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The MCN 100: The First Incarnation Part 2

Best Documentary

Votes Film
32 Capturing The Friedmans
11 The Fog Of War
7 Spellbound
6 Winged Migration
6 My Architect
6 Bus 174
4 Stevie
4 My Flesh & Blood
4 To Be And To Have
4 American Splendor
3 Lost In La Mancha
3 Tupac: Ressurection
3 Rivers & Tides
3 Concert For George
2 Lost In La Mancha
2 Mayor of the Sunset Strip
2 The Backyard
2 Touching The Void
Blind Spot: Hitlers…
Bowling For Columbine
The Five Obstructions
Game of Their Lives
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Lost Boys of Sudan
MLK Boulevard
Morning Sun
OT: Our Town
Senorita Extraviada
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The Story of the Weeping Camel
Weather Underground
West of the Tracks

Best Foreign Language Film

Votes Film
11 Irreversible
9 City of God
9 The Barbarian Invasions
9 Man On The Train
8 The Triplettes Of Belleville
4 L’Auberge Espagnole
4 Russian Ark
4 Swimming Pool
3 The Son
2 demonlover
2 Divine Intervention
2 Eye
2 Friday Night
2 The Legend of Suriyothai
2 Lilya 4-Ever
2 Man Without A Past
2 Nowhere In Africa
2 Son
2 Spring, Summer, Winter…
And Now, Ladies and Gents
August Spring
Blind Spot: Hitlers…
Bon Voyage
Chinese Osyssey 2002
Dancer Upstairs
Decay of Fiction
Flower of Evil
He Loves Me, He LMN
In My Skin
In This World
Infernal Affairs
Infernal Affairs 2
Jeux d’enfants
Marooned In Iraq
Midnight Samurai
Millenium Actress
Mondays In The Sun
Monseiur Ibrahim
Noi The Albino
A Peck On The Cheek
Pistol Opera
The Return
So Close
Sweet Sixteen
Three Marias
To Be And To Have
Volcano High
Whale Rider
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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon