I'm just catching up on DVD all the movies I missed in the theaters last year. So here are a few super quick reviews.
"District 9" - Excellent. I know, after the good reviews and box office, that should be fairly evident. I still was surprised, though--I had expected to admire this film, but didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did (you can, after all, admire something, but not like it).
"Moon" - A tiny, claustrophobic, very effective thriller, with Sam Rockwell carrying the whole movie in an almost-solo performance. See it.
"(500) Days of Summer" - I honestly could write thousands of words about how much I loathed this movie, but that would just make me seem angry, I guess. So suffice to say I hated this one and give it the 2009 Most Overrated Movie of the Year Award.
Those are super quick reviews, aren't they? Practically a miracle from typically wordy me. So therefore I can't resist adding some things from the classics category (sorry, 2009):
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945) - Hurd Hatfield was made for the title role and George Sanders is his always wonderful self. The first glimpse of the corrupted portrait will give you nightmares. I'm not kidding. No other version of this story has ever been so effective or so clearly captured the tone of the book.
"Shockproof" - A noir, from of all people, Douglas Sirk. Great crime drama, though the happy ending feels tacked on, and probably was by a nervous studio.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray," with Hurd Hatfield and Angela Lansbury.