Let’s go to the movies

Perhaps, “Let’s Netflix some movies” is a better song to sing since I can’t drive for another 10 days. 

It’s killing me people.  Not being able to drive is about as annoying as not being able to take a bath.  Lord knows I know what THAT feels like too!  Fingers crossed that tomorrow my doctor will let me get the stitches wet and I can live a normal bubble bath – filled life again.  PLEASE DR. MOSELY!  IF YOU ARE READING THIS…HELP A PATIENT OUT AND LET HER SET FIRE TO THE BOX OF TRASH BAGS AND HOT PINK DUCT TAPE THAT CURRENTLY RESIDES ON HER TOILET TANK TOP.  MY LEG NEEDS WATER.  LOVE YA LIKE A GOOD DOCTOR, BUT YOUR INITIALS ON MY KNEE CAP HAVE GOT TO GO SOON!

I’m a bit touchy with the knee today.  Can you tell? 

But I’m off topic.

As I sat at my desk earlier, I decided it would be a good time to write about my favorite movies of 2009.  So I did what any normal human would do and Googled a list of movies that debuted this year. 

Dear reader, I am an avid movie goer.  Working sort of “in” the business at my previous job, I had passes and tickets to anything and everything and some films I never thought about seeing on the big screen.  But something happened in 2009. 

I barely saw any movies.  

Of course, I saw the ones that deemed worthy of a big, huge, gigantic, red circle on my calendar:

1.  New Moon:  I might have mentioned my love for a certain werewolf once or twice here, here, here and here.


2.  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince introduced me to my new crush

3.  The world wide interweb joined me with my infatuation of Captain James T. Kirk.  (hubba hubba)

I also saw He’s Just Not That In To You and 17 Again and The Proposal.  They were good. 

Of course, you can’t win them all.  There were plenty of “meh” moments in the theater with Ugly Truth, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.  I flat out hid under the theater cushion during The Hangover as American Idol Guest Blogger Kyle literally…I mean LITERALLY…rolled in hysterics for most of the movie. 


And then there was Fame.  Oh Fame.  I had such high hopes for you.  And your soundtrack.  Definitely the biggest disappointment of 2009.

My point?  I’m getting there.

As I sifted through the movies of 2009 to remember the ones I’ve seen, the BIGGER question that came to mind was:

How in the world did I miss seeing some of these movies?  And how have I still not seen some of the ones that were on my radar MONTHS ago?

Get ready.  I’m going to break it down for you.  In no particular order, these include:

Movie:  The Blind Side

To my defense, a Christmas program dominated most of my December.  And immediately following the Christmas play, I had knee surgery that hindered me from thinking straight.  Ironically, I have to walk in a straight leg brace.  But I will see it because I hear it is amazing.

Movie:  Julie and Julia

I love Meryl Streep.  And I adore Amy Adams.  And I thought Julia Childs was a hoot!  Why did I never see this movie?  All of the facts are there in black and white.  It’s a mystery.

Movie:  Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Hello!  I’m a huge MJ fan.  Even worse, I heard it was amazing!  Even worse than that, about 15 people told me I should see it and another 15 were mortified that I had not seen it.  What was I doing that month?  Where was my head? 

Movie:  Up

Okay.  I sort of have a defense for this one.  Someone, or several ones, told me it was sad.  And I can’t stand leaving a movie theater sad or feeling yucky as a result of what I just spent money to entertain my brain.  I’m going to need your wisdom Beaners.

Movie:  Night at the Museum 2

See above for my love of Amy Adams.  And I thoroughly enjoyed the first one.  And I remember being excited about the second one.  I’m almost positive I had no idea it came out.  Sort of like how I missed when GI Joe came out.  Did it come out?  I’m off topic again…

Movie:  Whip It

I lived in roller skates from the ages of seven to 12.  This is not an exaggeration.  One of my Mom’s favorite pictures of me is roller skating around the pool (safe, huh?) with my “I’m a Pepper” t-shirt and knee socks.  Some kids got chocolate bunnies and boiled eggs for Easter?  My sister and I scored new roller skates ever year.  Why I would miss a movie about roller derby is beyond me.  I’m in total shock.

Movie:  500 Days of Summer

I heard it was good.  I heard it was great!  I never saw it.  Why?  I don’t know.

Movie:  X-Men Origins




I’m quite confident that I had to be on CRACK to not know two of my favorite crushes were in this movie.  Seriously. 

And now that the holiday movie season has hit, there are other shows that have crept up on the radar:

Movie:  Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law?  Please and thank you.

Movie:  It’s Complicated

I heard it wasn’t complicated at all.  I heard it was fabulous.

Movie:  Nine

I love a good movie musical.  But it debuted at number eight.  That can’t be a good sign.  Anyone? 

Movie:  Avatar

I’m including this one because I don’t want a million emails telling me to go see this show.  I have no interest.  I’m sorry, but I don’t.  The blue people remind me of Jar Jar Binks and he drove me bananas.  Why couldn’t the main dude (clearly an actor in the running for 2010 movie crush) look like himself? 

Sam Worthington attends The Edmont Society Affair: A Benefit for Readers & Writers at The Friars Club on October 27, 2008 in New York City.

Now there’s a movie I’d see in a heart beat.

I need your help.  Steer me in the right direction dear readers.  Help me to decide what is a “must go see now” or “must Netflix now” or “don’t waste your time” because I’m overwhelmed at my choices.

And are there any I left out that you feel were worth mentioning?

You did a great job on the Christmas movie conundrum.  Let’s hear your voices on this one!  HAVE AT IT!

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December 30, 2009 4:22 pm

“Julie and Julia” must netflix now
“The Blind Side” must go see now
“Up” was okay…no hurry on this one. Netflix if you are babysitting and need a kid friendly movie and can’t come up with a better option.

Some others not mentioned:

“Confessions of a Shopaholic” Loved it, must netflix now
“New in Town” must netflix

December 30, 2009 4:28 pm

I, like you, feel there are too many great movies out to see. BUT I have seen a couple and I must say. Go see Blind Side. It is a feel good movie and you need some cheer. Tell the theater you are handicap make you give them a seat to where you can prop up your leg.

I say that… because I have done it. I am almost as lucky with you. 27 and 3 knee surgeries….one ACL a leg and a cartlige.

Tell us what you think of the movies you end up seeing (I saw Sherlock and enjoyed it but you will be on the edge of your seat and I dont want you to fall off….if you like Angels and Demons you would like this…and the actors are amazing).

Hope you can bathe soon! I know the feeling…ALL TOO WELL! (Of course the day I could finally bathe I had a hot medical student in with the doc and more leg hair than I cared to show him…)

December 30, 2009 4:47 pm

Definitely check out “Up”…it has sad parts, but you won’t leave feeling sad. It’s actually quite funny!
500 Days of Summer was good, but I think it might be one that, if you go into it with real high expectations, you might be disspointed…but you should see it for sure.
Also, I saw X-Men Origins (totally not my type of movie) and surprisingly really enjoyed it.

December 30, 2009 5:02 pm

I would totally encourage you and all the Beaners to see Whip It! I had to work hard to see it (theater cancelled its showing for a film festival and friends’ schedules), and it is was totally worth it. It’s a fun movie that has made me want to go to our local roller derby. Who doesn’t love Drew and Ellen? Put this at the top of your Netflix lists and have a girls’ night to watch it! And, it will make you wish you still had some of your old Girl Scout uniform.

Billie Jean
December 30, 2009 5:37 pm

“Up” is only sad the first 10 minutes, then it gets hillarious! All I’m saying is “the dogs” ! LOL Even more funny since watching it Christmas night 2 days after our dog had surgery and was at the time wearing one of the big satalite collars. It’s very cute – watch it!

December 30, 2009 6:02 pm

Definately Netflix Julie and Julia – Love this movie. The Julia Childs side of the story makes the movie. Meryl Streep is wonderful.

Up is a really cute movie and only sad for a few minutes in the beginning.

I was not enthusiastic about seeing Avatar on Christmas day, I was REALLY wanted to see Sherlock Holmes. But I lost the toss and I’m the only girl in the family. But shouldn’t Mom’s vote count times 10? Anyway. If you have nothing better to see, I definately recommend seeing this movie in 3D. The movie itself is okay but the 3D is really amazing.

December 30, 2009 6:16 pm

We haven’t been able to get out much. But the one time I ventured out with my son was to see Up! Don’t…I had to hide my tears from him. It’s very sweet, still many funny moments, but I literally couldn’t get a grip during it. I would have much preferred to hide my hysterical ugly cry in the privacy of my own home! So is it a good movie and a must-see? Yes. Do you want to be sure to watch it with no one around? Yes. Will it remind you of some good life-lessons? Yes.

Hope the healing keeps up and I’m crossing my fingers for bath success!!

December 30, 2009 6:19 pm

First of all Lincee, my sister and I had a conversation about “Up” the other day, and she said the beginning is sad, but the movie is really good. Second of all, HELLO, anyone else seen “Brothers”? JAKE GYLLENHAL? YUM! It was a great movie. A bit heavy, but very interesting. I have no interest in seeing Avatar, but keep hearing great things. Heard Jim Carrey’s Christmas Story movie was awesome, but a little scary for the youngins.I keep hearing good things about 500 days too, and it’s on my OnDemand… must watch. On the bright side, Jake’s train wreck starts Monday!

December 30, 2009 7:03 pm

I can’t comment on too many movies due to the fact that I had a baby last Dec, therefore an infant and toddler at home = not too many date nights to see movies. I’m way way behind and plan on hitting some serious Red Box soon. HOWEVER. My sweet hubby did take me out to see This Is It. I love MJ to my very core. And he CERTAINLY did not disappoint. Cried 3 times, not due to really to sadness (other than he is gone and that is wrong in every sense of the word), but due to AWE. He rocks. Not ONCE in the movie is he singing in full voice or dancing full-out, so it hit me a few times how robbed we are that no one got to see that show for real. But even still, it’s amazing. I’ll shut up now, but from one HUGE MJ fan to another…. See. That. Movie.

December 30, 2009 9:17 pm

Go see The Blind Side and It’s complicated as soon as you possibly can.
Netflix New in Town.

December 30, 2009 9:51 pm

I finally saw 500 Days of Summer last week and I absolutely loved it. Hadn’t heard much about it before. Definitely see Blind Side too. Another movie getting lots of buzz is Invictus…but I could barely stay awake during it. And speaking of disappointments, I couldn’t agree more about FAME. Such a let down.

December 30, 2009 10:14 pm

single mom here to 2 small children, don’t get to see many movies–but I am soooooo wanting to see Precious. I love stories of underdogs. I also soooooo want to see The Blind Side–another underdog story–for many reasons but one is that my coach, Nick Saban, is in it!!! Yum-o! Roll Tide Roll!

December 30, 2009 10:50 pm

I forgot that Riggins is in that X-men movie. I might just have to rent it and fast forward through the non-Riggins and Ryan Reynolds parts.
I also love Amy Adams and can’t wait to see the movie Leap Year, coming out in January. Julie & Julia is next on my netflix list.
Definitely rent Up, the sad part will make you cry, but it’s very touching. The rest of the movie is good… cute & funny.
I didn’t like 500 days of summer that much, it was okay, but I didn’t love. But if you do rent it, you will enjoy a great sing and dance number! That was my favorite part.
I feel the same way about Avatar – no interest!
I want to see Sherlock Holmes just for Jude Law. “Please and thank you” – LOL
Least fav movie of the year – Angels and Demons. Favorite movie of the year – Adventureland. I loved it… great movie, 80s music soundtrack AND Ryan Reynolds is in it!!!! Definitely put it on your netflix list if you haven’t seen it yet.
The next movie I really want to see in the theaters is Up in the Air with George Clooney – heard it’s really good. Hope your knee heels up okay and you are able to take a bath soon! Happy new year… looking forward to the Bachelor recaps!

December 30, 2009 11:44 pm

loved blind side and julie julia

December 31, 2009 12:13 am

As of right now, I can only speak to The Blind Side…as I just wen to see it finally today. and I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. I’m not a crier, and it had my leaking a few tears of joy. Just a fabulous story. So good to watch it play out and know that it’s true.

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