Take note that this list is subjective and chosen by the blogger himself and not a result of any poll whatsoever. Criteria is 50% entertainment value and 50% quality [technical aspects like screenplay, cinematography, etc.] for films shown in Philippine theaters from January 1 to December 31, 2009 . Ranking order is based on my own favoritism, at no. 1 is the film i enjoyed the most this 2009.
10 BEST MOVIES OF 2009
1. AVATAR – A paraplegic soldier is brought to an alien world to take part in a conflict against the planet’s indigenous population for a valuable mineral. He is given control of an Avatar: an alien-human hybrid body that he can control with his mind, giving him the chance to walk again, and a way to infiltrate the enemy. Starring Sam Worthington, directed by James Cameron and produced by Warner Bros. Pictures.
2. UP – A 78 year old man is about to be taken away to a retirement home. But he has one last trick up his sleeve: he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away, fulfilling a lifelong dream to going to South America. But it turns out that he’s inadvertently picked up a stowaway as he goes on an adventure of a life time. Featuring the voices of Edward Asner and Jordan Nagai, produced by Disney-Pixar.
3. KIMMY DORA (KAMBAL SA KYEME) is about a rivalry between twin sisters with opposite personalities which grows hotter as they fawn over the same man. The more ruthless twin is flummoxed when her sweet naive sister appears to be winning the affection of the said man. She snaps and has her sister kidnapped, intending to take her place. Starring Eugene Domingo, Zanjoe Marudo and Dingdong Dantes, produced by Spring Films.
4. (500) DAYS OF SUMMER is a romantic dramedy about a young man who falls in love with his office’s new administrative assistant named “Summer”. The thing is, she doesn’t really believe in true love. Their relationship becomes more intimate than friendship anyway, even though he knows that everything is temporary, hoping that he can make her see something more in their relationship. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, produced by Warner Brothers Pictures.
5. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE revolves around the love life of a couple whose relationship was tested when they’re both promoted to jobs that will take them away from each other. Though their connection remains strong, the distance takes its toll on their relationship, and as their careers take them on different paths, the two are forced to reassess their priorities. Starring Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz, produced by Star Cinema.
6. I LOVE YOU, GOODBYE – Synopsis: A man marries for the second time, and his wife appears to be happy to be part of his family. But her new stepdaughter doesn’t take to her very well, and to make things worse, an old flame returns seeking to rekindle their love. Starring Gabby Concepcion, Angelica Panganiban, Derek Ramsay and Kim Chiu, directed by Laurice Guillen and produced by Star Cinema.
7. MANO PO 6: A MOTHER’S LOVE – A half-Chinese, half-Filipino mother who’s struggled most of her life to be accepted by her husband’s family tries to reconnect with a daughter she left in the care of her sister-in-law. But the daughter believes she was abandoned, and the sister-in-law has kept a grudge against her, making things a lot more complicated. Starring Sharon Cuneta, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Heart Evangelista, produced by Regal Films.
8. IN MY LIFE is a story about an aging librarian, feeling abandoned by her children who’ve all moved abroad, travels to New York to spend time with her gay son. There, she tries to start a new life while reconnecting with her son and his new lover. But just as things turn around, she finds out that her son has been keeping a secret from her. Starring Vilma Santos, John Lloyd Cruz and Luis Manzano and produced by Star Cinema.
9. DISTRICT 9 – Thirty years ago, a group of alien refugees came to Earth, the last survivors of a great disaster on their homeworld. Today, the aliens are living in a slum-like community in South Africa, as a powerful corporation seeks to gain control of their technology. A lone government agent may hold the key to saving the aliens from a grisly fate. Starring David James and Sharito Copley, produced by TriStar Pictures.
10. THE HANGOVER – A hilarious comedy about four friends who go to Las Vegas to have one last wild night before one of them gets married. They wake up in a trashed hotel room remembering nothing of the previous night, and finding that one of them is missing. The remaining three guys must reconstruct the events of the last night and find their missing friend. Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Heather Graham and Zach Galifianakis, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures.