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FAVORITE FILMS BY YEAR: 2009

by George O. Kaplan
(Work in progress) THE BEST: 1. A Serious Man (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) Black comedy, USA/UK/France 2. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson) Stop-motion animated comedy, USA 3. Vincere (Marco Bellocchio) Biographical, historical and political drama, Italy/France 4. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino) War, USA/Germany 5. Invictus (Clint Eastwood) Biographical sports and political drama, USA 6. Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee) Comedy, USA 7. Watchmen (Zack Snyder) Superhero mystery, USA 8. Lost (Season 5) (J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber & Damon Lindelof) Television mystery drama series, USA OTHER GOOD FILMS THAT YEAR: Ruhr – James Benning – Avant-garde… Read more

(Work in progress)

THE BEST:

1. A Serious Man
(Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
Black comedy, USA/UK/France

2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
(Wes Anderson)
Stop-motion animated comedy, USA

3. Vincere
(Marco Bellocchio)
Biographical, historical and political drama, Italy/France

4. Inglourious Basterds
(Quentin Tarantino)
War, USA/Germany

5. Invictus
(Clint Eastwood)
Biographical sports and political drama, USA

6. Taking Woodstock
(Ang Lee)
Comedy, USA

7. Watchmen
(Zack Snyder)
Superhero mystery, USA

8. Lost (Season 5)
(J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber & Damon Lindelof)
Television mystery drama series, USA

OTHER GOOD FILMS THAT YEAR:
Ruhr – James Benning – Avant-garde documentary, Germany
Un prophète (A Prophet) – Jacques Audiard – Crime, France/Italy
True Blood (Season 2) – Alan Ball – Television fantasy series, USA
Zombieland – Ruben Fleischer – Zombie comedy, USA
Coraline – Henry Selick – Stop-motion animated fantasy, USA
Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) – Maren Ade – Drama, Germany
Chloe – Atom Egoyan – Erotic thriller, Canada/USA/France

ALSO INTERESTING:
The Princess and the Frog – Walt Disney; John Musker & Ron Clements – Animated musical romance fantasy fairy tale, USA
Nanjing! Nanjing! (City of Life and Death) – Lu Chuan – Historical war drama, China/Hong Kong
A Christmas Carol – Robert Zemeckis – Motion capture animated parable, USA
Fish Tank – Andrea Arnold – Coming-of-age drama, UK/Netherlands
Heroes (Season 3) – Tim Kring – Science fiction television drama series, USA
Fringe (Season 1) – J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci – Science fiction television series, USA/Canada
Bright Star – Jane Campion – Biographical romantic drama, UK/Australia/France


POOR:
Avatar – James Cameron – Epic science fiction fantasy, USA/UK
Ágora – Alejandro Amenábar – Historical drama, Spain
Confessions of a Shopaholic – P.J. Hogan – Romantic comedy, USA
La isla interior (The Island Inside) – Dunia Ayaso & Félix Sabroso – Drama, Spain

WTF???
Luna caliente – Vicente Aranda – Erotic thriller, Spain

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