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2016 IndieWire Critics Poll: Matthew Wilder

2016 IndieWire Critics Poll:

Matthew Wilder

Simian Cinema

Additional Comments:

People asked me about “The Neon Demon,” “How can you like a movie that’s so STUPID?” If only it could be as stupid as Refn, that I could be so brilliant. A picture like “The Neon Demon” really describes the limits of “film criticism.” It is in some senses *stupid,* deliberately so; shallow; predictable; its critiques of L.A. and of beauty culture are of the level of a Bravo series. And yet, the greatness of “The Neon Demon” –and I think this is a unique ingredient of cinema–is that the poetry is between the lines. It’s in the images, in the mixture of color, beautiful faces, abstract settings, camera movement, editing, and, above all, music. It finds a haunting poetry in between the grooves of delectable eye candy. A friend described the picture as “a funeral elegy to the L.A. that was, and to America generally.” Can’t people see their way into *the experience of* seeing a movie, and get past the plot summary and the marketing materials?

FULL RESULTS: 2016 IndieWire Critics Poll

Best Film

1. Silence
2. The Neon Demon
3. Jackie
4. Cemetery of Splendour
5. Cosmos
6. No Home Movie
7. Hail, Caesar!
8. Demolition
9. Bleak Street
10. Cafe Society

Best Director

1. Martin Scorsese, Silence
2. Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon
3. Pablo Larrain, Jackie
4. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Cemetery of Splendour
5. Chantal Akerman, No Home Movie

Best Actress

1. Natalie Portman, Jackie
2. Isabelle Huppert, Things to Come
3. Isabelle Huppert, Elle
4. Isabelle Huppert, Valley of Love
5. Rachel Weisz, The Lobster

Best Actor

1. Gerard Depardieu, Valley of Love
2. Ryan Gosling, The Nice Guys
3. Colin Farell, The Lobster
4. Andrew Garfield, Silence
5. Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress

1. Kristen Stewart, Certain Women
2. Kristen Stewart, Cafe Society
3. Edith Scob, Things to Come
4. Jena Malone, The Neon Demon
5. Jarinpattra Rueangram, Cemetery of Splendour

Best Supporting Actor

1. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
2. Issey Ogata, Silence
3. Peter Sarsgaard, Jackie
4. Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
5. Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!

Best Documentary

1. De Palma

Best Screenplay

1. Silence
2. High-Rise
3. Cosmos
4. Cafe Society
5. Hail, Caesar!

Best Original Score/Soundtrack

1. Jackie
2. The Neon Demon
3. The Lobster

Best Cinematography

1. Silence
2. The Neon Demon
3. Cemetery of Splendour
4. No Home Movie
5. Jackie

Best Editing

1. Jackie
2. Gimme Danger
3. De Palma
4. The Neon Demon
5. Silence

Best Overlooked Film

1. Demolition
2. Bleak Street

Most Anticipated of 2017

1. Voyage of Time (long form)
2. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
3. Ex Libris: New York Public Library
4. Slack Bay (Ma loute)
5. Untitled Jean-Luc Godard Project

FULL RESULTS: 2016 IndieWire Critics Poll

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