December 30, 2009

Best Movies and Television of 2009

Not a bad year for movies overall.  Another Pixar film, some excellent scifi, a couple of really great kid's movies.  No "There Will Be Blood," but enough entertaining fare across multiple genres to keep me satisfied.  

  1. Inglorious Basterds
  2. District 9
  3. The Hurt Locker
  4. Coraline
  5. Star Trek
  6. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
  7. Anvil:  The Story of Anvil
  8. Zombieland
  9. Up
  10. Ponyo
Haven't seen yet, but want to:  Fantastic Mr. Fox, A Serious Man, Big Fan, In the Loop, Hump Day, The Informant!, Drag Me to Hell, Food, Inc.

Overrated:  Funny People

Underrated:  Watchmen

Worst Movie of the Year:  (Tie) Transformers 2, Wolverine


A fantastic year for TV comedy.  After the writer's strike of last year, it's clear that writing staffs came back to work motivated, ambitious and creatively energized, because the dialogue and story concepts were fresh and smart. 

  1. Parks & Recreation
  2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  3. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  4. Modern Family
  5. Community
  6. Friday Night Lights
  7. Venture Brothers
  8. Flight of the Conchords
  9. Hung
  10. The Office
Most Consistent Effort:  The Daily Show

Most Underrated:  American Dad

Most Overrated:  30 Rock

Guilty Pleasures:  Kitchen Nightmares, The Soup, NFL Red Zone, Yo Gabba Gabba

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