Top 10 is back again to bring you reading pleasure once again. What we do is come up with a topic, come up with our own lists, and combine them to make a consensus Top 10. This week we throw it back ten years and look at the films celebrating their tenth anniversary. It really was an interesting year and while some may find choices controversial, we must respect the list.
10. District 9
First off, the ordering of this list is totally bogus, and you’ll see what I mean. Look at number ten. District 9 was a revolutionary sci-fi film that told a story of aliens and combined it with the refugee crisis. Neil Blomkamp created a masterpiece with this that people still call for a sequel. It was nominated for best picture! Blomkamp has never been the same, but this is a film that should be much higher.
9. The Hurt Locker
At number nine we have the winner of best picture for that year in The Hurt Locker. Number 9? Wow that’s a shame. This was a gritty and heavy war film directed by a female director in Kathryn Bigelow. She turned in a war film that I believe is overlooked by many now for being boring, but they fail to understand the core behind it. It’s a shame this is so low.
8. Star Trek
Now here comes our first blockbuster so far in 2009’s Star Trek. JJ Abrams rebooted this franchise with this installment and completely divided the audience with hardcore fans hating it and everyone else loving it. You know what? I believe this is fairly placed on the list. It’s not amazing but it is certainly a fun time and if any franchise deserves to make the list, it’s this and Avatar.
Not this! How in the world did Watchmen make the list? Didn’t we all hate this film a decade ago? What happened? Watchmen is an overstuffed slog fest that is loyal to the source material to a fault. They shove in everything from the iconic graphic novel instead of adapting it. It looks beautiful, but to go back and watch it is a commitment and any film where the director’s cut is better, is not a good sign.
6. Up in the Air
Now this is the biggest travesty of the entire list and it is simply a case that most of the staff hasn’t seen this yet. That film is Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air. George Clooney puts on an earnest performance and has tremendous chemistry with Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. This should’ve been the best picture winner. It is one of the most comfortable films I have ever seen and had more people seen it, it would be higher up.
5. 500 Days of Summer
Wow! We finally reach a placement of a film that I’m actually ok with. 500 Days of Summer is one of the most fascinating romantic comedies ever put out. Marc Webb used such interesting camera techniques and editing that it makes the experience different every time. I wish Joseph Gordon-Levitt got more roles like this.
Now here is another fair placement as well in Up. Now, I do not love this movie like everyone else seems to. Personally, I believe people just remember the opening and lump it in with everything else. It is a good movie and has great moments but is in Pixar’s mid-tier of films. Regardless, it is one of three animated films ever nominated for best picture and will always have a place in history.
Now this is sort of a ridiculous placement to me. Zombieland checks in at number three and while a solid film that is very rewatchable, it is not better than Up in the Air, The Hurt Locker, and District 9. Zombieland has an excellent cast that terrifically brings them all together for a fun adventure and the greatest cameo in cinema history. The sequel comes out later this year and we cannot wait.
2. The Hangover
Just missing out on the top spot is a film that is completely worthy of a top three in The Hangover. The Hangover came out of nowhere in 2009 telling a story about a group of friends putting together the pieces of a crazy night. This became a revolutionary comedy and one that is considered one of the greatest comedies of all time. It has some questionable jokes that may not work today, but it is still a hilarious adventure that captured lighting in a bottle.
Finally, we reach the top spot with a film that is fairly placed in Inglorious Basterds. There may be a debate, but I believe this is Quentin Tarantino’s best film. Yes, over Pulp Fiction and that is saying something. For someone to make a film about an alternative history involving Hitler and still make it work with half of it being in a foreign language is truly extraordinary. When coming up with the topic, this was towards the top of everyone’s list.
Well, there we go! The Top 10 best movies of 2009. This was a year that had some classics in it and it is interesting to see that all these films are turning ten this year. What does your list look like? What are we missing? Is Avatar a snub? Let us know down below and we will see you next time with another list