggest disappointment this year. Shockingly, I think Avatar will almost undoubtedly be the most remembered film of 2009, and thats saying somethin. Everyone seems to agree its impressive and immersive and wonderful, but they also agree it has trite dialogue and a silly story. I don't like the idea of a gigantic action movie thats basically a summer blockbuster being the most memorable film of the year. That sucks ass, no matter how revolutionary it is.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I think Bloom is more mature than Brick

    by reflecto

    It doesn't have to try quite so hard; it gives the appearance of attempting a Wes Anderson riff, but its cutesy Anderson-style "indie quirk" masks a much darker, seamier heart at core with the battered relationship between the brothers, and Bloom's unspeakable past with Maximillian Schell's character. It's festively colored, but the ending turns into a perverse take on a Jean-Pierre Melville film, where cons fall into cons and it seems almost no one will get out alive. What happens with Rinko Kikuchi's character is haunting. However, I understand its tonal schizophrenia is jarring for people.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Why? because I don't like Adventureland? <P> I'm sorry the movie just blew, I didn't by any of the relationships. He was trying to hard to be John Hughes and failed. Also they should've made these kids right out of high school, it was stupid to pretned they were post college age. <P> I don't get how you think I don't enjoy movies. I just don't like the ones you like. I saw Brothers Bloom last week and really enjoyed it, watched it twice in a row. I mean do we have to have the exact same taste in film to enjoy film?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Also, Adventureland blew me away - not what I expected

    by reflecto

    They promoted it as an Apatow sex farce but it is a really melancholy, intimate movie, especially in the stuff with Stewart and Ryan Reynolds. The final scene with Stewart (in the only kind of role she's good in) and Eisenberg brings it all home.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Do you think Rinko really died?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I am over Tarantino and expected to hate Basterds

    by reflecto

    but it's amazing BECAUSE he doesn't bother trying to riff other people or outdo The Dirty Dozen. Instead, it's a film where the war is in an alternate universe, and everything, culture, commerce, love, art, war is about cinema. It's about movies, and that drips from every single scene and every character's actions. Yes it's ridiculously improbable that they would all care about Clouzot, or that the German soldiers would know that pop culture trivia or that Archie would be a critic-turned-secret agent but realism is not the point: It's its own world and Quentin totally created it, as opposed to some of his lesser work where he tries too hard to make reality fit his fetishes. Basterds blossoms because it does not make any pretense towards being "real".

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    Series7, it's been a while since I saw it but yes I do

    by reflecto

    I smelled the darker part of the movie from the first scenes, where Bloom tells Nora Zehetner about him and his brother, and then they sit together in that cold morning all alone, hungover and bored. That's what grabbed me and when I realized it wasn't just going to be another iteration of Brick-style imitation which, while good, has its weaknesses.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    How long does everyone expect the best supporting actor

    by Series7

    To be ruled by Villians?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo's not a criticism, people can enjoy movies any way they want to. <P> And anyway, only sometimes do I get that impression..worded it too strongly.<P>It's probably just on my mind because for some reason I don't enjoy or have any inclination to rank movies at all...I always feel at a loss at this time of year, and even more so at the end of the decade...<P>And I was thoroughly charmed by BROTHERS BLOOM...I just don't think it quite came together.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Reflectio Pefection

    by Crow3711

    That is why Basterds is the most impressive film this year. Exactly, precisely why. Great post.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Well of course Ruffalo's ending was known well in advanced. I just don't think Rinko died, I think she just set it up to get away.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    ...of course, BASTERDS takes place in Movieland...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the way ROGER RABBIT takes place in Cartoonland or Toonville or whatever it was called.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    ...Toontown, that's it.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Yes, I saw Black Book right before IB

    by reflecto

    I was concerned that it would feel derivative and I wouldn't be able to properly judge the film, but I shouldn't have worried. While Black Book is also a great Verhoeven cartoon in certain ways, it is still based in our reality and has a focus on action. Basterds is quite different. But I would put both of them on any program of "WW2 films" any time, probably with Basterds as the very last entry - when the war has been done on film so much that it finally ceases to be remotely real and becomes something new.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Bear in mind, people, my #2 film of last year was Speed Racer

    by reflecto

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Funny part about all the Avatar praise

    by VitaminZ

    Even the really positive reviews for Avatar don't talk about the story. Every positive review is about how good the movie looks. The best anyone can say about the characters, story, and dialogue is that they didn't mind them. That's not very encouraging.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Well we are on a thread thats gonna be all about ranking movies? <P> I thought Brothers Bloom all came together nicely the first time I saw it, not so much the second time around. <P> Also anyone who hasn't seen it or to those who haven't returned the DVD yet. The directors commentary is pretty good, he answers questions people submitted through Twitter. Its interesting. <P> Also he answered something I was thinking about it, why did all of the shots from Europe look like postcards, they wanted to make it look like what someone would think Europe looks like. To make the adventure that much more for her.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Whats cartoony about someone getting a vat of shit dumped on them?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    AFI and The Hangover?

    by Jamie McBain

    Love the movie, but seriously. WTF?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Anyone else have a feeling that the Academy will still ignore

    by Series7

    The Hurt Locker? Though i don't think they can with the 10 best picture noms. While I don't think it should get any acting awards, it deserves best picture. I think if anything thats all is deserves. I think Avatar is going to fuck a lot of the technical awards as well.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    ...Series7, re: The thread topic...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...that is a good fucking point.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Total Film magazine in the UK

    by Fortunesfool

    Just announced Star Trek as the best sci-fi film of the decade??????? Subscription cancelled.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Why the hell has 2007 film Death at a Funeral...

    by moonlightdrive

    been re-made?!?!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    When is The Road going to have a general...

    by moonlightdrive


  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Getting a vat of shit dumped on you IS cartoony

    by reflecto

    Verhoeven's work is broad and expansive and wild, I think he'd be the first to admit that. But it's also brilliant and scathing.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I think they'll give a bunch of awards to Clooney's twinkle and

    by reflecto

    And ignore Hurt Locker. Cause everybody loves George's smile and "Blink!" I actually love Clooney myself, but come on. It's an old pattern with the Academy: Feel-good movies that don't make us feel too bad and have a dash of cultural commentary, but not TOO much. Slumdog, Crash, etc.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Clooney's twinkle AND Sally Sparrow

    by reflecto


  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    No its no longer just a twinkle

    by Series7

    Its called Smugfucking, and Cloondawg is the king of Smugfucking.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Hurt Locker by a mile

    by babblerouser

    by far the best flick of 09 - shame it only pulled in 12ml at the box office.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    ...I'm bitter about two things...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...1-I have no inclination to rank movies.<P>2-I mostly only get to see movies at home these days, so I've only seen half of the good stuff so far...<P>Mostly I'm only bitter about the second thing. I feel like half a man.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker

    by Roundhay_Gardener

    Moon as the runner-up.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The Hurt Locker was good and all

    by Series7

    But D9 for my pic of the year. Too bad the Shart will get looked over for best Actor. I bet it comes down to him and Jeremy, they'll have George and a bunch of Actors from really dramatic shit no one saw, like Bright Star or something. And they may end up picking Jeremy because military trumps Sci-Fi.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    ...and I think SLUMDOG is my least favorite Danny Boyle...

    by FlickaPoo I may not rank movies much, but I figure that much out.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Moon is a Hollywood sci-fi pic with indie dressing

    by reflecto

    Right down to its big action ending, "it's all OK" denouement (ignoring the clone's lifespan) and final Dubya/Repug ha-ha punchline right before the credits. It seemed so incongruous to the picture's initial tone. And I love beating up on Republicans but that was random as fuck.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Yes, Slumdog is his worst but it's middle of the road

    by reflecto

    indie Hollywood pr0n. Not really indie at all. I love Boyle, but meh.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    ...that's what I meant. I love Boyle, but his least great....

    by FlickaPoo got the most recognition. He absolutely deserves the's just funny that it came from SLUMDOG.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Bright Star will have a big life on DVD, BTW

    by reflecto

    Its brand of Victorian, repressed sexuality will inadvertently pick up major converts from Twilight fans. The film plays like a Victorian-age teen soap in many ways, but the best one I've ever seen; beautiful work by Campion.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Bright Star will have a big life on DVD, BTW???

    by Series7

    Really? Nothing has a big life on DVD anymore. There is no such thing as the CULT hit anymore. Too many movies are released these days for people to give a shit about anything that wasn't big or some awards winner.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Avatar - 2009 Jurrasic Park - 1993

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Great visuals - where the fuck is the plot?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    ..."Nothing has a big life on DVD anymore"...

    by FlickaPoo you think that's really true? <P>Back when I used to go to Blockbuster (not that long ago) it seemed like there was a whole category of middle of the road movies that tanked at the box office but would be completely rented out of stock for people wanted to see them, but not enough to get dressed and go to a theater.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Hurt Locker

    by fiester

    Seems the consensus winner.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    ???? When's the last time you saw a blockbuster that wasn't going out of business?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    new CLASH trailer;;;;;;

    by theycallmemrtibbs


  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    ...Series7, of course, but theoretically the same rental...

    by FlickaPoo

    ... pattern could be true, just moved over to NetFlix or on demand or whatever. <P> I was just wondering if you statement is definitely mathematically true by the numbers or if that's just your impression....

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    I've looked through some DVD sales results and these smaller movies you think will find a home on DVD haven't really. But shit like Year One ends up becoming a DVD hit?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST That's is one sweet and crunchy trailer...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I'm not sure about lighting Liam Neeson like Barbara Walters...but very cool.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Surpised Sin Nombre didn't get a single mention

    by skimn

    At least over The Hangover or Star Trek or Drag Me To Hell or...

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    ..."shit like Year One"...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I'm never going to live that down, am I?<P>I was drunk. I laughed. I'm not sorry dammit.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Sin Nombre

    by Series7

    Is a year too late for anyone to care. Its too much like Slumdog and City of God.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by IAmLegolas

    Obviously you don't remember Original Movie Zeus and his background lighting.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Hahahah yeah I forgot your the one guy

    by Series7

    That likes that movie. <P> I just picked that not because of you, just because it was really the last time I looked and I saw that it was making good dvd money.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by unclebusu

    So begins the annual lists of pretentious look at me films.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    In the original clash....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Zeus had a ABBA music video playing behind him.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Re: Netflix, Blockbuster etc

    by Crow3711

    I was just wondering if anyone knew how exactly the business model for Netflix works in regards to how much money the studio gets per rental. Does netflix just pay an overall fee to be able to rent the DVD out and thats it, or does it depend on how many times it gets rented and how many copies they have etc? I was just always kind of curious. I'm a member of netflix, but I just thought since were on the topic of blockbusters and netflix etc and how much money films make off DVD, I was wondering if anyone knew anything deeper about how much extra money a film can get from netflix rentals

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Release The Kraken!

    by Crow3711

    Who wants to bet that every teenager in whatever theater you happen to be in when you see this trailer or film says something along the lines of, "they already had a monster called Kraken in the Pirates movies. Way to be unoriginal" without even the slightest hint that Pirates didn't invent the Kraken and utterly unaware of its mythology? i hate them.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Crow..and what about Redbox?

    by skimn

    And I understand that Blockbuster has there own kiosks also..

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Whip It was better written, directed and acted

    by Spandau Belly

    than most of these movies. I'm not telling you guys that you didn't have a good time at Star Trek or Basterds or whatever, but yeeeeeesh half the movies on these lists barely count as anything more than "shut your brain off" type of distractions.<br><br>I miss the days when critics were all snobby and didn't try to slum it up by picking deeply flawed movies that the masses had an okay time watching.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Star Hump

    by imagin78

    I'm not saying I agree that TDK should have been nominated. Personally, I think it was a bit overrated. However, there was a bit of an uproar over its' exclusion. That is part of the reason why there are 10 nominees this year.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Broadcast Film Critics

    by imagin78

    The BFCA have just released their nominees for Best Picture. <p> Avatar <br> An Education <br> The Hurt Locker <br> Inglourious Basterds <br> Invictus <br> Nine <br> Precious <br> A Serious Man <br> Up <br> Up In The Air <p> Inglorious Basterds and Nine lead the nominations with 10 each. Avatar is second with 9. <p> There are many in the Academy that love Basterds. It could actually have a shot at winning Best Picture except for the fact that the Weinsteins have put all of their energy into Nine.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    ...Crow3711, I'm curious about that too. Not curious...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...enough to do any real work to find out...but it would be interesting to know.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Bastards will walk away with

    by Series7

    Maybe a script nom and movie nom but will win Best Supporting Actor nom.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Best Actor will be

    by Series7

    Cloondawg<P> Colin Firth<P> Daniel Day<P> Joseph Gordon-Levitt<P> Jeremy Remmer <P>With Shart being the power ball.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    ...IAmLegolas, lighting Zeus like Barbara Walters...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...was questionable then, and it's questionable now.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    What was so bad about Terminator Salvation?

    by Tom_Bombadil

    I know it wasn't an Academy Award picture but I thought it was fairly entertaining. Did I miss something? Please tear it apart for me.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Series 7

    by imagin78

    You forgot about The Dude. <p> Jeff Bridges is actually the favorite to finally win an Oscar this year. <p> Three of the four acting contests are pretty much wrapped up. <p> Mo'Nique, who'd have thought this a couple of years ago, will win supporting actress for Precious. <p> Waltz has it locked up for Basterds and Carey Mulligan is the likely winner for An Education. <p> Best Actor could easily go to Clooney, Firth, or Remmer. However, Bridges has the same sense that he has earned it that Winslet had last year.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Two ridiculous things TalkBackers have said...

    by maxwell's hammer

    1) There aren't 10 films worth nominating this year? Some of you really need to get out and watch more film. There are PLENTY of GREAT films out there, you just have look beyong the narrow horizon of the standard cineplex. If you think 'Star Trek' or 'The Hangover' belong on top 10 lists, you know very little about movies.<BR> <BR> 2) Dark Knight fiasco? It's exclusion at last year's Oscars was only a fiasco to the Uninformed-But-Absurdly-Self-Righteous wing of the Fanboy Legion. For everyone else, it was kind of a non-issue.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Ohhh yeah I forgot about that direct to video entry

    by Series7

    For Jeff Bridges. Fuck that.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Just Because A Movie Is Good Doesn't Make It Award-Worthy

    by Crow3711

    Having Ten nominees for the sake of having ten nominees is stupid. If there are ten truly excellent films, great, you have the option. But there won't be ten nominees this year. You can name ten good to great films this year, absolutely. But I can't name ten excellent, best picture nominee worthy films. Not really. Most of the films you probably name, I would say are good films, absolutely, but not Oscar worthy. Having ten slots doesn't mean there need to be ten nominations. It's not that we haven't seen the films MaxwellHammer, its that we're more discerning viewers. Sorry

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    In the dictionary if you look up the Oscar definition of a great movie, there is the poster for Crash.....for going from there its easy to find 10 movies that fit that criteria.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by Broseph

    Finaly somebody else sees what i saw with inglorious basterds.Dude you know how painful it was for me to hate this movie.i love tarantino's work and i couldn't pretend this was great.I'll take a movie like Defiance or Valkyrie over that jew revenge fantasy any day.thank you for putting that into words i was starting to feel like i was in a bizzare-o world with the hate of that piece of shit

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    "I could give a shit"

    by Kaitain

    It's "I couldn't give a shit", not "I could give a shit".

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    awful year for movies and music, amazing year for tv

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    and a fucking amazing DECADE for tv. mad men. the wire. the sopranos. lost. the shield. 24. comedy? the office. scrubs. chapelles show. and many many many more. tv ROCKED this decade. except the reality shows.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Yeah TV was phenomenal this decade

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Even though some may have gotten cancelled I'm still amazed at the stellar selection we have had on the Tube that can be revisited through DVD/Blu. <br> <br> Curb. Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Firefly, BSG, True Blood, Arrested Development, Fringe, Dexter, Weeds... amazing decade indeed.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    New York Film Critics winners announced

    by PennsyDeux

    Best Film- The Hurt Locker<p> Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker<p> Best Screenplay – In the Loop<p> Best Actress – Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia<p> Best Actor – George Clooney, Up In The Air and “Fantastic Mr. Fox<p> Best Supporting Actress – Mo’Nique, Precious<p> Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds<p> Best Cinematography – Christian Berger, The White Ribbon<p> Best Animated Film – Fantastic Mr. Fox<p> (In your fucking dreams, NYFC; Up and Astro Boy were miles better; frak, even Where the f'n Wild Things Are<p> Best Non-fiction Film – Of Time and the City<p> Best Foreign Language Film – Summer Hours<p> Best First Feature – Hunger, director Steve McQueen<p>

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Best actor

    by Taklamakan

    Colin Firth<br>Morgan Freeman<br>Jeff Bridges<br>George Clooney<br>Jeremy Renner<br><br>I don't think DDL will get nominated since buzz has dropped considerably on Nine, some critics even singling him out as being uninvolving...Freeman will get nominated, since he's the only part of the oscar-bait "Invictus" that has gotten universally good praise

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Tom_Bombadil, I'll gladly oblige

    by Spandau Belly

    Terminator 4 was about a robot programmed to kill John Connor with ....bad advice. Skynet builds a robot assassin who looks human, gets within choking distance of Connor several times and chooses to try and kill Connor by suggesting that he go into a somewhat dangerous but easily escapable situation. This robot assassin has also been given free will and the ability to make his own choices even if they go against his maker, Skynet.<br><br>Glad I could summerize what had to be the stupidest idea for a movie in 2009 for you.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Jeez when's that shit dropping on VHS? Been dying to see that for forever now.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Yeah good call on Freeman over DDL. I still say fuck Bridges since his movie was suppose to go direct to CMT. If the academy had any balls they'd nominate the Shart.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Also if Year One

    by Series7

    Doesn't take every category at the Razzies, then they will suck like they always do.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    The Girlfriend Experience was good...

    by ZoeFan

    And it hasn't been mentioned much on the TB, so I wanted to throw that movie out there.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Dah dah da da!

    by loodabagel

    <p>1. Where the WIld Things Are</p> <p>2. Inglorious Basterds</p> <p>3. The Hurt Locker</p> <p>4. Black Dynamite</p> <p>5. Up</p> <p>6. Precious</p> <p>7. Drag Me To Hell</p> <p>8. Observe and Report</P> <p>9. Fantastic Mr Fox</p> <p> 10. Extract</P>

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    the Shart??

    by skimn

    Do you mean Sharlto Copley from District 9? Cuz I could see it. He carried that movie on his shoulders, and his character has a nice dramatic arc, but genre films have a hard go at it, even in acting.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    what about Where The Wild Things Are?

    by Spandau Belly

    Did that not come out this year? Is that not a better crafted film than Star Trek or Up?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    I think The Girlfriend Experience is disqaulified from shit since it was on VOD.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Hence the whole balls comment.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by ZoeFan

    It had a VERY limited release (30 screens) @ the end of May.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Yeah but if a movie comes out on VOD

    by Series7

    Which it did first, it gets disqualified for Oscar run, so usually most awards say fuck it.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    What killed Terminator 4....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Was the dumb-asses promoting the thing revealed too much in the trailers. If people would have went in watching, not knowing that Worthington was the assassin, the experience would have been different. <p> The movie wasn't bad, but then it wasn't all that good either. (That's my new approach to movies I walk a thin line with.) <p> Ghostbusters 3 will have a similar fate... Thank you Ms. Weaver

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Watched Surrogates last night.....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    The movie wasn't bad, but then it wasn't all that good either. <p> See how this works?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by ZoeFan

    Only after I wrote my responce did it come to me that Soderbergh likes the idea of releasing a movie in multiple media forms. You're most likely right. That's a shame, I felt Sasha Grey made that film. Also, the cinematography was awesome.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    What REALLY killed Terminator 4...

    by ZoeFan

    Mc G

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    no mr tibbs i do not see

    by ieatgarbage

    surrogates is amazing. i would put it in my top five. which includes. in no order. Striptease, Universal Soldier 2, Short Ciruit 2, and Hustle.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters 3 will suck balls

    by Series7

    Thank you from the Creative Team that Brought you Year 1.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    T4 was really just a

    by Series7

    Montage real of the greatest action scenes of the past 15 years.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Universal Soldier 2: Brothers in Arms?

    by Series7

    The made for TV movie? Someone saw that?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    saw the fuck out of it

    by ieatgarbage

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Be careful bro' you gonna put your eyes out.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Spoilers for Films

    by sambrook

    Could people please be kind enough to put a spoiler warning in their posts? I've had major plot points for Brothers Bloom ruined and someone blew the twist in Moon (which I've seen but loads haven't). And it's not like I've had to read the whole post, they're right there at the top.<p><p>Sorry to whine but we're all here to enjoy these films, just because we've seen one doesn't mean it's OK to assume everyone has.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    was excellent

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Wait... The Road tanked?

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Uh, I didn't even know it was released yet :\

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    film and sound" mcg killed terminator 4. no one else. with a comment like that, how could you argue?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by master_of_realty

    Best movie of 2009

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    you didn't see it, you thought you were naming the one were Van Damn came back. With Spawn in it, thats number 4.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    correct.there was first a Universal Soldier

    by ominus

    sequel DTV movie without van damme and ludgren,then there was another sequel with van damme in it and the spawn actor,and now we have the new sequel with van damme and ludgren.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I still have to see A Single Man and Crazy Heart

    by reflecto


  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Nine smells like an old Miramax awards job

    by reflecto

    Big flashy movie, thin on actual substance, seeking to ignore its origins (Fellini and 8 1/2) in favor of quasi-Broadway filmed spectacle and dazzling the audience, drowning us in a sea of FX and music. Already I'm hearing the film is weak and a pat, mainstream version of Fellini's masterpiece, yet this has never stopped the Academy from rewarding the Weinsteins.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Crazy Heart

    by Series7

    Should be showing on CMT any minute now.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Hurt Locker & IB

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    I'm sorry but Hurt Locker just didn't do it for me. I liked it and all, but I don't plan on ever watching it again. <P> Basterds blew me away considering I was on the "I used to love Tarantino but he's lost it" train. After watching it, I'm a believer again. I'd LOVE for QT to tackle a sci fi story next. It's pretty much the only thing he hasn't done. He just needs to stay away from Superhero flicks.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Top 5 From Me.....

    by lucasdefender

    1. A Serious Man - More assured filmmaking than anything I saw this year or even since 2007. 2. The Hurt Locker - because it is nothing short of the top 5 war films I have ever seen. Characters real, atmosphere real, story real. 3. Up - first ever epic made for senior citizens. 4. The Road - Barely. This movie felt pretty flawed in its character and therefore story development. They kept bringing us back to the same ideas over and over, causing a loss in dramatic effecacy. However, there was some real inspired acting and brilliant images with a satisfying ending, so there you go. 5. Nothing yet - Inglorious Basterds just doesn't deserve a spot because it constantly (save for a few moments) was worshipping cool action/dialogue instead of effectively creating it. Star Trek gets the award for most overrated film of the past decade (right next to Last Samurai and Casino Royale). Haven't seen Moon, Avatar or Up In the Air, so we'll have to wait and see.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    satisfying ending for The Road? In what way?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    also lucas

    by Series7

    No D9?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Please don't start discussing the ending to a film that 90% of us on here haven't seen. <P> Jesus, it hasn't even got it's wide release yet!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Well your not missing much

    by Series7

    Not worth seeing in theater, unless you are a uber fan of the book. I wrote a review over here if you care to read it. <P> <P> Paragraph 5 talks about the ending but doesn't give anything away.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    never read the book

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    hear it's great though.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah after seeing the movie

    by Series7

    Kind of makes me want to read the book. But I'm an awfully slow ass reader, and I'm slowly making my way through Under The Dome. I'm like 250 pages deep.<P> See someone already runined the ending to that for me, kind of pissed but I read it thinking that it was a joke at first. I mean at least with a movie you've only wasted 2 hours, this book is becoming part of my life to get through.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    All These Wins & Noms For Hurt Locker Today...

    by Crow3711

    Make me so happy. My biggest hope is that it gets the Oscar Nom, and gets a re-release in theaters like they do for some Oscar movies. I, for one, would love to see it in theaters again, and on top of that, it would get a lot more people to go see it who may have brushed it off as just another action/Iraq movie when it first came out. It really deserved to make more money than it did. People would go nuts for it if they would give it a chance. There's nothing polarizing or really very political about it, its just a fantastic character study wrapped in a seat of your pants action thriller. The biggest reason I see it not getting a re-release is because it comes out on DVD right there in mid-January. Might not be much point. But I still hope.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I don't know how people didn't see the hurtlocker

    by Series7

    That movie showed at the theater that shows smaller movies near me, but then it also made the dollar theater. It wasn't THAT hard to see.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I Think People Wrote It Off...

    by Crow3711

    Like they do every other movie they see that has a trailer that in any way features soldiers or Iraq at this point. No one wants to pay to see that shit. They go to the movies to escape. I personally like being challenged and see just about everything, as do plenty of others. But I mean, by and large, people want Transformers 2 unfortunately, not The Hurt Locker. It got swept into public view as another Iraq movie, most of which over the last few years haven't been any good (Stop-Loss, Redacted, Lions for Lambs, Valley of Elah. etc, there are so many I'm blanking on) Combine their lack of quality with the fact that people don't want to watch that stuff, and they all performed extremely poorly. I think Hurt Locker, unfairly, got grouped in there.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    the FULL Clash of the Titans trailer is out

    by BillboeFett

    and if AICN continues to be asleep behind the wheel, I just may crash this car into Latinoreview, with the RAGING 5t11f13 I've got after seeing the Kraken!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by ZoeFan

    I live in buttfuck Youngstown. The Hurt Locker didn't show here. There's roughly 5 theaters in a 20 mile radius. Only 2 of them are showing Avatar at midnight. To me a midnight showing of Avatar = easy money. Apparently there's not enough demand for the midnight showings. Yeah, that's where I live... not exactly a market for movies.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Avatar = easy money

    by Series7

    Hahahah not really, shits not even sold out around me.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    PS Nice to see the Cloverfield monster getting more work..

    by quantize

    in that Clash trailer....please! whats with the fuckin tiny eyes and a million teeth thing? It look naff, not scary

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    PRECIOUS is that movie about the fat girl who eats her mama...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Right?<p> All movie long she's eyeballing her like a walking pork chop, then 2/3rds of the way through, she grabs a carving knife and GOES FOR IT!!!<p> Seriously...a ghetto-friendly JUNO with no laughs and a heifer instead of Ellen Page. Ooh, I'm SO fucking there...

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    JUNO with no laughs

    by Series7

    Wouldn't that still be Juno?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Quantize, be nice, Cloverfield monster gotta eat too!

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    --I thought it was brilliantly cast as the Kraken in Titans. However, Sarah Jessica Parker would've been a better choice.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    Good point...I should have said "laughs", with the quotations demarcating that special brand of humor calculated to generate bellowing, self-satisfied laughter from arthouse yuppies.<p> And honestly, I couldn't keep a straight face watching the PRECIOUS trailer, so I guess there's some laughs to be had there, as well...<p> "PRECIOUS! Featuring the new Beyonce single, "Ghetto Heffa (Step Away From The Mutton, Girl)":<p> "Oh-h-h-h-h-h who-o-o-o-o-aa oh-h-h-h-h-h oh-h-h-h-h-h, Mmmmm-mmmm nnnnn nnnn oh-h-h-h-h-h...!"

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I hope its funny

    by Series7

    That girl was on Letterman, and after Bill Murray and honestly...she was a lot funnier then he was. Granted he was trying WAY too hard to get laughs. But she was pretty funny.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Confusing titles these days...

    by kuldan

    "Single Man" and "Serious Man"..."Up" and "Up in the Air"...? You would hope one of the two similarly-titled movies would suck so that they wouldn't get confused on a top-10 list. :)

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    The only thing on there

    by Colin62

    I saw and didn't like was Thirst. I have never been more bored by sex and vampires. Probably because I've never read or seen any Twilight.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Coraline for film of the year!

    by 1st and only

    So much better than up. Really? Up?! Brain dead idiots...also, land of the lost was hilarious and underated, yes it was silly but whats wrong with that if its on purpose? foolish people...

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by lucasdefender

    The ending to "The Road" (vaguely put) satisfies problems or wants that it had provoked earlier in the film. Not necessarily a happy ending but a satisfying/clever one. About District 9......I love the heart and effort of that film and certain parts were just special. I'm thinking about certain things in that movie that make me want to see it again. Either way though, the movie while having some exciting and fascinating stuff, also had some very oddball character moves. For example: who in their right mind would try and attack the alien suit thingie head-on like stupid blonde military guy did. I dunno, I should probably see it again as I have only seen it once. Kinda forgot about it too.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Oscar baits movies this year; Evictus, Precious...

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Up In The Air, and The Blindside!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    NY Critics Circle?

    by blakindigo

    When are they announced?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    NY Critics announced

    by imagin78

    The NY Critics Circle were already announced. They chose The Hurt Locker. <p> I actually think Up is in danger of winning nothing come Oscar time. It will definitely get nominations for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature. There is little chance it will win the top prize. The problem is that it may split votes. This could allow The Fantastic Mr. Fox or Coraline to slip in.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    no Up for BP Oscar

    by Taklamakan

    or any other animated film...they have their own category<br>I'm a staunch animated film segregationist

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Complicated Issue Taklamakan

    by Crow3711

    But I think the real question isn't whether they should be segregated, because they should, animated features deserve their own best animated feature category. The real question is whether or not a film nominated in the animated category, if its actually good enough to compete, can also be nominated for best picture in general. Would the nominations have to be exclusive, one or the other? I'm not sure on the rules. But it seems to me if an animated film wins best animated, it doesn't automatically qualify for being a best picture nominee, but if it really was good enough, like undisputed everyone agreed somehow, some animated film in the future is far and away the best picture of the year, wouldn't they have to also nominate for best picture? I don't think the two contradict one another. A film can be best animated and not a best picture contender, but I think if it is worthy, it should be allowed, especially in this new ten nominee system. Having said that, I don't think Up deserves a Best Picture nomination, in my opinion. But my girlfriend would disagree greatly, as do a lot of people here, clearly, and I respect that. Either way, interesting issue.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I rather agree with you. There were a lot of good films this year. There were a handful of very good films this year. But I've already watched No Country for Old Men more times than I'm willing to admit and There Will Be Blood...okay, I don't want to admit that somewhat smaller number either. And I doubt I will watch even The Hurt Locker as much as I have either of those films. As for Avatar, if it does turn out to be the dominant film of 2009, I hope it's for the right reasons. A repeat of the Titanic phenomenon would be disappointing.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...isn't among my top ten of the year either. I thought the opening sequence was brilliant but I thought the middle and last acts of the movie were oddly lacking in wonder. I assume the mechanics of the awards would not stop an animated film from being nominated for best picture, though, in the same way that a "foreign" film could be nominated when the winds were right.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Movie Distribution and pirating

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Movie studios, do you want to keep pirating/downloading in business, well keep continuing with staggered releases of movies across the globe, forget about worldwide releases. <p> Hurt Locker first premiered latish 2008, still hasn't been released in the country I currently live in (Hong Kong) or the one I used to live in (Japan). There is a better chance that this will be available via pirated release before being released in a cinema. <p> The funny thing is a movie like Avatar people would wait for it, as its a cinematic experience, but it is getting a worldwide release. <p> Movie studios please join the modern world, maybe then you can deal with your pirating issue, worldwide distribution of course won't solve all your problems but you need to think about your practices, rather than just focusing on torrent websites. <p>

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    The endiing of Road doesn't satisfy shit, it shits all over the whole movie that came before it. It was like??? What was the fucking point of the movie, just like I am William Smith.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Precious as Juno?

    by jimmay

    Man, you guys are really reaching now. They both have pregnant teenagers. End of similarity. How far do you have to stretch to smear a movie you haven't even fucking seen? <p>More importantly, why the hell would you want to? Seriously, what's with the rage over Precious even being nominated?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Coraline! Yes!

    by Jaka

    And only one person said Star Trek because it's a completely unnecessary POS. But I'm tired of trying to explain the difference between that POV and the quality of the film. So, yaaaaaay Coraline!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    And The National Board of Review ...

    by Jaka

    ...also listed Inglorious Basterds. So, pfft to their list in it's entirety.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Series7, again...

    by lucasdefender

    In the end of the movie we realize that the whole journey was about this boy gaining some sort of freedom to be a boy again. To have peers, pets, role models- a family. The whole of the movie was moving toward this and creating this desire, you just don't realize this until the end. Unfortunate that this kids acting is 1/6 Viggo. Where was the kid from WTWTA?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Cameron on Leno, Zoe on Letterman, and...

    by snakecharmer

    Giovani on Fallon.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    Even that will not make me watch Leno

    by Jaka

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    SPOILERS For non road watchers. <P> See you know that South Park episode, Family Guy wars I think. The one where Cartman tries to stop Family Guy from airing a cartoon that shows the prophet Mohamed, and at the end of the second part they show the Arabic retaliation and its just a bunch of people shitting on each other and all over America. That's the end of The Road.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Though again your description of the end is the only different one I've read. See I took it that the dad was just a fucking idiot who really didn't know how to survive in the post apocalyptic word and wasn't smart enough to really live. That or the kid was an idiot (which he was, I mean come on if you were born in the post apocalyptic word you think you would be able to do anything. UNless that director was saying that the kid was mildly mentally handicap (look at that kid he was picked for a purpose)). <P> So in the end it just wrapped up WAY too nicely. And the whole added fact that the family was following them and worry about the boys safety implied that they thought Viggo was a psychopath who couldn't be dealt with.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Juno as Juno???

    by Series7

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Where was the kid from WTWTA????

    by Series7

    Getting his ass whooped for biting his mom, little shit.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST


    by lucasdefender

    *SPOILERS FOR THE ROAD AHEAD* I see what you're saying and I read your review. I don't have any problem with your complaints about the movie. I think they are justified in one sense. I barely considered it more than an average film because of many of the things you posted about the movie. That says something about the pudu produced this year if I am putting it in my top 5 for the year. However, I do think the ending of the movie rings of something fulfilling or ironic. It certainly had more weight to it than "I AM WILL SMITH" poo-crap-turd-in-my-mouth-convention movie. I liked the switch of focus in the story for "The Road". It is satisfying to see this kid be as it were, almost redeemed into a family at his fathers death where he can "carry the fire" almost more effectively with peers, examples etc. It is ironic that we have been hoping for some kind of salvation assuming it will be found in our hero (Viggo Mortensen), but actually it is found in some sense, at his death. In that world, the kid in one way is better off and saved by his fathers death. The thing though, is that this director is not THE COEN BROS. He can barely convey ideas like this it seems in his film, and with only 1/10 the cleverness. Thus, the director feels the need to make us reminisce about "the way things were" like 5 times, thus preventing progress. So then when we make it to the end the drama has lost a lot of it's punch to sentimentality. It would be like Rachel Dawes letter of break-up with Bruce Wayne being read aloud 5 times throughout The Dark Knight or something. Bad screenplay or directing or both or something.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    The movie was very DA DA DA. Go somewhere, run into something, fall asleep, have a memory, WAKE UP REAL FAST! Go somewhere new and repeat until the end. <P> Just curious, did you read the book?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Also still lucasdefender

    by Series7

    You'd put the Road over D9?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I still think

    by Series7

    The Road and I am Legend are the same level of film, deepness wise.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I don't think Cameron did Leno

    by Series7

    God wasted my time fast forwarding through that crap.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    District 9

    by lucasdefender

    I dunno if you read my earlier post but I may recant and place District 9 in my top 5. I need to see it again. District 9 just had a lot of flaws but The Road did too. So Idunno. No, never read the book and was excited because it was the author of "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN"!! but unfortunately for this movie the directors chair is more important than the authors pen if you ask me.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Has a woman ever won the Oscar for Best Director?

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Has a movie directed by a woman ever won the Oscar for Best Picture? I'm just curious about the history. I can't recall either of those ever happening before, but there has to be a first time for everything. One the other hand, The Hurt Locker seems like one of those pictures which garners a lot of awards during the Oscar lead-up season and gets good Oscar nominations, but then only walks away with a Best Screenplay award on Oscar night.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Cameron got moved to Tonight Show on Wed.

    by snakecharmer

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by MattDomville

    I don't think any of the Best Picture winners were directed by women (though there are some female directors who can claim to be Oscar-winners because they made documentaries, animated films and the like). I'm also pretty sure that only three women have been nominated for Best Director. When I started hearing the "Hurt Locker" buzz, I decided that this had to be the year that a woman won Best Director. I've still got my chips on it, in fact.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 6:36 a.m. CST

    The Road is very different if you're a parent...

    by BorisHumphrey

    I know it's one of those eye-rolling things to say like we're some elite club, but it's true. Reading and watching The Road are very different experiences if you're actually a parent. <p>And don't take this the wrong way, childless folks (because you'll understand exactly what I mean when when/if you have kids) -- but there's kind of a veil of selfishness that obscures The Road from people without kids. <p>Again, I hate saying that because it sounds so arrogant and conceited. And I don't mean 'selfish' as in "You're a selfish jerk", but more in the "your only experience is with yourself" sense. <p>You can intellectually dissect it and relate it the way non-Jews can do the same of Schindler's List and the likes, but The Road was written by a parent, about a parent, for a parent. <p>Don't believe me? Go out and knock someone up and then read this book a few years after you've watched your kid grow up.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    'Basterds blossoms because it does not make any pretense towards

    by quantize

    Or real was fucking boring... We get that spectacular tense opening...then one goofy scene after another.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    The Prince of Tides

    by Series7

    Was nominated for best picture.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Avatar Nominated for a Golden Globe!

    by Wrecks

    Best Drama. That is all.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus...

    by Mathom

    ...opening in the States on Festivus(Dec 23) will be the best film of the year.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    They should replace SHIT TREK for INGLORIOUS BASTERDS..

    by AsimovLives

    ... in those two lists above, and then it would be right. Those two lists must have some pretty dumb retards voting on them.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    And the Globes show... NO LOVE for "The Road"

    by bswise

    Damn. Well... the book is incredible, as are all of Cormac McCarthy's works, and it is, yes, a brutal, heart-wrenching read for all us poppas out there.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    NBC even realized Cameron on Leno would be a loss

    by PennsyDeux

    So that's why they switched him to Conan. Or maybe Cameron saw Leno's shit-poor ratings and saw the light. :)

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Where is the Globes talkback, BTW?

    by PennsyDeux


  • Dec. 15, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST


    by SmokeFilledTavern

    Glad to see some love, at least.

  • Dec. 16, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST


    by shaneo632

    Seems a bit stupid to release these lists now. Particularly unfair on Avatar which 2/3 of critics haven't seen yet, not to mention it gives critics no time to meditate on newly released titles. They're just too eager to get their little lists released first...

  • Dec. 16, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST


    by shaneo632

    It's been hit by Requiem for a Dream syndrome, and films like that will always divide critics to an extent.

  • Dec. 21, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Quick top five...

    by rizfatfire

    1. avatar -actually turned on by an alien, how did he do that? 2. magazine gap road -cause none of u seen it 3. broken embraces -how does pedro write these stories, he just gets better, a director who actually evolves not regresses (talking to u Mr. Wong KarWai + Mr Q. Tarantino) 4. Where wild things are -felt like a 9 year old + not reminiscing about being on 5. locker room -not a war film but a woman's story about putting oneself in dangerous situations again and again.

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