Wow, Bloggy has lost it’s way. Back on the wagon I get, as I briefly recap most of the 2009 films I’ve seen in the last few months.
On we go..
Coraline 3-D (Henry Selick)
Shockingly, my first ever venture in to the now very popular 3D movie experience, Coraline was a joy. A marvelous story based on Neil Gaimans classic children’s book, Selick’s beautiful stop motion animation along with the brilliantly realised 3D element makes Coraline a totally immersive and accomplished film.
Terminator: Salvation (McG)
Of course nothing was going to top Cameron’s masterpieces but Bale turns in a very ‘by the books’ performance as John Connor, whereas Sam Worthington firmly establishes himself as Hollywood’s new star. The story arc was non-existent and the ending leaves you with the feeling of ‘what was the point?’
Oh well, at least it was better than T3.
The Hangover (Phillips)
Funniest. film. this. decade.
Gran Torino (Eastwood)
Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood has established himself as arguably the most prolific director in Hollywood today with 2 films this year (the other being ‘The Changeling’).
This movie threads familiar territory with the telling of racial discrimination and stereotyping but manages to win through with a solid performance from Eastwood and despite some awful acting from those Asian kids.
Synecdoche, New York (Kaufman)
Another mindfuck from Charlie Kaufman, the mind behind Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This time, Kaufman makes his directorial debut in a film which is typically him and needs another viewing to really appreciate and understand.
Star Trek (Abrams)
J.J Abrams is brilliant. The man who gave us changed TV with Lost, changed the monster movie with Cloverfield, has now brought the franchise that we all thought was finally dead and buried: Star Trek! It’s not the Star Trek we all remember. This is an action packed roller-coaster ride that doesn’t let up. Brilliant stuff.