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Is 2009 the best year ever for movies?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by cineMANIAC, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. cineMANIAC

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    It all began with May's Star Trek reboot and will end grandly with Avatar. 2009 may be the best year ever for big-scale film (and some very good small ones):

    Terminator Salvation. I wasn't disappointed with it, to say the least
    Moon. A great little sci-fi drama that nobody saw
    District 9. Finally, an original storyline and highly entertaining
    and coming up:

    Possibly the best WWII movie ever made: Inglorious Bastards
    You want a slasher movie? Check. Halloween II
    Looking for a Disaster flick to end all disaster flicks? 2012. Amazing trailer
    Post-Apocalyptic angst? The Road
    Need some mystery thrills? Check. Shutter Island
    Sci-fi Action? Take your pick: Whiteout, Pandorum
    Sc-fi thrillers your game? Go see The Surrogates
    Then there's the remake of one of the best episodes of the 80's version of The Twilight Zone: The Box.


    I don't remember anything pre-summer but, man, what a lineup!
     
  2. Chuck Mayer

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    In recent years, 2003 had two Matrix films, Return of the King, Pirates 1, Master and Commander, and Nemo. 2009 doesn't come close.

    And the word angst and the Road really don't go together. And I'd argue that Inglorious Basterds won't unseat Patton or several other movies anytime soon. It might be the best WWII fantasy film ever.

    Pre-summer did have Watchmen.
     
  3. Andrew Pierce

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    IMO, 2009 can't touch 1999, which was for my money the greatest year of movies thus far. Check out the embarasment of riches -- Bear in mind all of the the first three were, at the time, untainted by disappointing followups:

    The Matrix
    The Mummy
    The Sixth Sense
    Fight Club
    American Beauty
    Office Space
    The Iron Giant
    Toy Story 2
    Three Kings
    Sunshine
    Being John Malkovich
    Galaxy Quest
    Election
    Payback
    EdTV
    Idle Hands
    Stuart Little
    Go
    Girl, Interrupted
    Man on the Moon
    The Boondock Saints
    The Limey
    The Talented Mr Ripley
    South Park: B,L,U
    The Insider
    Eyes Wide Shut
     
  4. Charles Knox

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    2008's offerings have eclipsed this year's by a mile. Outside of UP, I was really let down this year movie wise. To answer your question, the best movie year ever has to be 1939. No other year will ever compare to that year.
     
  5. Zack Gibbs

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    I'd say it's been one of the weakest years in a long long time, and I know I'm not alone.
     
  6. Adam Lenhardt

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    I was thinking the same thing. This year has definitely had its share of gems -- the quite possibly the best Harry Potter of them all, The Hangover, Watchmen, Knowing, Star Trek, and some great smaller films, -- and with Avatar looks set to finish with a bang. But this year has high an unusually high dud to success ratio.
     
  7. mattCR

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    This has been a good year. But in my mind, nothing can replace 1994:

    Hoop Dreams
    Forest Gump
    Nell
    Ed Wood
    Shawshank Redemption
    Pulp Fiction
    Bullets over Broadway
    Four Weddings and a Funeral
    Heavenly Creatures
    Lion King
    Hudsucker Proxy
    Quiz Show

    1994 to me stands out because it has so many films that to this day I don't view as just "good" but "incredible" film efforts.
    But 2009 has been good so far ;)
    I was VERY dissappointed by the trailer for "The Road" which appears as though someone has NO real understanding of the book.. and when was it decided that this would be declared as an

    environmental disaster, as it is proclaimed in the trailer, they'd ad gun battles with road gangs.. I don't remember ANY of that form the book, at all.
     
  8. Ray H

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    I wouldn't be too worried. The Weinstein Company doesn't know how to sell the movie, so they're pulling a bait and switch ad compaign, which will probably piss off people who go to see the movie expecting one thing and getting something else entirely.
     
  9. Guest

    The best years for movies IMO were: 1939 (Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, The Women, and MANY more) , 1951, 1967, 1977, 1980, 1994, and 2001.
     
  10. Kevin Lamb

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    1982 had one heck of a lineup:

    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    Blade Runner
    Tootsie

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Poltergeist

    Ghandi

    First Blood

    The Dark Crystal

    Tron
    Rocky III
    Conan the Barbarian

    The Secret of Nimh
     
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    Shutter Island has been delayed until February 2010.

    This year has had some good movies, but overall, I'd say it's pretty weak in comparison to other years. Everyone will have their favorite year, depending on the kinds of films you like and what the marketplace meant for those kinds of films at a given time.

    I found this year to be pretty weak, especially this summer. With the exception of Star Trek and Up, I haven't seen any films I'd consider great. Public Enemies was good, but not great. Many films were just too disappointing. The writers strike created this situation - studios have delayed some of their good films to have something to compete with this summer (Star Trek is a prime example) but film slates are pretty slim because the strike left fewer films in development. Add to that the economic downturn and you have a weak crop.
     
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    Curious that most of the movies on your list have yet to come out and consequently not been seen. Therefore it's hard to declare this year "the best" based on trailers and pre-release hype.
     
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    I'd say this year has been bordline between terrible and very terrible. I enjoyed Star Trek though.
     
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    Gotta agree with Steve. It's been a terrible year so far. The only two movies I've really enjoyed are Star Trek and Inglourious Basterds. I hope the end of the year is better than the summer has been.
     
  15. Walter Kittel

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    I'll wait until the end of the year to evaluate 2009, which has been hit and miss for me personally.

    In terms of best years for cinema, I agree with the previous selections of 1939 and 1982 (two of my favorite years) and would add 1996 to the mix with:

    Angels and Insects
    Breaking the Waves
    Bound
    The English Patient
    Fargo
    Fly Away Home
    Hamlet
    Lone Star
    Microcosmos
    Secrets and Lies
    Shine
    Sling Blade
    Sydney (Hard Eight)
    Trainspotting
    - Walter
     
  16. cineMANIAC

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    I kind of jumped the gun by declaring 2009 the best year ever. I guess I got carried away by trailers for upcoming films (Avatar, The Road) plus there are several films I've seen this year that I consider to be very good, more than in recent times. My main criteria for judging films is that they have to be infinitely watchable, in other words, they need to have a very high re-watch value. This is why I'm changing my best year ever award to 1982. Thanks Kevin for reminding me.
     
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    I would definately declare 2009 a good year for smaller films but as a whole in general, 2009 pales in comparison with 1939, 1982, 1999, and 2001.
     
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    I have to say that 1989 is my favorite year for movies.

    batman 89
    indy 3
    lethal weapon 2
    when harry met sally
    parenthood
    the abyss

    and many more.

    Jacob
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Of recent years (this decade), I think that 2004 is the best:

    Personal all-time favorites:
    Garden State
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    Before Sunset

    Other good or great movies:
    Aviator
    Bourne Supremacy
    Closer
    Collateral
    Dawn of the Dead
    Dreamers
    Finding Neverland
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Hellboy
    Hotel Rwanda
    I Heart Huckabees
    Incredibles
    Kill Bill V2
    Million Dollar Baby (not a big fan personally, but critically acclaimed)
    Miracle
    Ray (not a fan personally, but critically acclaimed)
    Shaun of the Dead
    Sideways
    Spider-man 2
     

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