DON­ALD CLARKE’S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2009

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Review 2009 -

1. Let the Right One In/ Låt den rätte komma in

One of the great­est of all vam­pire films, To­mas Al­fred­son’s de­fi­antly grubby drama dares the viewer to wish for aw­ful things to hap­pen to chil­dren.

2. The White Rib­bon/ Das Weiße Band

More scary chil­dren. With his monochrome study of ru­ral life in pre-first World War Ger­many, Michael Haneke con­firms his sta­tus as a con­tem­po­rary mas­ter.

3. A Se­ri­ous Man

The Coen broth­ers’ mor­dant wit and ni­hilis­tic phi­los­o­phy com­bined in their re­lo­ca­tion of the Book of Job to 1960s Min­nesota.

4. Up

Though slightly less tech­ni­cally daz­zling than Wall-E, this was, per­haps, even more mov­ing.

5. Il Divo

Paolo Sor­rentino adds sub­stance to style as he looks at the life of for­mer Ital­ian prime min­is­ter Gi­ulio An­dreotti.

6. Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Is there any way of sum­maris­ing this funny, mov­ing doc­u­men­tary without men­tion­ing Spinal Tap? No.

7. Moon

Dun­can Jones nods to­wards sci-fi clas­sics with a tale of life on a di­lap­i­dated moon­base.

8. The Wrestler

Both Dar­ren Aronof­sky and Mickey Rourke needed (and de­served) come­backs. They got them.

9. District 9

Fock! Catch­phrase of the year. Neill Blomkamp’s alien-in­va­sion thriller con­firmed the rude health of sci-fi.

10. Tales from the Golden Age/Amintiri din Epoca de Aur

Find­ing com­edy in life in Ceaus­escu’s Ro­ma­nia?

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