American Film Institue Names Best of 2009

by Andy

logoThe American Film Institute has rolled out its AFI Awards, an annual top ten list of the year’s best films. AFI’s 2009 list includes Coraline, The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger, Precious, A Serious Man, A Single Man, Sugar, Up and Up in The Air. I can agree with all of those, however I haven’t seen The Messenger, A Single Man, Sugar or Up in The Air. I was hoping to see the latter, but apparently in the world of film critics there are no promises or friends. I will say I am surprised to see The Hangover on this list. Don’t get me wrong – great movie, but best of ’09? No way.

The Utah Film Critics Association will vote on its “best of” 2009 this Thursday and I’ll be sure to post the results Thursday evening. Last year The Dark Knight was the UFCA’s choice for best picture. Frankly, I have my leanings, but I am clueless as to what our group will pick for 2009. In the meantime, check out the video below to see a rundown of AFI’s Best of 2009.

7 Comments

  1. troy j. reyes
    14 December 09, 12:33pm

    best films of 2009
    star trek
    the hangover
    the watchmen
    thirst
    coraline
    the hurt locker
    sugar
    up
    big man japan
    next day air

    • Andy
      14 December 09, 1:21pm

      Next Day Air? Puhleeese.

      • troy j. reyes
        14 December 09, 1:26pm

        i thought that one would get a response..it is really good though..i negleted to mention ingloriuos bastards and drag me me to hell, probably because i didnt see them in the theatres.

        • Dan
          14 December 09, 2:49pm

          Troy– you’re an Armond White, fan, yes?

          • troy reyes
            16 December 09, 11:24am

            youre good! while i wouldnt say i was an armnd white fan i respect his opinion and read his reviews. his ascertain that film should reflect ecconomic realities is a sound one. his refusal to tow either the liberal left wing or the conservative right wing is accurate.so often we get fooled by hollywood into thinking that they understand the workings of the inner city and the trials of the underprivilage, speaking as a member of both groups, hollywood understands nothing. next day air and cadillac records gets it right, seen both films and highly reccomend both over over anything endorsed by oprah, written by tyler perry. films like precious and the blind side or just that, blind. they are no more relevent than the torture porn films of eli roth or those silly saw films.

  2. Nick
    14 December 09, 4:20pm

    A Serious Man was duuuuuuumb.

  3. SKG
    14 December 09, 5:23pm

    There are a handful of films that I need to catch up on(like “Precious”… wife talked me into seeing “Brothers” this past weekend instead.. ugh). So here is a tentative list of which I’m sure will change in the next couple of weeks-

    The best film I’ve seen so far this year is Ken Burns’ PBS doc- “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”, but since it wasn’t distributed comercially, I won’t add it to the list

    1. Where The Wild Things Are
    2. The Hurt Locker
    3. Coraline
    4. Two Lovers
    5. (500)Days of Summer
    6. Moon
    7. Up
    8. I Love You, Man
    9. Ponyo
    10. State of Play

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