63 Films I Watched (for the First Time) in 2009

Written in 2010 with limited taste and maturity


So my new year’s resolution for 2009 was to watch 100 movies that I’d never seen before. I got lazy/forgot about it and made it to sixty-three. Maybe It’s for the better, who has the attention span to read 100 movie titles? Anyways I’m determined to make it this year.

I’ve provided a revolutionary rating system like no other; since I couldn’t find stars in the special characters box on Microsoft Word, and since everybody misses the days of simplicity before letter grades, I’ve used one to five √ symbols to indicate how dope each movie is. If I was moved/provoked/pissed off enough, I made a few critical comments. Enjoy!

1. Jurassic Park (1993)
by Steven Speilberg

√√
Wait, I can explain—I always fell asleep or got scared away when I was a little kid.

2. Notorious (2009)
by George Tillman Jr.
(theaters)


Pretty disappointed. Focused too much on glam Biggie.

3. Step Brothers (2008)
by Adam Mckay

√√

4. Gran Torino (2008)
by Clint Eastwood
(theaters)

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5. Tropic Thunder (2008)
by Ben Stiller

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6. Donnie Darko (2001)
by Richard Kelly

√√√√

7. Pineapple Express (2008)
by David Gordon Green

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8. Blow (2001)
by Ted Demme

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9. Apocalypto (2006)
by Mel Gibson

√√√√

10. The Wrestler (2008)
by Darren Aronofsky
(theaters)

√√√√√
Painful, hard, and incredibly raw. But so good. You know how everybody always whines about how every story has been told already? Aronofsky tells a different one. You won’t feel good after you see this movie, but I can assure you you haven’t seen it before.

11. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
by Wes Anderson

√√√

12. Sleeper (1973)
by Woody Allen

√√

13. Adaptation (2002)
by Spike Jonze

√√

14. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
by Kenneth Branagh

15. Young Frankenstein (1974)
by Mel Brooks

√√√

16. Garden State (2004)
by Zach Braff

√√√

17. Knocked Up (2007)
by Judd Apatow

√√

18. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
by Milos Forman

√√√√

19. The Prestige (2006)
by Christopher Nolan

√√√√√
Probably the best film I saw this year. Insanely clever. If you haven’t seen this film, see it immediately. (Yo this is that dude that did The Dark Knight!!!!!!)

20. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

√√

21. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
by Blake Edwards

√√
If you’re looking for a close adaptation of the Capote novel, don’t watch this movie. Not a bad film though, but a completely different story.

22. Manhattan (1979)
by Woody Allen

√√√√

23. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

√√√

24. Bulletproof (1996)
by Ernest M Dickerson

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A must see for any hardcore Adam Sandler fan.

25. Paris, je t’aime (USA: Paris, I Love You) (2006)
by Various Directors*

√√√

26. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
by Steven Soderbergh

√√√

27. The Hours (2002)
by Stephen Daldry

√√

28. Jindabyne (2006)
by Ray Lawrence

29. Short Cuts (1993)
by Robert Altman

30. Amadeus (1984)
by Milos Forman

√√√

31. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
by Atom Eyogyan

32. Ghost World (2001)
by Terry Zwigoff

√√
Hip and indie and all that. Check out the graphic novel.

33. Le scaphandre et le papillon (USA: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007)
by Julian Schnabel

√√√√
Cinematically beautiful. One of the most interesting/creative adaptations I’ve seen.

34. Vatel (2000)
by Roland Joffé

35. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)
by Dennis Dugan

36. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
by George Roy Hill

√√√√

37. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
by Frank Darabont

√√√√√
Why hadn’t I seen this masterpiece yet?

38. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
by Richard Linklater

√√√

39. Cast Away (2000)
by Robert Zemeckis

√√√

40. Star Trek (2009)
by J.J. Abrams
(theaters)

√√√√
Brilliant plot. Brilliant way to keep a series going.

41. Up (2009)
by Pete Doctor & Bob Peterson
(theaters)

√√
You’ve probably heard this from a million people already, but heartbreaking beginning. Yea I almost cried fuck off.

42. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
by Danny Boyle

√√√√
Great production, great cinematography, great editing (especially cuts), remarkable plot layout/story structure. Yeah it might be overrated but don’t let that get in the way of you enjoying a good film.

43. Funny People (2009)
by Judd Apatow
(theaters)

√√

44. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
by Quentin Tarantino
(theaters)

√√√√√
Best film I saw in theaters this year. Brilliant dialogue (duh it’s Tarantino).

45. Swingers (1996)
by Doug Liman

√√√
Love the youthful, confident, energetic Vince Vaughn. This movie is money!

46. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
by Terry Gilliam


Forgive me, but overrated. Maybe I’ll read it.

47. Bacheha-Ye aseman (USA: Children of Heaven) (1997)
by Majid Majidi

√√

48. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
by Jim Sharman

√√

49. Baran (2001)
by Majid Majidi

50. He Got Game (1998)
by Spike Lee

√√√
Fuck yea. Ray Allen can act!

51. Persepolis (2007)
by Vincent Parannaud & Marjane Satrapi

√√√
Very stylistic. From animation to narration to voice to tone blah blah blah it works well together as a whole. (Look up mise-en-scene.)

52. King Kong (1933)
by Merian C Cooper & Ernest B Schoedsack

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Hahahaha.

53. Groundhog Day (1993)
by Harold Ramis


I found this almost as annoying as Bill Murray did.

54. I Love You, Man (2009)
by John Hamburg

√√

55. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
by Nicholas Stoller

√√√

56. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
by Henry Selick

√√
No, I did not have a childhood.

57. Road to Morocco (1942)
by David Butler

√√

58. Role Models (2008)
by David Wain

√√

59. Ratatouille (2007)
by Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava

√√√

60. Batman Begins (2005)
by Christopher Nolan

√√√
Man, I love Nolan.

61. Grandma’s Boy (2006)
by Nicholaus Goossen

√√

62. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
by Stanley Kubrick

√√√
Finally watched the second half of this film. Didn’t really have to.

63. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
by Richard Lester

√√√
The Beatles are funny.

*Various directors of Paris, je t’aime: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant

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