1. Cold Souls - Whitney caught this at Sundance last year and loved it. Paul Giamatti is the bomb-diggity. In this movie, he plays his bomb-diggity self as he discovers a company that will allow him to remove his soul in order to act better. I'd always assumed that actors of that caliber (Giamatti, Bridges, Brando, Morita) had already sold their souls to the devil. How else can you explain the inexplicable quality of Sideways? The DVD for Souls doesn't come out for a couple more weeks so my Top 10 list might have to wait until then. Or not.
2. Moon - Not only did Whitney get to see this at Sundance but she got quoted on the motherfreakin' trailer! "A rare gem of the sci-fi genre" was her out-of-context ticket to fame. It's been months and months since she first told me how great this was and what's worse is that the DVD is sitting by our TV right now...and I still haven't watched it. I keep telling myself "this week," "okay, this week," "I'll definitely make time next week." And now, it's gotten to the point where I have to bear my sins onto the world and admit that I still haven't seen Sam Rockwell deliver two or three of the year's most unsung performances.
3. Black Dynamite - I don't see what I wouldn't like about Black Dynamite. It's a throwback to one America's most interesting film movements. It's got sex, drugs, and kung-fu. It's got $5,000 cars and $100 suits. Afros, honkies, and a guarantee to "put my ass in traction." I don't know what that means but I'm pretty sure I want it to happen to me. And if the advertised "Cinemaphonic Quadrovision" isn't available on the DVD, I'm going to have to plan a road trip to the nation's closest Cinemaphone Quadrovision-enabled megaplex.
4. Ponyo - I don't think Ponyo's going to make the list. Don't get me wrong, I respect the hell out of Hayao Miyazaki but my current list has Anvil: The Story of Anvil holding the Number Ten spot. I just don't see Japan's magic goldfish story knocking that great doc off the list. As far as the other movies mentioned here, we'll see. Cold Souls looks off the hook. Moon seems pretty fly itself. And Black Dynamite has made some guarantees regarding my ass. Anvil's chances are looking pretty slim but it probably won't be Ponyo that knocks it off. But I still really want to see this and based off of the director's other work, I shan't be disappointed.
5. The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Have you all seen the "Wes Anderson's Spider-Man" video?" Everything it parodies is exactly what I want to see in this movie. I know it's just like his other stuff. That's what I'll be paying for. Stop-motion animation, a Roald Dahl adaptation, and every Anderson cliche money can buy. I want the hip soundtrack, the dry humor, the all-star cast. If these are all there, then this is all I want.
What are YOUR TOP 5 STILL HAVEN'T SEEN IT movies of 2009?