Tuesday, December 1, 2009

end of '09.

Well, the final month of 2009 is here.  Hard to believe it’s almost the end of yet another year.  It’s cold, some of us will soon be studying for finals, others will be attempting to brave the crowds to do some Holiday shopping.  It’s a fun time of year, but also somewhat stressful.  So if you are looking for something fun (or relaxing) to do, why not head to the movies?  And there are lots of new ones coming out, many of which look pretty good.
Armored (Antal, 2009) – A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $42 million.  But a wrinkle in their supposedly foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution.

Brothers (Sheridan, 2009) – A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.  Based on Susanne Bier's film, Brødre.

Serious Moonlight (Hines, 2009) – A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before burglars invade their home.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (Lawrence, 2009) – In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small-town Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program.

Invictus (Eastwood, 2009) – A look at life for Nelson Mandela after the fall of apartheid in South Africa during his first term as president when he campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.

The Lovely Bones (Jackson, 2009) – Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family, and her killer, from heaven.  She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Avatar (Cameron, 2009) – A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet's indigenous population.

The Young Victoria (Vallée, 2009) – A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (Thomas, 2009) – The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group.

It’s Complicated (Meyers, 2009) – A romantic comedy in which two men vie for the affection of a woman.

Sherlock Holmes (Ritchie, 2009) – Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Gilliam, 2009) – A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

The White Ribbon (Haneke, 2009) – Strange events happen at a rural school in the north of Germany during the year 1913, which seem to be ritual punishment.  Does this affect the school system, and how does the school have an influence on fascism?


  1. I can't wait to see The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus! I've only heard about maybe 3 of the movies you posted. I'll have to go watch the trailers!

  2. I know! I want to see that one too. It's weird seeing Heath Ledger in the previews though. I think Brothers and Did You Hear About the Morgans look really good too. Maybe I should post the trailers rather than posters... I'll do that if I have time later today :-)

  3. White Ribbon is great, but I'm not a fan of the period pieces which makes me never want to watch the young victoria.

  4. I'm going to pretend that you aren't excited about DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS. Hugh and SJP are better than that movie. And so are you :)

    On another note... I know someone special who worked on ARMORED so gotta get out and support that one.

  5. ...Parnassus (no way I was going to write it out in whole) has already come out over here (UK), I'm surprised it hasn't for you! Very Terry Gilliam if you're into that sort of thing.

    I'm most looking forward to Avatar and Lovely Bones (have seen preview screenshots and it looks beautiful, despite its dark subject matter), oh, how could I forget Sherlock Holmes! I'm not holding my breath for the latter, but heck, I love the books and the franchise.

    You very nearly lost credibility with the nod to the Chipmunk movie! :P

  6. Stephen K - I was looking forward to Lovely Bones but I read some reviews that said it was an awful adaptaion and a compelte mess on screen. But I don't know... I did enjoy the book. Sherlock Holmes looks awesome too.

    haha I'm embarrassed to admit that I saw the first Chipmunk movie (and even more embarrassed to admit I liked it). So I will probably be seeing the sequel. Not in theaters though... I think I can wait for it to come out to rent.

  7. Wow, there are so many films I want to see on this list.

    I heard Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was so bad that some people walked out. T_T

    I don't want to believe it, and I also found the screenplay online but want to see it when it comes out.

  8. lovely bones was a great book!

  9. Jenna - I agree... it was super sad but still great. I'm excited for the movie. Thanks for stopping by my blog :-) I love yours and am thinking about starting a food blog soon.