The List 2009

“This List” Guide.

1. My List criteria changes a bit every year: 2006, 2007, 2008. This list is literally every film I watched in 2009. Thus, my best and worst are limited to what I personally saw and when I saw them—so it includes 2008 movies I didn’t see until 2009 and does not include all the brilliant films you saw but I did not.

2. “What makes your Top Film List, Kj?” Well, it’s more of an intuitive response to a mixture of “How good was the film?” and “How much did I enjoy watching the film?” Thus, these aren’t critical picks so much as what was most memorable/enjoyable for me. (Hence why Terminator Salvation is in the Top 6).

3. [ ] –means I saw it in the theater

4. ** –indicates multiple viewings of the same film. 3 asterisks mean it was the third viewing, etc

5. Why so much “Twilight”? Research.

Top Films of 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Paper Heart

Runners Up of 2009
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
(500) Days of Summer
Star Trek
Terminator Salvation

Biggest Wastes of Money in 2009
District 9
Last Chance Harvey

Most Watched Films of 2009:
Twilight (7)
Say Anything (4)
Serenity (3)

Films Watched Twice in 2009
Grosse Pointe Blank
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Star Trek
Sweet Land
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Films Seen in the Theater: 24

Films Seen Twice in the Theater
Star Trek
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Month of Most Film Viewings: January: 30

Month of Least Film Viewings: November & December: 5 each

Total Films Watched in 2009: 169

Average Films Viewed Per Week: 3.25

The List

Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day
Say Anything
Aliens: Director’s Cut
Strictly Ballroom
[ ] Twilight
Ghost Town
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Friends With Money
Say Anything**
Say Anything***
Grosse Pointe Blank
Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix
Mars Attacks!
[ ] Last Chance Harvey
Grosse Pointe Blank**
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Marie Antoinette
The Darjeeling Limited
The Illusionist
[ ] Slumdog Millionaire
Say Anything****
[ ] Rachel Getting Married
Stranger Than Fiction
Almost Famous
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Mrs. Brown
[ ] Push
Johnny Cash’s “The Gospel Road”
Baby Mama
Black Robe
Driving Lessons
[ ] Watchmen
Dear Frankie
Leap of Faith
Jane Eyre (2006)
L.A. Story
Johnny Mnemonic
Into Great Silence
Harry Potter: Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban
Three Seasons
Happy-Go Lucky
Trembling Before G-D
Taxi Driver
Les Triplettes De Belleville
Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire
Enchanted April
Educating Rita
Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix**
Fatal Attraction
Logan’s Run
The Terminator
Mamma Mia
Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban**
Then She Found Me
Billy Elliot
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
[ ] Star Trek
Rambo: First Blood
[ ] Terminator Salvation
Jesus Camp
The Other Boleyn Girl
Sarah, Plain and Tall
[ ] (500) Days of Summer
[ ] Up
Lars and the Real Girl
The Graduate
All The Real Girls
He’s Just Not That Into You
Lost in Translation
The Village
Northanger Abbey
Rumor Has It
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Walk The Line
Becoming Jane
The Fifth Element
A Bug’s Life
The Devil Wears Prada
Sweet Land
Sense & Sensibility (2008)
Weird Science
Synecdoche, New York
Two Lovers
Starter For Ten
[ ] Public Enemies
Miss Potter
[ ] Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
My Girl
Save Me
The Hebrew Hammer
[ ] Star Trek**
The History Boys
Sweet Land**
[ ] District 9
Notes on a Scandal
The Visitor
[ ] Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince**
The Corpse Bride
2 Days in Paris
[ ] Paper Heart
[ ] Cold Souls
Girls Rock!
Charlie Bartlett
[ ] Inglorious Basterds
[ ] Julie & Julia
Camp Out
Fast Food Nation
Inside I’m Dancing (Rory O’Shea Was Here)
Friends of God
[ ] Bright Star
Manhattan Short Film Festival (2009)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Gone Baby Gone
Son of Rambow
Eddie Izzard: Circle
Mad Hot Ballroom
American Teen
Autism: The Musical
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist**
Ricky Gervais: Out of England
Bullets Over Broadway
Word Wars
[ ] Where the Wild Things Are
Hell House
Little Man Tate
The Break Up
This Film is Not Yet Rated
[ ] Twilight: New Moon
Little Women
A Christmas Story
[ ] Avatar
[ ] The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Posted on Thu, Jan 7th, 2010 at 5:00 pm
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Comments: 2

  1. 1 | Ian

    January 13th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Love this. As always. I’m prepping my list for its moentous release this weekend!

  2. 2 | Ian

    January 13th, 2010 at 8:16 pm


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