DVD Times Top 10 Films of 2009

DVD Times Reviewers Top 10 Films 2009

Once again, despite the great variety in tastes and viewing habits, a number of films released in 2009 received wide acclaim and favour among the DVD Times contributors. The totals have been added up and this year there’s one clear outright winner. The Top 5 films as voted for by the DVD Times team are listed below, followed by the individual Top 10 lists of each of the contributors.

1. Inglourious Basterds (7 votes)

A tribute to the war movie and to movies in general, for better or worse, Inglourious Basterds was a film that no-one else but Quentin Tarantino could have made and a welcome return to form for him. While it was generally recognised that there were some minor flaws in the casting and pacing, these were more than compensated for by revelatory performances elsewhere, the unmistakable stamp of Tarantino’s tense riveting dialogue and the sheer bravado of the edge-of-your-seat screenplay.

2. Let The Right One In (5 votes)

Almost as highly regarded by the DVD Times contributors, remaining long in the mind and thus still highly placed despite its release at the start of the year, Tomas Alfredson’s dark and snowy Swedish locations proved to be an atmospheric setting for the remarkable warmth and sensitivity of an unusual but mutually supportive coming-of-age story of love and friendship ...as a vampire tale.

3. Up (4 votes)

The obligatory Pixar entry in the DVD Times Top 5 saw the undisputed world’s greatest animation studio reach new heights and much critical acclaim, delivering the usual fun and adventure, but also finding time to touch on other aspects of growing up and growing old, and not necessarily gracefully either.

4. The Hurt Locker (4 votes)

The combination of intense action sequences, perceptive character study and an insightful examination of the nature of men at war proved to be a winning combination in Kathyrn Bigelow’s film about the activities of a bomb disposal squad in Iraq.

5. The Wrestler (4 votes)

Darren Aronofsky confounded many fans of his highly stylised work by venturing into the more conventional arena of the sports drama, but the real surprise of the film was the return of Mickey Rourke, giving the film a powerful human dimension that saw it placed highly on a number of DVD Times contributor’s lists.

Individual Lists

Mike Sutton
2The Wrestler
5Gran Torino
6Drag Me To Hell
8Inglourious Basterds
10Let The Right One In
John White
2Crank 2
3In The Loop
5Sexy Killer
6Let The Right One In
9Tokyo Sonata
10Embodiment of Evil
Noel Megahey
2The Good, The Bad, The Weird
3Red Cliff
5Inglourious Basterds
6The White Ribbon
8Benjamin Button
10Let The Right One In

Michael Mackenzie
3Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
4The Red Riding Trilogy
5Inglourious Basterds
6Sunshine Cleaning
7Let The Right One In
8Slumdog Millionaire
Roger Keen
1Synecdoche, New York
2Vicky Cristina Barcelona
3Inglourious Basterds
4Revolutionary Road
5The Wrestler
10Benjamin Button
Emma Farley
1(500) Days of Summer
2The Young Victoria
3Slumdog Millionaire
4Bright Star
5Fish Tank
6Revolutionary Road
7Vicky Cristina Barcelona
8Wendy & Lucy
9The Wrestler
10Synecdoche, New York

Gary Couzens
=Bright Star
=An Education
=Fish Tank
=Inglourious Basterds
=Not Quite Hollywood
=A Serious Man
=The Wrestler
Michael Brooke
1A Prophet
2The White Ribbon
3The Hurt Locker
4Snow White and Russian Red
5Katalin Varga
6Il Divo
7The Class
8Four Nights with Anna
9In The Loop
Clydefro Jones
1The Hurt Locker
2Public Enemies
3Fantastic Mr Fox
4Where the Wild Things Are
5Two Lovers
7Night and Day
8Inglourious Basterds
9The Limits of Control
10The Informant!

Matt Shingleton
2Red Cliff I+II
3Okuribito (Departures)
4Let The Right One In
5Drag Me To Hell
6The Good, The Bad, The Weird
7A Serious Man
8Fantastic Mr Fox
9The Hurt Locker
10Sword of the Stranger
Dave Foster
2Okuribito (Departures)
3Red Cliff
4The Good, The Bad, The Weird
8The Hurt Locker
9Inglourious Basterds

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