Sound off: What was your favorie movie of 2009?
If you had to guess the flick picks of RuPaul, Matt Kemp, Chris Matthews and Monique Lhuillier, could you do it? Hint: The answers are "(500) Days of Summer," "Law Abiding Citizen," "It's Complicated" and "Up" -- but not necessarily in that order.
Click here to launch a gallery of who loved what, and why. You might be surprised by what you learn -- we certainly were.
From a clothing designer, about "Avatar: "I was so inspired that I even had my dog painted with stripes and began calling him O-vatar instead of Oliver!"
From an author, about "Precious": "If the essence of intelligence is the ability to hold contradictory ideas at the same time, then Mo'Nique gets the genius award: It was like watching a poet scribble 14 different, yet simultaneous, lines of doom."
Not gonna tell you who said this last one, or which movie it's about: "[That movie] ain't nominated for no Oscar. I know that! That's my favorite movie. Man, that was my movie of the year." It came from No. 22 on the list, however.
Don't be shy -- share your top movie, and why you liked it best, in the comments below.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
P.S. Even Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa weighed in. He's No. 16.
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