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The MCN 100: The First Incarnation Part 5

Best Screenplay

Votes Screenplay Writer(s)
17 Lost In Translation Sofia Coppola
15 Mystic River Brian Helgeland, from Dennis Lehane’s Book
13 American Splendor Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
10 In America Jim, Naomi and Kirsten Sheridan
6 21 Grams Guillermo Arriaga
5 Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton & Bob Petersen & David Reynolds
5 The Station Agent Thomas McCarthy
4 Big Fish John August, from Daniel Wallace’s book
4 Master & Commander Peter Weir & John Collee, fr Patrick O’Brien’s books
4 School of Rock Mike White
3 Bad Santa John Requa & John Ficarra
3 House of Sand & Fog Vadim Perelman from Andre Dubus III’s book
3 The Shape of Things Neil Labute
3 Thirteen Catherine Hardwicke & Nikki Reed
2 The Barbarian Invasions Denys Arcand
2 Casa de los Babys John Sayles
2 City of God Braulio Mantovani from Paulo Lins’ book
2 LOTR: Return Of The King Peter Jackson, Phillipa Boyans & Fran Walsh
2 Secret Lives Of Dentists Craig Lucas from Jane Smiley’s nook
2 Something’s Gotta Give Nancy Meyers
2 Whale Rider Niki Caro
All The Real Girls David Gordon Green
Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chadha & Paul Burges & Guljit Bindra
Buffalo Soldiers Eric Weiss, Nora Maccoby , Gregor Jordan & Robert O’Connor from O’connor’s book
Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella, From Charles Frazier’s book
Confidence Doug Jung
Dogville Lars von Trier
Elephant Gus Van Sant
Flower Of Evil Claude Chabrol, Caroline Eliacheff & Louise L. Lambrichs
He Loves Me, Loves Me Not Laetitia Colombani & Caroline Thivel
How To Lose Guy 10 Days Kristin Buckley, Brian Regan & Burr Steers, from Michele Alexander & Jeanie Long’s Book
I Capture The Castle Heidi Thomas form Dodie Smith’s book
Identity Michael Cooney
Love Actually Richard Curtis
The Magdalene Sisters Peter Mullan
Man Without A Past Aki Kaurismaki
The Matrix Reloaded The Wachowskis
Mondays In The Sun Ignacio del Moral & Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Open Range Craig Storper from the Lauran Paine book
Phone Booth Larry Cohen
The Runaway Jury Brian Koppleman & Dabid Levien & Rick Cleveland & Matthew Chapman from John Grisham’s book
Seabiscuit Gary Ross from Laura Hilldebrand’s book
Secondhand Lions Tim Maclanies
Shattered Glass Billy Ray from Buzz Bissinger’s article
Spider Patrick McGrath from his book
Swimming Pool Francois Ozon from Emmanuele Bernheim’s book
Last Samurai Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz
The Son Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
Tupac: Ressurection Tupac Shakur
Unknown Pleasures Zhang Ke Jia
X-Men 2 Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris & David Hayter

Best Director

Votes Director Title
20 Clint Eastwood Mystic River
17 Sofia Coppola Lost In Translation
17 Peter Weir Master & Commander
8 Tim Burton Big Fish
7 Jim Sheridan In America
7 Alejandro González Iñárritu 21 Grams
6 Peter Jackson Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
5 Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini American Splendor
4 Gaspar Noé Irreversible
4 Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill, Volume One
4 Gus Van Sant Elephant
3 Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski The Matrix Reloaded
2 Sylvain Chomet The Triplettes Of Belleville
2 Claire Denis Friday Night
2 Richard Linklater School of Rock
2 Fernando Meirelles City of God
2 Gary Ross Seabiscuit
2 Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich Finding Nemo
2 Ed Zwick The Last Samurai
Denys Arcand The Barbarian Invasions
Jonas Akerlund Spun
Jane Campion In The Cut
Niki Caro Whale Rider
David Cronenberg Spider
Richard Curtis Love Actually
The Dardennes The Son
David Gordon Green All The Real Girls
Nathaniel Kahn My Architect
Neil LaBute The Shape of Things
Patrice LeConte Man On The Train
Ken Loach Sweet Sixteen
Guy Maddin Unnamed Film
John Malkovich The Dancer Upstairs
James Mangold Identity
Tom McCarthy The Station Agent
Anthony Minghella Cold Mountain
Marcus Nespel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Peyton Reed Down With Love
Carlos Reygadas Japon
Alan Rudolph The Secret Lives of Dentists
Ridley Scott Matchstick Men
Lars Von Trier Dogville
Michael Winterbottom In this World
Terry Zwigoff Bad Santa
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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