Re: 2009 Best and Worst Movies
There are a still a lot of movies I need to see this year, so I don't feel qualified to make a list. However, I will say that Inglorious Basterds is probably my favourite film of 2009 (so far). I found it hilarious, suspenseful, sad, exciting and all those other emotions. Christoph Waltz is amazing, as is Brad Pitt (an actor I find more engaging doing comedy than drama, see: Burn After Reading), in fact the entire cast is sublime. But even more than that, Tarantino's audacious disregard for history, his homages to cinema, unusually structured plot, marks this as one of his best. I don't think it beats Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction, but it's definitely up there.
Speaking of up there, a close runner-up would be Pixar's Up. I don't think it touches the greatness of Wall-E or Ratatouille, but it's a pretty touching and exhilarating family adventure. And I know it's become cliche to praise the opening twenty minutes, but damn that's some brilliant film making.