This year the summer films stuck with me and George Clooney amazed yet again.
The Best of 2009
Up - Carl Fredricksen, voiced by Ed Asner, took everyone on a memorable ride in his house for an animated South American adventure.
Julie & Julia - The food becomes a character in this great culinary comedy/drama with excellent acting from Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and filmmaking, especially art direction and set design.
Star Trek - The film series reboot puts J.J. Abrams in the forefront while launching Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, and Zachary Quinto into stardom.
Up in the Air - Clooney does it again with great actresses, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, in director Jason Reitman’s latest great film.
District 9 - Amazing filmmaking on a low budget as director Sharlto Copely becomes an acting star in director Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi, alien refugee masterpiece.
Springtime was the worst with these forgettable flics and two late summer duds:
The Worst of 2009
Bruno - Filmmakers turned up the vulgarity instead of the comedy in Sacha Baron Cohen’s fashion model misfire.
Miss March - Deplorably raunchy comedy mixed with a road trip to the Playboy mansion based on a high school sweetheart’s objectifying transformation.
Fired Up - Mixed genres (gender switching, high school teen angst, etc.) couldn’t save this cheerleading comedy.
Jennifer’s Body - More high school hijinks mixed with vampires, namely Megan Fox, as screenwriter Diablo Cody misfires.
Fighting - Didn’t live up to the title with surprisingly low action and tepid drama.
Happy new year and have a great 2010!