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My Top Ten List, Film Comment's Top 20 Poll

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 19, 2008 at 9:47AM

Wendy and Lucy tops Film Comment's annual critics poll of 20 best films of 2008:

WendyWendy and Lucy tops Film Comment's annual critics poll of 20 best films of 2008:

1. Wendy and Lucy Kelly Reichardt, U.S. 580

2. Flight of the Red Balloon Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan/France 564

3. A Christmas Tale Arnaud Desplechin, France 557

4. Happy-Go-Lucky Mike Leigh, U.K. 538

5. WALL·E Andrew Stanton, U.S. 534

6. Still Life Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Kong/China 521

7. Paranoid Park Gus Van Sant, France/U.S. 465

8. Waltz with Bashir Ari Folman, Israel/France/Germany 424

9. My Winnipeg Guy Maddin, Canada 406

10. Milk Gus Van Sant, U.S. 356

11. Let the Right One In Tomas Alfredson, Sweden 351

12. The Duchess of Langeais Jacques Rivette, France/Italy 335

13. The Class Laurence Cantet, France 334

14. Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman, U.S. 297

15. Hunger Steve McQueen, U.K. 289

16. Silent Light Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Netherlands 286

17. Ballast Lance Hammer, U.S. 283

18. Man on Wire James Marsh, U.K. 282

19. The Exiles Kent Mackenzie, U.S. 257

20. Gomorrah Matteo Garrone, Italy 253

I do love Wendy and Lucy, which made the AFI Top Ten American movies of last year, and did well with the Alliance of Women Film Journalists as well.

Here's my Top Ten:

1. Wall-E

2. Slumdog Millionaire

3. Milk

4. Everlasting Moments

5. Happy-Go-Lucky

6. A Christmas Tale

7. Man on Wire

8. Waltz with Bashir

9. Wendy and Lucy

10. Appaloosa

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.