2009 had some pretty memorable movies (well, not according to Sam Bernstein), and recently I asked folks at Zenimax HQ, BGS, id Software and Zenimax Europe to share their favorites. The list is pretty diverse, but you’ll see that sci-fi (Star Trek, Avatar, District 9, Moon) and animated features (Up, Coraline, and Fantastic Mr. Fox) were very popular. When told his unique film was a Bethesda favorite, Moon director Duncan Jones had this to say: “Bethesda rocked even BEFORE I heard that!”
Still, there’s something for everyone in the list below — other favorites include Inglourious Basterds, (500) Days of Summer, The Hurt Locker, and The Hangover. We even got a mention for She’s Just Not That Into You.
I also polled folks to determine the company’s favorite movie of the year. In a very close vote, Pixar’s Up edged out District 9 and Moon. Even Sam liked Up.
Here’s a closer look at our favorites. And coming soon to a blog near you — we’ll share our favorite games of 2009.
Nick Breckon: Up, The Hurt Locker, Moon, Inglourious Basterds, In the Loop, and District 9.
Andy Chang: 1) Black Dynamite, 2) Drag Me to Hell, 3) Avatar, 4) (500) Days of Summer, and 5) Inglourious Basterds
Michael Musick: District 9, Inglourious Basterds, Zombieland… and Dead Snow gets a “awesomely terrible” nod. There are still several I have yet to see though.
Nathan McDyer: Up, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek, Avatar, The Hangover, Drag Me to Hell, and District 9.
Matt Ponton: Toy Story & Toy Story 2 in 3D, Tokyo! (third part), Terminator Salvation, and Up. Movies I Wanted to See: Coraline, The Hangover, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Invention of Lying, Astro Boy, and Ninja Assassin
Caedmon Somers: The Hangover, 2012, and District 9.
Marisa Lyon: Coraline, Watchmen, Up, Inglourious Basterds, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Chan-wook Park’s Thirst, and Sherlock Holmes. District 9 is on the catch-up list.
Brent Krische: I really enjoyed Watchmen, Up, Star Trek, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Where The Wild Things Are, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, and He’s Just Not That Into You. However, I still need to watch at least 15 films or so that were released this year.
Sam Bernstein: 2009 was a bit of a disappointment in movies for me; I really only thoroughly enjoyed Up. Then again, I’m still catching up on a couple films from last year that I didn’t get a chance to see (Avatar, Moon, and The Road). All in all though, pretty disappointing movie year.
Jonah Lobe: Up, Avatar, Coraline, Watchmen, Moon, Hurt Locker, District 9, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Ryan Lea: Away We Go, (500) Days of Summer, Zombieland, Up, and The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Dan Ross: Star Trek, District 9, Watchmen, Up and Terminator Salvation. I still haven’t seen Sherlock Holmes or Inglorious Basterds yet… I know, I’m slacking.
Zachary Quarles: (500) Days of Summer, Avatar, Away We Go, District 9, Food Inc, The Hurt Locker, The Hangover, Moon, Star Trek, Watchmen, and Zombieland.
Mike Dulany: Moon, Inglourious Basterds, District 9, and Zombieland.
Will Noble: Moon, District 9, Up, Where the Wild Things Are, and Crazy Heart.
Jen Tonon: Black Dynamite, Drag Me to Hell, District 9, Coraline, and Ninja Assassin.
Shane Liesegang: Moon, Up, Star Trek, and Coraline.
Robert Memmott: Up, Star Trek, and Avatar.
Brett Douville, who watches too many movies: Up, (500) Days of Summer, Thirst, Inglourious Basterds, and District 9.
Matt Grandstaff: Up, Star Trek, Avatar, The Road, Corraline, Inglourious Basterds, and Ponyo. Still catching up though.
Yan Qin: Up, District 9, Avatar, 9, Star Trek, Coraline, Moon, Inglourious Basterds, The Cove, Ponyo, Watchmen, and Where The Wild Things Are.
Alistair Hatch: Avatar, Up, Sherlock Holmes, District 9, The Wrestler, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Hangover, and Gran Torino. Need to see: Hurt Locker.