Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I don't see enough movies in theaters to honestly make a list, dammit.
Most everything good that came out this year I'll probably see on video in the next year.
The best films I did see in theaters were District 9, Adventureland and The Hangover.
Inglorious Basterds was an interesting and sharp production by a master craftsman. Not perfect by any means, but as with any Tarantino film, I will definitely purchase and will probably become more fond with repeated viewings.
Year One was terrible.
Then again, what the fuck else came out this year? I only vaguely want to see Public Enemies. I wanted to see Terminator: Salvation until I realized it was PG-13. Something is seriously not right in the world when a Terminator flick is anything less than an R.
The top grossing film at the box office was Transformers 2. I'd probably laugh harder at that than with most of the comedies forced upon us this summer. Paul Blart. Really, America?
I read that Star Trek managed to be a blockbuster uncursed by cynical, pandering stupidity or inane plotting, so I guess I'll rent that. And, as with all Pixar productions, I'm sure Up will be fantastic, but again, I didn't see it.
A Serious Man has not yet come to my crappy Illinois city, but I could probably just put it on the top of my list without seeing it.
I am intrigued by master-provocateur Lars Von Trier's latest art-squirm fest Antichrist, and fellow cinematic knife-wielder Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon.
Any suggestions? What are your top-of-the-year lists?