2009: 15 Favorite Movies

Now that I’ve seen Avatar, I can make this list. It didn’t feel right making a favorite movies list not having seen what appears to be the future highest grossing movie of all-time.

From least most favorite to most most favorite (movies link to my original poorly-written review):

15. Drag Me To Hell

14. (500) Days of Summer

13. Paranormal Activity

12. Away We Go

11. Star Trek

10. In The Loop

9. The Hangover

8. District 9

7. Where The Wild Things Are

6. Inglourious Basterds

5. Up

4. Fantastic Mr. Fox

3. Up In The Air

2. Avatar

1. The Hurt Locker


Movie of the Week: Up In The Air

Jason Reitman is three for three in my book as I’ve found all his movies highly entertaining.

I loved everything about this movie – George Clooney, Vera Farmiga (the post-baby weight looked good on her), Jason Bateman – except Anna Kendrick.  Sometimes she was fine but some scenes that called for to be serious emotional (as opposed to laugh-at-how-emotional-I-am-being secens which she was fine at), she didn’t sell it and overacted a little bit. Not to say I hated her in the movie, I just didn’t love her all the time.

I thought the decision that Reitman made to use real people who had gotten laid off to play the employees getting laid off by Ryan (Clooney) and Natalie (Kendrick) was a great choice except that it made those same scenes with recognizable actors seem inauthentic.

So two small quibbles but the movie was great and I can’t wait to own it.