Wednesday 30 December 2009

Films in 2009

Another year passes and it's time to reflect on the films I've seen this year.

Back in 2003, I undertook to see one film every week and post a review online, as a drunken bet. Having caught the bug, I've been a regular film-goer ever since. With 31 films this year, I've kept up with the level of attendance of last year (31 films) but I'm an awful long way from repeating the 60 cinema visits of 2004. Which is probably for the best.

In keeping with previous years, I only count actual trips to a cinema, not films on DVD, and I've rated the films I've seen.

You can find ratings for 2008 and 2007 on this blog and if you want to see the ratings for 2004 to 2006 and the reviews from 2003, visit

5 stars: Unmissable!
4 stars: Definitely worth seeing
3 stars: Decent film
2 stars: Disappointing
1 star: Pants
No stars: Why was this released?

In date order - five star films highlighted in bold

Slumdog Millionaire (****)
Milk (*****)
The Reader (***)
The Wrestler (**)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (***)
Che: Part One (**)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (**)
Gran Torino (****)
Revolutionary Road (***)
The Damned United (****)
The Boat That Rocked (*)
Let The Right One In (*****)
State of Play (****)
In The Loop (****)
Star Trek XI (****)
Che: Part Two (**)
Angels & Demons (**)
Public Enemies (***)
Moon (*****)
Inglourious Basterds (**)
Hurt Locker (****)
Mesrine: Killer Instinct (*****)
District 9 (****)
Dorian Gray (*)
The Soloist (***)
Zombieland (****)
Cirque Du Freak (**)
The Men Who Stare At Goats (***)
Harry Brown (***)
2012 (*)
Twilight: New Moon (****)


HarpyMarx said...

I always miss films out ....did for my list of top 10 films of the year and top 50 of the decade.

Woulda given Zombieland unmissable status... ;)

Milk was outstanding, so was Let the Right One in. The couldn't stand The Reader as the book was better. And I forgot to include In The Loop in my top 10 of 2009. Opps..... Moon was great.

Kevin said...

Both Zombieland and Slumdog were close (I enjoyed them both), but in the end, the others were still a step up. Agree about the Reader though.

Now just wondering what I've missed since I've been away. Will Avatar still be on when I get home? My guess is, probably yes. And I bet it sucks...

HarpyMarx said...

I have heard mixed reviews re Avatar even Mark Kermode has said there are positive things about it!! So I am kinda psyching myself up to see it..... And esp. as it's directed by King of Hubris Cameron....

Anonymous said...

Avatar is brilliant!

Hated Slumdog though - the least subtle film of all time.

Kevin said...

OK, I'm sold - the first film I see in 2010 will be Avatar!

Anonymous said...

Nice one! I saw Avatar in 3d which was fantastic but I really need to see it on a big screen in 2d now to see how it really looks.

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