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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