The Year In Review – 2009

Special New Decade Edition!

For a proper blog post about the new year, check out

I absorbed a lot of culture in the last ten years. From my halcyon days in primary school up to my ongoing visit to Costa Rica, I have watched hundreds of films, played many hours of video games, read far too many books for my arse to be comfortable and sponged up incalculable amounts of knowledge and unshovellable amounts of bullshit.

Here is some of the best stuff I consumed. This is the cream of the cultural crop, the works of art that have stayed with me, offered thoughts that are now my own and helped to shape my very spirit. They are light, dark, clever, silly, intense, fluffy and everything beyond and in between. This is but a fraction of the good stuff, but I share it in the hope that you seek it out and enjoy or learn from it as much as I did.

Good luck and enjoy the culture you consume this decade!


Best Films of 2009:

District 9

District 9: Neil Blomkamp, South Africa

Inglorious Basterds: Quentin Tarantino, USA

Red Cliff: John Woo, China

Thirst: Park Chan-wook, Korea

Adventureland: Greg Motolla, USA

500 Days of Summer: Mark Webb, USA

The Hangover: Todd Philips, USA

Red Cliff

Best Films of the last Ten Years:

(in no real order)

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight: Christopher Nolan, USA

The Lord of the Rings: Peter Jackson, NZ

Team America: World Police: Trey Parker, USA

The Departed: Martin Scorcese, USA

The New World

Oldboy: Park Chan-wook, Korea

No Country For Old Men: Coen Brothers, USA

The New World: Terence Malick, USA

Das Leben Der Anderen: Florian Henckle Von Donnersmark, Germany

Let The Right One In

American Psycho: Mary Harron, USA

Kingdom of Heaven (Director’s Cut): Ridley Scott, UK

Sin City: Robert Rodriguez, USA

Let The Right One In: Tomas Alfredson, Sweden

Children of Men: Alfonso Cuaron, UK


Adaptation: Spike Jonze, USA

Synecdoche, New York: Charlie Kaufman, USA

Pan’s Labyrinth: Guillermo del Toro, Spain

Munich: Stephen Spielberg, USA


Syriana: Stephen Gaghan, USA

Che: Stephen Soderbergh, USA

Wall-E: Andrew Stanton, USA

Spirited Away/Howl’s Moving Castle: Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

Naqoyqatsi: Godfrey Reggio, USA

Best Video Games of 2009:

Empire: Total War

Dragon Age: Origins

Empire: Total War

Best Video Games of the Decade:

Metal Gear Solid 4

Half Life 2 & The Orange Box

Rome, Medieval II and Empire: Total War

Grand Theft Auto III & IV

Far Cry

Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 & 4

Deus Ex

Mass Effect

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Favourite Books of the Decade:

Religion & Philosophy:

The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins

God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens

The Road


The Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre


The Ancestor’s Tale – Richard Dawkins

Freakonomics – Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner



The Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett

The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

Harry Potter – JK Rowling

Graphic Novels:

Y: The Last Man – Brian K. Vaughan

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Alan Moore



Rubicon; Persian Fire; Millenium – Tom Holland

God’s War: A New History of the Crusades – Christopher Tyreman

Lincoln – David Herbert Donald

(note: most of what I read this decade wasn’t written this decade – I’ve got thousands of years  of literature to catch up on before I go all contemporary!)

Worst of Lists:

Worst Film of 2009:

Tie: Transformers 2/ Knowing

Worst Ideas of 2009:


Still Having Silvio Berlusconi Alive

Everything The US Congress Did

The Irish Blasphemy Law

Worst Fashion of 2009:

Saying ‘Fail’

Fail Fail.

Worst Fail of 2009:

Copenhagen Climate Conference

Our Constant and Ever-Expanding Failure to Mete Justice

Worst Meme of 2009:



Worst Books of the Decade:

Anything Dan Brown wrote. Spoiling the good name of Browns everywhere.

Worst Films of the Decade:

Twili… no, too easy. I get it, ladies, but forget it – we’ll never be as sexy as Edward Cullen… also we’re really not interested in someone so easily infatuated and as insecure as Bella-Bloody-Swan.

Worst Film of the Decade (for real):

Nope, it really was Twilight.

Worst Politics of the Decade:

George W. Bush

Dickhole Cheney

Silvio Berlusconi

Rupert Murdoch

Bertie Ahern

Tony Blair 2003 onwards

Worst Music of the Decade:


The Black-Eyed Peas

Limp Bizkit

Worst Director of the Decade:

Uwe Boll

Worst Actor of the Decade:

Daniel Radcliffe

Worst Liar:

Karl Rove

Worst Prank:

Click here for a better description!

Worst Person of the Decade:

Dick “Torture, Secret Prisons, Corporatist, Halliburton, Liar, Murderer, Treasonous Wretch” Cheney for his extreme corruption and evil at the highest level of Western power!

Congratulations, Dick! You get a free reincarnation as a haemorrhoidal growth on a rotting, dead torture victim in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo or Bagram Air Base! Enjoy!

Oil (left), Dick "Weapons" Cheney (centre) and Investment Banking (right) enjoy the sight of the weapon that they will shoot people with if they don't stay off their lawn.

Låt den rätte komma in


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2 responses to “The Year In Review – 2009

  1. Paul C

    Pretty much agree with almost everything on that list. By the way, just finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy, best book I’ve read in a long time. It will be interesting to see what the movie is like.

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