Best DVDs viewed in 2009

Morvern Callar / Alliance Atlantis and BBC Films in association with Film Council, Scottish Screen and Glasgow Film Fund ; directed by Lynne Ramsay ; written by Lynne Ramsay and Liana Dognini. Starring: Samantha Morton, Kathleen McDermott

The night of the hunter / United Artists, Paul Gregory Productions ; screen play by James Agee ; directed by Charles Laughton. Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Peter Graves

Ratatouille / Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film ; screenwriter and director, Brad Bird ; original story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird.

Synecdoche, New York / a Sony Pictures Classics release; written and by directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener

There will be blood / Paramount and Miramax Films present a Joanne Sellar / Ghoulardi Film Company production; written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano

WALL-E / Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film ; original story & story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter ; screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon ; directed by Andrew Stanton.

Honourable mention (also very good):
2046 / a Wong Kar Wei film.
Zodiac / directed by David Fincher. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey.
Into the wild / screenplay & directed by Sean Penn. Starring: Emile Hirsch.
4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days / a film by Cristian Mungiu. Starring: Anamaria Marinca
Venus / directed by Roger Michell. Starring: Peter O’Toole.
Sunshine / directed by Danny Boyle. Starring: Cillian Murphy.
Igby goes down / written & directed by Burr Steers. Starring: Kieran Culkin.
Five easy pieces / directed by Bob Rafelson. Starring: Jack Nicholson.

[Previously published 27 Dec. ’09 on Facebook.]


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