Movies of the year

December 10, 2009
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This year, an enterprising group of local writers formed the Indiana Film Journalists Association. Founded "to promote quality film criticism in the Hoosier State," it includes Ed Johnson-Ott of Nuvo, Matthew Socey, host of WFYI's Film Soceyology, Joe Shearer of, freelance critic and blogger Christopher Lloyd and others, including yours truly.

Tonight, we get together to hash out our picks for the year's Best Film, Best Actor/Actress, Best Director and lots more. We'll also be debating who should win the Hoosier Vision Award, celebrating an Indiana-connected person who has contributed to the art of film.

With this crew of passionate film writers, fisticuffs aren't out of the question. I expect the discussion to get fairly heated.

Although I haven't seen as many films as the other voters (and will be abstaining from some of the categories where I'm ill-prepared), I will be advocating for the likes of "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," Hal Holbrook's performance in "That Evening Sun" (yes, films screened at the Heartland Film Festival and Indianapolis International Film Festival count) and Christoph Waltz or Jackie Earle Haley, who both gave outstanding performances in botched films ("Inglourious Basterds" and "The Watchmen").

We'll be announcing our picks on or around Dec. 14.

If you were at the meeting tonight, what films and performances would you be championing?

Your thoughts?



  • eavesdropper wannabe
    Oh, man, Lou. I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall at the meeting tonight. Any chance I could crash it, if I promise to listen quietly AND promise not to write or speak or eyebrow-indicate one single word about it anywhere, ever?

    If not, I'll understand - and it's probably just as well because I was planning to spend the evening catching up with my own blogging anyway - but man, I bet that is going to be a fun and interesting meeting tonight.

    I would like to be present just to soak up the professional critic talk, if that makes sense.

    I have not seen enough movies in theatres this year to champion any title in particular, though. I will read with interest your group's picks.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Best movie categories
    Best Picture New Moon
    Best Director New Moon
    Best Actor Chris Pine Star Trek
    Best Actress Meryl Streep Julie & Julia
    Supporting Actor Quinton Aaroan Blind Side
    Supporting Actress Amy Adams Julie & Julia

    These are my picks of movies I have seen and are out as of right now. Here is my picks with movies still to come out.

    Best Picture Avatar
    Best Director Avatar
    Best Actor Robert Downey JR Sherlock Holmes
    Best Actress Rachel Mcadams Sherlock Holmes
    Supporting Actor Quinton Aaroan Blind Side
    Supporting Actress Rachel Weiz Lovely Bones

    Hope you like my two sets of picks.
  • 2009 Movies
    I saw New Moon, out of curiosity, and while I think the director did the best he could with the source material, I wouldn't nominate it for best anything.

    As I was scrolling through a list of the movies released in 2009, I realized that there weren't that many good movies out - at least in my opinion, this year. If there's an "Original Screenplay" category, I would vote District 9. It was such an original movie. It's one of the most original movies I've seen in a VERY long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Both entertaining and thought provoking. For pure entertainment - Star Trek was excellent, beginning to end. If The Wrestler can qualify, I would vote that in as a contender at least, for best movie. I've heard good things about The Hurt Locker, but haven't seen it yet. Also that Meryl's performance in Julie & Julia was fantastic, but Meryl can do no less.

    I'll look forward to your picks!

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