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Midnight Snack – Top 10 Films of 2009

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Posted on January 16 2010 11:30 pm
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Best Film of 2009

As joyous a year as 2009 was for me — I got married and started working for the Freedom Center — there does remain a regret: I had to give up being a film critic. My former employer’s budget got cut and I simply did not have the time for it with all that NRB was demanding in order to make it the publication it’s become today and will grow into tomorrow.

My friend and fellow NRB blogger Chris Yogerst has his list of top 10 films of 2009 up at Parcbench, the conservative pop culture website where he serves as editor of the film section. (Click here for the full article featuring trailers and his comments.)

Here’s his list:

  1. Inglourious Basterds
  2. The Hangover
  3. District 9
  4. Taken
  5. The Stoning of Soraya M.
  6. Watchmen
  7. (500) Days of Summer
  8. Funny People
  9. Adventureland
  10. Gomorrah

Given that Chris and I were frequently fairly combative over the course of the year it’s somewhat surprising that we have so many similarities on our lists. He and I locked antlers often over reviews. (I still have not forgiven him for his friendliness to the racist abomination “Transformers 2″ and the boring “Public Enemies.”)

My principle critiques of his list are: A) “The Hangover” is ridiculously overrated at #2. B) “Watchmen” is not high enough. C) I think Chris is only putting “Gomorrah” on so that he can have a foreign language film and appear artsy and sophisticated. (I’m only half-joking on that last point, Chris. Don’t get offended.)

My list:

  1. Watchmen
  2. Inglourious Basterds
  3. Julie and Julia
  4. Up
  5. The Stoning of Soraya M.
  6. Star Trek
  7. District 9
  8. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  9. Adventureland
  10. Where the Wild Things Are

I’m not particularly satisfied with my list. I’m usually not when I write it this soon after the year ends. It usually takes me a few months to catch up with all the films that I missed. (Not that I’ll really have time to do that with NRB on my plate…) I also have a bit of an independent/foreign language/arthouse deficiency in my choices. I no longer live as close to an arts theatre as I once did so I did not get to see as many of those films as I usually like. (I cut my cinematic teeth working at an arthouse movie theatre in high school and college.)

What an odd coincidence that Cyrus Nowrasteh’s “The Stoning of Soraya M.” comes in at #5 on both mine and Chris’s lists… We saw that film together at Restoration Weekend.

Midnight Snack is one of NewsReal’s occasional apolitical features in which NRB writers discuss nonpolitical subjects. It’s the younger sibling of NewsReal’s Lunch Break feature.

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