Movie Films (2009)

Celebrated Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert delivered the subsequent tweet to his followers in December of last year:

Because I'm a relatively frequent movie-goer who viewed a few of the films released in said "magic movie year," I have resolved to assemble several categories of utterly worthless information as a means of reflection.

Have joy.

The Films I Saw
(500) Days of Summer
17 Again
A Single Man
Adventureland
An Education
Avatar
Away We Go
Blind Side, The
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Coraline
Crazy Heart
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Food, Inc.
Funny People
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Hangover, The
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
He's Just Not That Into You
Hurt Locker, The
I Love You, Man
It's Complicated
Julie & Julia
My Sister's Keeper
Paper Heart
Proposal, The
Public Enemies
September Issue, The
Soloist, The
State of Play
Sunshine Cleaning
Taken
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Up
Up in the Air
Watchmen
Whip It
Zombieland

Total Viewing Time: 2.95 days or 70.8 hours or 4,250 minutes

Average Film Length: 112 minutes

Venue Breakdown
Theater (Standard) – 18
Home (Rental) – 17
Theater (IMAX) – 3

Total Golden Globe Nominations: 34 (10 wins)

Longest Films (Listed Longest to Shortest)
"Avatar" and "Watchmen" (162 minutes)
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (153 minutes)
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (150 minutes)
"Funny People" (146 minutes)

Shortest Films (Listed Shortest to Longest)
"Zombieland" (81 minutes)
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Paper Heart" (87 minutes)
"The September Issue" (88 minutes)
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" (90 minutes)

Animated Films: 4 ("Coraline," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Up")

Documentary Films: 2.5 ("Food, Inc.," "Paper Heart," "The September Issue")

Chick Flicks: 3 ("Confessions of a Shopaholic," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "He's Just Not That Into You,")

Science Fiction/Fantasy Films: 5 ("Avatar," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Watchmen," "Zombieland")

Biggest Money Earners (Listed Highest to Lowest)
"Avatar"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"Up"
"The Hangover"

Films I Saw More than Once: 4 ("It's Complicated," "Julie & Julia," "Up," "Up in the Air")

Films I'd Never See Again: "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Confessions of a Shopaholic"

Pleasantly Surprised: "Zombieland"

Largely Disappointed: "Public Enemies"

Well Worth $11: "A Single Man," "An Education," "Crazy Heart"

Keep the Money, I Just Want My Time Back: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

Best Soundtrack: "(500) Days of Summer"

Best Song: "The Weary Kind" by Ryan Bingham, "Crazy Heart"

Most Valuable Player: Meryl Streep ("Julie & Julia," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (voice), "It's Complicated")

Should Never Have Made the Team: The cast and crew of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

Favorite Performance by a Male Lead: Colin Firth, "A Single Man"

Favorite Performance by a Female Lead: Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

Favorite Cameo: Bill Murray, "Zombieland"

Favorite Animated Performance: Kristofferson (voiced by Eric Chase Anderson), "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

You Deserve an Oscar Nomination but You Probably Won't Get One (Male): Peter Sarsgaard, "An Education"

You Deserve an Oscar Nomination but You Probably Won't Get One (Female): Zooey Deschanel, "(500) Days of Summer" and Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"

Films I'd Liked to Own: "(500) Days of Summer," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "It's Complicated," "Zombieland"

Lines I Wish I Could Pull Off: "I want to talk about how bad you make this room look." Bad Blake, "Crazy Heart" and "I'm not great at farewells so, uh…that'll do pig. That'll do.” Tallahassee, "Zombieland"

Lines Nobody Can Pull Off: "A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn't fit, you can't exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags…" Rebecca Bloomwood, "Confessions of a Shopaholic"

Coming Attractions: "Inglourious Basterds," "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire," "Invictus," "Brothers," "The Informant"