Hm... let me think of a full this year break down.
First off, the horrendous.
He's just not that in to you - an ensemble romantic comedy that attempts to suggest that sometimes things just don't work out, except that everything works out. Saw it with the girlfriend and my mom (don't ask) and the only enjoyment any of us got out of it was ripping it apart
Transformers 2 - holy crap. The "it's supposed to be a dumb action flick" argument doesn't work. Because it's not dumb fun, it's obnoxious offensively lame garbage. There isn't a single redeeming aspect of this unfunny, plotless pointless cacophony of noise.
G.I. Joe - Exactly what you'd expect (hey it wasn't my idea to see it), by the time they were trying to escape getting crushed by the sinking ice, we were all laughing to hard to feel actual malice for this stinker.
Knowing - If knowing only had a sense of humour, or perhaps, a sense of self knowing, this absurd tale of the end of days could have been a dark, tongue in cheek cult hit of the year. Instead it's about as coherent and sensible as Nicholas Cages' screaming.
Now the Bad
2012 - some reduced repetition and an hour shorter running time would have pushed this in to the good, but by the time I left the theatre I thought 2012 might actually be the current date. Emmerich knows his way around an apocalypse, but he hasn't figured out yet how to give us characters that we want to survive.
Surrogates - The problem with this real life second life world film isn't that it was a bad movie. The problem was that this bad movie wasted a concept that could have been the backbone of a great movie. A world is presented, questions are asked, and answers are avoided for some mediocre action sequences.
Wolverine - This isn't a geek out dislike (but seriously, bone claws?), but the thing just kind of wandered on aimlessly, and the action sequences just seemed... small.
Angels and Demons - The book was ok before it got ridiculous. The best I can say of the movie was that it was slightly better than the Da Vinci Code. If they make a movie of his third book, I'm avoiding it like a catholic tomb.
The Ok -
The International - a small scale political thriller that works. It tells it's small scale story and gives us some small scale thrills. Largely forgettable, but still enjoyable
Push - The series pilot of the year has the bad fortune to come out as a movie instead. Push worked very well at setting up an existing mythos and even had a very "TV" feel to it. But a good TV feel. I enjoyed the movie and wish I could get a weekly series out of it. But it never should have come out on a big screen.
Terminator Salvation: I had the good fortune to watch this in a completely empty movie theatre with just My girlfriend's sister and two bottles of soju(Korean vodka). So instead of worrying about the tacked on story, we just whooped, screamed at the characters, and nearly peed ourselves laughing at "Tell them I'll be back!". All in all it was a lot of fun, even if the story has trouble deciding who the main protagonist should be.
Now the Good
Star Trek - Here's a quiz. you consider one of your crew mates to be a danger to the mission. Do you A) send them to the Brig, or B) eject them on to a crazy monster ridden Ice planet? If you picked B, you're the guy who wrote Star trek's silly script. But that doesn't stop the movie from being lots of fun and a great reboot of the series. Good stuff all around.
The Hangover - The bearded dude's character definitely went beyond funny moronic in to just plain stupid, but there was just the right level of panic, over the top situations and good natured humour to keep this one on the rails. Though it's got to be said, Mike Tyson just can't act.
Coraline - I'm a sucker for a beautiful presentation like Coraline's stop motion filming. And fortunately this film has the sincerity to back up the pretty packaging. It sure would have been nice to see it in 3D.
Paranormal Activity - This generations Blair Witch mostly lives up to job. managing to scare you most when we're waiting for something to happen, even if the pay off doesn't always equal the prior tension. Fortunately, it mostly sticks to the tension. It also gets a thumbs up for not treating us like boobs that need everything explained.
And the Glorious
Inglorious Basterds - Quintin Tarantino, you truly are an auteur. And Basterds is your masterpiece. Spreading his gift for dialogue and enthralling characters in to historical fiction and across several languages, Tarantino offers a film like no other. I was worried that the film would be preoccupied with jew on nazi action scenes, but Tarantino seems confident enough to not have to result to that. I think I might go see it again in theatres.
Bruno - I'm going to have trouble writing about this one, because I'm already thinking about the dancing penis and I just can't stop laughing. It's not as consistent as Borat, but fuck it was hillarious.
District 9 - This shouldn't have worked. It really shouldn't. But somehow it managed to balance the line between social satire and all out Alien explody gun action fest. And extra kudos for casting a twerpy looking dude for the protagonist. That's the kind of ballsy move that pays off.
Drag me to Hell - My hands down favourite of the year. Bloody good fun. Hillariously over the top with inventive scares and a no nonsense story. Gypsie Curse! An honest to goodness Gypsie curse movie! Predictable ending aside, this is the kind of high quality, no holds barred, horror movie that we're lucky to get every few years. A more than adequate apology for Spiderman 3.
I also got to see two films at the Busan International Film festival. "A man who ate his cherries" an Iranian film with next to no story, very little dialogue and one big sense of disappointment, considering how great Iranian cinema can actually be. And "Lost Paradise in Tokyo" A really touching film about a man who hires a prostitute for his severly autistic brother. It's too bad that probably no one will get a chance to see Paradise, because it's a really strong film that treats it's subject matter well.