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The 2009 Review Of The Year: Part Two

2009 is almost over.

And not to sound like grumbling old blokes, but can you believe how quickly it’s gone by?

There have been some huge stories and even huger-er films released, so we thought we’d look back at some of the biggest stories, movies and features that showed up on the site.

The bell is ringing, the second act of the year is about to be chronicled. Take your seats, ladies and germs...


Next: August



The month set sail with a rumour (since confirmed by the man himself) that Rob Marshall (opens in new tab) would take over the helm of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, while Steven Spielberg (opens in new tab) waded into the remake debate with plans to direct a new Harvey.

Zack Snyder recruited one of his Watchmen women, Carla Gugino, for Sucker Punch (opens in new tab) and we scored a nifty exclusive set of images from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's new World War Two TV drama The Pacific (opens in new tab) .

Trailer-wise, we were watching the first promo for Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (opens in new tab) and the beautiful footage for Where The Wild Things Are (opens in new tab) helped cheer us up after news that John Hughes (opens in new tab) had died.

We paid tribute (opens in new tab) to the man with a feature, but also tackled Creepy Kids (opens in new tab) , The Coolest Movies Being Made (opens in new tab) , the Sexiest - And Silliest Movie Costumes (opens in new tab) , and 15 Greatest Movie Shorts On You Tube (opens in new tab) .

We were also busy watching the mad GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (opens in new tab) , the scary/silly Orphan (opens in new tab) , the awful Imagine That (opens in new tab) and the affectiing, emotional Sin Nombre (opens in new tab) .

Life moved on, and so did the month, bringing word that The Green Hornet finally had a Kato (opens in new tab) in place and that someone actually wanted to make a LEGO (opens in new tab) film.

Bryan Singer was a hot topic as he threw his hat back into the Galactica (opens in new tab) ring with plans for a BSG movie (nothing to do with the TV show, sadly) and pondered remaking Excalibur (opens in new tab) . How not to win friends and influence people, we fear...

The idea of the Wolverine sequel got a boost when Chris McQuarrie (opens in new tab) was announced as writing the script, Bourne 4 (opens in new tab) struggled on through development with yet another writer and Simon Pegg joined forces with John Landis for the superb-sounding Burke %26 Hare (opens in new tab) .

Even though he was still shooting the thing, Chris Nolan slackened our jaws with an early Inception (opens in new tab) trailer and we giggled through the promo for Zombieland (opens in new tab) . Plus we got new trailers for little known movies like, er, Avatar (opens in new tab) and New Moon (opens in new tab) .

Our horror gurus took themselves to Fright Fest 2009 (opens in new tab) and spent a few days reviewing the horror delights on offer. In even scarier news (for different reasons), Rob Zombie decided to remake The Blob (opens in new tab) .

As Avatar approached, we brought you our exhaustive A-Z (opens in new tab) all about it, and looked at the Story Behind The Hurt Locker. (opens in new tab)

Our features month rounded up with us getting exclusive sit-downs with Terry Gilliam (opens in new tab) and Leonardo DiCaprio (opens in new tab) .

In the cinema, we were delighted by Inglourious Basterds (opens in new tab) , less-than-terrified by The Final Destination, (opens in new tab) amused by Funny People (opens in new tab) and knocked out of our seats by The Hurt Locker (opens in new tab) .

As August drew to a close we learned that Bad Boys III (opens in new tab) was in development and, in the now traditional bombshell, Disney bought Marvel (opens in new tab) .

Hello, September...

Next: September



Next: October



Next: November



November was a stormy month, but the winds brought lots of trailers. We kicked off with Prince Of Persia (opens in new tab) and Jake Gyllenhaal leaping like a mad man.
Sherlock Holmes (opens in new tab) was another action-filled promo, while Salt (opens in new tab) showed Angelina Jolie can still kick ass. And, talking of kick ass, there was… Kick-Ass (opens in new tab) .

DreamWorks decided that the future will be full of technological terror, spearheading the 79th project about the robopocalypse (opens in new tab) so far this year.

Still, they won't get a robot to present the Oscars, at least not yet. As we were suggesting 21 Stars Who Could Host The Oscars (opens in new tab) , the producers picked Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin (opens in new tab) .

Our Megan Fox obsession showed no signs of abating as we poked fun at the 20 Most-Viewed Megan Fox YouTube Moments (opens in new tab) , and corralled 12 Ads That Should Be Movies (opens in new tab) . There was also time, in between defusing a bomb at 00:03 and falling down while escaping from a masked killer, to pinpoint The 47 Greatest Movie Cliches (opens in new tab) .

Films? We saw some. It was a bit of a three star month, to be honest, thanks to Jennifer's Body (opens in new tab) , The Men Who Stare At Goats (opens in new tab) , Harry Brown (opens in new tab) , 2012 (opens in new tab) and Taking Woodstock (opens in new tab) , but Bright Star (opens in new tab) shined.

New Moon (opens in new tab) got two stars. We await the avalanche of Twi-Hard hate.

The trend for board games as movies continued with Sony nabbing Risk (opens in new tab) and the terrible idea that Yogi Bear should be a live-action/CG hybrid got voices in the shape of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake (opens in new tab) (as Boo Boo. No, really).

Jake Gyllenhaal (him again) went sci-fi for Duncan Jones' actual next film, Source Code (opens in new tab) , while JJ abrams was uncovered developing a largely secret project called 500 Rads (opens in new tab) .

Guillermo del Toro revealed he'd be cameoing in The Hobbit (opens in new tab) and Pete Docter (opens in new tab) let slip that his next film might not be Monsters, Inc 2 but an original Pixar production. Plus Harvey Keitel decided that what he really wanted to do was join the Fockers (opens in new tab) franchise. The Wolf would not approve!

We got some exclusive face time with Avatar stars Zoe Saldana (opens in new tab) and Sam Worthington (opens in new tab) and were saddened to learn that Edward Woodward (opens in new tab) died.

There was space for Bruno (opens in new tab) to pick his Movie Top 10, an exclusive interview with Matt Damon (opens in new tab) and Gwyneth Paltrow (opens in new tab) chatting Iron Man.

We spoke to James Cameron about his own movies (opens in new tab) and the cast of Fight Club about their movie (opens in new tab) , which inspired us to start our own Fight Club. (opens in new tab)

Next, we came up with 12 possible plots for Alien 5 (opens in new tab) , gazed in wonder at 99 jaw-dropping movie moments (opens in new tab) , and convinced the director of Paranormal Activity to tell us how to make a horror movie (opens in new tab) .

After picking 1 5 directors who should save up and buy the Terminator franchise (opens in new tab) , we turned our brilliant brains to casting and picked 18 actresses to play Black Cat in Spider-Man 4 (opens in new tab) .

We asked you to use your brilliant brains to choose your favourite movies of the decade we asked Sasha Grey to tell us the movies that defined her (opens in new tab) and we asked ourselves what 49 films would definite 2010 (opens in new tab) .

But we're not done yet!

Next: December



December's only just begun, but we've still mananged to fit plenty in.

Sadly, we discovered that Paul Greengrass won't be doing Bourne 4 (opens in new tab) , it'll be a while until we see Kill Bill 3 (opens in new tab) , and it'll be ages until we're done with the Twilight franchise. (opens in new tab) Boos all round.

Still, it's not all doom and gloom. Hurt Locker's awesome Jeremy Renner looks set to be playing Hawkeye in Thor and The Avengers (opens in new tab) and two directors we like have left two remakes (opens in new tab) we didn't like. (opens in new tab)

After waiting for most of our adult lives to see it, we loved Where The Wild Things Are so much we gave it five stars (opens in new tab) .

While we were in a giving mood, we warned you away from 20 movie gifts you definitely shouldn't get for Christmas (opens in new tab) and 20 sequels you probably shouldn't bother seeing (opens in new tab) .

We were a bit more postive about Twitter, naming t he best movie stars who use it (opens in new tab) . But we also picked the worst, because we're grumpy types. (opens in new tab)

We placed Jessica Biel (opens in new tab) and John Malkovich (opens in new tab) under the microscope and examined their evolutions.

Finally, we looked back at the first half of the year, linking to all the best movie stories and features we've published in 2009 (opens in new tab) . Imagine what that would look like!

That's it for now. But December isn't over yet, so keep checking for more awesome list features, weird labours of love and amazing movie scoops.

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James White is a freelance journalist who has been covering film and TV for over two decades. In that time, James has written for a wide variety of publications including Total Film and SFX. He has also worked for BAFTA and on ODEON's in-cinema magazine.