It's that time of year. Christmas...ho ho hum. I'm in the middle of baking cookies. We've just lost a family member to a battle with cancer and I really don't know what else to do with myself!
Blogging and baking...seemed like a good idea at the time...a good distraction at the very least.
I missed out on doing a blog about Xmas movies but read my last one from 2007...it's pretty much the same. I have to add Elf to my honorable mentions this year. It's been 6 years since it came out and I still think about it every year. Zoey D is just the bees. I was also reminded of All I Want for Christmas (1991) with a little innocent Thora Birch. There is a great duet of "Baby it's Cold Outside" in the film and would you believe it? I can't find it on Youtube!
Finally I just wanted to jot down some of the films I saw that were more remarkable from this year. Unfortunately after reading The Village Voice critic's poll of the best films of 2009 I realised there are a heck of a lot of movies I haven't seen yet, a painful realisation. I also realise we still have a few releases left this year, not the least of which is Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones.
My fave films of 2009 were: Avatar, Up, District 9, The Hangover, Ponyo, Zombieland, 500 Days of Summer (Zoe again!), Star Trek and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few. Biggest let downs had to be Julie & Julia, Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and Departures. They all had so much potential but did not live up to it. Movies I should have seen include The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Knowing, Precious, Up in the Air (not out in Australia yet), Funny People, A Serious Man, "9", Where the Wild Things Are, The Fantastic Mr Fox (also not out yet), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (again, not here yet), Coraline, Trucker, Moon (where are all these movies *frustration*), Drag Me to Hell...about a zillion others.
If there are any movies I didn't mention here that you feel I should check out, please let me know in the comments.
Here's to 2010. Let it not be as soul suckingly dismal as 2009. Hey, at least we had a schmorgasboard of great films to choose from this year. Hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season whoever you are, wherever you're from. Make sure you tell your loved ones how you feel and don't waste another second.