When I look at the list of movies I watched in 2009, it’s almost as embarrassing as my yoga practice. Almost. My yoga practice has picked up significantly in the last month or so and really, it makes me so very happy, I don’t know why I find it such a struggle to get myself there sometimes. Um, but this post isn’t about yoga, it’s about my piss poor movie watching this year. No sense, really, though, in beating myself up over how few movies I watched – while I am a movie buff I am not manic about film like I am about reading – I don’t feel any sense of failure for NOT having watched movies, if that makes sense? Anyway. In the manner of the reading roundup, then. The categories from my 2008 movie watching that apply to movies seen this year:
Movie In Which I Wanted to Wear All the Clothes and Sleep with the Hero, even though I would look Terrible Doing Both: New In Town. I have had a crush on Harry Connick Jr. for over a decade, easily – when I think of him I think of my freshman year of college when he released his first Christmas cd – it seemed like every store in East Lansing played that cd. Renee Zellweiger had a fantastic wardrobe in this movie.
Favorite Movie of the Year: Tell No One
Best Adaptation from a Book: Tell No One, again.
Movie I Most Wanted To Move Into and Live There Forever: Fame. I mean, really, TERRIBLE, but terrible-awesome, you know, like, if ONLY my teenage years had been like that, except without the suicide attempts and feeling like a failure at age seventeen…
Most Surprisingly Enjoyable Movie: Amelia
Movie That Made Me Long For My Youth, and How I felt When Watching Movies, As Though the whole entire wide world was Open to Me and it would be Full of Beauty and Light : Vickie Christina Barcelona
Six Categories from last year – not too terrible. Now, for this year:
Movie That Caused an Embarrassing Crying Jag in my Home Town Theater, Causing my Parents to think I am overworked and overtired: The Blind Side – seriously, could not stop crying during this movie. It made me want to adopt every single kid I could. I cannot stand the thought of disadvantaged children…it makes my heart hurt so much I often skip reading articles in the paper about it. I cried more during this movie than not.
Movie that Caused me to Stop Watching out of outrage at the incredible bias, and I am about as Liberal as one gets: Sicko. I think Michael Moore took it much too far in this movie, putting out a lot of misinformation and doing a disservice to the people working in health care who are trying to fix the massive fuckup that is the industry.
Best Documentary: A tie between Shut Up and Sing and Inside Deep Throat..Shut Up and Sing chronicles the fallout the Dixie Chicks exerienced after their London show where they criticized President Bush, and Inside Deep Throat chronicles the lives of the actors, producers and directors of Deep Throat, the porn movie. My friend J. recommended this to me and it is a FASCINATING look at 1970s culture.
Movie that Seems Unanimously Loved by EVERYONE but I found firstly boring and secondly, creepy: Wall-E.
Movie That Just Seemed So Freaking Weird, Compared to the Book it was Based On: Julie and Julia. Okay, I know – I know – Meryl Streep rocked this out. I AGREE, people – she was amazing. But truly, this would have been a better movie if had just been based off of Julia Child’s memoir and not included Julia Powell in any way. First of all, they sanitized Julia Powell’s character way too much – the casting of Amy Andrews was just weird. It cracks me up that everyone is traumatized by Powell’s latest book detailing her affair because if you had read her book instead of just seen the movie you would KNOW that Powell is terribly, horribly flawed. Like all of us. Also, the Julia Child hero-worship in the movie was highly exaggerated (I think), and, well, stupid. BUT. I loved loved loved the parts with Meryl Streep. She was amazing, the setting was wonderful – is there any better actress in the world than Meryl Streep? I can’t think of one.
That’s it for movie roundup, 2009 – no resolutions in terms of movie watching for 2010. I just hope to see a lot of good films.