The results from 2007 Village Voice/LA Weekly Film Poll (which, having expanded the scope of its voting pool beyond alt-press, now echo those of indieWIRE’s quite closely) are up here â€” "There Will Be Blood," "No Country for Old Men" and "Zodiac" again top it out. J. Hoberman‘s reflections on the results are more interesting: writing on the "Worst Film" category, he claims that "the notion of a worst movie is far too vague": "Does ‘worst’ mean morally repugnant or technically inept? A truly bad movie is infinitely superior to the disposable mediocrities that pass through the multiplexes."
That said, I’m pleased to report that, garnering five votes, Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales tied The Bucket List as the year’s Worst Film. But, as the year’s Best Supporting Actress, Cate Blanchett, might have put it: You know something’s happening when Southland Tales also headed three critics’ lists as the year’s Best Film. Time constraints have made it impossible to calculate the 2007 poll’s Passiondexâ€”my formula to measure the degree of ardor with which critics voted for particular moviesâ€”but my heart tells me that Southland Tales is the obvious winner. Here is a movie that some people love and others love to hate. That’s double passion! And that’s good. As Sarah Michelle Gellar’s socially aware porn queen warbles just before the world ends, "Teen horniness is not a crimeâ€”open your heart and your mind."
"Worst film" may be a uselessly personal designation, but we sure did enjoy reading the Onion AV Club‘s list of their sixteen picks worthy of that title. For us, the worst film of the year would probably be "Youth Without Youth" â€” there were undoubtedly films that were more painful to sit through, but none other from which we’d expected so much.
It’s also the time of year for the annual exercise in snark that is the S.T. VanAirsdale "Top 10 of Top 10 Lists" at The Reeler. Picks 6-10 are here and 1-5 are here; Stu notes that "Numbers one through five are also all newcomers here." Congratulations go to Ben Lyons of E!, whose dad must be proud, and who, it should be noted, actually prefers not to be billed as a critic, going instead with the more modest "film expert."
And one last year-end event: this year’s Slate Movie Club has kicked off, with Scott Foundas, Nathan Lee, Wesley Morris and Dana Stevens presiding.
+ 2007 Village Voice/LA Weekly Film Poll (Village Voice)
+ The 2007 Village Voice/LA Weekly Film Poll: There Will Be Consensus (Village Voice)
+ The Worst Films Of 2007 (Onion AV Club)
+ The Reeler’s Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2007 (The Reeler)
+ The Reeler’s Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2007, Part II (The Reeler)
+ The Movie Club (Slate)