Saturday, 27 December 2008

Films of the Year, 2009

Let’s face it, 2009 was an awful year for movies. Hardly anything good came out. The multitudes flocked, sheeplike, in their millions to see utter tripe. More than once, I was moved to vomit by the cinematic felchmess on the big screen. Many of the films I saw this year were so bad that I walked out of the cinema after just a few minutes, telling the establishment’s owner what I thought of their ‘entertainment’ with a well-thrown bag of excrement.

But in this rough year, some diamonds shone through. And while it’s easy to gripe about such shitefests as Satirical Movie, a satire of those awful, churned-out-by-the-dozen-and-guest-starring-Carmen-Electra satire movies like Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie, it’ll probably be better for my health to count down the few films that didn’t make me weep like a small child with no elbows. So let’s do it to it.

1: Three Men and Two and a Half Men and the Man in the Iron Mask and Five Children and It and It
After the huge runaway success of Three Men and Two and a Half Men earlier in the year, a big-budget sequel was quickly made, featuring Tom Selleck, Sam from Cheers and Corey Haim reunited with Charlie Sheen, the Fat Kid and His Ugly Dad. Together they travel to 17th Century France, rescue a mysterious imprisoned man, and save some Victorian children and a wish-granting pixie from a scary clown. This film had everything, and everyone I know who saw it was speechless for five days afterwards.

2: Moonlit Dusk
This heart-warming tale of a schoolgirl’s relationship with an undead werewolf was a huge hit with promise ring-wearing Jonas Brothers fans and hirsute paedophiles alike. Some liked it for the excitement, some for the romance; I liked it for the bit at the end when he eats her in a blood-crazed rage.

3: The Man Who Cried
My third favourite film of the year was sentimental weepie The Man Who Cried. In the course of 110 minutes, John Steward (played by John Actor) loses his lover, his dog, his parents, his son, his way to the funerals, his mind, his favourite tie, his keys, his ATM PIN, the use of his legs and his brother’s sundial. He cries. A lot. And so will you.

4: The Christmas Presence
A haunted Christmas tree terrorises two young parents (Jennifer Connelly and Mark Wahlburg) in this seasonal horror film. While the film itself wasn’t particularly good, it did win me the complete Monty Python DVD box set.

5: Ducks in a Bus
The animation of the year was this brilliantly funny film, which provides fun for all the family, except possibly Uncle Jim, who doesn’t really like this sort of thing. Four ducks (probably voiced by Jack Black, that fat one from Knocked Up, someone else currently de rigour and Ellen), find themselves in a bus. What will they do?

6: La Maison du Patrinibopp
A dead cert for best foreign film at next year’s Oscars, this French effort has weeping nuns, a prostitute with a heart of gold, a pair of men obsessed with the sound of their own farts and a whole lot of onion-scented loss and despair with glorious undercurrents. This film didn’t make a lick of sense.

7: CGI Man 2: The Explosioning
Fans of the first CGI Man film were not let down by the sequel, which featured explosions, bangs, big fights, shiny things, lights, loud noises, midriffs, and a hey! Look at that! It’s a funny dog! Look, it’s chasing his own tail! Ha ha ha ha silly dog! Where was I?

8: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Battle the Guy with the Really Loud iPod on the Subway
Prince Adam of Eternia, along with his cohorts Teela, Man-at-Arms, Orko and the Sorceress find themselves pitted in mortal combat with a bloke playing Rhianna far too loud on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Chilling and, ultimately, cathartic.

9: Pregnant Teenage Bride Wars
Combining two of the most bankable assets that Hollywood currently offers – Pregnant teens and Kate Hudson – this film is full of laughs from start to finish, except for a brief chuckle-free section around minutes 63 to 65.

10: The Imaginary Review Movie
Sadly overlooked by both critics and the idiot general viewing public, this film was a tour of force, with brilliant performances from the cast, especially the lead actor (I. Reviewer). The story, revolving around one man’s quest to rid the world of evil local listings magazines who don’t reply to well-written and neatly-typed letters, is excellent, and the soundtrack is also very nice. I loved this film.


Sampada said...

hey..wat makes you say the general public did not like The Imaginary Review Movie? I simply loved favorite scene is where I. Reviewer dwarfs yogi bear with his own pickernick baskets. That was amazing stuff. Never saw anything like that before. In all viewers choice awards, it'll definitely get my vote.

Red said...

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Battle the Guy with the Really Loud iPod on the Subway empowered me to take on my own guys with the really loud ipods and what a life changing experience it's been.

Distributorcap said...

i bought the DVDs to all of them

BeckEye said...

I can't wait 'til these hit Imaginary Netflix.

Anonymous said...

You do know that someone, somewhere in Hollywood is writing those down, right? Especially 'The Christmas Presence' because they would make that movie like I would make cookies. Right now and with furious passion.

Anonymous said...

You can count me in for the Pregnant Teen movie. I'd watch 90 minutes of some teenage girls (preferably pre-pregnancy) and a scantily clad Kate Hudson even if she has the boobies of a 10 year old boy.

On second thoughts, she's kinda creepy, like she might cut you if you didn't like her hairstyle.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Sampada: Thank you. The cheque is in the post.

Red: As long as it's not life-ending, huzzah!

Dcap: You should have downloaded them illegally!

Beckeye: That would be the best thing ever.

VA: I wouldn't bet against it...

Tony: You ooze class, you know that?

Anonymous said...

Class is my middle name, sir. You know what I just noticed today? That all your comments on my blog of the last few months were in the spam folder! I didn't know they existed. God hates Tony Spunk, man. I have rectified this abominable situation.

Daltana said...

Great movie reviews. Tons better than those lousy guys giving their thumbs to even lousier movies.

I do wonder one thing though. How do you have the top movies of 2009 when the year has just started? Or do you recieve imaginary advance copies to review even before the movie is done (ala Space Balls).