Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Merry Christmas & theFILMblog Top 10 for 2009

Finally that time of the year is upon us, where every single media outlet is undoubtedly constructing 'top 10' lists for either the past year or in this instance, the past decade. Thought it was only fair to do the same.

After careful consideration and thought theFILMblog's top 10 films of 2009 are....

10. In The Loop - Malcolm Tucker. Enough said...

9. The Wrestler - Darren Aronofsky's most intimate and heart-warming film to date. Made Mickey Rourke a phenomenal Hollywood force once again.

8. Coraline - Sure there were a few other animated films of similar ilk such as Where The Wild Things Are and Fantastic Mr Fox, but Coraline was the only one that felt genuinely like a film designed for the whole family. Also a surprise package in that it was genuinely scary in parts.

7. The Hurt Locker - Defy any bloke who doesn't play Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 not to enjoy this. Intense, gritty and at times overwhelming, it sets the audience at the front line of the action, which is not necessarily, all guns blazing.

6. Moon - So it wasn't the most original story you will ever see, but it serves as a reminder to how brilliant Science-Fiction was back in its glory days of the 70s and 80s with nods to Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running to name a few. Also probably the best d├ębut of any director seen this year, on top of a mammoth solo performance from Sam Rockwell.

5. Inglourious Basterds - I walked in wanting to hate it, I walked out hailing it as Quentin Tarantino's best film. Features the best villain of 2009 in Christoph Waltz' performance as 'The Jew Hunter'. Someone give that man more work and awards!

4. Up - Really when Pixar make a film, is it ever not going to end up in my top 5 (never mind 10) of the year? Possibly the company's most hilarious film but definitely their most emotionally realised and visually striking film.

3. Star Trek - What?! This is a joke right? Wrong! This entry is purely on a personal level. I do not think I honestly enjoyed a film more than Star Trek this year. Made me smile from beginning to end, JJ Abrams managed to capture a beautiful balance to seriousness with the light hearted moments that were also associated with the original television series.

2. Let The Right One In - Beautifully written, filmed and acted. This was truly something special. If I had made this list two months ago, it would have surely got the number one spot if it were not for this surprise gem...

1. The White Ribbon - As I said in the review The White Ribbon is an example of cinema at its most beautiful yet most basic, if you stick with the beautifully realised dialogue and immerse yourself in the glorious cinematography your patience will be duly rewarded.

It's been a long year, there's been some good, some bad and some plain ugly films for 2009, would just like to give a massive thank you to anyone who has took time out to read my reviews this year as well as the wonderful illustrated works of Gillian Reid (thank you m'dear), it truly makes it all worthwhile! Will leave you with this final image of my favourite Christmas film of all time...

Merry Christmas to all!

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