By David Poland

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Sheigh Crabtree
Women on Film

1 Milk
2 The Class
3 Frozen River
4 Man on Wire
5 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
6 The Dark Knight
7 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
8 Slumdog Millionaire
9 The Wrestler
10 Frost/Nixon
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Lexi Feinberg
Big Picture Big Sound

1 The Dark Knight
2 The Wrestler
3 Happy Go Lucky
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Dear Zachary
6 Wall-E
7 Vicky Christina Barcelona
8 The Reader
9 Gran Torino
10 Revolutionary Road
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Erin Trahan
The Independent

1 The Visitor
2 Frozen River
3 Man on Wire
4 Mister Lonely
5 Let the Right One In
6 Pray the Devil Back to Hell
7 Wall-E
8 Ballast
9 Secrecy
10 Milk
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Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

1 Australia
2 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 The Dark Knight
4 Doubt
5 Frost/Nixon
6 Gran Torino
7 Milk
8 The Reader
9 Slumdog Millionaire
10 Wall-E
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Karen Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

1 Revolutionary Road
2 Wall-E
3 The Visitor
4 Let the Right One In
5 Tell No One
6 Man on Wire
7 Iron Man
8 Slumdog Millionaire
9 The Reader
10 In Bruges
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Maitland McDonagh
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

1 Let the Right One In
2 Jar City
3 The Fall
4 Beauty in Trouble
5 The Wrestler
6 Slumdog Millionaire
7 Surfwise
8 Milk
9 Diary of the Dead
10 American Zombie
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David D’Arcy

1 Waltz with Bashir
2 Frozen River
3 Hunger
4 The Band’s Visit
5 Baghead
6 Tropic Thunder
7 Wanted & Desired
8 Ballast
9 Slumdog Millionaire
10 The Dark Knight
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Peter Brunette
The Hollywood Reporter

1 The Dark Knight
2 Synecdoche, Ny
3 Gomorrah
4 Slumdog Millionaire
5 Still Life
6 I’ve Loved You So Long
7 The Wrestler
9 The Edge of Heaven
8 Doubt
10 Up the Yangtze
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JR Jones
Chicago Reader

1 Wendy & Lucy
2 The Visitor
3 At the Death House Door
4 Happy Go Lucky
5 The Edge of Heaven
6 Standard Operating Procedure
7 Frownland
8 Boy A
9 Frozen River
10 Lakeview Terrace
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine

1 Paranoid Park
2 The Dark Knight
3 My Winnipeg
4 Silent Light
5 Wendy & Lucy
6 The Bank Job
7 Chicago 10
8 Liberty Kid
9 Tell No One
10 Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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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