2009 was a good year in film. I think 2010 might beat it out, but I can't predict the future.
I didn't see everything I wanted to this year. I didn't see Avatar, In The Loop, Hurt Locker and a few more.
So I can't really say that this list really captures the year.
Also I don't fuck with art films that much so if I missed some piece of shit Vincent Gallo dud I sincerely apologize with all my heart.
Also while I'm taking a piss..."Where The Wild Things Are" was bleh. Sorry Spike at least you made your money son. Of course I'm hugely bias. As I think the best thing he ever did was Pharcyde's "Drop" and Girl's "Mouse". Love those.
#5 The Carter
This movie is sort of an anomaly. It had the potential to be one of the best documentaries ever, but legal snafus and creative differences made the film self destruct. Who ever was directing the film did a great job of filming and a horrendous job of interviewing Wayne. The whole time you get the sense that he is completely put off by the crew's presence and their lack of understanding how to talk to him.
They wanted to cover the "sensational" highlights of his career over and over, Wayne shooting himself, losing his virginity at 11, selling drugs, but failed to realize that if you just let him talk about whatever crazy shit he is thinking about the film would have written itself.
Still worth a watch and is very entertaining, but again lots of potential and not a lot of substance.
#4 Inglourious Basterds
It wasn't what everyone expected including myself, but I like this flick. The dialogue was awesome and the comedic relief was epic. Brad Pitt's best role since Snatch possibly.
#3 The Hangover
I don't really care what you think. I died the first time I saw this with the Ice Man. I laughed hard and it validated my point that Zach Galifianakis was the most slept on comedian in the world. The Tyson cameo for the win. Don't front.
Best documentary of the year. Hands down. The single most interesting portrait of one human being I have ever seen. I have always been on team Tyson. Every 80's kid should be. To me he represented being the best. There was no disputing it. He simply ruled. To see his thought process and to hear his perspective in a way that was so truly candid was awesome.
My personal favorite for so many reasons.
Just an amazing film. Superbly acted and wonderfully shot. I can't really say anything else. If dude doesn't get nominated for an Oscar it would really be a gross over site, but then again the Academy doesn't even recognize "Comedy" as real category of film so I don't think they are firing on all cylinders to begin with.