Top Five: Films of 2009

29 12 2009

Here we are at the end of the year, and the decade, so a list of my favourite films of the year. I might do one for the decade later, it’ll require more thinking.

1. Moon

The feature directorial debut of Duncan Jones, aka Zowie Bowie. Visually stunning with the use of models over CGI (I have love for models), and using a spartan cast of ten actors, Jones creates a film with a nod to some sci-fi classics, such as, Solaris (original Soviet version), 2001, and Alien. Sam Rockwell is excellent (always is) as Sam, a man who has essentially lived alone on the moon for three years and whose mind is slowly turning in on itself.

2. Star Trek

I grew up watching the original series and The Next Generation on BBC2, so this was a film that I had mixed feelings about, this was either going to be amazing or disastrous. Luckily it was the former. Rather than reboot the series like Batman Begins, or continue a shitty series like Superman Returns (seriously Bryan Singer, you had the opportunity of a fresh start, but you made it as bad as the first four), JJ Abrams went for an alternate-timeline for Star Trek, and nailed it. Star of the show is Zachary Quinto as Spock… and Leonard Nimoy as Spock. Only two flaws with the film: Zoe Saldaña as Uhura, and the ever-so-slight abuse of lens-flaring.

3. The Hangover

A truly original comedy in the sense that it wasn’t concerned with stag night debauchery as it happened, but at the thing we all do when hungover, the attempt to piece together what the hell happened… but a little more extreme. Sure it wasn’t a cerebral comedy, but it was a lot of fun, and I still like it after several viewings. All good in my book.

4. Inglourious Basterds

I like Tarantino films, and he pushed the envelope with this one by making it simultaneously serious, ridiculous, hilarious, and at times just plain odd (there is a reference to Broken Lizard’s Beerfest in this film). The stand out performance in the film is from Christoph Waltz (he’ll be in Michel Gondry’s upcoming release, The Green Hornet, watch out for that) as SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa, aka The Jew Hunter, a man attempting to play the game to advantage himself, no matter the cost to anyone else. Daniel Brühl and Melanié Laurent are both excellent, as well is Brad Pitt’s Italian accent. Add to all this Mike Myers’ best performance for about a decade. Excellent film.

5. Up

Shockingly outgrossed by Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, this is my favourite Pixar feature since Toy Story. The story of a lonely and bitter old widower trying to fulfil the dream of his dead wife, and of a young boy trying to make his father proud of him for once is sweet and expertly intermingled with the hilarity of a flying house, Kevin the female bird, Dug the dog, and SQUIRREL!




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1 01 2010
Top Five: New Year Hangover Cures « Top Five

[…] you may want to watch the frankly hilarious The Hangover (one of my top five films of the year), or maybe whatever is on TV, I have a tradition of watching the original Star Wars trilogy, but […]

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