Posts tagged “2009

Mike’s Top Tens of the Decade (2000-2009)

Because you know you want to hear them.

Note: These are my favorite films, not the best. My goal here is to list, mostly for myself, but I like to get everyone involved in my narcissism, the films I liked best over the past decade. These are the films I find myself either holding in very high regard over a sustained period of time, or constantly going back to and watching. Which is pretty much the same thing.

Hindsight works well here. The more time that’s passed, the more time I’ve had to reflect on how much I actually like certain films. You watch a movie once, maybe you like it, put it on the top ten because you’re all caught up in it. After five years, you have a much better idea just how much you actually like that movie. Or if the movie’s aged. A lot of movies age very poorly and just don’t carry the appeal five-to-ten years later. Some movies are good, but you’re just not gonna watch them all the time. I wanted a list that captured both the films I watch the most and which ones I liked the best.

This is my list of films that I know, if I had to pick any film from these years to watch, these would be those films. Of course, the further we are from the year in question, the more accurate my list is going to be. More time to reflect.

An exercise like this fascinates me, because seeing somebody’s list of things like this really gives you a sense of what their tastes are (if they’re honest, of course. Some people will leave films on there because they’re “important” and they want to look good. Fuck that. If you don’t like Schindler’s List, whether you respect it or not, say so. Don’t lie because everyone else has it on their lists), or what era they grew up in (I feel only people around my age will share the same affinity for a film like The Sandlot), or, if I know the person, it gives me a better opportunity to turn them onto something I know they’d like. (“You’ve never seen Shakes the Clown? It’s the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.”) Plus, in my own case, I want to be able to go back to these lists every five years or so and see how my tastes change. See which movies have fallen off, which ones came on, etc. Actually that’s pretty much it. I really want to see if I’ll ever get tired of watching Speed Racer for the thirtieth time and finally be like, “Jesus, how have I watched this movie so many times and not been on drugs?” (Note: That won’t happen.) (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Picture & Best Director – 2009

Our last one. Our most recent one. Also our most contentious one because it is the most recent one. So, I’m not going to spend too much time on this one. I’m just gonna say my thoughts on each movie as briefly as I can, and elaborate in a few years.

Best Picture – 2009

And the nominees were…

Avatar (20th Century Fox)

The Blind Side (Warner Bros.)

District 9 (TriStar Pictures)

An Education (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)

Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company, Universal Studios)

Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire (Lions Gate Entertainment)

A Serious Man (Focus Features)

Up (Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios)

Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures) (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Actor & Best Actress – 2009

The best way to describe these two categories is by referring to Goodfellas. Why? Because that’s what came to mind when I thought about them. It’s the moment right after they shoot Joe Pesci in the head, at the end of “Layla,” when De Niro and Ray Liotta think he’s gonna get made. And De Niro’s on the pay phone with the other guy, who is actually Martin Scorsese’s father, and he’s expecting them to be like, “Ceremony went well, it’s official,” when instead he says, “We had a problem, and we tried to do everything we could.” And De Niro’s like, “What, what do you mean, problem?” And the guy says, “I mean he’s gone. And we couldn’t do nothing about it.” That’s what best describes these races. They won, and we couldn’t do nothing about it.

There wasn’t anything that could be done about either person winning these races, even though one was a bit undeserving for the performance alone, but was hugely deserving as an actor, and the other shouldn’t have even been attending the ceremony as a guest. Quite simply one of the worst Best Actress choices of all time. And I say that because, had they given her an Oscar in a year that didn’t feature an amazing performance, like say, 2005, when the exact same thing happened, or 2006, one of those years, where you really couldn’t definitively single out one performance to vote for, then an Oscar like this is okay. This year, it counts as one of the worst decisions of all time (right up there with 1970, and oh boy, wait until we get to 1970). And there wasn’t nothing that could be done. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actor & Best Supporting Actress – 2009

These were fun, weren’t they? Probably the easiest categories to guess (next to Supporting Actor 2008) of all the Supporting categories of the 2000s. These things were locked from nominations day. But, still, we get to have fun talking about them. Plus I get to praise some of the other people in these categories that might get overlooked in the future.

Best Supporting Actor – 2009

And the nominees were…

Matt Damon, Invictus

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds (more…)