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2009: Ratings

Posted by Jesse on December 28, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / F
Fame / D-
The Last House on the Left
/ D
Brüno / D+
Amelia / D+
He’s Just Not That Into You / D+
The Blind Side / C-
The Proposal / C
Watchmen / C
17 Again / C
Brothers / C
I Love You, Man
/ C+
Sunshine Cleaning / C+
Glorious 39 / C+
The Hangover / B-
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee / B-
Julie & Julia / B-
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
/ B
Away We Go / B
Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces) / B+
It’s Complicated / B+
Star Trek / B+
Drag Me To Hell / B+
Avatar / B+
Where the Wild Things Are / A-
The Princess and the Frog / A-
J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) / A-
Nine / A-
An Education / A
(500) Days of Summer / A
Inglourious Basterds / A+
A Serious Man / A+
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire / A+
Up / A+
A Single Man / A+
The Hurt Locker / A+
Up in the Air / A+


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Long time no see! A 2009 Recap.

Posted by Jesse on December 28, 2009

So it’s been a while.. a long while!
After this year long hiatus, I am back and ready to maintain this blog.

I’ll start, like last year, by listing the major film-related events in pointform that happened to me this year:

  • Went to theatres to see the remake of Wes Craven’s cult classic The Last House on the Left… not impressed.
  • Saw, with friends, He’s Just Not that Into You… And I just wasn’t into it.
  • Was extremely excited for, but ultimately let down by Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.
  • Caught up with a friend and saw Up. The most fun I had at a movie all summer.
  • Saw the unfortunate sequel to the unfortunate film TransformersTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
  • Saw the embarrassing docu-style comedy Brüno.
  • Star Trek-ed it up and had an amazing time.
  • Was very impressed by the breakout comedy The Hangover.
  • Went to the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after a long, long wait.
  • After a Jason Mraz concert in Toronto, finally saw (500) Days of Summer and it remained my favourite film of ’09 for most of the summer…
  • Until I saw Inglourious Basterds.
  • Saw the atrocious remake of Fame.
  • Attended TIFF ’09! ——- My second Toronto Film Festival experience.
  • Bought tickets for Valhalla  Rising, I Killed My Mother, Glorious 39 and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.
  • First film I saw was Valhalla Rising. I expected more, it was mediocre at best.
  • A friend and I then saw Stephen Poliakoff’s Glorious 39. In attendance was Poliakoff, Romola Garai, Bill Nighy and acting legend Julie Christie (the stars of the film). Overall, the film was more like a Hallmark TV movie, but I enjoyed it.
  • Third was Xavier Dolan’s critically acclaimed French-Canadian film I Killed My Mother. It was the best movie I saw all festival and one of the best I’ve seen this year. It’s also Canada’s submission to the Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Oscars.
  • Another friend and I waited in the rush line for Precious tickets for 4 hours, but were unlucky. We were lucky at celeb spotting that day, however: Oprah Winfrey, Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Robin Thicke, Mary J. Blige, Sherri Shepherd, Tyler Perry, Atom Egoyan and Julianne Moore. It was very exciting.
  • Lastly, I saw The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. In attendance were director Rebecca Miller, Robin Wright and Keanu Reeves. The film was solid and I enjoyed it very much. A nice conclusion to my TIFF ’09 experience.
  • Saw Where the Wild Things Are and was extremely impressed. Very fun and very charming film.
  • Was terribly disappointed by the mega-hyped Amelia after seeing it at an advanced screening.
  • Went to see the critically acclaimed and Oscar-buzzed An Education.
  • Saw one of my most anticipated films of the year, A Serious Man. It’s easily 2009’s best.
  • After being jipped at TIFF, finally got to see Precious. Astounding piece of filmmaking.
  • Saw Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man. One of the best films of the year. Absolutely mesmerizing.
  • Saw a double feature: The Princess and the Frog and Brothers. Loved the first, disliked the latter.
  • Saw The Blind Side in theatres with friends. The trailer made it look like utter crap… and it was. Bullock was okay. Oscar-worthy? Not a chance.
  • Finally caught up and watched Julie & Julia. Meryl could win a third Oscar for this.
  • Watched The Hurt Locker after having it on my computer for months. All the hype over this film is deserved. It’s a masterpiece.
  • During my trip to Ottawa, saw Up in the Air with a friend.
  • My holiday break started with a 3-D experience: Avatar. Very disappointed. Doesn’t live up to the hype at all.
  • Finished off the year with another double feature: It’s Complicated and Nine. Both were wonderful.

After that rather long update of my 2009 cinematic journey, I’m going to leave you with my top 10 films of 2009.
I still have a few to see (The Lovely Bones, Invictus, Sherlock Holmes, Fantastic Mr. Fox, District 9, The Last Station, Coraline, The Road, Bright Star, The Messenger and The White Ribbon, but I’m getting there).

Top 10 of 2009:

  4. UP
  8. (500) DAYS OF SUMMER
  10. NINE

Until next post, Auf Wiedersehen. —–

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