My cinematic journey through 2009 (Part one)

Before I begin, let’s review my top 10 from 2008, shall we?
10. Happy-Go-Lucky
9. Let the Right One In
8. Frost/Nixon
7. The Wrestler
6. In Bruges
5. Iron Man
4. Slumdog Millionaire
3. Vicky Christina Barcelona
2. Milk
1. Doubt


Moving on.. Here are the rankings for all the movies I’ve seen thus far in 2009. Of course, adjustments will be made as I see more films. (New entries will appear in red text.)

36. Obsessed (Shill) – Beyonce Knowles, Idris Elba
Ratings: 4/10; RT: 19%; IMDB: 4.4

  • Please note that I didn’t pick this movie. Brandon actually rented it to watch with Annalise since she loves Beyonce and he loves The Wire. Idris should stick to being Stringer Bell. Beyonce should.. uhh.. go away.

** Couples Retreat (Billingsly) – Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman
Ratings: 4/10; RT: 12%; IMDB: 5.5

  • Silly me, I thought a comedy was supposed to be funny. The only bright side to this movie is the kid who plays Vince Vaughn’s son is adorable and Bora Bora is beautiful. What a complete waste of comedic talent, time and money.

35. The Unborn (Goyer) – Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman
Ratings: 4/10; RT: 12%, IMDB: 4.5

  • I saw this for the supporting cast – Idris Elba (Stringer Bell in The Wire), James Remar (Harry Morgan in Dexter), C.S. Lee (Vince Masuka in Dexter) and Rhys Coiro (Billy Walsh  in Entourage). I love you all and will keep seeing movies simply to show support, but please start picking better roles.

34. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Brennan) – Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames
Ratings: 5/10; RT: 26%; IMDB: 5.9

  • What a waste of talent both behind and in front of the camera. Jeremy Piven, David Koechner, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong – how do you mess that up? Thank goodness they put Jeremy in those tight pants or else this movie would’ve been at least a spot lower.

33. Gamer (Neveldine/Taylor) – Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall
Ratings: 5/10; RT: 30%; IMDB: 5.8

  • A decent premise that was executed quite poorly. Of course, my motivation to see this one was solely based on Michael C. Hall who I think is brilliant. However, like his Dexter co-stars, I hope he can find better roles to display his talent from here on out. (I really enjoyed the dancing, though.)

32. The Uninvited (C. Guard/T. Guard) – Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning
Ratings: 6/10; RT: 32%; IMDB: 6.3

  • Entertaining, but predictable. It’s worth renting if you can find it at a redbox and you keep it no longer than two days.

31. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Levy) – Ben Stiller, Amy Adams
Ratings: 6/10; RT: 44%; IMDB: 6.0

  • It seems like the average moviegoer really enjoys the Night at the Museum movies. They’re okay.. kinda cute and entertaining, but nothing too memorable.

30. My Bloody Valentine 3D (Jamie King, Jensen Ackles)
Ratings: 6/10; RT: 55%; IMDB: 5.8

  • I was sold once the trailer made the statement, “Nothing says date movie like a 3D ride to hell.” That’s genius marketing! I enjoyed this movie taking it for what it is.. gory, cheesy and in 3D, pretty cool visually. If you’re looking for a good storyline, look elsewhere, but if you want some good B rate horror fun, you’ll enjoy My Bloody Valentine. (Also, if you watch Supernatural, you really need to watch this based simply on the Dean factor.)
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