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A Quick Touch Of Clarity

Yes, I know that I repeat a phrase in the Ly entry…
Much as the ego stroke of everything at MCN being attributed as “David Poland’s,” this is a fallacy. I have not touched a single list this year (aside from forwarding those sent to me). Laura, Ray, and Kim have been driving that train. I, in fact, am still seeing a few stragglers before doing my real list… other outlets asking for early December opinions get early December opinions.
As for the chart, the philosophy behind the list that will top out between 200 and 250 lists has always been to mix the sublime, the mainstream, and even a few of the absurd. This has given the list a nice balance, in our opinion. Indeed, of you want the arty view, check out the very valuable indiewire and VVM polls.
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7 Responses to “A Quick Touch Of Clarity”

  1. T. Holly says:

    I must have latent sexual Nazi fantasies, because I keep taking the long route to Film Essent to leave comments. I’m certain that’s the point of the story that got linked on the home page this morning about how Suri dealt with the eyepatch. The only way to handle these feelings is to demand accuracy in our infotainment, even if that means boycotting a Nazi sexual fantasy.

  2. T. Holly says:

    Nothing against (or for) hot Kim, of course, just to be clear.

  3. mutinyco says:

    Laura, Ray, Kim… make sure to correct the spelling of Stu VanAirsdale in the post below…

  4. T. Holly says:

    I like it Arsdale. What’s up with the space? If your last name was La Boheme, you’d never leave out the space.

  5. leahnz says:

    wtf? i musta been out in sun too long today

  6. Kim Voynar says:

    Er … sorry, seems I missed something while buried under snow and wrapping paper (okay, okay, and Guitar Hero World Tour). But T Holly, you can comment on Nazi sexual fantasies on Film Essent any time.

  7. T. Holly says:

    That thread was dead, but I managed to move on to a different one.

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