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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Richard Porton

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Richard Porton

This is the latest ballot in indieWIRE’s 2008 Critics Poll, continuing the tradition of a national survey of critics by calling attention to the year’s best — and, in many cases, most overlooked — films, providing a meaningful counterpoint to much of the year-end hoopla. Note that some lists are unranked at the discretion of the critic. For all categories except Best Undistributed Film, eligible feature films had first-run theatrical engagements in the U.S. during 2008. Films without a U.S. distributor, screened anywhere (festival circuit, one-off screenings, etc.), are eligible in the Best Undistributed Film category. The full list of critics poll ballots is available here at indieWIRE and tabulated results are being published by indieWIRE later this month.

Richard Porton

Best Film
1 – Hunger
2 – Let the Right One In
3 – The Exiles
4 – Ballast
5 – Taxi to the Dark Side
6 – Trouble the Water
7 – The Duchess of Langeais
8 – Fengming: A Chinese Memoir
9 – The Pool
10 – Alexandra

Best Performance
1 – Anna Faris, The House Bunny
2 – Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In
3 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
4 – Jean-Claude Van Damme, JCVD
5 – Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – Anil Kapoor, Slumdog Millionaire
3 – Zoe Kazan, Revolutionary Road
4 – Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Best Director
Jacques Rivette, The Duchess of Langeais

Best Screenplay
Steve McQueen and Enda Walsh, Hunger

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
Trouble the Water

Best Undistributed Film
1 – United Red Army
2 – Tony Manero
3 – Birdsong
4 – A Time to Stir

The end of 2008 will go down as either zenith (or the nadir) of holocaust kitsch. There was, alas, little need or reason for “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” “The Reader,” “Good,” and “Adam Resurrected” to have been made at all.

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