‘Princess’ tops TIME’s Top 10 of 2009

Posted by · 2:02 am · December 9th, 2009

The Princess and the FrogI took Richard Corliss to task yesterday for his uninspired list of the year’s Top 10 performances. Fortunately, there’s a little more individual thinking (and international flavor) to be found in his TIME list of the year’s ten best films — say what you like, but “The Princess and the Frog” is an original pick for the year’s best.

Corliss makes an emphatic point by filling his top three with animated titles, while I must commend him for shining a light on “Of Time and the City,” Terence Davies’ exquisite personal valentine to Liverpool that was my own favorite documentary of 2008.

(On an unrelated note, Miranda Lambert crops up in the magazine’s lists for both album and single of the year. So I guess we’re cool, TIME.) Corliss’s Top 10 below the cut.

1. “The Princess and the Frog”
2. “Up”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Up in the Air”
“The White Ribbon”
“A Single Man”
“Of Time and the City”
“District 9”

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  • 1 12-09-2009 at 2:41 am

    brian said...

    Thirst was great, but did it even get submitted to AMPAS this year? It might be my favorite vampire flick since Near Dark.

  • 2 12-09-2009 at 2:53 am

    Cde. said...

    Korea submitted ‘Mother’ instead.
    A wise decision, since the academy are far more likely to go for it. I also think it’s a better film.

  • 3 12-09-2009 at 3:20 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, “Mother” is terrific. I agree it’s moderately more Academy-friendly than “Thirst,” but it’s still pretty unhinged — I can’t imagine them going for it.

  • 4 12-09-2009 at 6:06 am

    James D. said...

    I didn’t like Thirst, and I was an Oldboy fan.

    Regardless, no one can say he wasn’t being himself. I guess 2009 will go down as the year in animation?

  • 5 12-09-2009 at 7:07 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    And yet strangely, no one’s talking about the real best animated film of the year.

  • 6 12-09-2009 at 7:45 am

    KBJr. said...

    No Precious?

    That’s a sham…

  • 7 12-09-2009 at 7:53 am

    Loyal said...

    I think you and I are the only two on the Mary and Max train Lodge.

    Phenomenal film. I’m still predicting in the Best Animated category to my detriment. If only enough branch members see it…

  • 8 12-09-2009 at 7:55 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Loyal: Steve Pond’s on the train with us, at least.

  • 9 12-09-2009 at 8:10 am

    Joel said...

    And I think Kris is, right, Guy? His recent Tweet about it seems to lead me to believe that.

  • 10 12-09-2009 at 8:27 am

    Chris said...

    I certainly prefer “Mary and Max” to “Up”, but I’ve got to say my favourite animated film of the year has to be “Fantastic Mr. Fox”.

  • 11 12-09-2009 at 8:46 am

    Bing147 said...

    Up is ahead of it for me but Mary and Max is still comfortably in my top 5 of the year.

  • 12 12-09-2009 at 9:25 am

    Michael said...

    I love Thirst! What a strange fun film. Definitely going to be in my top ten of the year so far. I will say that I do like Time’s top ten list of 2009, that is definitely an original list and nothing about is embarassing or cliche. I can’t wait to see Princess and The Frog this Friday to see if it lives up to past Disney masterpieces.

  • 13 12-09-2009 at 2:15 pm

    SJG said...

    So… I’m assuming we can all agree that the Academy needs to just get rid of the ill-conceived “Best Animated Feature” category so that quality animated films won’t feel the need to compete “down”, as it were, when obviously many of them can hold their own with live action films?

    Wow that was a long sentence.

  • 14 12-10-2009 at 5:34 pm

    Gopher said...

    It’s nice to see some recognition for Mr. Fox. And it’s making me anticipate Princess more.