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.
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.