Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Watched in 2009

This was an interesting exercise, as there isn't one place where I've recorded all the films I've seen in 2009. I had to look through notebooks, diaries and Excel spreadsheets, hunt for ticket stubs in pockets and handbags, and when all else failed, use my memory. This is the list I've come up with:

Watched on the big screen:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Informant!
The Ugly Truth
Eden is West
New Moon
The Proposal
Slumdog Millionnaire
The Reader
Confessions of a Shopaholic
In the Loop
Star Trek
Angels and Demons
My Life in Ruins
State of Play

Watched on DVD for the first time:

The Darjeeling Limited
Reservation Road
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Thomas Crown Affair (original)
Arizona Dream
Grand Torino
The Painted Veil
The Good Shepherd
Night at the Museum
Easy Virtue
Run, Fat Boy, Run
The Shawshank Redemption
Jersey Girl
Yes Man

My favourite new movie was without doubt The Reader, closely followed by Twilight, Eden is West and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Of the chick flicks, The Proposal gets my thumbs up.

As for the films I watched on DVD, I liked Reservation Road, Changeling, The Painted Veil, The Shawshank Redemption and Easy Virtue.

The wooden spoons go to My Life in Ruins, which was laughably bad, and The Darjeeling Limited, which was unbearable. In fact, The Darjeeling Limited deserves special mention as the only film that I've not managed to watch to the end. As someone easily mesmerised by the moving image, this is quite an achievement.

In 2010, I'm looking forward to watching The Girl Who Played with Fire, Eclipse and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part I (sequels, respectively, to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Twilight saga and the HP series), as well as Remember Me, for no other reason than I happened to see the trailer and liked it. The fact that Pierce Brosnan and Lena Olin are in it, is totally coincidental :-)

I'm looking for the movie equivalent of librarything.com or goodreads.com. If you know of any such websites, please leave a comment!


Karen said...

I've only seen a handful of the movies you listed, Tinsie. I used to think that I'm not much of a movie person, but I've come to decide that it's just where I'm at in life. We were going to take the fam to Avatar last weekend, until we did the math--$74 for a family of five, treats not included.

The WH and I did see Slumdog (for Valentine's Day), which was beautiful, and just took the kids to a nearby Army base (discount theater) for The Blind Side. Great movie, btw. I don't think there is a way to NOT like it.

palmtreefanatic said...

I just finished watching THE UGLY TRUTH just now! wow! nice list!

Per Stromsjo said...

Ha! When all else fails, use that old memory... Impressively systematic run-through. (I don't think I saw one single film last year. Not on the big screen, not on DVD and I don't have a TV so... nope.)

Unbearable Lightness of Darjeeling. Makes it all sound like a lousy cup of tea.

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Tinsie said...

@ Karen: I've always liked movies, but last year I took advantage of my unlimited free time and frequent trips to Greece (where cinema tickets are much cheaper) to see more films than usual. I've not even included the Greek ones I saw. I have to say though, I don't do treats any more. It's an expensive way to consume extra calories, so I've given up.

Avatar doesn't sound like my kind of movie, so I've decided to wait until it comes out on DVD. The Blind Side's not out in the UK yet, but I've heard so many good things about it, I'm really looking forward to it. Especially seeing Sandra Bullock play someone her age ;-)

@ Palmtreefanatic: What did you think of it?

@ Per Stromsjo: Not a single film? What do you do with your free time? Tsk tsk tsk!

The Unbearable Lightness of Darjeeling would be a very fitting description for that film.

@ Berowne: I'll be happy to assist :-)

Karen said...

Avatar wasn't my kind of movie, either. I took the WH because he talked about it for two weeks. Unfortunately, 3-D makes me nauseous, so I spent a lot of my time looking at my lap.

Sandra Bullock is OUTSTANDING in The Blind Side. Who knew she could play something other than cheesy romantic comedy?

lemon said...

Ι watched Inglorius basters yesterday, at home, because although I love Trantino I thought that a film with Germans by him would be a disaster, so I had not watched it when it was on cinemas. But not! I liked it very much and I strongly recommend it-if you like Tarantino!
At home recently: Casablanca (yes, I am 43 and had never seen it before...) and In the heat of the night. Both more than worthwhile to see!

I am attending a 6-lessons-class by Soti Triantafyllou these days, on history&cinema. She teaches us how one can follow the world history by watching films! (That is the reason I try to watch oldies but classics!)

(Sorry for my poor english).

lemon said...

And this as bonus (I descovered it recently and love it!).

Tinsie said...

@ Karen: Uh-oh. That's another reason to avoid Avatar. I've always hated 3D.

Sandra Bullock was outstanding in the trailer. If she's anything as good in the movie, I may have to watch it twice (I love Sandra Bullock)!

@ Lemon: Funnily enough, I've not watched Casablanca either, and I've not even heard of In the Heat of the Night. I'll keep them in mind for future DVDing.

Your seminar sounds really interesting, let us know what you learn ;-)

Thanks for the Libraryland link, I'll check it out.

Cherry said...

I have seen some of the movies in your list...Shawshank, Avatar and Night at the Museum...so the lsit is really going to be useful for me to pick some good movies...
Let me enquire about the links you mentioned...if some of my friends know about it..I will get back to you on that...