ALSD Top 8 Movies of 2009

This year seems to be a pretty good one for movies. I was really happy with the way Watchmen turned out and it seems there are even more movies that will be coming out later this year that I’m actually excited to see. Here’s my list of movies I want to see in the theaters and not just simply download.

Inglorious Basterds

Inglorious Basterds: I’m a Tarantino fanboy. He falls into a league of directors where I love pretty much everything they do. M. Night Shyamalan, Wes Anderson, Hayao Miyazaki and Quentin Tarantino. I’ve liked, no loved everything he’s done. I thought he might have slipped when I watched “Death Proof” but I’ve seen that movie three times since then and have loved it more upon each successive viewing. I’ve been following the progress of Basterds for a looong time. It’s been in development for I’d say about 8, 9 years now. Finally I get my long standing hunger for a Tarantino War movie satiated. The only gripe I have is that I wish the Basterds were cast with more known actors than Jewish actors who I don’t. It makes more sense for the movie I get it, but still, whatever.

Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are: Meet the runner up for my most anticipated movie of the year. If they gave this movie to anyone else, it probably would’ve been made into a Disney/Pixar-esque sugar coated family film kids would have come in droves to see in repeated viewings. But thankfully, Where The Wild Things Are was handed over to the one person who could do this movie justice and be made exactly the way it should be made. I feel once people see this in the theaters, they will realize that they could not have given this movie to no better person than Spike Jonze. I can’t wait for this.

Paper Heart

Paper Heart: Paper Heart has an interesting premise in that it isn’t a real documentary but it’s about a girl, Charlene Yi, who is making a documentary about how she can’t fall in love but in the process meets Michael Cera(Yi’s real life boyfriend) and thus a love story begins. So let me recap so I can get it straight in my head, it’s a movie shot as a documentary but still really is just a movie about Charlene Yi and Micheal Cera, who play themselves in this movie/documentary and how they fall in love, but are already dating in real life. This movie is so meta.

Black Dynamite Poster

Black Dynamite: I’ve done a post on this movie already. Just watch the trailer. There, that’s it. That’s all I’m gonna say to get people to watch this film. Watch the trailer and have your life changed.

Ip Man

Ip Man: I can get this right now. I can import this movie as I type this. This is the only movie on the list that’s already out. I can head over to Yesasia and order the HK version of this. You know what? Fuck it………………………………………….there, done. It’ll be at my house in about two weeks. Donnie Yen as Ip Man. That’s all I needed to know for me to pick this up. Best martial arts movie to come out this year, I’m sure of it.


Ponyo: Miyazaki is one of my heroes. You have to realize that anything we can get from Miyazaki at this point is a gift. The guy has been close to retirement for years and he has said on several occasions that his current movie would be his last. He’s been saying that since 2001, which was about 4 movies ago. So everytime news breaks on him directing another film, I get on my knees and thank the animation gods for blessing us with yet another masterpiece. Miyazaki does either far reaching, huge epic fantasy movies or small contained slice of life movies with fantasy elements. Ponyo is very much the latter. I don’t even know that exact premise for the film and to be honest, I don’t need to. Oh and I hope you notice and appreciate the dichotomy of having Ponyo and Black Dynamite on the same list.

Soul Power

Soul Power: One of my favorite documentaries of all time is When We Were Kings and this is like a complimentary piece for that film. Soul Power takes a look at the amazing musical side of this whole event. If you love documentaries(like me) and absolutely love soul music(like me), this movie should be a no brainer. James Brown with a moustache?! C’mon you can’t fucking beat that.

Kobe Doin' Work

Kobe Doin’ Work: One day the list will go: Jordan is The God. Kobe is The Second Coming. Lebron shall be The King. 1, 2 and 3. There’s the all time greatest list right there. This Spike Lee Joint gives us a glimpse of Kobe Doin’ Work. Oh you can watch this on ESPN and not the theater but whatever. It’s a movie, came out this year. It works.


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