2009 in Pictures

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From the start, the 2009 forecast seemed a little CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, but when AMELIA took us flying UP IN THE AIR, past the blinding WHITEOUT,  we could see  A NEW MOON. A BRIGHT STAR rose above the horizon of the RED CLIFF and we found ourselves on THE ROAD to some PRECIOUS moments in film. Those INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS saved us from the claws of WOLVERINE…he even tried to DRAG ME TO HELL! The night WATCHMEN kept a close eye on us as we spent a second NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM,  saw  the DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS, and another ICE AGE.  We became ASTRO BOY, rocketed off  to PLANET 51, and witnessed the epic  MONSTERS vs. ALIENS battle.  Some were slyly  introduced to THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX,  many cheered  as both PONYO and CORALINE attempted to save  their families and the world, and we sailed with Max  “through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to  WHERE THE WILD  THINGS ARE.”

Once the 500 DAYS OF SUMMER ended, we escaped the vast  ZOMBIELAND of  the theaters, but how would we explain THE HANGOVER we had from the long STAR TREK past the MOON?  We were caught between THE INVENTION OF LYING and trapped inside THE HURT LOCKER.  In 2009, Johnny Depp and his gang were made PUBLIC ENEMIES and Russell Crowe  found himself  in a STATE OF PLAY. We liked that SHERLOCK HOLMES was not A SERIOUS MAN, but rejected that JENNIFER’S BODY was filled with  A CRAZY, INKHEART.  Holmes certainly would have found the  NINE clues in DISTRICT 9 including THE LOVELY BONES of  the doll 9.

We were scared by all THE PARANORMAL ACTIVITY at the box office  when The FALLEN sought his REVENGE as  TRANSFORMERS 2 became the top-grossing movie of 2009.  Hoping that he would think outside THE BOX, we saw no SALVATION from McG’s TERMINATOR and  KNOWING that 2012 would be the end of the world,  a plethora of FUNNY PEOPLE  went in droves to  another Emmerich apocalyptic film.  Sadly the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, gave us one last brilliant  performance and told the world THIS IS IT.

Once again, Clint Eastwood declared, “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul,” with his INVICTUS and this time, James Cameron became “king of  a brave new  world”  and amazed us with AVATAR. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE crowned A YOUNG VICTORIA, COCO FOR CHANEL dressed A SINGLE MAN, JULIE & JULIA cooked UP a feast, and THE INFORMANT was needed to rat out BRUNO. On the gossip front, did I mention what happened between ME AND ORSON WELLES? No? Or DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? Really? Neither did we.

With  many  A  CHRISTMAS CAROLing  finished and a new YEAR ONE around the corner,  AWAY WE GO with  a video from Zack Young  on “2009: At The Movies.” Love em or hate em, 2009 was certainly AN EDUCATION.

Source: ThompsonOnHollywood

Huge passion for film scores, Lives for the Academy Awards, Loves movie trailers.


  1. Sheryl Zane

    December 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    The year's best-kept secret? "Astro Boy" was one of the best animated family films of the year. Actually, my kids think it's THE best; as for me, I'd say it's comparable to "Up' and "Ponyo" for sheer entertainment value, plus heart and just plain fun. Wish Hollywood would make more movies like it; I'd take my kids to the movies more often.

  2. tdin

    December 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Where was New Moon?

  3. melissa

    December 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Pretty clever!
    and to tdin – New Moon is in the first sentence! how could you miss that?

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