All Movie Talk, Special #7

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

This episode is Part 2 of our 2009 retrospective. In this second half, we look at the best and worst films of the year.

Show contents:

  • Top 6: Worst of 2009
  • Top 6: Best of 2009
  • Remembering Natasha Richardson, Dom DeLuise, David Carradine, and John Hughes

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  1. Nyperold (116) said,

    April 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Yeah, I’d say I always at least acknowledge that a work is an example of the medium of which it is apparently a part… and then we can talk quality and merit and enjoyability and all that, but that’s a separate thing.

    The other day, I heard an episode of Stargate SG-1 with Dom DeLuise in it. I couldn’t tell you what episode it was without looking it up, though. (I need to actually watch that series some… well, it’ll take longer than a day, that’s for sure.)

  2. wintermute (157) said,

    April 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Urgo! That was an awesome episode.

  3. joem18b (231) said,

    April 23, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Best and Worst, ‘09

    I don’t have a worst list because I usually bail on movies I don’t like, long before the end of them. And if I watch a movie like “Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus,” yes, it’s awful in 99 out of 100 ways, but that’s part of the fun of it.

    I haven’t seen many/most of the big movies of ‘09, so I can only make a list of six movies that I saw and especially liked. I put Coen Brothers and Tarantino movies in their own special place, so they can’t go on this list.

    As for the Hurt Locker - I thought it was ok but I was disappointed that it went as Hollywood as it did. For real bomb-disposal drama, I recommend the BBC TV series “Danger UXB” (1979). 8.7 in IMDB, and for good reason. The Nazis keep upgrading their anti-defusing techniques as the war continues and the disposal crew in London is faced with a new challenge every time that they turn out to handle an unexploded bomb.

    “Best” 6 of ‘09:

    6. Humpday - Yea for mumblecore!

    5. Precious - I read the book and watched a screener at the same time, then researched the movie and watched it some more and spilled 6 or 7 thousand words of ink on an essay about it. Most interesting thing: the different ways that black and white viewers, male and female viewers, and conservative and liberal viewers tended to react to the movie.

    4. Moon

    3. Up in the Air

    2. Adventureland

    1. Funny People - I just like Sandler. I liked Zohan. I liked Little Nicky.

    “Most Entertaining 6″ of ‘09:

    6. Watchmen - Read the graphic novel, appreciated the film. Sin City, 300, keep making them…

    5. Triangle - Time travel, Australian style.

    4. Drag Me to Hell

    3. The Goods

    2. A Perfect Getaway

    1. Crank II - A matter of taste, obviously, but I liked Crank and the Transporter movies and Crank II is the best of the lot. You’re never stuck in a scene for more than… 30 seconds, say.

    Others I liked: The Brothers Bloom, An Education, Fighting (and I also liked Tatum O’Neal in G.I. Joe: “Hey, smile.” “I am smiling.”), In the Loop, Star Trek.

  4. Sam (405) said,

    April 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I forgot to mention Moon as one of the contenders for my best list. It’s definitely a fine little science fiction film. It starts out looking like it will be pretty derivative but goes off in its own direction. I’ll be writing more about Moon here in a couple weeks.

  5. jaime (13) said,

    April 24, 2010 at 12:31 am

    My Top 6 Movies of 2009:

    6. Up - Wow, one of the best Pixar movies.

    5. World’s Greatest Dad - Robin Williams does an amazing work at this movie, cleverly written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

    4. Collapse - An important documentary.

    3. The Box - I’m still puzzled by this movie, It’s really confusing, yet at the same time very intelligent.

    2. Drag Me to Hell - Sam Raimi returns to his true horror self, full of comedic elements and a very good plot twist.

    1. Inglourious Basterds - Hands down the most amazing movie experience in years, Christoph Waltz steals the show.

  6. wintermute (157) said,

    April 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

    6 - Coraline

    5 - The Princess and the Frog

    4 - Watchmen

    3 - Moon

    2 - Up

    1 - Inglourious Basterds

    I didn’t see very many movies this year; when I was putting that together, I came across many movies I really want to see…

  7. ThePhan (128) said,

    June 17, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Hey! I’ve finally listened to this episode! So here we go. My top 6 and bottom 6 of 2009 (my lists at FlickChart helped select some of these, although it’s still not entirely accurate):

    6. I guess… An Education? My top 5 are all movies I REALLY liked, and this one is certainly a tier below. But I did enjoy this movie… primarily for the acting. Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard are both fantastic in this. Even if there was no plot, I think I’d have been happy to watch them wander around in character speaking Nick Hornby dialogue.

    5. Up in the Air. It took me a day or two of reflecting on it to decide I liked it, but I became more impressed with it the more I allowed to kind of… settle with me.

    4. District 9. Even though the actiony segment in the third section didn’t work for me either, I liked the VERY final ending moments of the movie (last 5 minutes or so) and so I came away feeling very positive toward it.

    3. (500) Days of Summer. Didn’t seem to work well for most people, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a kind of romantic comedy I don’t mind.

    2. Moon. Loved it, loved it, loved it. I like space movies anyway, and this one was just very well put together.

    1. Up. It doesn’t beat WALL-E for my favorite Pixar of all time (like I said, I like space movies) but it was quite possibly my favorite of the year.

    (Note that I haven’t seen Inglourious Basterds, which seems to be a tres popular one on everyone else’s list. I’m not sure whether I’d be likely to enjoy it or not. I really wasn’t a fan of Pulp Fiction and haven’t really had the motivation to watch many other Tarantino films, although a lot of people I tend to agree with moviewise really like him, so I think I’m going to give it another try and watch this one at some point.)

    Aaand the movies I was not so impressed with:
    6. New In Town. I don’t remember actively disliking this movie, but I just don’t remember it, period. I ended up accidentally seeing it TWICE and I don’t remember it. This doesn’t bode well for the film.

    5. The Invention of Lying. I love Ricky Gervais, but this was a five-minute joke that went on for hours. Disappointing.

    4. Nine. Rob Marshall’s last musical was Chicago, which I LOVED, but this one felt unfocused. The songs aren’t that great (one or two exceptions). It was just boring.

    3. Fame. Another extremely disappointing musical. The only parts that worked were the ones reused from the original movie. Sorry, Kevin Tancharoen, I wanted to like your movie because you’re related to the Whedons, but… this wasn’t good.

    2. He’s Just Not That Into You. The only movie I’ve ever seen that made Jennifer Connelly uninteresting.

    1. Whatever Works. I LOVE Woody Allen, and have liked most of his (less popular) recent stuff, but… man. This was angry, pretentious, unfunny, and preachy. I vote no.

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