For Reels 2009

Based on a five-heart rating system, the best movies I watched (for the first time) in 2009 were:

Bridge to Terabithia
Hard Candy
Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity
The Orphanage
Rachel Getting Married*
Slumdog Millionaire
Walk the Line
The Wrestler*

Absolute favorites of the year are starred.

WORST movie of the year? Shrooms.

And all movies watched, in alphabetical order:

2LDK (2003) ♥♥1/2
Roommates fight to the death after one uses the other's shampoo without asking. In a nutshell.

Baby Mama (2008) ♥♥♥
Pretty much what you'd expect, plus one cheesy ending.

Boiler Room (2000)
What's the catchy phrase for a dudes' movie? Like, instead of "chick flick"?

Bride Wars (2009)
I think they cast a blond and a brunette because the characters were otherwise so unmemorable.

Bridge to Terabithia (2007) ♥♥
Lovely retelling of the book, in spite of Leslie's portrayal as the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Dan in Real Life (2007)
Kind of odd pacing, but surprisingly thoughtful.

Dirty Deeds (2005) ♥♥
Extremely silly teen comedy, with Milo Ventimiglia and Lacey Chabert.

Fatal Attraction (1987) ♥♥♥1/2
Whoa. So much OMG.

The Hangover (2009)
More entertaining than I would have expected.

Hard Candy (2005) ♥♥♥
Super provocative. Also, the dude behind the counter said, "it's hard to watch if you're a guy."

Hideous Kinky (1998) ♥♥♥
Wandering and melancholy. Kate Winslet's first movie after Titanic.

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

Really not good, yet somehow entertaining.

In the Land of Women (2007)
Just for Adam Brody and/or Meg Ryan fans. (Kinda doubt the overlap there...)

Les Poupees Russes / Russian Dolls (2005)
Sequel to L'Auberge Espanole, aka The Spanish Apartment.

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (2002)
The power of little girls and love potions. Excellent.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Saw it with summer camp kids. Best part was realizing one of the voices belonged to Sacha Baron Cohen.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Cute and funny. My favorite part, though, was Delysia's glam apartment.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
I already knew I loved Mr. Cera—thumbs up for Ms. K Dennings, too!

Okie Noodling (2001)
Documentary about fishermen who do it without a rod and reel. Dudes are crazy.

The Orphanage (2007)
Imaginary friends have never been this creepy.

Paris, Je T'aime (2006)
Short films leave so much unsaid, but this has some goodies.

Penelope (2008) ♥♥♥1/2
Christina Ricci was adorable with that pig nose.

Precious (2009) ♥♥
Forced myself to the theater for this one. Heartbreaking/heartwarming.

The Princess Diaries (2001) ♥♥♥
Liked the book a whole lot better.

Quinceanera (2006) ♥♥♥
LOVED this one! Great cast & great script.

Rachel Getting Married (2008) ♥♥
Some tedious parts, but Anne Hathaway is amazing.

Who knew rodents could be likable? Cute, even.

The Road to Wellville (1994)
Generally weird. Good cast, great costumes.

Rumble Fish (1983)
Rusty James + Motorcycle Boy = LUV.

Running With Scissors (2006)
Depressing, with some funny moments mixed in.

St. Elmo's Fire (1985) ♥♥
Kind of a yawn, but I like Ally Sheedy.

Shrooms (2007)
A horror movie with unnecessary hallucinogens.

Single White Female (1992)
Awesomely 90s, but overall, it could have been better.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
Made me kind of teary-eyed, just like the first one.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) ♥♥♥
Surprised me by living up to the hype!

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
So I spent an hour and a half watching this silly movie.

Southland Tales (2006) ♥♥
To be filed under "so bad it's kind of good."

Super Size Me (2004) ♥♥
Spurlock annoys me, but man did this make me want a Big Mac.

Teeth (2007) ♥♥♥1/2
If you don't know what this is about, look it up.

Twilight (2008) ♥♥
Pretty much what I was expecting. Excited for the next one!

Valley Girl (1983) ♥♥1/2
Totally. Tublar.

Volver (2006) ♥♥♥
Penelope Cruz is A1 in this surprising story about mothers and daughters.

Walk the Line (2005) ♥♥♥
Please, Joaquin, don't quit acting. I like you.

Wilby Wonderful (2004)
Sandra Oh + Ellen Page + Canada + "Quirkiness" = liked it.

The Wrestler (2008) ♥♥
Gory and a bummer, but I loved it.

Ratings out of 5 hearts
♥ = did not like it
♥ = it was okay
♥ = liked it
♥ = really liked it
♥ = it was AWESOME