By Stephanie Zacharek
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Charles Taylor
By Melissa Anderson
By Inkoo Kang
By Amy Nicholson
By Sam Weisberg
WORST FILM OF THE YEAR
Starring our top pick for supporting actress, Precious—about an overweight, neglected, and abused teen mother—is apparently an acquired taste.
Inglourious Basterds; The Lovely Bones; Nine; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (4 points)
Whatever Works (3 points)
BEST FILM OF THE DECADE
Mulholland Drive (10 points)
Comic, sexy, surreal, self-reflexive, thrilling, and ludicrous by turns, David Lynch's 2001 exploration of the Hollywood dream factory is a voluptuous phantasmagoria with a two-part structure that suggests Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. reversed so that the dream comes first.
The 25th Hour; In the Mood for Love (5 points)
La Commune; Yi Yi; Zodiac (4 points)
L.A. Weekly/Village Voice Media contributors: Robert Abele, Melissa Anderson, David Ehrenstein, F.X. Feeney, Scott Foundas, Lance Goldenberg, Tim Grierson, Aaron Hillis, J. Hoberman, Brian Miller, Adam Nayman, Michelle Orange, Nick Pinkerton, Nicolas Rapold, Vadim Rizov, Ella Taylor, Luke Y. Thompson, Chuck Wilson
Participants from Other Organizations: Sam Adams (Philadelphia City Paper), Jason Anderson (Eye Weekly), David Ansen (Newsweek), Michael Atkinson (Zero For Conduct), Sean Axmaker (Parallax View), Sheila Benson (Parallax View), Donna Bowman (freelance), Peter Brunette (The Hollywood Reporter), Jeannette Catsoulis (Reverse Shot), Justin Chang (Variety), Tom Charity (CNN.com), Daryl Chin (Documents on Art & Cinema), Richard Corliss (Time), Mike D'Angelo (Las Vegas Weekly), David D'Arcy (Screen International), Peter Debruge (Variety), Bilge Ebiri (New York), Jim Emerson (RogerEbert.com), Steve Erickson (Gay City News/Baltimore City Paper), David Fear (Time Out New York), Cynthia Fuchs (PopMatters), Ed Gonzalez (Slant), Larry Gross (Film Comment/Movie City News), Andrew Grant (Like Anna Karina's Sweater), Eugene Hernandez (indieWIRE), Logan Hill (New York), Christoph Huber (Die Presse, Vienna), J.R. Jones (Chicago Reader), Kent Jones (Film Comment), Christopher Kelly (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), Ben Kenigsberg (Time Out Chicago), Glenn Kenny (Some Came Running), Peter Keough (The Boston Phoenix), Robert Koehler (Variety), Eric Kohn (indieWIRE), Dan Kois (NYmag.com), Michael Koresky (Reverse Shot), Nathan Lee (NPR), Diego Lerer (Clarin, Buenos Aires), Karina Longworth (Spout.com), Philip Lopate (Film Comment), Todd McCarthy (Variety), Patrick Z. McGavin (Screen International), Kristi Mitsuda (Reverse Shot), Wesley Morris (The Boston Globe), Rob Nelson (Variety), Mark Olsen (Film Comment), Gerald Peary (The Boston Phoenix), Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune), Keith Phipps (The Onion), Richard Porton (Cineaste), John Powers (Vogue), James Quandt (Cinematheque Ontario), Nathan Rabin (The Onion), Berenice Reynaud (REDCAT), Carrie Rickey (Philadelphia Inquirer), Jonathan Rosenbaum (JonathanRosenbaum.com), Joshua Rothkopf (Time Out New York), Nick Schager (Slant), Andrew Schenker (Slant), Choire Sicha (The Awl), Chuck Stephens (freelance), David Sterritt (DavidSterritt.com), Amy Taubin (Film Comment), Charles Taylor (freelance), N.P. Thompson (Movies Into Film), Scott Tobias (The Onion), Martin Tsai (The Bitter Critic), Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times), Keith Uhlich (Time Out New York), Bill White (Seattle Post- Intelligencer), Matthew Wilder (Collider.com), Stephanie Zacharek (Salon). Disagree? Contribute to our Readers' Poll. We'll publish the results in the January 13, 2010 issue ofThe Voice and, of course, online.
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