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Thursday September 10, 2009
9 at Noon on the 10th comes in 6th
These post titles are too much fun to write. I see why newspaper headlines are often so horrible.
I saw the noon showing of 9 today. Fun film, gorgeous visuals, straightforward story, no seizure-inducing shakycam... I had a good time. My summer movie "how much fun I had at the theater" rankings for 2009 now look like this:
1. Star Trek
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
5. Inglourious Basterds6. 9
7. District 9
8. Terminator: Salvation
9. Angels & Demons
10. G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
----The Threshold of Disappointment... do not cross!----
11. Transformers: ROTF
12. Land of the Lost
13. Night at The Museum 2
The fact that 9 stands adjacent to the numeral it is rotationally equivalent to in the list above is amusing, mostly because I didn't plan it that way.
I don't have much to say about the film. The story is neat, but if it's supposed to be cautionary and richly symbolic then most of the meanings went over my head. I bet there are fascinating numerological analyses to be had. I'm not that guy, though.
Again, let me caution you about this list: it is hugely subjective and extremely dependent on my frame of mind when I went to the show, so it is in no way an indication of the relative merits of these films. Were I to make a list like that I'd have to re-order things significantly. Gamer and Terminator: Salvation would drop below the threshold and Wolverine would rise above it. Star Trek would drop below Up, and District 9 would rise a few slots.
G.I. Joe and Transformers: ROTF would stay right about where they are. And they'd fight, because that's what we're paying money for.