With four possible exceptions, the year 2009 for me has been a bust. Nothing but these four items made the year worthwhile. Good fortune and good times went into hibernation; whether or not they come out of retirement in 2010 remains to be seen. I should spit on the ground, shake my fist and give a rant to all my angsts and the names to my pain.

If you don’t know me by now, you will never, ever know me.
Oooooh oooh
-Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff

So I won’t do that. Instead, this is what you get:

* For those that did me wrong? Forgiveness and peace.

* For those who I wronged. Forgive me and give me peace of mind.

* For those who still think I did them wrong yet didn’t do one lick of offense, the door is still open and we can still work things out. Peace be with you.

*If none of the above is not suffice, may God deal with both of us, and set us straight, or, at least partially crooked.

And that, in a nutshell, takes care of all the negative waves I had the misfortune to deal with, be it personal, really personal or professional. That’s all the time I give to the negatives. I could moan and groan about them all, but why bore myself, let alone those who read this.

So let’s get on to the good stuff.

    Getting my Associates Degree from Baker/June Ceremony

    Old friends from Kearsley., Ferris State and XGen coming on Facebook. (I hardly visit MySpace anymore) Two additions actually took some sting of the 2009 bad away, I won’t say who, because I don’t want anyone feeling left out. They know who they are anyway.

    It may have been seasonal, and I still may be waiting for a better paying job, but I did like working at ToysRUs for the last three months. In these times, a paycheck is a paycheck.

    I got a better car.

I would like to say 2009 was a good year for films. I really can’t. It’s been a long time since I beared witness to such a lousy year. But with all the trash, from Bride Wars to A Perfect Getaway to that awful, awful 2012, there were a some good flicks- even if those good flicks showed up on HDNet first and/or was tainted by an actor’s antics (Two Lovers) on David Letterman. Or that they showed up early in the year, being film festival favorites from the year previous. (Sunshine Cleaning and Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombres) Or released overseas before coming to the states (Taken).
District 9 was a pleasant surprise, 9 was also fairly decent, and I’ll discuss Avatar shortly in another post. The best horror-suspense film was The Orphan because everything else- mostly remakes- stunk. But by far one of the best films of the past year is no surprise. That film is Pixar’s Up. I’m not surprising a soul with that revelation. That was not only a fun movie, but a very touching one as well. The opening of the film has such power that you actually miss a character once the character leaves within a few minutes. It’s also been a long time since a talking dog cartoon had made me laugh.

The Lemon List (10 worst of 2009 in my disorder):

    Friday The 13th (remake)
    Bride Wars
    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
    The Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past
    Observe and Report
    Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
    The Perfect Getaway

Coming close: Land Of The Lost, What Goes Up, Blood: The Last Vampire. Knowing, Battle For Terra, Horsemen and Twilight: New Moon.

The top 10 films of 2009 (10 to #1)

    Sin Nombres
    The Orphan
    The Hurt Locker
    Two Lovers
    District 9
    Star Trek
    Me and Orson Welles
    Sunshine Cleaning

Coming close: The Road, 9, State Of Play, Public Enemies, 17 Again, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Taken.

Good but not great (and should have been better) : X Men Origins: Wolverine, Fired Up, Terminator Salvation, Angels & Demons, The Uninvited, My Bloody Valentine 3D and The Proposal.

Best all around actress: Amy Adams. (Sunshine Cleaning, the only reason for sitting through Night Of The Museum and Julie & Julia)

Best all around actor: Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation and Avatar)

Best supporting actor: (tie) Jackie Earl Haley (Watchmen) and Stephen Lang (Public Enemies, Avatar)

Best all around Supporting actress: Rachel McAdams (State Of Play, Time Traveler’s Wife and Sherlock Holmes)