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Tyler’s Top 10 Films of 2009 by tylercoenrrea

I missed a lot due to economic struggles. But that’s okay.

1. The Hurt Locker

dir. Kathryn Bigelow

I just can’t get enough of it. What better way to end our decade then with a brilliant film about the war that shadowed our generation. Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie both give powerful performances and Bigelow’s direction is nothing but perfection. The best war film of this decade that steers away from political opinion and concentrates on the emotional and personal aspect of a faceless combat.

2. Inglorious Basterds

dir. Quentin Tarantino

Leave it to Tarantino to bring us another boldly insane compilation of history, art, and violence that may be the most entertaining film this year. Unpredictable as always, Tarantino jumps between storys, arranging them like puzzle pieces and connecting them in the end to an explosive climax that rewrites history. Points also go to one of the most intelligent villains in film history.

3. Up

dir. Pete Docter & Bob Peterson

…and Pixar continues to dominate the animated world. No surprise with another original outing that introoduces more hilarious characters interacting with beautiful animation. Not only is it a comedy but also touches on mature subject of human loss and the weight of our personal goals. Where many kids’ films fail, Up succeeds in every way.

4. Up In The Air

dir. Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman has proved himself to be one of the brightest new directors to emerge from the past decade. This one can easily be marked as his best film to date. With Clooney’s charm and Reitman’s direction, Up In The Air uses the crumbling foundations of our fears and economic struggles to tell a story about human connection and the dire need that we sometimes forget.

5. A Serious Man

dir. Joel & Ethan Coen

Nobody does dark comedy quite like the Coens and this one is just as incredible as Fargo and No Country For old Men. As much of a study of a man’s degradation as it is of Jewish culture, A Serious Man has a dark agenda for its viewers as well as its characters. The last shot is a killer.

6. District 9

dir. Neill Blomkamp

2009 was a great year for science fiction. Newcomer Blomkamp had an original concept and he used that to create an exciting alien thriller all at the low cost of 30 million. Here’s proof (Michael bay, please take note) that story and execution are the most rewarding aspects in great filmmaking.

7. (500) Days of Summer

dir. Marc Webb

A thoughtful and intelligent anti-love story featuring some of todays most promising young talent, (500) Days can claim the award for sleeper hit of the year. And it deserves it, for being a clever little film studying the clashes between our generations perspective on the joy, confusion, and pain that comes with it.

8. Star Trek

dir. J.J. Abrams

I’m sure many people’s favorite CGI infested blockbuster this year was Avatar which was a great movie but this one still stands as my favorite. I’m not even a Trekkie (Trekker?). I rarely watched the show but this movie contained every amounts of fun and excitement a blockbuster should contain. Colorful characters, incredible effects, and a sharp script, we were spoiled this summer.

9. Drag Me To Hell

dir. Sam Raimi

Lets face it, the 2000s was a terrible decade for horror. It wasn’t until the end that the masterful Raimi broke away from his silly superhero genre to give us one of the most awesome descents into the genre since his Evil Dead trilogy. Funny? Scary? It’s both and it’s one hell of a ride. Pun intended.

10. Observe and Report

dir. Jody Hill

My most controversial pick here. Say what you want about this dark film, there is no other comedy quite like this one (and don’t you dare say Paul Blart: Mall Cop). I loved this movie for it’s careful attention to it’s characters and the social destruction it creates as Seth Rogen’s (in his best performance to date) mall cop Ronnie breaks the definition of “off your meds.” It may make you laugh or it may just disgust you, but if you think Observe and Report is another mindless, crude, potty-mouthed comedy, you are dead wrong.

Honorable Mentions:

Zombieland

World’s Greatest Dad

Avatar

Watchmen

The Hangover

Thirst

Like I said before, not that much money so I still gotta see these:

Crazy Heart

Where The Wild Things Are

The White Ribbon

The Road

Precious

Fantastic Mr. Fox

A Single Man

Moon

The Informant

-Tyler Correa

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Lol Observe and Report! It disgusted and humored me, but it was original and had a unique group of utterly disfunctional characters. Good List

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