Favorite Movies of 2009

Here’s a quick list of my favorite movies from the past year.

The Hangover


Saw the poster for The Hangover while seeing another movie. Made a mental note to avoid it. I was wrong. Funny from start to finish.

The Class


Should have been cliché, but wasn’t. It was quiet, real and moving.

The Hurt Locker


Devastating, tense, thrilling. A character study rather than a “war movie.”



The first 15 minutes of Up! prove once again that animation can be deeply emotional and SQUIRREL!



Who know the zombie genre had so much life left in it. Also includes the best cameo ever.

Inglourious Basterds


Brad Pitt’s over the top character was fine, but Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) walked away with every scene he was in. I don’t automatically love everything Tarantino does, but I loved Inglourious Basterds.

Goodbye Solo


Quiet, understated, touching. I was completely engrossed from start to finish.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil


You don’t have to be a Metal fan to enjoy watching Anvil! The Story of Anvil. It’s touching, sad and hopeful and funny.

In The Loop


Fast, hilarious, vicious political satire. This is how wars are made.

World’s Greatest Dad


This dark, perverted, and very funny movie by Bob Goldthwait took me completely by surprise. I’ve grown to expect less from Robin Williams, but he’s terrific here. I guess a little autoerotic asphyxiation brings out the best in people.