Movies I saw this year

Movies I saw in theaters in 2009, in chronological order, according to this list:

He’s Just Not That Into You (or, the last ten minutes anyway, due to a mistake on the part of the theater)
Watchmen (in IMAX!)
I Love You, Man
State of Play
Star Trek
Angels & Demons
Terminator Salvation
The Hangover
Away We Go
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price
(500) Days of Summer
Funny People
District 9
Inglorious Basterds (x2)
Bright Star
Whip It!
The Men Who Stare At Goats
Fantastic Mr. Fox
It’s Complicated

Woah, 27 movies. I actually thought it would be more, although my 2008 list only totaled 23. It appears I saw 13 movies in the first half of 2009 (HJNTIY through Moon), and 14 from July to today (Bruno to It’s Complicated) so you can’t say I’m not consistent, I guess. Movies I wish I had seen include Ponyo, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Coraline, The Hurt Locker, Paper Heart, A Serious Man, Pirate Radio, and a whole bunch of movies that are out now, like Up in the Air, The Princess and the Frog, The Road and Avatar. Brief Interviews came nowhere near me, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for the DVD release.

Best of 2009:

  1. The Hangover
  2. (500) Days of Summer
  3. Whip It!
  4. Away We Go
  5. Funny People

This list makes it obvious I am a citizen of hoodie nation, but whatever. Honorable mentions include Adventureland, Zombieland, Moon and Inglorious Basterds.

Worst of 2009:

  1. Bruno
  2. Angels & Demons
  3. Terminator Salvation
  4. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  5. Extract

Most of these were simply more disappointing then they were terrible. Goats was too hyped, and I was expecting another Office Space when I went to see Extract. I paid good money for movies that were way worse last year (Strange Wilderness, anyone?). Bruno topped my list because it tried too hard to gross people out and didn’t try hard enough to make them laugh.

I continue to believe that no matter how bad the economy gets, I will not give up going to the movies. I am truly happiest sitting in a theater waiting for a movie I’ve been looking forward to to begin.