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Attica! Attica! Top Films of 2009! (Favorite Performances) March 15, 2010

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Yearender.

This will spoil the remainder of the list, but that can’t be helped. As much as we love beautiful actors, we love great actors even more. Great actors alone can save a crappy film from damnation, because even if the film is that bad, at least they are there to grace it, to offer some manna amid the atrociousness, which in the end may actually change our mind about the film.

Some of these performances I selected below for 2009, the last five in particular, rank among the best of the past decade, methinks. Agree or not?

Anyway, let’s go Eskimo!

15. Tahar Rahim as Malik El Djebena in A Prophet

14. Eugene Domingo as Kimmy and Dora in Kimmy Dora

13. Lorna Raver as Mrs. Ganush in Drag Me To Hell

12. Che Ramos as Laya in Mangatyanan

11. Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell and the other Sam Bells in Moon

10. Sharlto Copley as Wikus van der Merwe in District 9

9. Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard as Jenny Miller and David Goldman in An Education

8. Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique as Precious and Mary in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

7. Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish as John Keats and Fanny Brawne in Bright Star

6. Michael Fassbender and Katie Jarvis as Connor and Mia in Fish Tank

5. Raul Arellano as Raul in Himpapawid

4. Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Anna Chlumsky, Paul Higgins, David Rasche and the rest of the UK and US government officials in In The Loop

3. Joaquin Phoenix as Leonard Kraditor in Two Lovers

2. Tilda Swinton as Julia Harris in Julia

1. Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds

gif courtesy of fellow Christoph-lover Ayn Dimaya

►► Next: 30 Films I Slept With in 2009 (#15-11)



1. jrc ven - March 16, 2010

totally agree with christoph waltz who gave the best performance last year be it male/female/lead/supporting in my best film last year Inglourious Basterds.

2. ayn - March 22, 2010

omg, you have Julia? pahingi! haha. at di ko parin nahahanap ang Two Lovers

also, Christoph <3

3. jayclops - March 24, 2010

That’s an uber-bingo, Chard! Hurray for Sharlto! Yey! and with Two Lovers, I think Phoenix delivers his best.

4. Fidel Antonio Medel - March 29, 2010

What I liked best about Swinton’s performance as Julia is that she keeps us guessing until the end. I would like to believe that her experience in Mexico would make her a better person. But when she said something like “now, I’ll really take you to your mommy” during the finale, I thought: This is Julia – the inconsistent, scheming, lying, selfish alcoholic. Will she do a noble deed? I am floored by Swinton. What a versatile actress!

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