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What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?

Asked at La Prima Tazza, 638 Mass. on December 16, 2009

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The Hurt Locker.’ It had good actors, cinematography and I liked the story.”

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The Blind Side.’ It was just a really feel-good movie, very warm and fuzzy.”

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Milk,’ It’s just a great movie; I love Sean Penn.”

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Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ the animation was great; great story. The actors doing the voices were superb.”


Flap Doodle 8 years, 5 months ago

The Fantastic Mr. Fox, I loves me some stop-motion animation.

Jennifer Dropkin 8 years, 5 months ago

The Amateurs. It's about a group of small-town, go-nowhere friends who decide to make a porno movie.

It stars Jeff Bridges and an ensemble of wonderful actors, including Ted Danson, and there's no sex in it!--well, a few barish butts, including Danson's, but that's pretty much it.

Very funny, very gentle. It came out in 2007, although a chopped-up version came out in 2006 titled The Moguls. You can get it on DVD.

preebo 8 years, 5 months ago

District 9 or perhaps The Hurt Locker.

trinity 8 years, 5 months ago

it wasn't a new movie at all; a '57 vintage...and i've seen it before, but it still qualifies as the best movie i've seen all year; "a face in the crowd"...andy griffith, patricia neal, walter matthau...relevant, even 50+years after its making. too many "lonesome rhoades" these days.

beawolf 8 years, 5 months ago

"The 1992 remake of, “Of mice and men”. Most excellent."...

John Malkovich's portrayal of Lenny was terrible. It was like a cartoon parody of Steinbeck's character.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

tom, what is it w/ you and deliverance? geesh!....

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 5 months ago

Gran Torino and The Hangover. The Hangover is the best comedy I've seen in years.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 5 months ago

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers isn't bad either...

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

tom, i like your silly side. maybe that's why i'm never too hard on you for being such a far right conservative. ;)

ret, i wonder if annaundercover has seen zombie strippers....

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

after reading the list of nominees for the golden globes, i realized that i haven't seen diddly squat this year. i saw district 9 and i am really trying to remember if i saw anything else. my boyfriend saw gran torino and he said it was good.

i saw the end of the original "the changeling" and didn't care for it. i think eastwood must've retooled it quite a bit. the first one was supposed to be a thriller/horror movie but it just came across as dated and goofy.

acg 8 years, 5 months ago

I haven't seen Gran Tarino yet, heard it was great. Bought it for a friend for xmas. Would it be wrong to watch it before wrapping it up? The Hangover was hysterical. One of the funniest flicks I've seen in a while.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

^^^^ LOL

i don't think i'll be seeing that one.... voluntarily.... i say that because my boyfriend loves goofy movies like that. plus he likes looking at chicks' tatas. so for some reason i am thinking i'll wind up seeing that dorky flick.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

i will say that i'd rather slit my wrists open w/ a rusty box cutter than watch any of that twilight garbage.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

CW, dude, i'm there w/ you on citizen kane. i first watched it in high school in an art of film class. i re-watched it about a year ago (thinking that, perhaps, as an adult i'd have more appreciation for it then i did as a 17 year old). i still don't understand why it is considered by most critics to be the best movie ever. shrugs shoulders

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 5 months ago

Oh, Mel, seriously, have you read the books or seen the movies? They are quite good. Meyer's writing reminds me a lot of Mary Stewart, the style and the wording is very similar. Blue Moon Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Angels & Demons Star Trek

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 5 months ago

Actually, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers came out in 1943.

The question was, "What's the best movie you've seen this year?"

I saw it this year!

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 5 months ago's a damn sled....

I just saved everyone 3 hours of their life...

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

i don't even know who mary stewart is, irish.

i don't like chick flicks and i don't like romantic vampires. so the fact that those movies are a combo of the two, wild horses couldn't drag me to one of those.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

yeh i know, ricky.... and why that is supposed to be so effing deep i will never know.

gone w/ the wind is another. yeh... its 4 hours long. its a sweeping epic. it stars clark gable. it costs a kazillion dollars back in the day to make. it was in technicolor which was always spectacular. mmm kay. and i'm supposed to think its so great because what??.....

i used to love the wizard of oz until i saw a thing about all of the masonic symbolism in it and that weirded me out... can't look at it the same now. also, my boyfriend played the "dark side of the rainbow" thing which only added to the creepy factor...

KansasPerson 8 years, 5 months ago

Best (worst) movie trailer I've seen this year was this gem:

But best movie I've seen this year? Again, like other posters, I often see movies a bit past their release date. So I'd vote for "There Will Be Blood" because even though it's a 2007 release, I didn't see it until spring 2008, I think. I did see "Away We Go" this year (and it's a 2009 movie!) but, although it was good, I wouldn't say it was the best I'd seen. I also went to see the new Harry Potter movie and the Half-Blood Prince this year ... in fact, that might have been the only one I saw in a theater.

We stayed up late watching "The Philadelphia Story" a few night ago. Still good after all these years.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

original bob, you know, after reading your post, i was thinking that would be a funny subject for a blog... what extreme action would you rather sustain than having to watch a twilight movie?... lol

jonas_opines 8 years, 5 months ago

"Rosebud. Rosebud frozen peas. Full of country goodness and green peaness. Wait, that's terrible. I'm leaving.

What luck, there's a french fry stuck in my beard."

Orson Welles Later Commercial Acting Career (The Critic)

jonas_opines 8 years, 5 months ago

Star Trek was really entertaining, especially on the big screen.

monkey_c 8 years, 5 months ago

I also liked Gran Torino and otherwise have been pretty unimpressed with the movies I have seen this year. I'm looking forward to seeing the Hang Over though, even more now that I read all of this! And I most definately agree the Citizen Kane is a highly over rated snooze-fest.

monkey_c 8 years, 5 months ago

Oh yeah, Star Trek was OK and I really did not expect to enjoy it at all.

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 5 months ago

Loved Star Trek. Definitely the most fun movie of the year!

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

i'd rather come back as a pit bull and be owned by michael vick than watch twilight.

mult, well they are both about missing children and/or mistaken identity so that's why i thought they were the same story. all i know is the 1980s changeling is corny as hell.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

spacehog, i was thinking of asking you what brand of crack you are on but then i thought... naaawww.....

schula 8 years, 5 months ago

I haven't seen any new releases this year. A few that I have seen in recent weeks:

Meet the Parents (pretty funny) Lord of War (I like almost anything with Nicolas Cage) Wicker Man (again, Nicolas Cage)

schula 8 years, 5 months ago

Autie -- I would definitely watch that movie, especially if you can get Mike Rowe to narrate it. I love Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

i think no country for old men was overrated, as was fargo. not that those films didn't have merit and weren't kinda sorta entertaining but they just kind of dragged. however, both films had some examplary performances (william h. macy, javier bardem) but just the movies in and of themselves rate Cs as far as i'm concerned.

o brother where art thou is one of my all-time favorites. great flick.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

y'all should see the original wicker man. much different film and much BETTER film. the remake was too much of a fake ass m. night shamaylan (sp.) thing.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

cage was great in leaving las vegas. "a prickly pear..." hilarious!

denak 8 years, 5 months ago

To echo everyone else, "The Changeling" and "Gran Torino" are both really good movies.

Haven't seen Milk but want to.

I finally got around to seeing "Knocked Up" and was suprised with how good it was considering I cringe through most of Judd Apatow's movies.

I am looking foward to seeing "Nine" which I think is going to be really good.


Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

^^^ LOL wow, you took some licka in the movie house? i ain't mad at ya, dude. i've seen some movies that i wish i would've been wasted at the time of viewing.

Satirical 8 years, 5 months ago

Gran Torino? Seriously?

Clint Eastwood was the only actor in the movie who could act. The girl was terrible!

When a preview shows the entire plot of a movie, you know it isn't a well written movie. I had high hopes for the movie, but was very disappointed.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 5 months ago

The best movie that's been out a while, but that I just got around to seeing was Deathproof.

acg 8 years, 5 months ago

No Country For Old Men was great. I just saw, this year, even though it's a few years old, Black Snake Moan. Loved it! I love Samuel L, though. He rocks. Watched GoodFellas again last night. Will still always be my fav. movie.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 5 months ago

There are four books in the Twilight series and I am going to buy the set as well as the movies. The third movie Eclipse is due out next summer. I am now really into these characters and I care what happens to Bella, Edward and Jacob and also her father who is the police chief of Forks whom she called Charlie. Bella is in Washington state because her parents are divorced and her mother is traveling Europe with her much younger, new husband. I find it to be totally fascinating as do many others. I think it is cool that my granddaughter and I are so into this, that we can talk about it.

Twilight New Moon Eclipse Breaking Dawn

Mel, Mary Stewart is an English author, and I was surprised that the Meyer writing style is like that. No sex, no violence, no bad language, just a good read.

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 5 months ago

"Milk" has got to be the best movie ever!

acg 8 years, 5 months ago

You know, I'll prob get crap for this but Gone With the Wind was awful. It was horribly acted, overacted actually, it was so incredibly long and I was so bored by 2/3 of the way thru frankly, I didn't give a damn what happened to Scarlet, either.

fastwalker 8 years, 5 months ago

Inglourious Basterds for best cinema experience

puddleglum 8 years, 5 months ago

snap, you are kidding, right?

sure, all goes well for awhile, but the movie should have ended after kurt R plows into the car-load of chicks and parts go flying. the second half is okay for about 30 minutes, but the chase scene is weak, and gets dumber and dumberer towards the end-fittingly finishing off the misery with the weakest kung-fu slap-stick moronic ending ever known to man.
the good news? Tarantino is finally running out of other movies to copy.

go see "crazy larry/dirty mary" now that is one of the 'dopest' car chase scenes ever.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

i liked both of the grindhouse movies. some stuff by tarantino sucks big butt however, when he's good, he kicks ass (eg., kill bill vol. 1).

black snake moan was really good. sam jackson always puts in a decent performance and the quirkier, the better. i HIGHLY recommend jungle fever. i saw in entertainment weekly where they had the top movie performances that didn't get oscar nominations and his role in that movie ranked 2nd in the lineup (tony perkins in psycho was no. 1). even for folks who don't care for spike lee (i am a fan but i know that not everyone likes him), i still recommend seeing that film solely for sam's performance. magnificient.

another completely wonderful performance is that of don cheadle in devil in a blue dress.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

watchmen was okay. just okay. my boyfriend thought it was great. my teenaged son couldn't get past having to watch dude's big blue pee pee through most of the movie. he said he and his friend got up and walked out halfway though. lol

Flap Doodle 8 years, 5 months ago

Saw Dirty Mary & Crazy Larry when it came out. It was a sterling piece of film.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

oh, i saw sicko last night. it was good but it made me mad that i live here in america.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

^^^^ that too, bob. "i don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies!"


Linda Aikins 8 years, 5 months ago

I remember watching GWTW in Ashland in the old theater. I took a pillow and ate frozen pickles. Those were the days.

I haven't seen Blind Side yet so I think I would need to wait. We did find Inglorious Basterds incredibly fun.

trinity 8 years, 5 months ago

yes, honeychild! o brother. love it! r-u-n-n-o-f-t!

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

spacehog, don't forget raquel welch. she's always gonna be smoking hot.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

yeh, pam grier is super sexy. she used to be a HORRIBLE actor but w/ that skin, those cheekbones and those primo knockers (which are real and not fake), who paid attention to the acting??! and she still looks great. i hear she's part filipino.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

madonna is way too dude'ish looking now. back during her borderline days i thought she was adorable. now? bleck.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

did anyone see talk to me starring don cheadle? good flick. i love that guy.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

spacehog, billy bob is great. sling blade was beyond terrific.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

did anyone see that movie where kate winslet is doing it w/ the 15 year old boy (who is played by a 22 year old actor)? was it worth seeing or did people just make a big deal over it because they were naked and going thru the motions?

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

tom: " I lived in very rural southeast MO between the ages of about 13-18..."

that 'splains alot.

j/k ;P

looza 8 years, 5 months ago

Paul Blart - MALL COP. Top 5 movies of all time!

Lenette Hamm 8 years, 5 months ago

I hadn't been to see a movie in a theatre in oh, 6 or 7 years? Was invited to see Gran Torino right after it came out and loved it. As for recently watched good movies on DVD, Secret Garden was pretty darn good. My all-time favorites though are "To Kill a Mockingbird", and "Somewhere in Time" (with Christopher Reeve & Jane Seymour.)

BMI 8 years, 5 months ago

T_O_B, The reluctant glasses. BTDT. A good excuse to move your chair MUCH closer to the TV until you can buy the TV,or the glasses. It really is okay for both of your recliner foot rests to be a foot from the TV cabinet when extended.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

tom and spacehog, i effing heart the hell outta the old norman lear comedies. sanford & son is still viewed in my household. redd foxx was a comedic genius and his supporting cast was gold (my fav was bubba bexley). and i love love love the munsters. one of my favorite old sitcoms... i especially liked the few episodes w/ paul lynde. the man's timing was impeccable. hilarious!

i have a friend whose all-time favorite movie is jackie brown. jackie brown starred some of my favorites like ms. grier, sam, michael keaton and, of course, deniro. i thought it was paced a bit slow at times so i can't give it a glowing endorsement but it definitely is worth watching. and pam's acting skills had vastly improved by that time. now i guess she's on the L word, playing jennifer beals' half-sister. that sounds like the hotness-- those two chicks in the same scenes together. i have a soft spot for jennifer beals though... its a mulatto thing. y'all wouldn't understand it. ;)

my favorite tarrantino flicks are kill bill vol. 1, grindhouse and pulp fiction. i couldn't get through resevior dogs... maybe i was watching it too late at night. it was boring in the beginning. the worst would be from dusk til dawn. GARBAGE. yeh yeh yeh, salma hayek dancing on a table is the hotness but what the hell else about that abysmal movie was worth watching? and i'm a george clooney fan and didn't even like it!

parrothead8 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm with Ricky_Vaughan...The Hangover might be the best comedy I saw in the last decade. Mike Tyson's cameo role alone was worth the price of admission. Heck, just seeing Mike Tyson singing "In the Air Tonight" was worth the price of admission.

somedude20 8 years, 5 months ago

"if you see one movie this year, it should be Frankenhooker." -Bill Murray

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

now i want to see the hangover. i've heard too many good things about it in this thread alone.

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