Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ten Best Films' 2008 Mini-Poll

1. A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin)
126 points (AJ, LB, MA, ML, MS, PK, RSu, RSw)

2. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel)
87 points (AJ, LB, MA, RSu, RSw)

3. Be Kind Rewind (Michel Gondry)
81 points (AZ, LB, MA, ML, PK)

4. Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
68.5 points (LB, MA, RSu, RSw)

5. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt)
65 points (AJ, KW, MS, RSw)
6. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
58 points (AZ, KW, ML, MS)
7. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
54.5 points (AJ, AZ, MS)

8. (tie) Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2007)
50 points (AJ, PK, RSw)*
8. (tie) Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)
50 points (AZ, KW, MS)
10. Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood)
46 points (AJ, PK, RSw)

11. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson)
45 (AZ, ML, MS)
12. Sparrow (Johnnie To)
43.5 (LB, ML, RSw)
13. WALL·E (Andrew Stanton)
39 (AJ, ML, PK)
14. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
34 (KW, RSu)
15. (tie) In the City of Sylvia (José Luis Guerín, 2007)
33.5 (MA, RSw)*

15. (tie) Still Life (Jia Zhangke, 2006)
33.5 (PK, RSw)*
17. (tie) Fine, Totally Fine (Yosuke Fujita)
33 (LB, ML)
17. (tie) Sarabande (Nathaniel Dorsky)
33 (LB, RSu)
19. (tie) The Duchess of Langeais (Jacques Rivette, 2007)
31 (LB, MA)*

19. (tie) JCVD (Mabrouk El Mechri)
31 (AZ, ML)
19. (tie) The Wrestler (Darren Arnofosky) - 31 (AZ, MS)

Also receiving multiple citations: Milk (Gus Van Sant) - 30 (KW, MS); RR (James Benning, 2007) - 27 (MA, RSu); Step Brothers (Adam McKay) - 23 (AJ, PK); Chouga (Darezhan Omirbaev) - 22 (MA, RSu).

Note: Films featuring an asterisk [*] were selected by at least one participant in 2007, thereby lowering their totals - and rankings - this year.

Scoring: Each citation receives ten points with an additional ten for a first place citation, nine for second, and so on, on down to one for tenth. This method of scoring is intended to give appropriate weight to those films that were included on more than one list.

Contributors: The above list is comprised of top ten selections made by Andrea Janes (AJ), Alberto Zambenedetti (AZ), Karen Wang (KW), Lisa K. Broad (LB), Michael J. Anderson (MA), Mike Lyon (ML), Matt Singer (MS), P.L. Kerpius (PK), Richard Suchenski (RSu) and R. Emmet Sweeney (RSw).

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