My Top 10 Best and Worst Films of 2009

Here we go with my take on the best and worst films of 2009. Unfortunately, I haven’t been going to the theaters as much as I would have liked to this year. It had less to do with the economy and more to do with the steaming piles of bat shit that hit the screens for quite sometime. Also, it’s hard to travel to the city to find indie flicks that capture my interest.

The usual way I do this is listing my top 10 best and worst followed by a quick one sentence take on the film. For some reason, I’ve had less patience in writing more detailed reviews. Also note that I have not seen Avatar (or Zombieland), so I’m only going by what I’ve seen from Jan-Nov of this year.

My Top 10 Worst Films of 2009:

10. Gamer
(Couldn’t get past the first 10 minutes)

9. The Soloist
(Robert Downey Jr. could not save this waste of celluloid)

8. Friday the 13th
(If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all)

7. Notorious
(I would have preferred Sly Stallone’s unproduced film about the LAPD officer who investigated the Tupac and Biggie murders)

6. Obsessed
(Caught it on cable. Poor Idris Elba. Deserves so much better)

5. Funny People
(Not a laugh-out riot. Just a downbeat bore)

4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
(Aside from a few good action scenes, the comedy went overboard and there was lack of development with the new characters)

3. Observe and Report
(See #5)

2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
(I only made this number 2 because my buddy Adam Ferrara is in it)

1. Crank 2: High Voltage
(An insult to the intelligence of the human mind)

My Top 10 Best Films of 2009:

10. Bronson
(A modernized A Clockwork Orange. Highly recommended)

9. Angels & Demons
(Unlike DaVinci Code, no time is wasted. Entertaining from start to finish)

8. Law Abiding Citizen
(Well executed from a screenplay standpoint. Gerard Butler’s best since 300)

7. State of Play
(Surprisingly well done. Worth a second look)

6. Black Dynamite
(You’d be amazed how the film is a lot funnier than the trailer appears. This makes the Hangover look like Paul Blart)

5. The Hurt Locker
(This generation’s Full Metal Jacket. Brilliant)

4. Precious
(Despite the unorthodox casting, the film is disturbingly real. You never know what’s coming around the corner)

3. District 9
(For a film that cost less money than Transformers, I was pleasantly surprised. Paul Verhoeven must be proud)

2. Inglorious Basterds
(The Jew Hunter is a surefire shoe-in for Oscar season)

1. Star Trek
(What can I say? It’s the way every summer movie experience should be)

Feedback and your lists of best and worst are highly appreciated!

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