Your best and worst movies of 2009?

Discussion in 'Books, Music, TV & Movies' started by Guild McCommunist, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    So, 2009 is long gone, but the movies are still lingering in our minds. What were your favorites and what were your worst?

    My favorite was probably Star Trek. An utterly amazing movie.

    My worst ones are probably Terminator: Salvation and Transformers 2. Terminator was just a butchering of a great franchise. Transformers 2 was just a boring action movie where at least 50% of the movie was in cliche slo-mo.

    You guys?
  2. wrettcaughn

    wrettcaughn Misunderstood Moral Elitist

    Mar 14, 2009
    United States
    Well, I enjoyed both Terminator and Transformers. I'm not by any means saying that they were good movies. Just that I had fun watching them.

    Paranormal Activity was by far the worst movie of the year, IMO.
  3. soulx

    soulx GBAtemp Legend

    Apr 4, 2009
    I'd say "The Dark Knight" was the best movie I watched in 2009.

    Transformers: Revenge of Fallen was the worst movie of '09, in my opinion (duh...). A bunch of random stuff happening at once. And, what the hell was with that guy on the pyramid who was "going to take down the sun". Weird movie. I liked the first Transformers a lot, though.
  4. freshness

    freshness Advanced Member

    Jun 5, 2009
    Gambia, The
    dark knight and inglourious basterds...worst movie..mmh too many [​IMG]
  5. Jaems

    Jaems GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Aug 21, 2007
    United States
    Worst I've seen is G.I. Joe & Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

    Best I've seen is Moon, The Hurt Locker, District 9.
    I've yet to see Avatar, or Up In The Air.
  6. Elritha

    Elritha GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 24, 2006
    Transformers 2 was a pile of crap. Nothing redeeming at all in that movie. Mostly action with a plot that made little to no sense.

    I quite enjoyed 'Moon'. It had a good story and plot. It didn't exactly get a major release worldwide, which is a shame.
  7. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Best- alas I have an internet connection and whenever I think I might have watched most of the films I want to watch I find a whole bunch more. I pay little attention to years they were made either and coupling this with the occasions I watch six or seven films a day I am left with no choice but a long post for a reply.
    Still I scanned through (biggest numbers of films in simple single page format I could find on short order). At present I have seen about 7 of them, in their order

    Had it not had the blurb/summary on the site I would not have remembered it. A passable con/spy film but one done better by numerous others.

    Animated film, still not sure entirely what is was about other than a loosely veiled environmental message which then places it in competition with Princess Mononoke and then it instantly loses.

    Coming of age film, it will probably be a "I saw that when" film in years to come (many have called various actors and the director as up and comers, I would not be inclined to disagree). This being said if I could mute or otherwise remove the soundtracks the 80's have many better examples.

    Food, Inc.
    Not sure documentaries count here. I have something of a soft spot for documentaries but nobody has really caught up to TV (looking towards people like Adam Curtis) just yet for such things.

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    I have called the Harry Potter series passable fantasy before and the label sticks here. I am however starting to think TV and games have medieval fantasy down better though.

    District 9
    Had it been a TV series instead (with TV series length and character development)

    One of the best mainstream zombie films I have seen in years (Dawn of the Dead remake is the first thing that springs to mind here as well as Grindhouse/Planet Terror)- you start heading into the more offbeat (dare I say the traditional realms of zombie films) territory including stuff like Dead Snow which also saw a 2009 release and it starts to not hold up.

    The Hangover
    I saw this on Christmas day so it may need a rewatch before I call it, I will however say Vegas comedy of this sort was probably done better by "Very Bad Things" or at least it provides the baseline for such films for me.

    Inglourious Basterds
    Saw this boxing day and while I am not going to call it bad it will be a film that in 10 years time will probably only be remembered by fans of Mr Tarantino.

    Final thoughts on 2009 films
    I will however call 2009 as the year TV was finally cemented in my mind as being better than films- I am drawn to note the oft performed comparison between games and films at this point, I now reckon TV and games are more comparable (same amount of play time, similar budgets for the most part, similar roles and "heroes" of the industries).


    And just as I go to press send I bother to do the same on IMDB
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    Grab Wolverine and the X-Men (cartoon) instead or better yet the 90's series or Xmen evolution.

    Public Enemies
    As period crime drama goes this was pretty good and better yet it does a lot to overcome it being an American driven film (the story of the great depression and John Dillinger means little to me).

    Angels & Demons
    Done a fair bit to put me off mystery films for a while, perhaps even more than the time I watched National Treasure.

    Crank: High Voltage
    I really really did not care for the first and I dare say over the top violence/action has been done better several times before especially coming from a games background and being a great fan of John Woo but I did not regret the time spent.

    Fast & Furious
    There have been far better car films before and much of the plot in this was something I would expect to see in the transporter series. It did not bore me senseless like the rest of the series though which was good.

    The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
    I wanted to like it (indeed I even saw it at the cinema) but can any of you say it stacks against the films IMDB suggests as films like it:

    Friday the 13th
    No just no.

    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
    I have done worse in pursuit of a cheesy horror film.

    Someone saw existenz, Johnny Mnemonic, the fifth element, paycheck and the matrix and then decided that they wanted to merge all of them. If you want a film like it I instead suggest Avalon by Mamoru Oshii. I did not regret the time spent though.

    Top notch post apocalypse/new earth sci fi.

    12 Rounds
    Not bad but I was reminded of Déjà Vu from 2006 throughout it and that was a better film I thought.

    A good comic film but I never read the comics and frankly I like cartoons of comics more.

    State of Play
    A better thriller/mystery than Angels & Demons but I am left to compare it to the wire which means it instantly loses.

    I have prattled on for long enough now. There are still loads I have missed that I have seen this year.
  8. _Burai_

    _Burai_ GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 5, 2009
    The harry potter was horrible IMO.

    The best was Avatar [​IMG]
  9. Gobnoblin

    Gobnoblin GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 13, 2009
    Sherlocke Holmes was epic fail

    can't think of anything totally spectacular, avatar was surprisingly unsuckish.
  10. blackdragonbaham

    blackdragonbaham GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 12, 2009
    Gambia, The
    hyper dystopian dimension
    dark knight and avatar are the best films of last year,
    the two transformers titles are the epic fails of the year.
  11. Hop2089

    Hop2089 Cute>Hot

    Jan 31, 2008
    United States

    Avatar- Best (It costs a mint for it's completion though)

    Ponyo- Really good

    The Princess and the Frog- History long overdue, not a bad movie either.


    The Time Traveler's Wife- Epic fail (That man was nothing more than a time traveling pedo)

    Twilight- Greatest fail of 2009
  12. Shakraka

    Shakraka GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 17, 2007
    United States
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  13. Lubbo

    Lubbo GBAtemp Traceur

    Oct 16, 2008

    District 9 - my favourite movie

    The Hangover - another favourite

    Avatar - lived upto its expectations imo

    State of Play - really enjoyable and suspensefull


    sherlock holmes - sat there yawning, didnt enjoy at all

    harry potter - no action, nothing and also its harry potter...
  14. C175R

    C175R GBAtemp Pirate

    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
    Is it only me or Sherlock Holmes kinda looks like Jack Sparrow, but waaaaaaaaaaay smarter?
  15. mthrnite

    mthrnite So it goes.

    Former Staff
    Jun 30, 2006
    United States
    th' south
    Best: Drag Me To Hell
    This was the most fun I've had in a movie theatre in years. Great movie, hilarious, brilliantly paced, made me jump and yell. This was candy, pure candy. Only one bad scene (but I forgive it.)

    Worst: Star Trek
    I can only hope they give the next one some depth. It was a nice try, but I forgot the whole movie within minutes of it's ending.

    Honorable Mention: Paranormal Activity
    The aura surrounding this movie was amazing. I got goose bumps before, during, and after the movie. I don't believe in "the supernatural" in the least, and for a movie as simple as this to make me feel like I did, well, it was very nostalgic for me. I felt like I did when I was a kid, waking up in the middle of the night, thinking I heard something, silence, and then hearing something again, but nearer. Complete creepsville.
  16. KingdomBlade

    KingdomBlade Blade v3+ (I R SHMEXY)

    Apr 24, 2009
    In Vulpes' Fur
    Lemme see.


    James Cameron's Avatar: Epic

    This is it: Not a movie, but it sorta is

    Dark Knight: Excellent film

    Up: Cute fat boy! Me love


    New Moon: I consider myself to be a fan of the twilight series, this movie ruined it in all respects

    Christmas Carol: Really, if you make a movie for little kids you should at least cut down on the scary parts, not bad, just, it made kids cry

    HP6: Love the books, the movie was, just not, ....

    I personally like Transformers, not the best, but it was good. Drag me to Hell was incredibly weird, it was more like a comedy movie that wasn't meant to be, but it was hilarious.

    Also, you better look at the Filipino movies. We just had our Film festival, everything was horrible. I hated everything about it. Bad effects for every movie, bad action or story. The only good one was the drama film.
  17. razorback78

    razorback78 GBAtemp Maniac

    Aug 3, 2009
    best for me is avatar of course.
    worst: twighlight newmoon
  18. Master Mo

    Master Mo F.R.E.E.

    Nov 22, 2005
    Gambia, The
    Man Mo Temple
    Best movie I saw 2009: District 9 - slightly better then Avatar (but I have to admit, that somehow I didn`t experience the hype surrounding the movie so it blew me away, because I wasn`t expecting it to be that good. And that goes for both movies!!!)

    Worst movie I saw 2009: Ong-Bak 2 - disgustingly bad...
  19. windsail

    windsail Newbie

    Dec 19, 2009
    United States
    That I have seen:

    Best: Ponyo - A joy to watch especially with my five year old niece. "Up" is crap compared to this.

    Worst: Inglorious Bastards - Tarantinos movies are so over-rated and they keep getting more stupid. The storyline of Shosanna was quite good but everything but the basement bar scene w/ the bastards was stupid. Brad Pit was horrible.

    Best Martial Arts + Story: Chocolate (2008 but released in US 2009)

    Animation Honorable Mention: Coraline
  20. Rogue Trader

    Rogue Trader GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 22, 2009
    Star Trek is an easy win for me. Utterly incredible movie. Just fantastic.

    As for worst, The Box was pretty dull, The Men Who Stare at Goats also sucked.

    I think the very worst was probably Transformers 2 though, because I really enjoyed the first one, this one was so much more disappointing. There was no plot, not nearly enough Megan Fox looking hot, and so many plot holes it was just embarrassing (although this got pretty funny by the end, as myself and my good friend William, who were at this point a little drunk, would shout PLOT HOLE!!!! any time this happened, which was a lot)