The worst of the worst of 2009.
Jonathan Lemmonsaid on Thursday, July 01, 2010 12:56:16 AMI've never commented on your site before Richard, but before I tear your list apart, I just want you to know that you are the best movie critic EVER!!!! Why can't we have someone like you down at the Akron Beacon Journal? They gave Alice in Wonderland 2 1/2 stars! I know can you believe that! Anyway, as for your list (I just felt the urge to comment), I do agree that most of these films don't deserve a place in the best of the year list. Like New Moon and Whiteout for example. But I wouldn't call them truly awful. New Moon was slow, veeeeerrrrrrrryyyyyyyy slow, and I would have agreed with you on your opinion if it wasn't for its thoroughly engaging first half, but after we realized Taylor Lautner was a werewolf, it just dragged on from that moment after. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but it's definately not to be considered for the best movie list. As for Whiteout, this is the movie that I agreed with you the most on, but I think director, Dominic Sena did a good job at keepping me mildly entertained with a few intense scenes. Like the climax in the research camp where they were hooked to those rope lines, and the killer was slashing away. I can't lie, but I did feel a hint of suspense in that scene. Last thing about Whiteout is that I'm probably the only one in the whole world who was surprised by the ending, but it doesn't save the movie from being above average. And now, T2:ROTF, X-MO:W, you should know which ones I mean. First off Transformers 2. When I watched it in theatres, I LOVED IT!!! I said it was the best movie of 2009! (I was 15 when I saw it.) And when it was over, I was expecting it to get RAVE reviews, But I was shocked, SHOCKED, when the reviews came out, saying it was too long, and had no story at all. Well, I am proud to say that the movie went by like it was an hour and a 1/2 long, I didn't even notice the extra hour. And as for the story, COMMON PEOPLE, IT'S AN ACTION MOVIE ABOUT GIANT ROBOTS!!! Who needs a record breaking story, it's not like we were expecting, The Godfather: Giant Robots Speaking in Italian Accents. I had the time of my life watching T2:ROTF, and I already own it! However, after multiple viewings on DVD, I did pick up a few parts where I realized why people hated it movie so much. Like in every other minute, there was an epic battle sequence between the Autobots and the Decepticons, and every other minute after that, there was an explosion. If I where Micheal Bay, I would have done something about that. But, to me, that's not a big deal. I still loved T2 from its over-the-top action to Megan Fox, who's fun to look at no matter how bad her acting gets. But it's not my fav film of the year anymore. That place has been taken by The Lovely Bones. As for Wolverine, I was very surprised to see this movie on your list. I knew you didn't like it, but I didn't know you hated it that much. X-Men Origins is the one movie on your list that I disagree with you the most on. I really liked how the story his girlfriend told him about the wolverine ties into how he got his name, that was the most involving element of the story. And as for the relationship between wolverine and his brother Victor, and the subplot involving the government conspiracy, I thought those two different stories tied together exelently. And no, there isn't too much going on in this movie X-Men Origins: wolverine has just the right amount of story elements for a good action film, and prequel in my opinion. I went in expecting Wolverine's origin, and that's exactly what I got. I really liked this movie, even if some of the action scenes tended to drag on at times, well, guess what, I DON'T CARE!!! X-MO:W rocked, and all I can say is BRING ON X-MEN ORIGINS: MAGNETO, OR CYCLOPS, OR STORM!!! Cause I'll be there when they come out! And now, 2012. Ok, this is a DISASTER MOVIE, since when was story such a big deal in a DISASTER MOVIE. People just go to movies like this just to be wowed by all the visuals, and to laugh at all the governmental jokes that where obviously barrowed from a newspaper article, written by some angry liberal. I for one loved what Roland Emmerich did with this movie. I couldn't have done it any other way. If this movie had any other story elements, other than just avoiding the disaster, I honestly think it would've ruined most of the fun. And as performances go, they where mainly just doing what everyone else would do in a movie about the end of the world. John Cusak was John Cusak, and Danny Glover, although he was good as the president, he was much better in other roles, such as in the movie Shooter, and (your fav movie) Saw, but the real show stealer here, is Woody Harrelson. Now I know that you really hated Harrelson in this movie but I thought he was HILLARIOUS!!! If only he had extended screen time, then 2012 would be complete. But I was still satisfied with the outcome. This movie is the exact depiction on how the world's going to end. And as for the rest of your list, All About Steve, The Ugly Truth, Love Happens, Old Dogs, and Fame, I have no interest what-so-ever in seeing the top 3, but maybe I'll rent Old Dogs and Fame from the library. Just to see if their just ok, but I respect your opinion Richard, and I'll expect as little as I can from them. And thank you, SO MUCH, for not adding Push, Knowing, or The Fourth Kind to your list. Push is the most under-appreciated movie of the year, if you ask me, and Knowing is one of my top 5 films of the year. I don't care what A.O. Scott says. And The Fourth Kind, WOW, THE FOURTH KIND, speaking of "under-rated", Jeeeese people. This movie gave me chills all over! who cares if it's fake or not, I DON'T!!! One more thing about this list Richard, Why aren't any of the god-awful movies of 2009 on here? This is just a list of critical failiures. Where's The Last House on the Left, or Friday the 13th, or Land of the Lost? The Last House on the Left was the most disgusting and displeasingly awful movie of the decade, I hated it, I mean who wants to watch 2 teenage girls get raped and have one get killed by a bunch of perverted maniacs, and have the parents of the girl who was raped kick them in the "you-know-where-abouts". I mean sure they deserve it, but the ending was just so retarted, I almost wanted to check my IQ level, to see if I was imagining things. However, this is no where near as bad as the origianal version. But both versions should just be throne out of existence, seriously. And as for Friday the 13th, ok, it was somewhat entertaining, but the premise was bad, the Ending was dumb, and to top it all off, JASON HAS NO REASON FOR KILLING ALL THOSE PEOPLE, MUCH LESS HAVING A REASON OF BEING BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE!!! Stupid, stupid, stupid! At least Aaron Yoo's in it, and he's always funny. And now finally, THE LAND OF THE LOST!!! Now I like Will Farrel, but this movie is just so freaking bad, it's not even funny to look at. What they where probably trying to do was make a movie that's so bad it's good and they just took it too seriouly. Cause with the exeption of a few funny lines (mainly from the trailer) this movie was bad, 1 1/2 out of 5 stars. Thank you so much for staying Richard, The world needs critics like you, and Roger Ebert, but mostly you, otherwise, we'd have people like The critics for the Akron Beacon Journal running the review industry. The movie theatres would litteraly go out of business if it weren't for you. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!
Adam Foidartsaid on Friday, June 18, 2010 2:45:04 PMI'll agree with your list, though I have to admit I did enjoy transformers 2, even though I know it wasn't great. Maybe this will be a rare franchise where the third movie will be better than the second. Can't wait to see more reviews.
wes mantoothsaid on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 3:16:14 PMwhere's G.I.Joe???
JMBsaid on Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:18:52 AMWell, I must say that I agree with most of this list, and have to acknowledge just how bad 2009 was, for movies. It was a great year for Paramount pictures (Star Trek, TF2, G.I. Joe), but not so great for us filmgoers. Though I must say that critics are being too hard on Revenge Of The Fallen. It's no worse than the first film, and even a bit more entertaining. (I can't even sit through the first one, at this point)
But, to each their own.
JC said on Friday, February 19, 2010 2:25:21 PMYo Roeps, you've gone from nerdy looking Ebert sidekick to taking out the movie trash in the Alley. I love it man ! The whole site is great and very original, keep it up.
Brandon Nicholssaid on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 4:31:14 PMI am in total agreement, especially with Transformers 2. Everyone said the movie was terrific, but halfway through the trip, I wanted to get off. It was long, loud and completely senseless. And I am an action buff, but if I want action, I want to see what's going on on the screen and all I was ever able to see were piles of multi-coloured twisted metal lumbering all the place. I'd be better off watching Ironman than that.
Sarasaid on Saturday, January 30, 2010 4:45:04 PMSeriously, Richard? You thought that "New Moon" was worse that "G.I. Joe?" Seriously?!? Okay maybe "New Moon" wasn't exactly an epic Oscar opus but at least it had somewhat of a plot!!!! "G.I. Joe" gave us nothing but two hours to stare at Channing Tatum and also to show us that Sienna Miller is still alive!!!
Christian Dimartinosaid on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 5:36:26 PMI have to admit, All about Steve, The Ugly truth, and Transformers 2 were awful. Wolverine and 2012 were actually good though. she should replace them with G.I. Joe and Land of the lost. Too late though.
Chris Stuckmannsaid on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 8:27:31 PMSo agree T2, All About Steve and Twilight are embarassing. What's even worse is these movies made quite a bit of money. I just can't wait for Avatar to dethrone Transformers as highest grossing film of 09. Once again Richard, very good job you're awesome man!