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1. Inglourious Basterds (dir. by Quentin Tarantino) – An amazingly well written and acted film (Christolph Waltz especially). Now one of my favorite Tarantino movies.
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox (dir. by Wes Anderson) – Yea, I’m a sucker for Wes Anderson but I loved the old school stop-motion puppets that fit perfectly with Wes Anderson’s dialog. The details of the sets and the puppet clothing are part of what makes this movie.
3. District 9 (dir. by Neill Blomkamp) – Definitely one of the most original science fiction movies I”ve seen in the past five years. I can’t say enough about this movie.
4. The Road (dir. by John Hillcoat) – This film played out just about how I imagined it in my head while reading the book earlier this year. The genuine moments of dread I experienced while reading the book were realized perfectly in the movie.
5. Up in the Air (dir. by Jason Reitman) – Great performances by the three leads, and a nicely made movie by Jason Reitman, who is really growing as a filmmaker with each film .
6. Avatar (dir. by James Cameron) – I was so glad I saw this movie in IMAX 3D as opposed to regular 3D or *gasp* non-3D. Technically brilliant and visually amazing most of the time, though there is some groan-worthy dialog and performances.
7. Adventureland (dir. by Greg Mottola) – A touching coming of age story about a boy trying to find his way working a nowhere job the summer after graduating from college. Directed by Greg Mottola, with a surprisingly nuanced performance by Kristen Stewart.
8. The Hangover (dir. by Todd Philips) – Hilarious and extremely re-watchable, especially with friends and beer.
9. Star Trek (dir. by JJ Abrams) – JJ Abrams makes another smart blockbuster.
10. Zombieland (dir. by Ruben Fleischer) – A great humorous take on the zombie movie, a la Shaun of the Dead (an apparent influence on this movie). Jesse Eisenberg had a nice year between this and Adventureland.
12. Observe and Report
13. The Informant!
14. The Girlfriend Experience
15. Funny People
17. Anvil: The Story of Anvil
18. Public Enemies
19. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
20. Food, Inc
21. (500) Days of Summer
22. The Brothers Bloom
24. I Love You, Man
25. Away We Go
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