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8 The Sun, Wednesday, December 30, 2009 At the Movies By lan Black hybrid, but I still feel it fits the Basterds"was another absolute they went to disarm another vengeoftheFallen"was loud, ficationcommercialforRitalin. Special to The Sun bill. I would go so far as to say gem of the summer, featuring bomb, my fingers were jammed insipid, and way, way too long, Gloomy, mawkish, boring and it's theAmerican"Shawn of the witty dialogue, fantastic char- into my ears. it was "GJ. Joe" that bore the pretentious, this was easily my Icanhardlybelieveit'sbeen Dead" and that's high praise, acters, and one ofthe best end- Honorable Mentions: brunt ofmy ire. As stupid as the pick for the most overmted film a year since I was writing my indeed. Also I can't forget ings in cinematic history. And, "Moon" was another example plot of the second"Transform- of the year. last year in review piece. Time "Funny People," and though of course I must include "Ava- of a great, if not quite odd film. ere" film was, it was nowhere And finally we have "New seems to be flying by excep- it's really not much of a corn- tar." James Cameron's recent Although the story was very near as dumb as what wasMoon."I don't like angst as the tionally fast these days. In any edy in and of itself, there isn't epic is a feast for the eyes and interesting, the true masterpiece found in "GI Joe." I hated the best of times, but when it is your case, 2009 was a rather stellar really a better category for it. probably the most impressive of"Moon"was the acting. Sam script, I hated the characters, entire two hour and fifteen year for movies. The summer I've been saying for years that technical achievement of the Rockwelldeserves anOscar for and I hated every time they minute movie, I really start to especially was home to some Adam Sandler can indeed act; year. it, but sadly I don't even think went for a cheap laugh. I get annoyed. This movie went of the best crop on entertain- unfortunately the critics will he'll be nominated. "State of wanted to punch the movie. It nowhere, the characters were ment and quality I've seen in a never take him seriously. If you Best Animation Play" was a very cool joumal- was that bad. all unlikable, especially the pro- long time. A good combination needproof, look no further than Asusual, Pixar'sannualani- istic thriller flom early this year. If I were to say what the tagonist, who I don't know how of big budget and small budget this movie, mated film manages to make Likely it's been mostly forgot- most disappointing film of year anyone views as sympathetic. films really made 2009 a year Best Action me feel more strongly than just ten by now, but it was truly a was, I would probably look no However, the movie did lend to remember, about any live action movie riveting and interesting experi- further than"Public Enemies." itself very well to snarky cum- In the category of action, I'd ever. "Up" is yet another mas- once. A movie starring Johnny Depp monte at its expense, so that's Best Comedy have to start with the one I was terpiece from the best anima- Final!y, "Adventureland" as one of the most famous bank always a plus. "The Hangover." Was it waiting allyear for: "Star Trek." tion company in the business, was a very well done coming- robbers of all time should have Indeed, 2009 was a fantastic crass and crude? Oh, yeah. Was The film franchise had been which made me laugh andof-age story, which, despite been an action-packed awe- year for movies. Of course, you it irreverent, and sometimes to- dying a slow death for years, cry. . . very manly tears. And let being set in the 80s, isstilltopi- some experience filled withjust must remember that many ofthe tally shocking? Most definitely, until J.J. Abrams came along me tell you, this is only one of cal, today, because it follows about everything cool imagin- films that will be nominated for Was it hilarious? Of that, there and made it totally awesome, two movies that actually made the story of college grads that able. I went to the theater ex- Oscars haven't made it to me can be no doubt. The story of Relaunching with the story of me cry. The other, in case fmd themselves with no work peeLing that. What I got was a yet. This is sadly the case, as I three guys trying to piece to- the original Enterprise crew you're wondering, was "The afterwards. What they do find trite biopic that plodded along usually don't get to seemanyof gether their previous night in with flesh, young actors was Green Mile." is meaning in life. at a snail's pace and was crimi- those films until January be- Vegas so they can find their one of the best things I saw all Honorable Mentions: The nally boring, cause of how limited their re- friend may just be the most year. I can't wait to see the so- other two animated films I saw The Losers "Year One." When you have leases are. I also (sadly) haven't guy-oriented movie ever, but quels, this year, "Coraline" and "9" Now, wktile I really enjoyed a cast as comically talented as had a chance to see "Sherlock boy does it know just how to Honorable Mentions: were actually both mther dark, my time at the theater this year, Harold Ramie did for this filrn~ Holmes"yet. So, while this is a make you laugh. The sixth Harry Potter film, but impressive achievements in I cannot say that every experi- there'snoreasonitshouldbebad, list of fantastic movies, there Honorable Mentions: "I "HalfBloodPrince"wasprob- animation, though nowhere ence was pleasant. Let's face it, let alone awful, which it was. may be some that deserve to be Love You, Man'" which col- ably the Ernest iteration of the nearly as amazing as "Up," there are bad movies every so Every joke felt forced, and ev- on here that I simply haven't ebrated Hollywood's recent seriesto date, andit restoredmy though, often. A lot of times I get to cry joke went on four two min- gotten around to yet. obsession with the bromance, faith in director David Yates. avoid these, as Ipickmy movie utes, as if Harold Ramie be- And there you have it: a "500 Days of Summer" may "District 9", is a very unique Best Drama I see each week, but sometimes lieved that ifhe kept going long nice, cinematic walk down have been a little more bitter- alien arrival story, in which they "The Hurt Locker" is very I feel I must simply see these enough the audience might memory lane, 2009 edition. sweet than the other two men- are hoarded into a slum and likely to be an Oscar contender, movies, or perhaps I am actu- eventually laugh. We didn't. What will the next year hold? tionedhere, but it deflrdtely had oppressed by the humans. The and it was one of the most in- ally genuinely surprised that the "Where The Wild Things We'lljust have to wait and fmd its comedy moments, and had story is told in documentary tense movies I've ever seen. movie is awful. Either way, the Are"was a critically acclaimed out. Here's to hoping we all some of the best acting I've format, as we see a human The odd thing is, the tension result is never good. Five that tale of childhood expression, have as good a year or better at seen all year. slowly becoming an alien due almost never comes to a head. really plumbed the depths of so I was told. When I actually the movies, and lets just hope "Zombieland," which is to a strange infection.The situation is almost always ineptitude: went to the theater I realized it the economy...just has a better technically an action/comedy Tarantino's "Inglourious resolved. And yet every time While "Transformers: Re- was actually a two-hour justi- year. See you all next decade. 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