Terminator: Salvation – Passable summer nonsense, although the series’ timeline and, well, point – never all that clear – have been ground into mush by the needs of sequelization. Sam Worthington proves that not all Australians can break off the accent like Hugh Jackman or Eric Bana (whose breakout role in Chopper I’m watching right now).
Up – A tear-jerker within the first 10 minutes, a sad and beautiful package of love stories that, alas, like Wall-E, devolves into an actionfest in the final act. But it does pass the “haunting” test – I am thinking about it days later.
The Brothers Bloom – Aaaand here’s one that fails the test. Rian Johnson’s followup to Brick plays a similar trick, placing a troupe of eccentric genre characters (with eccentric genre dialogue) in a modern setting, although the bleached suburbs have been replaced by a world tour of sexy spy locales. Frothy, cute, although it really fails to justify its final 20 minutes (the romance that we care about has been dealt with beforehand).
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Really, just a total piece of shit.
Kung Fu Panda – A kids’ movie that understands what kids want – to be treated like adults and get spoiled with big dumb action scenes. Trite, but good at what it’s supposed to be good at.
Star Trek – I haven’t enjoyed the revisionism that casts this as the only good piece of Star Trek-iana, but I’m on the bandwagon. Solid action movie with fantastic acting, especially from Simon Pegg.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil – The best movie of the year thus far.
The Hangover – The most 1980s-y movie of 2009.
Yi Yi – A masterpiece, the best movie Robert Altman never made.