It may have been 12 years since James Cameron's Titanic, but the man has delivered yet another sublime motion picture. It's the cinematic experience of the 00's, as well as both the best film of 2009 and the most essential.
HOLY CRAP! What an intense, fucking awesome movie! This is what I'm talking about!
Characters are compelling, narrative is engaging, it's packed with throught-provoking ideas...and yet it's full of absolutely incredible action. This little $30 million blockbuster outshows virtually all summer blockbusters of the 2009 season - not the least the disastrous new Transformers. This is proof that a satisfying summer blockbuster doesn't need to break the bank during its production period.
I'll be keeping an eye on Neill Blomkamp's career with great interest. If this is what he can pull off as a rookie (a film with only a few very minor flaws), it's hard not to get excited about what he'll be able to achieve in a decade or so.
WOW! Who would've thought this could be so excellent?!
Sam Raimi's return to his horror-comedy roots is a triumph of the genre, and a triumph of modern cinema. This is a nuanced symphony of the macabre, conducted by one of the genre's finest technicians. It's petrifying when it wants to be, and it's absolutely hilarious at other times, even evoking the spirit of the Looney Tunes from time to time.
Exceptionally well-crafted from top to bottom, Drag Me to Hell is the best horror movie of recent memory, and one of the best movies of 2009. You'd have to be crazy to miss it!!
Everything one could want from a romantic comedy! It's like Annie Hall for today's generation - and in my opinion, the films are equal in quality.
It succeeds because it isn't afraid to eschew convention. In fact it mocks it continually. It simply shows how romance plays out in real life, not in the self-contained fantasy world of romantic comedies. It's constantly hilarious, endlessly creative and pleasant. I fell in love with the movie at first sight.
I'd easily rank it alongside Fargo and No Country for Old Men as one of the finest Coen Brothers films to date. I loved it. I loved the atmosphere. I loved the dialogue. I loved the riveting design of the movie.
Most of all, it engages our brains and leaves us pondering its messages and all the puzzle pieces... It's challenging cinema, and I loved it.
I've promised myself that with each coming year, I will see Clint Eastwood's new film no matter what I think of the trailers or the looks of it. Clint may be in his twilight years, but he's still making terrific films, and this in no exception.
Invictus is a great film. My review will tell you everything you need to know.
Right from early Oscar talks, An Education garnered quite a lot of attention. This is another instance of a little film which ended up doing far better than expected. And rightfully so - this movie is a masterpiece.
Jason Reitman is definitely one of the greatest talents of this generation. Keep an eye on this lad - he's destined for big things. Heck, he has already accomplished big things. I wonder where he'll be in 10 years.
Up in the Air easily earns its place on this list, for myriad reasons... all of which are outlined in my review.
Amid a summer blockbuster season of CGI-infested blockbusters and silly spectacles, Public Enemies is a welcome adult alternative. Michael Mann's latest film is the most authentic period movie in decades, with masterful production design that firmly places a viewer in the 1930s.
Great performances. Great direction. Great cinematography. It won't work for everyone, but Public Enemies is one of 2009's finest movies.