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karas1 12/16/2009 6:15:43 AM

jppintar, you do not stand alone.  I stand shoulder to shoulder with you in my disappointment of Star Trek.  I don't know if I hated it QUITE as much as you did, but I thought it was a travesty that brought intellectual, adult scifi down the the level of a juvenile action film for mundanes.  It was made-for-mass-consumption pablum masquerading as a scifi film.

Watchmen wasn't a great film, though I do want to see the whole thing with the Black Freighter sequences put back in where they belong before I make my final judgement.  I think it really WAS unfilmable as a reasonable length movie.  Aside from the really excessive graphic violence, I think the abridged version we got in theateres was as good as it could have been.

Kara S

ddiaz28 12/16/2009 6:21:35 AM

Good list.  I'm surprised Hurt Locker isn't on this list.  For me it would be close to the top.  That was probably the most gripping and intense film I saw all year.  I have yet to see a few of these (Basterds, Ponyo, The Road) and AVATAR tomorrow!  But they seem like likely candidates for my personal top 10.  And I'm with Jedi, and not ashamed to say that Transformers would definitely be in my top 10 as well.  I loved that flick!  Fun and loud is exactly what is was.

Jasinner 12/16/2009 7:18:30 AM

 Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa instantly joined my top five movie villains of all time list. I just watched Basterds again on DVD and he is still lovably hateable. Wes Anderson's style is perfect for Roald Dahl. 

If your gonna include Avatar you should have waited until next week to release this list when it gets full distribution. I'm not just pointing out that the movie made the list before release but if it does live up to the hype it should land higher on the list.

DarthDuck 12/16/2009 7:46:12 AM


Moving on, that would be my top three as well.  Star Trek, District 9 (which totally blew my mind), and of course UP.  Basterds would totally be on my list, along with Watchmen, Princess and the Frog (sentimental choice perhaps), and Paranormal Activity.  I'm assuming Avatar will make the list but I haven't seen it yet.

Chris Beveridge 12/16/2009 7:53:00 AM

Watchmen was at the top of my list for the year, closely followed by Trek.

ultrazilla2000 12/16/2009 7:55:55 AM

Even with all it's flaws...Transformers 2 entertained me the most this last year.  It was a good list (though I think District 9 is a bit overrated), but nothing beats seeing my childhood hero (Optimus Prime) onscreen kicking ass! 

I totally agree with Star Trek and Drag Me To Hell...and wish Orphan was on there as  well.  I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying that one.

theagentron 12/16/2009 8:05:53 AM

Im debating on whether to get D9 on Blueray....

thorin02 12/16/2009 8:11:40 AM

UP was the best movie of the year.  PERIOD.  As has already been pointed out, the first ten minutes alone represents one of the best short films made in my lifetime.  By itself that 10 minute segment is better than anything else on this list.  Add the rest of the movie back in and its n o contest. 

While I'm not a Star Trek hater I don't understand all the fall down love for the movie.  Abrams basically did an upscale version of a Micheal Bay movie.  It was a by the numbers action movie.  Nimoy brought a little gravitas to the pary but that was about it.  And if you actually stop and think for a few minutes very little of the movie makes any real sense.  Spock prime is on a planet that's close enough to see Vulcan explode with the nake eye.  But Scotty, whose on the same planet, apparently misses  the entire thing.  Starfleet regs are cool with what amounts to a midshipman with no experience being left in command of a starship, leapfrogging over the 400 or so people on the ship with higher senority and rank?  And the silly snowballs from there.  As an action movie it was ok.  I had fun for 90 minutes.  But best movie of the year?  Not even close.

DarthDuck 12/16/2009 8:19:41 AM

While I really don't want to get into another 'Kirk shouldn't be Captain' debate, how many movies would you like to sit through before Kirk gets the chair?  You can't have an origian and a natural progression.  Get Kirk into the Captain's chair and move on!  Nobody complains about Han Solo being named a General in ROTJ without earning it.

Star Trek was a tremendous film and is my number one.  If its not yours, fine.  But this movie will be the gold standard in reboots and sci-fi (along with Avatar) for years to come.  I promise you that.

Hobbs 12/16/2009 8:32:18 AM

Star Trek shouldn't even be on this list.  Anyone that knows anything about story structure can see all the mistakes in that movie...but things blew up really good in it!

UP, District 9, Taken, and Gran Torino were the best films this year...I'm sure Avatar will be on my list once I see it...then its followed by Inglorious Basterds.

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