Monday, January 18, 2010

End-Of-Year: In-Between Films

I've already posted which films I thought were the worst films I saw the past year a couple of days ago. So before I get to my favorite films of the year, here are the middle-of-the-road films that were neither stupendously heinous nor fantastically amazing hence I've decided to call them the "in-between films."

I've roughly ranked these films relative to one another and even divided them into three groups. Don't have much to say about most of these, but I do comment on some. So without further a due...

#56 Humpday
#55 I Love You, Man
#54 Funny People - If this was an hour shorter, it would have been a much better movie.
#53 Dare - Based on a great short film, the film version doesn't know what it wants to be.
#52 Confessions of a Shopaholic
#51 Watchmen - Had got to be the most joyless comic-book based film I've ever seen. Until I saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
#50 State of Play - Based on a fantastic British miniseries, the film version got rid of the best characters and storylines and left us with a boring version.
#49 Adventureland
#48 Cheri
#47 Angels & Demons - Better than the previous film, but that's not saying much. The books have been much better.

#46 17 Again - I had way more fun with this movie than I would like to publicly admit.
#45 Every Little Step
#44 Everybody's Fine - A critic called this an "old man movie" which is not too far from the truth. The cast is fantastic and I wished they all had more to do.
#43 Hollywood, je t'aime
#42 Sugar
#41 Trucker
#40 The Lovely Bones - Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci are wonderful in this overly directed, but beautiful film; also where I got the phrase "in-between."
#39 Rudo y Cursi
#38 Terminator Salvation - Much better than I expected and Sam Worthington was a bit of a revelation.
#37 The Soloist

#36 Two Lovers - Had no expectations, but it was a delight for Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow to remind us why they've won acting awards in the past.
#35 Sunshine Cleaning
#34 The Young Victoria - I wished I liked this movie more because (a) love Emily Blunt and (b) British period pieces. It's good enough, but a tad lazy.
#33 Sherlock Holmes - Reminded me of The DaVinci Code and Pirates of the Carribean. Make of that what you will.
#32 Adam
#31 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
#30 It's Complicated - Meryl Streep can do no wrong and with a strong and hilarious ensemble, this movie worked way more than it should.
#29 The Time Traveler's Wife - This movie needed time to grow for me. Didn't know what I thought of it when I first saw it, but I now fondly remember it.

In a few days, I'll post my Top 28 films of 2009 and then maybe I can finally look ahead to 2010!

1 comment:

  1. I've been on the fence about seeing 'Adam' and 'The Time Traveler's Wife'. Seeing them in your top 30 may be the little push I needed to watch.


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