Sep 28 2009

James’ Top 10 Favorite Movies of the First Half of 2009

The purpose of this article is simply to point out the ten best movies of the year so far.  I started with January and went through the end of August and looked at every movie I’d seen so far, and let me tell you, I have seen a lot of movies this year.  In fact the only movie I truly regret missing so far is The Hurt Locker, so don’t expect to see it on this list.  I’m going to categorize this top ten as being defined by being my “favorites”.   A lot of things can contribute to this, and I’ll do my best to briefly explain each choice, but I think you’ll find that it’s a combination of pure enjoyment, relatability, and undoubtable quality.  But, in my humble opinion these are the 10 best movies of 2009 so far, if not in the order I have them placed. You may remember Benn’s tirade against the current state of the summer blockbuster, and you might be able to think of this as a counter to that, because while not all of the movies that are about to be mentioned were “blockbusters,” most of them were part of this summers’ film slate, and were completely enjoyable.  Some even pushed the envelope of filmmaking just a little.  Anyway without further ado, I present to you in approximate and completely subjective order descending from tenth to first favorite film, my top ten favorite films of the first “half” of 2009. Continue reading