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Best Of 2009

CJ

Titus Andronicus - The Airing of Grievances
Rip roaring

The XX - XX
A late entry

John Frusciante - The Empyrean
Mr prolific returns

Doom - Born Like This
Quality in a struggling genre

Ian Brown - My Way
Despite his pedestrian lyrics still doing his own thing well.

Gig of the year (didn't go to enough)
Micah P Hinson - Zaragoza, Spain 

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Great 90s blockbuster, with Harrison Ford carrying the movie on top finger-wagging form.


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Demolition

Accomplished character piece. Almost stretches itself a bit thin, but it's stylish enough to transcend.


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Garden State

Dated indie classic that uses music to create pseudo-sentimental highs of little real substance.


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Supersonic

Engaging, nostalgic doc which meanders through the rise and rise of 1995’s greatest band ever.


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Quintessential Gus Van Zant. Great art direction, acting and photography. Possibly better with age.


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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Confident indie comedy-thriller that pitches itself perfectly.


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Still Life

Thoughtful character study, with Eddie Marsan standing up for those who slip through the cracks.


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The Lego Batman Movie

Brutally fast paced meta-fest, backed up by the most sensible bat-plot for a long time.


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Money Monster

Tenuous financial hostage thriller, that doesn't add up to the sum of its parts.


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Green Room

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Lethal Weapon

Potentially forgettable buddy cop pic, elevated by a killer script and live wire performances.

Halliwell says: Extremely violent policier which caters to the Rambo crowd but has enough pizazz to recommend it to most classes.*


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Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Accomplished, charming NZ indie comedy that wears its influences well.


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Inspiring doc about the kids remaking Raiders over 7 summers.


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Inspiring reminder of the sheer volume of trail blazing laid down by The Beatles.


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The Goonies

Seminal kids movie that I underrated in '85. Shot with an easy pace, until the free-swim at the end.

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A Bigger Splash

Glacially paced, pretentious arthouse fluff, that fritters away a potentially interesting set up.


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Our Kind of Traitor

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Small scale period drama, anchored around strong central performances.


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Extended super hero punch up, not dissimilar to the news man brawls of 'Anchorman'.


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The Jungle Book

Seamless CGI remake, lacking in humour and executed with the seriousness of LOTR or Apocalypse Now.


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When Harry Met Sally

Text-book rom-com that rebooted the genre and set the template for the next 3 decades.

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Decent enough animated parable from Disney. Lacking the usual emotional Pixar punch.


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Second viewing and it's still holding together well. The third act is incredible.


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Impeccable world building and a nail biting finale mark a solid expansion of the universe.


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Solid Cold War drama. Unfortunately lacking the impact of both Spielberg and Hanks' best.


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Midnight Special

From 3 minutes in this was the best film I've seen in ages. Nostalgic indie sci-fi.


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Arkward and occasionally hilarious Duplass-esque LA comedy. And only 75m long.


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Spotlight

Worthy, watertight journo movie. Full of great performances, but staying well between the lines.


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The Magnificent Seven

A classic story and allstar cast, but John Sturges' vintage western seems slow and dated now.

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Beard-heavy special ops bloodbath, with more than a passing nod to the equally impartial Black Hawk Down.


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Pretty standard music promo from Nick Cave - extended to feature, executed with superior style.


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