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Trevor’s Top Ten Favorite Films of the Year 2009 by jedismith89

-by Trevor Smith-

1. District 9


Newcomer Neil Blomkamp really impressed me with his compelling storytelling in District 9. Amazing performances by an unknown cast and a great Special Effects Department who made the most out of a small budget.

2. UP

Pixar never disappoints and with another addition to their perfect track record, Up is  a must see adventure movie and an Old man and young boy.

3. The Road

Viggo Mortensen gives an Academy Award worthy performance for this tale of father and son set in Post-Apocalyptic America

4. Adventureland

Set in the 80’s Greg Mottola’s follow up to Superbad takes a more dramatic tone and draws from his past to bring a version of himself stuck at a lame summer job

5. Star Trek

J.J. Abrams doesn’t disappoint with the best reboot of a series ever. He brings a fresh look and feel to a dying universe

6. Up in the Air

Jason Reitman, in his third feature, shows some major directing chops with this gem starring George Clooney.

7. Avatar

James Cameron’s 12 year in the making epic adventure starring Sam Worthington suffers from a weak script but might be the most visual appealing movie of all time.

8. Inglourious Basterds

Hitler in a cape, violence, and Quentin Tarantino. Do I need to say more?

9. Moon

Be on the lookout for another young director, Duncan Jones, with his sci-fi dramatic thriller starring Sam Rockwell. His performance is worthy of a Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nomination.

10. Zombieland

I had to squeeze this movie in. I have never had so much fun in a theater. It had likable characters, engaging and hilarious dialogue, and of course zombies.

Honorable Mentions:
A Serious Man
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Watchmen
The Informant

-Trevor Smith



5 Films This Summer You Probably Didn’t See by Nolan Wilson Goff

This past summer featured the fantastic (J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek) and the awful (Michael Bay’s Transformers 2). Amongst the successful box office hits, were many hidden gems that may have escaped the public eye.

Here are 5 films this summer that found critical success, despite their limited releases.

The Hurt Locker

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A near lock for a Best Picture nomination, Kathryn Bigelow’s brilliantly paced Iraq war thriller awed everyone who saw it. It featured fantastic characters with fantastic performances by Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. “The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.”

(500) Days of Summer

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This film is the best representation of post-modern love ever seen on screen. The performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, have been widely acclaimed, and for good reason. “This is the story of boy meets girl…but I must tell you up front, this is not a love story. It is a story about love.”

The Stoning of Soraya M.

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Wow. As heartbreaking as this film is, it is a story that must be heard.  The title says it all, and this film must be seen. You will be awed by the power of this true story, and the importance of journalism. The Stoning is a true example of the mistreatment of women in Muslim society, and Shoreh Aghdashloo’s breathtaking performance will floor you. “Voices of women do not matter in here. I want you to take my voice with you.”

Moon

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Starring Sam Rockwell and the voice of Kevin Spacey, Moon is the terrific directorial debut of Duncan Jones.  Moon is much like a interesting, action filled version of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The film is essentially a one man show, but Rockwell’s performance grabs ahold of audiences and grants us entry into the psyche of his character. Aditionally, Clint Mansell’s score is the best of the year. 250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to face…is yourself.

Sin Nombre

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The Sundance Film Festival darling, and directorial debut of Cary Fukunaga, is a foreign road movie detailing the trevails and passions of those venturing to the American border. Complete with gang violence and love, the story is a tragedy exploring themes of atonement and sacrifice. The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.

What was your favorite film of the summer?

-Nolan Wilson Goff

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