Everyone likes lists, and everyone likes movies, so every year we poll the nation’s critics and give the old Pazz & Jop treatment to the films of the year. In our Ninth Annual Film Poll we have our first cartoon #1, and it ain’t The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie. But really, everyone’s a winner. In addition to J. Hoberman’s lead summation (and personal top ten) we have articles by Robert Wilonsky and Jim Ridley, and the complete results. (If that link isn’t working, walk down to the corner and get the paper — the fresh air will do you good.)
What’s more contentious than a critic? A jazz critic. Nonetheless we get consensus from 79 of them in our Third Annual Voice Jazz Critics Poll. Sonny Rollins Road Shows, Vol. 1 took the palm among new releases, and there are reissue, vocal, debut and Latin categories for you to argue over. Francis Davis provides the lead essay and tolls the bell for jazz greats who passed in 2008; the full list is here, and critics’ ballots are here and here.
Also: Tom Robbins on Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures; R.C. Baker on Marlene Dumas and Vik Muniz at MOMA; Dan Savage’s advice to the lustlorn; Michael Musto on the Muses, Glammies, Spazzies et alia (they’re awards); Michael Feingold on The Cripple of Inishmaan and Alexis Soloski on A Light Lunch and Here Comes the Change; and the final Voice columns by our fallen comrades, Lynn Yaeger and Nat Hentoff.