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Top 10 Films of 2009 (Michael Medved)
Medved Website ^ | 01/15/2010 | Michael Medved

Posted on 01/17/2010 12:12:37 AM PST by L.A.Justice

Medved's Top 10 movies of 2009

1. The Last Station

2- (500) Days of Summer

3- Up in the Air

4- The Hurt Locker

5- Up

6- The Blind Side

7- Julie & Julia

8- An Education

9- The Stoning of Soraya M.

10- Bright Star


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 2009review; bestof2009; films; lists; medved; michaelmedved; moviereview; movies; topten
I was thinking that Medved would put INVICTUS on the list...But, he didn't. I did enjoy INVICTUS although I am not a rugby fan...

THE LAST STATION is about Leo Tolstoy...Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren are in it.

1 posted on 01/17/2010 12:12:39 AM PST by L.A.Justice
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To: L.A.Justice; All

I haven’t seen a single one, and have only heard of a couple of them. Am I missing anything?


2 posted on 01/17/2010 12:23:53 AM PST by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: L.A.Justice

Heard him talking about the Tolstoy movie last night. He said the soundtrack was amazing.


3 posted on 01/17/2010 12:29:45 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: notdownwidems

Me too. The only movies right now I would be interested in seeing are 1, 5, and 9. For this year, The Book of Eli looks interesting, but I’ve heard mixed reviews. I’m a Gary Oldman fan so who knows, I may try to see it or I may just wait for video. I’m pretty selective with my film viewing these days. It costs a lot of money to see a film and I don’t like my husband’s hard earning money supporting the Hollywood machine.


4 posted on 01/17/2010 12:33:19 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: L.A.Justice

‘The Last Station’ Trailer HD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTh-vQho7UU

Paul Giamatti is in it too. Might be one I have to see.


5 posted on 01/17/2010 12:38:02 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: L.A.Justice

Here’s a clip from The Last Station:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgW_fGYyi8I&feature=related


6 posted on 01/17/2010 12:40:39 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: L.A.Justice

I remember in nineteen-seventy-something I attended a couple of shows in Santa Monica in which and Michael and his brother screened Plan 9 from Outer Space, Robot Monster, Glen or Glenda, and The Bride and the Monster, among others. They used to put out books chronicling the worst films of all times.


7 posted on 01/17/2010 12:51:13 AM PST by Mentos
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To: notdownwidems

Hurtlocker is a good movie.


8 posted on 01/17/2010 12:55:22 AM PST by Abundy
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To: notdownwidems

Based on the lame titles, I don’t think we have any reason to eat our hearts out.


9 posted on 01/17/2010 12:57:05 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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To: Abundy

“Hurtlocker is a good movie.”

Is it anything like 24, Lord of the Rings, or The Gods Must be Crazy?


10 posted on 01/17/2010 12:58:43 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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To: Abundy

I agree. The reason why “critics” love it is because they think it’s an anti-war movie.

IT’s not.

The movie gave both sides of the conflict within the character himself played superbly by Jeremy Renner, who later gave a shout out for our troops for a private screening. Had to watch it twice (now on DVD) to make the correct interpretation.


11 posted on 01/17/2010 1:17:20 AM PST by max americana
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

nope...pretty gritty stuff

certainly captures the different effects that the stress of operating in an insurgent-ridden environment has on a person


12 posted on 01/17/2010 1:24:23 AM PST by Abundy
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To: max americana

can’t imagine having to decide whether to dust a guy holding a cellphone...

that’s coming from 16+ years of LE experience...can’t tell you how many times I could have shot someone, didn’t and they put their weapon down.

hell of a different situation when the weapon is a normally innocuous device that could still kill you...how do you evaluate the situation correctly? hell, how do you know, if you do shoot the guy, that the cell is or is not the detonator for an IED?

will the Brass back you if you do dust the guy or will you fall prey to political pressure and end up being the defendant in a symbolic trial?


13 posted on 01/17/2010 1:27:51 AM PST by Abundy
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To: Abundy

Thank you for your insight and service. First heard about the review here on FR which was anti-war but later posts revealed other Freepers saying it’s not. Had to go see it myself but it is true, the decision to make in such situations is a grey area. I dont want to make those decisions and that’s one of the points made by the movie.


14 posted on 01/17/2010 1:33:15 AM PST by max americana
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To: L.A.Justice

I could not recognize Christopher Plummer from his Captain Von Trapp days. The Last Station looks like a good movie.


15 posted on 01/17/2010 1:47:30 AM PST by BBell
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To: Abundy
I'll field that one! :0)

First off, assuming you even ID a guy with a phone before you get into a potential IED blast zone, you halt, dismount, detain him. Check his phone. Look through it for commonly dialed numbers, hit redial on them, see if that does anything (it probably won't since they probably just gave him the number and he never personally tested the detonator, but it's worth a shot). Worst case, if you really get a feeling you got a bad guy, just take his phone. Have him walk with you through the area for a hundred meters or two. Look for signs of an emplaced IED, keep an eye on him for his reaction to walking through the area.

There's lots you can do. And all of it could be wrong and you could still get blown up, but that's just how the game is played.

can’t tell you how many times I could have shot someone, didn’t and they put their weapon down.

Same here. But it was imperative that we only opened up on targets that clearly (or even mostly clearly) needed killing.

Would the brass back us...? My battalion commander was very clear even before we deployed--as long as there was a reason behind what we did, he would back us all the way. If we just did something for the sake of doing it ("It seemed like the thing to do at the time.") then he'd feed us to the dogs.

I could live with that, and I did. It took some quick decision making sometimes, but it wasn't all that bad.

16 posted on 01/17/2010 2:09:31 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: L.A.Justice

From his list of his ten favorites, my pick for number one among them would be “Up”; an animated film that kids can enjoy, and yet the plot, character development, overall creativity, morality in the tale have enough smarts that the smartest adult can appreciate it.

No sex, no smuttiness, no vulgarity, not even any sexual ennuendoes or even a character with a personality leaning that way; no big political line; no bloody horror fantasy;.....oh, yea, none of the things the Golden Globes or the Oscars want to reward.


17 posted on 01/17/2010 2:24:04 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Future Snake Eater; max americana

thanks FSS...still wouldn’t want to be in that situation at all

and for the record...am NOT military, just so there is no confusion

however am currently in one of the war zones as a contractor - are we allowed to call them that still - and damn if just driving to and fro doesn’t contract the sphincter a wee bit

nothing like working in the hood as the po-po...


18 posted on 01/17/2010 2:28:11 AM PST by Abundy
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To: L.A.Justice

I enjoy almost anything with Morgan Freeman. I loathe Matt Damon on a personal level because he is such a blatantly liberal punk, although, he can give a good performance. There is just something about lionizing a communist like Mandela that drives me away from “Invictus”.


19 posted on 01/17/2010 3:17:44 AM PST by RushLake (Liberalism--Domestic terrorism financed by your tax dollars.)
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To: Wuli

I saw Up and so did my wife. I enjoyed it but she was a little disappointed. She thought it was too mature for it’s target audience, children. I’ll watch it again, something I only do with films I really like.


20 posted on 01/17/2010 3:46:21 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: beaversmom
The Book of Eli looks interesting, but I’ve heard mixed reviews.

My husband and son saw Book of Eli last night. They're pretty hard movie critics, and they had read the reviews, but after seeing the movie decided the negative reviews must be due to anti-religious bias. They thought it was very well done.

21 posted on 01/17/2010 4:24:02 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Wuli

I agree. Up is the only movie on that list I’ve seen and I thought it was great. My kids loved it, too. And I stayed awake during it! That’s how I judge a good movie, if it can keep me awake. Very few can.


22 posted on 01/17/2010 4:40:43 AM PST by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: notdownwidems

Go see The Blind Side.

True story.

Sandra Bullock is good as usual.

I never go to the movies but saw this movie - twice.

It’s will lift your spirits.


23 posted on 01/17/2010 4:45:43 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: L.A.Justice

I can’t believe “Moon” isn’t in there.

What an extraordinary film.


24 posted on 01/17/2010 5:16:04 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

We saw this one twice, and it was well worth the price of admission. The second time we took 2 of our 10 year old grandsons with us, and we laughed a bunch more at the funny lines because they laughed out loud. I was concerned because of the ‘sexual reference’ at the end of the film, which is not offensive but I wondered how I would respond to the boys if they had questions. They are very smart boys but they are isolated(intentionally)from the teen culture of today. When the mother speaks the warning to Michael, my grandson turned to me and asked “Grammy, does that mean she doesn’t want him to get married.?” I said yes Jordan, that is exactly what she means. And then I breathed easier.


25 posted on 01/17/2010 5:22:27 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty in the coming year)
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To: grame
I know this is off topic, but I saw "Up in the Air" last night. I thought it was amazing. I think Clooney is an a##hole but for some reason the dialogue and tone of the movie was great. It seemed to be an adult movie with just great themes and only minimal sexual stuff. It might have been that I just didn't want to see a 39 minute action sequence shot in rapid cuts, interspersed with super slow motion and the loud music rather just wanted to escape.

Either way I was wondering if any other FReepers saw it and what they thought.

I might rent some of the movies on this list.

26 posted on 01/17/2010 6:18:51 AM PST by erman (Our President-A modest man, who has much to be modest about.)
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To: L.A.Justice

Medved is my main source when deciding what movies to see or rent. I’ve seen many excellent movies he recommended which never even played on the big screen, two examples: Rosenstrasse and Ishpuzin (both foreign films).

He specifically looks for movies with a moral tale (good triumphing over evil or at least evil getting its just desserts) and he points out which movies his children liked (although his children are probably teens or adults by now) and which his wife liked. His wife does not like gratuitous violence (neither do I) and he mentions that gratuitous violence might offend some. I steer clear of those movies.

From time to time, I go his website and update my list of movies to see based on his recommendations.


27 posted on 01/17/2010 6:25:51 AM PST by randita (Chains you can bereave in.)
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To: L.A.Justice
The only movie I saw on the list was "Up," (on DVD - the last movie I saw at a theater was "300") and I was a bit surprised by that movie. I expected it to be a typical "up" Pixar movie. I was rather shocked when the movie took a rather mature turn early on. I don't know if it would even be noticed by children, but it showed a man who had lost everything he loved in life when he lost his wife. Not something I expected from a Pixar movie. It actually gave terrific insight to the actions and motivation of the main character. The ANIMATED main character!

It was a surprisingly enjoyable and fun movie (to me.)

Mark

28 posted on 01/17/2010 6:26:29 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: grame

OH - ROFL! So good! Thanks for that anecdote.


29 posted on 01/17/2010 6:40:31 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: notdownwidems

Julie and Julia is very good, albiet a “Chick Flick.” I think Meryl Steep’s performance as Julia Child was exceptional and may earn her an Oscar nomination.


30 posted on 01/17/2010 6:43:16 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: erman
Blind Side is the only one we saw at the movie, we saw Up on dvd. We are usually about a year behind everyone else in movie watching. I'm not normally allowed to pick, ‘cause winners is not what I pick. I did pick one last week though. Adam. About an adult man with autism and how he handles and adjusts to the circumstances life brings his way.
31 posted on 01/17/2010 7:41:19 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty in the coming year)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

Well, the rest of the story is that they did talk about the pain her actions would cause for the entire rest of the night. There always has to be one ‘private part’ line in every movie. We saw Planet 51 with another 10 year old grandson and the ‘line’ in that movie was “That is a strange place for an antenna”. If I never hear that line again it will not be too soon. (We have 10 grandchildren, 4 of whom are 10).


32 posted on 01/17/2010 7:45:51 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty in the coming year)
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To: grame

Got to be fun to have that many grandchildren - who are always (well, usually always) a delight! Glad they have you in their family....


33 posted on 01/17/2010 10:50:21 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

Sandra Bullock won the Golden Globe award for her role in THE BLIND SIDE...

http://movies.about.com/b/2010/01/17/golden-globes-sandra-bullock.htm


34 posted on 01/17/2010 11:45:20 PM PST by L.A.Justice
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To: L.A.Justice

OH she did???? Thank you so much for this ping and this news....(since I don’t watch those awards shows).....how nice for Sandra Bullock to have received some recognition for her role in The Blind Side!

Woohoo!


35 posted on 01/18/2010 2:53:12 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: beaversmom

“Book of Eli” was superb.........intense, “surprise twist” ending...........but superb. Highly recommend it.


36 posted on 01/30/2010 6:22:03 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

Thanks for the recommendation.


37 posted on 01/30/2010 11:52:01 AM PST by beaversmom
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