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Most Enjoyable & Most
Disappointing Films of 2009
by Tony Medley
Here’s my list of the most
enjoyable and least enjoyable/most disappointing/most overrated films I
saw during 2009. The negative category includes some films that, while
not the worst, were disappointing or overrated, or, while enjoyable, had
huge flaws. The positive category is just how much I enjoyed them, not
rated as I would rate an Oscar®-winner.
- The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt finally
gets her chance to shine in a starring role that she owned.
- Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29: Breath-takingly
funny and amazing.
- Me and Orson Welles: Exultant
recreation of yesteryear; I could have watched for another hour.
- Crazy Heart: Jeff Bridges gives a
terrific performance helped by a resounding sound track.
- Avatar: A story so good it overwhelmed
the incredible special effects.
- (500) Days of Summer: An exhilarating
- An Education: An intelligent,
thoughtful film, a type they don’t make much anymore.
- In The Loop: An uproariously funny
- The Baader Meinhof Complex: This is so
good it’s worth reading subtitles for 2-1/2 hours.
- Flame and Citron: A terrific WWII spy
thriller with a realistic ending, that happens to be true (mostly).
- The Blind Side: Sandra Bullock comes
into her own in this heart-warming family feel good film.
- Coco Before Chanel: A look at Coco
Chanel and how she created her reputation out of whole cloth, you
should pardon the expression.
- Inglorious Basterds: The list of WWII
comedies began and ended with “Kelly’s Heroes” until this one, which
doubles as an adventure film.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife: A worthy
addition to time-warp winners, although not in the league with “The
- Revanche: Requires concentration,
thought, and reason. But if you’re willing to actually do these
three skills, this is a rewarding movie.
- Adventureland: One of the better
romances with terrific performances, especially by Kristin Stewart.
- Taken: Non-stop tension.
- The Ugly Truth: Funny, with good
advice for women, although what Gerard Butler says is intended to be
so over-the-top outrageous that he’s funny, most of what he says
makes sense and describes how many men react to a woman so
accurately that it should be emailed to every woman around the
- The Hangover: The low budget comedy
that took the world by storm, deservedly so.
- Every Little Step: Although “The
Chorus Line” is one of my least-favorite musicals, if you like
Broadway, this is a film you cannot miss.
- Shall We Kiss: This is the charming
kind of little movie at which the French excel.
- The Damned United: How good is this?
I'm no soccer fan, but found this fascinating, mainly due to the
- Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans:
Even though director Werner Herzog likes to call this film noir,
it’s not, but it’s still entertaining.
- 2012: A disaster film that surprised
me, coming, as it did, from Roland Emmerich. But when something is
good, it’s good.
- Funny People: Judd Apatow forsakes his
silly, low-class, profane comedy shtick and finally makes a movie
with depth and meaning.
- Donkey Punch: Unfortunately demeaned
by a scene of soft core porn, this is an intriguing, well done
story. What would you do?
- Confessions of a Shopaholic: An
old-fashioned, feel-good love story.
- Tyson: You’ve never seen Mike Tyson
like this, in his own words, and it’s fascinating.
- The Box: Dark, drear, and troubling.
It starts like a fairly straight forward thriller, and then descends
into weirdness involving scenes that are phantasmagorical.
- Nine: A better title for this awful
movie full of faux singing and dancing to less than mediocre music
would have been “Nein!”
- Motherhood: According to this movie
motherhood sucks but what sucks is this movie.
- Brüno: This is worse than actual
pornography (for which is easily qualifies), it’s intellectual
- all about Steve: Awful doesn’t begin to
describe this Sandra Bullock vehicle written by Kim Barker, who was
responsible for the equally awful “License to Wed.”
- Whatever Works: Whatever works, this
Woody Allen homage to his secular humanist philosophy didn’t.
- Julie and Julia: Meryl Streep
impersonating Dan Akroyd caricaturing Julia Childs. Poor Julia would
- The Last Station: Interminable; a waste
of the talents of Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, and Paul
- Observe and Protect: Pure,
unadulterated smut; an obscenity.
- The Limits of Control: I can’t say
nothing happens. At about the 70 minute mark, Hilda Swinton is
kidnapped. Too bad the kidnappers didn’t take the negative for this
movie at the same time.
- Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: Dear
Matthew McConaughey: When will you realize that it takes more than a
smile to be an actor?
- Echelon Conspiracy: This was just flat
- Miss March: This was awesome, Dude, a
movie made especially for us dudes with IQs under 25!
- Two Lovers: If you thought
Phoenix’s “singing” in “Walk the Line” was bad (I thought it
atrocious), you should see him in this.
- Land of the Lost: Will Ferrell, need I
- The Pink Panther 2: Steve Martin, meet
- Bride Wars: Considering that this
“stars” Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, this bomb didn’t have a
- I Love You, Man:
idiotic stretch it should be animated, because it couldn’t be more
of a cartoon.
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the
Smithsonian: This movie did the impossible. It’s worse than the
- It’s Complicated: It’s ghastly.
- he’s just not that in to you: So bad a
chick flick it’s in the league of “Sex and the City,” and that’s
hard to believe.
- Paris 36: I don't like fantasies. And
if I did like fantasies, I wouldn't like fantasies that are
historical stories of recent past. And if I did like fantasies that
are historical stories of recent past, I still wouldn't like this.
- Couples Retreat: The first 25 minutes
is dispiriting. Then it really gets dismal.
- Amelia: This is what you get when you
ask a foreigner to make a movie about a uniquely American icon, junk
with lousy performances.