Sunday, August 23, 2009
So far, 2009 is kicking 2008's ass in terms of great, solid movies.
True or False?
Check it out. By this time last year we had Cloverfield, Iron Man, Wall-e & The Dark Knight. And 27 Dresses if you count silly romantic comedies. Around this time, Tropic Thunder & Pineapple Express were coming out, but frankly, Tropic was overrated and Pineapple ended up appealing mostly to those who were high when they saw it. Myself included.
On my facebook profile, I keep a running tab of which movies I've seen every year. If I loved them, I put a star beside the title. Last year around this time, maybe 3-4 movies had stars. Here are this year's starred films so far:
My Bloody Valentine 3D*
Star Trek* (seen x2)
Drag Me To Hell*
A Serious Man*
Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince*
500 Days of Summer*
(My Bloody Valentine, Knowing & GI Joe all fall in the same category of awesomely fun & stupid...well Knowing's audacious ridiculousness kind of transcends that and creates its own special kind of amazing but that's another discussion for another time. I'm having trouble remembering if any awesomely stupid movies came out in 2008 at all!)
You see what I mean? Yes last year brought me Let the Right One In, and thank goodness for that, but this year has brought me Star Trek, Up, Drag Me To Hell, Thirst, D9, Inglourious Basterds and moves I haven't seen that people love like The Hurt Locker & In The Loop...and it's only August.
Am I crazy here? Some people agree with me whole heartedly and others completely disagree.
What do you think? Is 2009 shaping up to be remembered as an amazing year for cinema?