The 2007 indieWIRE Critics’ Poll is up! "There Will Be Blood" comes in with the most votes for best film of the year, followed by "Zodiac," "No Country For Old Men," "Syndromes and a Century" and "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." "No End in Sight" is voted best doc, Paul Thomas Anderson best director, "Away From Her" best first film and "Secret Sunshine" best undistributed film.
You can see the complete results here; our own ballot is here. In the intro article, Time Out New York‘s Melissa Anderson is quoted as saying "We’ll remember 2007 as a remarkable year for American film: David Fincher, Todd Haynes, and Paul Thomas Anderson — each with astonishing new projects after a five-year hiatus — made some of the best movies of the year." Eugene Hernandez points out that:
If there is a striking hole to be found in this year’s indieWIRE poll, however, it is the utter lack of American indie films. While last year’s survey celebrated outside-the-system films such as David Lynch’s "Inland Empire," Kelly Reichart’s "Old Joy," Ryan Fleck’s "Half Nelson" and Andrew Bujalski’s "Mutual Appreciation," the acclaimed new films from American filmmakers this year came from directly within the Hollywood and Indiewood system, starring name actors.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go ahead and spend far too much time obsessing over the ballots and gossiping about who has the most boring or outrageous picks with colleagues. We are not as nerdy as you think we are. We are much worse.