Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Wrap up of Films Watched in December 2009

Yes, I'm still alive. December seems to be the month where my blog annual slows down, even though I'm at the highest point of free time right now. Whatever. The year went by and I watched 285 films. Here's the list for December.

269. 12/1 – Precious*
270. 12/1 – Samson & Delilah*
271. 12/2 – Harry Brown*
272. 12/8 – Extract*
273. 12/13 – Tromeo and Juliet*
274. 12/16 – The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans*
275. 12/18 – Avatar*
276. 12/19 – The Road*
277. 12/20 – The Big Lebowski
278. 12/20 – Where the Buffalo Roam*
279. 12/23 – Trailer Park Boys: The Countdown to Liquor Day*
280. 12/24 – Blast of Silence
281. 12/24 – A Christmas Story
282. 12/24 – Home Alone
283. 12/27 – The Sniper (1952)*
284. 12/27 – Erin Brockovich*
285. 12/28 – My Left Foot*

It was a rather enjoyable ending to 2009. Now on to the awards.

Best Film (New Viewing): The Road
Yeah, The Road wowed me more than Avatar's mesmerizing visuals did. And it beat out a few other films from the past year as it skyrockets into my top 10 of 2009 (a list that is technically still in progress). The Road was a bleak and dismal portrayal of a post-apocalyptic future and yet was a simple story of a man and his boy as they fight to survive. A must-see film.
Runners-up: Precious, Avatar, Samson & Delilah, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans, The Sniper, My Left Foot. (It was a good month).

Best Film (Repeated Viewing): The Big Lebowski
I know, I didn't pick the film I named my blog after. It's The Big Lebowski, dude. Blast of Silence would beat most films.
Runners-up: Blast of Silence.

Most Surprising Film: Harry Brown
The Michael Caine-led Harry Brown was like Taken with brains. Caine gives a fierce and unforgettable performance.
Runners-up: Samson & Delilah.

Most Underrated Film: Where the Buffalo Roam
Bill Murray's interpretation of the great Hunter S. Thompson hardly gets the respect Johnny Dep's good performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas gets. This is a terrifically funny film. Runners-up: The Road (Where's its and Viggo's Oscar buzz!?)

The list will continue once again in 2010. And not that anyone cares, but I will likely pick up on DVD picks, just not where I left off. Hey, give me credit, I had that going every week or so for quite some time. Look for more posts and reviews in the future. Peace.

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