Sister Rose in her own words:
As I consider films for the CineRose Awards, it seems that going to the movies in 2009 continued to be the one form of entertainment people indulged in above others despite the severe economic recession. Cinema profits worldwide are at an all-time high. Several factors seem to account for this: moviegoing is less expensive than family trips; a number of films attract families of all ages; other films tell important stories for our culture to reflect on—and they are told very well.
My criteria for reviewing all films—and bestowing a CineRose Award on some of them once a year—include: the degree to which the filmmaker tells the story through the creative use of image and sound; how well the main character grows as a person and member of the human family; the promotion of the gospel values of human dignity, family and community, justice, peace and fair representation of cultures, races, genders, ages, religious faiths and spiritualities and care for the earth; the artistry and the ability to entertain.
Not all the films meet every criterion, hence the number of roses. Of the more than 250 films released annually, many are released at the end of the year for the awards season (Golden Globes, Oscars). But of the almost 100 films I was able to experience this year, some certainly rise to the top.
Quite a few of these films are based on books and/or true stories. Animated films and documentaries got my attention as well. Obviously, I found much to appreciate at the movies this year.
A Bouquet of Roses
THE BLIND SIDE
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
JULIE & JULIA
THE HURT LOCKER
THE LAST STATION
THE END OF POVERTY
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY
THE STONING OF SORAYA M.
MY ONE AND ONLY
Avatar, Brothers, 9, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Sunshine Cleaning, Knowing, District 9, Goodbye Solo.
“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” - Voltaire