The 5 Best Movies of 2009 (That I Didn’t Watch Until 2010)

December 20, 2010 by Simon Kinnear in Opinion with 2 Comments

Because, frankly, they made too many of the damn things last year, this movie blog is still catching up!

FIVE.  Bolt – finally, a Disney-made CG animation that’s (almost) as witty, exciting and layered as a Pixar flick – from its deliriously OTT action-intro to the casually subversive satire of studio politics.   

FOUR.  Tales From The Golden Age – Ace black comedy compendium from Romania’s amazing new generation of directors.  The opening segment’s fairground ride scene is still probably the funniest thing I’ve seen this year.

THREE. Me and Orson Welles – Linklater at his most laidback, sure, but this old-school crowd-pleaser delivers, thanks to Christian McKay, probably the best screen Welles since Welles himself.  

TWO. The Hurt Locker – Oscar shock! A Best Picture winner worthy of the name: a drum-tight blast of adrenaline that says more about the Iraq War than any liberal lament.

ONE. (500) Days of Summer – The modern rom-com of my dreams, dancing on the knife-edge between hipster melancholy and sharp subversion without becoming twee. It cemented my crush on Zoe Deschanel, ignited a man-crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and rekindled my love for The Smiths. 

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  1. JessDec 20, 2010 at 11:04 amReply

    Are you going to do a 'best movies of 2010' blog Simon?

  2. Simon KinnearDec 20, 2010 at 11:22 amReply

    Hi Jess – to be honest, I've got bored of reading 'best of 2010' lists so I'm doing a more esoteric round-up of my movie-watching year! However, I'm reliably informed my top 10 will appear elsewhere before the end of the week, so I'll probably post a link when it's up.

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