This may not seem like a big deal to some, but I guess being a film school graduate--and soon to be media studies grad student--it seemed like a pretty big deal to me. A little background: the Sight and Sound critics' and directors' poll is conducted every ten years by the great British film mag Sight and Sound. It is probably the single most respected critics' poll in existence. It relies solely on polling the top film scholars, directors, and other notable film professionals on their ten favorite films all time, then the films that appear the most times are ranked in order from 1 to 10. Very simple, which is one of the reasons it's so influential. For the past 50 years, Citizen Kane has topped every poll, usually in commanding fashion. But no longer. This decade's just-released poll has Hitchcock's Vertigo topping the list.
A lot of people will say big deal, I'm sure, but it's a pretty big event to me because it shows that the makeup of the critical mass is changing, which may itself herald a coming shift in focus on the production side of things. In other words, we may start seeing some new things, some new perspectives. The French New Wave critics played a big role in creating changes in Hollywood filmmaking in the late 60s and early 70s, which is one of the coolest eras of filmmaking ever. So it's really not just some dumb list put together by stuffed shirts. It can affect things.
At the very least, it may mean people will have to start referring to Ocarina as the Vertigo of gaming, rather than the Citizen Kane.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think polls like this are meaningless? Or do you think this may actually signal a significant shift in the industry?