Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Here are, ahem, my five favourite films of 2009. What are yours?

  Don’t get your hopes up, girls. 1. My Brother is a Woman. (Tom Shadyac) Pierce Brosnan, an uptight stockbroker who doesn’t have time for his children, discovers that his brother — played with full improvisational incandescence by Robin Williams …

Wed, Nov 25, 2009, 23:45

   

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Don’t get your hopes up, girls.

1. My Brother is a Woman. (Tom Shadyac)

Pierce Brosnan, an uptight stockbroker who doesn’t have time for his children, discovers that his brother — played with full improvisational incandescence by Robin Williams — has been a woman all these years. Time to go on a road trip and gain understanding.

2. Love on the Menu (Robert Luketic)

When will workaholic  chef Jenifer Aniston find love? That’s what her mildly gay neighbour — it’s Rupert Everett — would like to know. It seems very unlikely that the boorish food critic (Gerard Butler) for Butch magazine could be the right man. Then again…

3. Buckaroo (Brett Ratner)

Following on from Transformers and GI Joe, Hollywood offers us another film based on a toy. According to Ain’t It Cool.com, it took $2 billion just to animate the spring-loaded mule.

4. Le Fromage est Sous la Table (Pierre le Frou Frou)

Daniel Auteuil plays a bourgeois dilettante who becomes tired of life in middle-age and elects to go and live on some island in the centre of a lake. One day he spies a boat approaching. Can it be Juliette Binoche? Mais, oui.

5. I Haven’t got a Stitch to Wear (Miranda July)

Touching, indie comedy which finds a woman in a woolly hat (Zooey Deschanel) driving cross country with a young man (Paul Dano) who can’t decide whether to become an accountant or the bassist in a Brooklyn-based rock band.

Oh, I’m only joking. There are, however, only a few weeks to go before it’s time for the real end-of-year list. We’d  be interested to hear your movies of the year, your turkeys of the year and any other comments you may have about 2009 in cinema. The poster of the most diverting contribution could well be in line for a substantial cash prize. (It is as certain as anything in this life that the poster of the most diverting comment won’t receive a substantial cash prize or indeed anything at all, but it could happen. I mean anything could happen.) Anyway, post below and we may (really) dump your remarks in The Ticket.

Incidentally, if you are into this music malarky, go to On the Record and tell Uncle Jim what your highlights are in that area. Not that anyone gives a toss, I’ll be posting my favourite records both there and here very soon. Ooooo…

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