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The Top 10

January 12, 2010

Let me preface this by saying two things:

1) I haven’t seen every movie that came out this past year, but since I’ve been chomping at the bit to make my list, this is what’s happening.

2) Some of the scores I gave these movies at the time I reviewed them don’t necessarily reflect their place on the list. Had a long time to think about these, some have aged better than others, but these are the ones that stuck with me the most. Funny how that works out.

And that’s it. So without further ado, let ‘er rip…


10. Avatar – lived up to the hype and then some

9. The Road – horribly publicized and still not as good as the book, but a fantastic adaptation by a fantastic director all the same

8. (500) Days of Summer – the feel-good movie of the year, best romcom I’ve seen in a good long while

7. Two Lovers – the best thing Joaquin Phoenix has ever done for this world; yes, even better than rapping

6. The Hurt Locker – one hell of a powerful ride, need to see this one again

5. A Single Man – Colin Firth deserves that damn Oscar, phenomenal movie otherwise

4. Anvil! The Story of Anvil – best doc of the year, hard to beat the real-life story of Spinal Tap (first review I ever wrote, too)

3. Precious – not exactly a pick-me-upper, but a freakin’ powerhouse all the same

2. Inglourious Basterds – Tarantino’s long-awaited return to form, bonus points for a career-defining performance by Christoph Waltz and Brad Pitt in his best role since Tyler Durden

1. Up – the only 10 I gave out and the only one that truly deserved it

Well, there ya have it, folks. Still need to see A Serious Man, A Single Man, Big Fan, World’s Greatest Dad (which is waiting for me at home), An Education, Fantastic Mr. Fox, In The Loop and Crazy Heart, but since a handful of these are out of theaters and won’t be on Netflix for a while, I’m thinking this is a pretty solid list as is.

2009 – a damn fine year for movies if I do say so myself.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2010 1:11 pm

    good year, AR, good list, havent seen a few but agree with ones youve got in there
    funny, UP is on our minds today too

  2. Branden permalink
    January 12, 2010 1:53 pm

    That is great list, Aiden. I’m not posting my list until I have seen a good majority of the films that will be nominated at the Oscars. Then, I won’t regret not picking a film in there.

  3. January 12, 2010 2:32 pm

    Good list Aiden. Mine is on my blog but I have Up a bit lower and Inglourious Basterds my top movie of the year. I haven’t seen The Road, Anvil and Precious yet.

  4. January 12, 2010 2:32 pm

    Good call Aidan, Up and Inglourious, certainly the best of 2009.
    The Road is only out now over here, will probably see it this week.
    We are at a huge disadvantage without Netflix!
    Hurry up Microsoft, sort out a European version for Xbox!

  5. January 13, 2010 1:37 am

    While your inclusion of Precious makes me cringe…this is an otherwise great list…though Anvil! I have not seen. And 500 Days of Summer bored me.

    But I agree…2009 was a damn fine year for movies. I notice many bloggers have been short-changing it, but I had a great time at the cinemas and consider it one of the better years of the decade.

    • January 13, 2010 9:50 am

      Haha, yeah, I’ve been getting a lot of interesting feedback on Precious since I posted my review; looks like that sucker touched a lot of nerves. And definitely check out Anvil, I love that freakin’ movie.

      Right there with ya, man. 2009 was good times.

  6. Ryan permalink
    January 13, 2010 12:55 pm

    Hurt Locker was awesome. Definitely in my top 5 for last year.

  7. January 16, 2010 12:54 am

    Glad to see Two Lovers on there. It’s one of my favorites of the year and it saddens me that so many seemed to have overlooked it. Just rewatched it the other night and it’s just as astounding as it was when I watched it earlier in the year.

  8. May 24, 2010 6:52 pm

    An interesting list no doubt, here’s my thoughts.
    #10 was great, and was originally number 2 on my list, but progressively got lower. Ended up at number 11.
    #9 Again high on my list, but progressively dropped, probably my number 12 pick. Loved the book, but actually found the movie a bit better.
    #8 I think 500 days is incredibly overrated, it was OK, a 3/5 at best for me.
    #7 never saw it, but hear good things!
    #6 Another one I felt was overrated, but still very good. a 4/5, maybe 4 1/2, maybe 3 1/2. I’m very indecisive about it, I have mixed feelings. Definitely didn’t deserve Oscar.
    #5 yet another I found overrated. 2/5, I saw it twice in theaters, just got worse the second time. I also felt Colin Firth did nothing special.
    #4 Never saw but definitely want to.
    #3 Definitely a powerful movie, my number 8 of the year.
    #2 Great movie, my number 9.
    #1 overrated, but still charming and fun. 4/5, no where as good as Wall-E (5/5).

    So i find a lot of things overrated, and find a lot of underrated movies to be gems. It’s all opinion!

    • May 25, 2010 9:24 am

      haha, well said, man. definitely check out Anvil, more people should have seen that.

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