Brandon’s Favorite New Movies in Theaters, 2009

1. The Beaches of Agnès (Agnès Varda)
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
3. A Serious Man (Coen bros.)
4. Up (Pete Docter)
5. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
6. In the Loop (Armando Iannucci)
7. The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
8. Che (Steven Soderbergh)
9. Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
10. Coraline (Henry Selick)

Each of the runners-up was great at something, but maybe not at everything:
Africa Paradise, Moon, District 9, Inglorious Basterds, Goodbye Solo and Antichrist

The Dark Knight Award, given to a movie which everyone else must have been tripping while they watched and raved because I can’t see what’s so great about it, is hereby presented to the Star Trek remake.

And the annual WTF Awards, given to movies I’d heard I was supposed like but I can’t see why, is presented to Jia Zhang-Ke for the double-whammy of Dong and Still Life.