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.
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