Posted on: December 20th, 2009 Top 10 Films of 2009

Instead of starting this Best Films of 2009 article with the typical sentimental introductory paragraph, let’s skip it. We know this year was awesome, one of the biggest in recent memory for quality films.

Here’s my top 10 of the year, in no specific order.



You know how people never forget where they were when Elvis died, or when they saw Star Wars for the first time? Going to the midnight screening of Watchmen will probably be that memory for me. This was, hands down, the most excited I’ve ever been for a film in my life. I bled the book for years, and lived through the marketing leading up to the release. It did not disappoint me, a scrutinous Watchmen fanboy. Though the debate rages on still, I stand firm when I say that director Zack Snyder did it. He filmed the un-filmable, and beautifully. Read my original review.

Best Worst Movie


The documentary about Troll 2, the “worst film ever made”, created by the child star of said film, is one of the most endearing, heart-felt and funny films of 2009. It’s a shame this film hasn’t yet received a wide-release, because given the chance I’m certain audiences of all walks will leave the theater feeling a mile high. Whether you are in on the kitsch or not, Best Worst Movie is unreasonably entertaining. Read my original review.



I went into Zombieland a tad skeptical, what with the zombie craze invading our pop-culture the last two years. I was pleasantly surprised by just how much fun this film is. It’s incredibly light and silly but the editing is slick and the characters own their dialogue. It’s great to see Woody Harrelson in a strong leading role, and the big cameo of the movie is truly a gem. Read my original review.



James Cameron’s years-in-the-making sci-fi fantasy could be one of the most hyped films of all time. There’s no doubt that the film is blowing people’s minds worldwide, with most reviews on Twitter consisting of at least one four-letter word. While the film is far from perfect, it most certainly is an unparalleled movie-going experience. When you cut the bologna, Avatar is a ton of fun and a stand-out film of the year. Read my original review.

Trick ‘r Treat


This could be my new favorite Halloween film. It is entirely a seasonal celebration, a neo-classic horror anthology. Wonderfully written, directed and acted. How could you not watch this every October from now on? Read my original review.



Pixar did it again, only this time they had me weeping (literally) within the first fifteen minutes. A timeless adventure tale featuring unconventional characters, Up nails every nail on the head while managing to appeal to every age. The visuals and design of the film are stunning, proving once again that you can create a exceptional story-telling and cinematography from scratch. Read my original review.

Drag Me To Hell


A lot of people touted Drag Me To Hell as Sam Raimi’s comeback to horror, as if he had somehow left. Granted he hadn’t done much in the genre, asides from producing several unremarkable horrors, since Evil Dead II. Drag Me To Hell proved though, that Raimi didn’t come back, he was always there, and wearing a crown. Seeing Drag Me To Hell is the most fun I’ve had in a theater for years. Sam Raimi is such a wonderful story-teller and mood-setter and he makes this film so easy to fall in love with from the first minute. While I wouldn’t want Raimi to stick solely to this horror-comedy genre he’s carved, as I do think hhe has proved he is more than capable of directing in various genres, I would love to see him return to what he does best every now and then. Drag Me To Hell is a loud love letter to Looney Tunes and gross-out horror. Read my original review.

District 9


If there were one film to stand out from all others this year, it’s District 9. Completely original and unique, the film pushes new ground in both special effects and it’s story. District 9 is most definitely the science-fiction champion of the year. Read my original review.

Inglourious Basterds


What happens when you give Quentin Tarantino an over-sized World War II history book, an eraser, a pencil, and two cans of Jolt Cola? You get one of the best films of the year, an indelible, addicting, outrageous passion project from one of the most creative directors alive. Inglourious Basterds works on every single level. It’s entirely silly and poetic at the same time. The characters are intensely turned up to eleven while delivering amazing performances and giving us lines we will no doubt be quoting still ten years from now. This film will be considered a classic. Read my original review.

Star Trek


J.J. Abrams made Star Trek cool for everyone. Though not without its flaws, Star Trek is the most re-watchable film of the year. The film is insanely fun while injecting just the right amount of old-school Trek mythology. Who didn’t love this flick? Nobody, that’s who. Read my original review.

There you have it for my personal best of the year. It certainly wasn’t a hard task for once, considering the amount of quality we were given. As always, there were a bunch of films I have not had the chance to see as of this writing (among them being Antichrist, Up In The Air, The Hurt Locker, and the yet to be released Sherlock Holmes), so take me being lazy into account when you judge this here list.


I would like to give honorable mentions to the following films.

Daybreakers, which most certainly would have a spot on this list; although I have seen (and loved) the film, it technically doesn’t see release until 2010.

Observe and Report, which is one of those films that suffered from terrible/inappropriate marketing. The film is pretty bold and dark, at times outrageous. Unfortunately it gets painted with the same shitty brush-stroke as Paul Blart: Mall Cop. You need to see this if you haven’t yet.

I may be flamed for this one, but Crank 2 is incredible. Just as ridiculous and fun as the first film, which was also marketed completely wrong. This is inventive film-making at its most psychotic.

Now what would a best list be without a worst? I can’t even bear to stew on these shit films anymore so I’ll just tell you, the worst films of the year are Terminator Salvation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Box and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. May they burn in hell for all eternity.

Here’s to 2010 everyone, may you have a safe and happy new years from all of us in Team Squid.

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4 Responses to “Top 10 Films of 2009”

  1. Dalyn Says:
    December 20th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    What’s funny is I though two films in your worst of the year (Transformers, Terminator) were way better than one on your best (Trick R Treat). Different strokes….

  2. Ben Rankel Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Transformers 2 and Terminator:S are not better than anything. Ever.

  3. dale Says:
    December 22nd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Wow, a lot of great movies came out this year. Great list, but personally I would have tried fitting Moon in there somewhere. I haven’t had a hard sci-fi fix like that in a long time, great acting, the set, the music and story. Don’t know what I’d knock out to make room. Nice problem to have.

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