Skip to comments.Top 10 Films of 2009 (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
6- The Blind Side
7- Julie & Julia
8- An Education
9- The Stoning of Soraya M.
10- Bright Star
THE LAST STATION is about Leo Tolstoy...Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren are in it.
I haven’t seen a single one, and have only heard of a couple of them. Am I missing anything?
Heard him talking about the Tolstoy movie last night. He said the soundtrack was amazing.
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.
‘The Last Station’ Trailer HD
Paul Giamatti is in it too. Might be one I have to see.
Here’s a clip from The Last Station:
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.
Hurtlocker is a good movie.
Based on the lame titles, I don’t think we have any reason to eat our hearts out.
“Hurtlocker is a good movie.”
Is it anything like 24, Lord of the Rings, or The Gods Must be Crazy?
I agree. The reason why “critics” love it is because they think it’s an anti-war movie.
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.
nope...pretty gritty stuff
certainly captures the different effects that the stress of operating in an insurgent-ridden environment has on a person
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?
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.
I could not recognize Christopher Plummer from his Captain Von Trapp days. The Last Station looks like a good movie.
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.
cant tell you how many times I could have shot someone, didnt 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.
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.
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...
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Go see The Blind Side.
Sandra Bullock is good as usual.
I never go to the movies but saw this movie - twice.
It’s will lift your spirits.
I can’t believe “Moon” isn’t in there.
What an extraordinary film.
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.
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.
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.
It was a surprisingly enjoyable and fun movie (to me.)
OH - ROFL! So good! Thanks for that anecdote.
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.
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).
Got to be fun to have that many grandchildren - who are always (well, usually always) a delight! Glad they have you in their family....
Sandra Bullock won the Golden Globe award for her role in THE BLIND SIDE...
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!
“Book of Eli” was superb.........intense, “surprise twist” ending...........but superb. Highly recommend it.
Thanks for the recommendation.