Saturday, February 6, 2010

My 2009 Movie Odyssey - Part XXII

Here it is, the last one for 2009.

Surrogates (2009)
While the ending is too convenient, the journey to the ending has lots of thrills and asks some interesting questions about identity and humanity that never get too deep for their own good.

Zombieland (2009)
Woody Harrelson lights up the screen as a zombie killer extraordinaire in a movie that thankfully never gets serious and is loads of fun the whole way through.

The Informant! (2009)
Matt Damon might actually get his Oscar as a whistle blower who seems to even forget himself what is true and what isn’t in this quirky comedy.

(Oops, looks like I got that prediction wrong. Incidentally, The Informant is movie number 2000 for me by my count. We'll see how long it takes me to get to 3000.)

American Pop (1981)
While there are a couple interesting scenes, the film bites off far more than it can chew as it tries to tell the story of pop music through the lens of several generations of one family, with characters coming and going so fast that I could not keep track of who was who, and the film spent far too much time on the least interesting storyline.

Nikita (1990)
A remake of My Fair Lady (1964) if Henry Higgins was a government assassin instead of an English professor.
The Raven (1963)
An interesting cast headed by Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson combined with lush production design make for a Roger Corman film that is actually worth watching.

All the King’s Men (2006)
Two hours of Sean Penn’s overacting as he rants socialist propaganda is two hours I will never get back.

Peeping Tom (1960)
I just don’t get why this ugly little movie is considered to be among the greats.

Coming up next: the start of my top 10 of the year, along with a couple honorable mentions.

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