By David Poland

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Adam Kempenaar

1 Man on Wire
2 Milk
3 Hunger
4 Paranoid Park
5 The Wrestler
6 Happy Go Lucky
7 Rachel Getting Married
8 My Winnipeg
9 Synecdoche, NY
10 The Dark Knight
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Matty Robinson

1 Wall-E
2 Trouble the Water
3 Chop Shop
4 Hunger
5 In Bruges
6 A Christmas Tale
7 Paranoid Park
8 The Wrestler
8 Man on Wire
10 Zack & Miri Make a Porno
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The Telegraph

1 Kung Fu Panda
2 There Will Be Blood
3 Hunger
4 Man on Wire
5 Lust, Caution
6 In Bruges
7 King of Kong
8 Speed Racer
9 Import/Export
10 Summer Hours
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Film Comment

1 Wendy & Lucy
2 Flight of the Red Balloon
3 A Christmas Tale
4 Happy Go Lucky
5 Wall-E
6 Still Life
7 Paranoid park
8 Waltz with Bashir
8 My Winnipeg
10 Milk
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Keith Cohen
Sun Publications

1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Frost/Nixon
4 The Dark Knight
5 Boy in the Striped Pajamas
6 The Bucket List
7 A Friend Indeed
8 Young @ Heart
9 The Express
10 The Edge of Heaven
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Emanuel Levy

1 Hunger
2 The Dark Knight
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Encounters at End of the World
5 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
6 Rachel Getting Married
7 Wall-E
8 Gomorrah
8 Let the Right One In
10 Man On Wire/Waltz with Bashir
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Andrew O’Hehir

1 A Christmas Tale
2 Waltz with Bashir
3 Chop Shop
4 Encounters at End of the World
5 Flight of the Red Balloon
6 Momma’s Man
7 Man on Wire
8 The Order of Myths
9 Heartbeat Detector
10 Romance of Astrea & Celadon
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Adam Nayman
Eye Weekly

1 In the City of Sylvia
2 Still Life
3 Ballast
4 La France
5 Duchess of Langeais
6 Wendy & Lucy
7 The Unforseen
8 Rachel Getting Married
9 Let the Right One In
10 Profit Motive & Whispering Wind
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Erik Kohn
New York Press

1 Happy Go Lucky
2 Mister Lonely
3 Frownland
4 Eden
5 The Class
6 Tropic Thunder
7 My Father My Lord
8 Man on Wire
9 Chop Shop
10 Wanted & Desired
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Robert Koehler
Variety Cinema Scope

1 In the City of Sylvia
2 Gomorrah
3 La France
4 Ballast
5 Silence Before Bach
6 Fengming: A Chinese Memoir
7 My Winnipeg
8 Paranoid Park
9 Man on Wire
10 Still Life

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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