In an act of self-immolation, I’m offering up my favourite films of 2009. At the end of each year I rank my favourite films, and this is the list I produced in December 2009.
I’m saying that like it’s a revolutionary act rather than the ultimate pedestrian act every movie lover does each year.
It’s ultimately embarrassing, because my tastes change and there are so many places where I was wrong, but watching movies opens your mind and the more movies you see the better your taste will be.
So here goes:
- An Education
- Rachel Getting Married
- In the Loop
- The Hurt Locker
- Gran Torino
- Star Trek
- The White Ribbon
- The Wrestler
- Bright Star
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Fish Tank, Away We Go, A Serious Man, Let the Right One In, Milk, Public Enemies, Inglorious Basterds, Where the Wild Things Are, The Damned United
So wrong in so many places. I haven’t seen Rachel Getting Married or The Wrestler since that year, so won’t comment on their quality, but An Education is a nicely performed play with one very touching scene. I think my enjoyment of In the Loop extends from the fact that I preferred television much more in those days.
I watched Star Trek next to a man who sobbed throughout the entire movie. To this day, wondering what upset him interests me more than the memory of that movie.
But not including, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Fish Tank, A Serious Man and Inglorious Basterds in the top ten…that’s shameful. Some of those are my favourite films by wonderful directors.
But watching movies is a process of learning. Still learning…