It’s getting to be that time of year when movie-goers and critics alike are looking back to form solid opinions on the year so far. There is still a long way to go in 2009. The Awards season has just barely begun and there are a plethora of films that have yet to be seen by anybody. I myself have seen 52 new films, which is shy of my usual 80-100 average of the past several years.
Of what I have seen so far, this has been a remarkably good year. There have been a good mix of indie surprises and mainstream hits. The biggest surprise of the year has been the rise of animated films. Unsurprisingly Pixar turned in another brilliant effort with their film Up, which easily ranks among the best in Pixar’s impressive canon. The film Coraline also ranks among my favorite films of the year as it improves with each successive viewing. Other above average animated films have been Ponyo and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
The films seem to get better as the year goes on. The summer was lacking any intelligent blockbusters like last year’s The Dark Knight. Star Trek was the only offering that came close, but the real shine of the summer were excellent indie films. (500) Days of Summer, Away We Go, and The Hurt Locker were all brilliant efforts from some new and veteran directors. Expect those titles to be around come Oscar season and definitely come top-ten list making season.
Speaking of top 10s, I have compiled what mine would look like if I had to make it today. Also are the three biggest stinkers of the year, in my opinion. Check it out after the jump:
Top 10 So Far (Alphabetically):
(500) Days of Summer
Away We Go
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
Bottom 3 So Far:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Angels and Demons
Observe and Report
Five I am Dying to See:
Up in the Air
The White Ribbon
What are you favorite and least favorite films so far? Which ones are you dying to see?