2. Inglourious Basterds
– I just raved about this one yesterday
, so I won’t risk repeating myself beyond saying this movie is the culmination of everything we’ve seen from Quentin Tarantino up until this point. Just great stuff.1. District 9
– It’s very rare that I get myself this excited about a movie before its release (and I really was dying to see this thing, to the point where I got irritated with all the ads about two weeks before it opened; I just wanted to see
it already) and am not let down. But Neill Blomkamp’s mind-blowing announcement to the movie world that there’s a new genius filmmaker in the house actually went so far past my expectations that I still can’t believe it. And it’s even rarer that a movie I’m so blown away by – especially such a legitimately strange one like this one – is actually a big hit at the box office, but District 9
not only blew my geeky mind, it gave me renewed faith in movie-going humanity. Not only one of the best movies of the year, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.