2009 was an abnormal year of movie-watching for me. I attended very few festival screenings and probably saw a lot more mainstream films than usual. I saw a lot of movies that I liked just fine, but didn't LOVE. Of what I saw, in no particular order, these were the stand-outs, the movies that made the greatest impression on me, and I did love these.
TREELESS MOUNTAIN (So Yong Kim)
SILENT LIGHT (Carlos Reygadas)
SIN NOMBRE (Cary Fukunaga)
MUNYURANGABO (Lee Issac Chung)
PRECIOUS (Lee Daniels)
SITA SINGS THE BLUES (Nina Paley)
ANTICHRIST(Lars von Trier)
SLEEP DEALER (Alex Rivera)
SACRED PLACES (Jean-Marie Téno)
BRIGHT STAR (Jane Campion)
FOOD, INC. (Robert Kenner)
I must admit, I put forth this list without considering several films that I suspect I will like and have yet to see, including: Beaches of Agnes, Broken Embraces, Hurt Locker, Milk of Sorrow, White Ribbon, Tokyo Sonata, Goodbye Solo, Julia, Up, Hunger and Lorna's Silence.
Clearly, I have a lot more viewing to do!
I'll expand on these in a film blog that Jenn and I are starting, coming soon...