What we’re watching: Favorite flicks of 2009


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.

Reader Comments

  1. Picking on poor Sam! Just because he won the pie! 😀

    I can’t believe how few movies I’ve seen this year – I used to average one per day! Of the few I’ve seen, the only ones I’d really describe as good were Star Trek and Avatar. I still clearly need to see Up, Moon, District 9, Coraline and Inglourious Basterds.

    Watchmen, Drag Me To Hell, and Terminator Salvation had the courtesy not to suck – which is probably more than can be said for the Twilight Sequel. That wasn’t a comedy, right?

  2. Favorites for me this year have been:

    District 9- Excellent story and super smooth flow into a sequel.

    Terminator Salvation- Exciting new direction but would have been nice if it was just a bit more horrific depicting things like survivors being hunted down in the ruins and butchered in the most gory of ways. I was expecting a gore fest in the detention camps with harvesters grinding the prisoners into mush then showing the manufacturing process of the cyborg skin and muscles etc. Will be interesting to see if Markus is really the original Terminator from the previous movies played by Arnold.

    Blind Side was a feel good movie and brought up some interesting ethical questions.

  3. District 9 definitely held my winner. Up was wonderful, and the Vampire’s Assistant was pretty good too. I think that’s all I’ve seen.