By David Poland

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Pete Howell
Toronto Star

1 The Dark Knight
2 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 My Winnipeg
3 Man on Wire
5 Wall-E
6 Doubt
7 Rachel Getting Married
8 Let the Right One In
9 The Wrestler
10 Gran Torino
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Stephen Witty
The Star-Ledger

1 The Dark Knight
2 4 Mos, 3 Wks & 2 Days
3 Elegy
4 Milk
5 Revolutionary Road
6 Slumdog Millionaire
7 Taxi to the Dark SIde
8 Tell No One
9 Wall-E
10 The Wrestler
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Mary Pols
Women On Film

1 Wall-E
2 The Wrestler
3 Rachel Getting Married
3 I’ve Loved You So Long
5 Let the Right One In
6 Wendy & Lucy
7 Milk
8 A Christmas Tale
9 Pineapple Express
10 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Stephen Holt
Stephen Holt Show

1 Milk
2 Rachel Getting Married
3 Hunger
4 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
5 Shotgun Stories
6 Funny Games
7 The Reader
8 Revolutionary Road
9 Mama Mia
10 Changeling
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Tom Charity

1 Encounters at End of the World
2 In the City of Sylvia
3 Still Life
4 Opera Jawa
5 Wall-E
6 Appaloosa
7 A Christmas Tale
8 Paranoid Park
9 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
10 Let the Right One In
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James Crawford
Revers Shot

1 Silent Light
2 A Christmas Tale
3 Flight of the Red Balloon
4 Synecdoche, NY
5 Woman on the Beach
6 Wall-E
7 My Winnipeg
8 Milk
9 Let the Right One In
10 Boy A
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Mike D’Angelo
Las Vegas Weekly

1 Silent Light
2 Paranoid Park
3 Rachel Getting Married
4 Burn After Reading
5 Wall-E
6 The Brothers Bloom
7 Funny Games
8 The Duchess of Langeais
9 In the City of Sylvia
10 The Secret of the Grain
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Thelma Adams
US Magazine

1 Milk
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Tropic Thunder
4 Happy Go Lucky
5 Frozen River
6 Rachel Getting Married
7 Burn After Reading
8 A Christmas Tale
9 The Duchess
10 Revolutionary Road
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Francis Chervenak
Stephen Holt Show

1 The Dark Knight
2 Wall-E
3 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4 The Wrestler
4 Rachel Getting Married
6 Revolutionary Road
7 Frost/Nixon
8 Slumdog Millionaire
9 Gran Torino
10 Synecdoche, NY
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Merrick Bursuk
Stephen Holt Show

1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Milk
4 The Reader
5 The Visitor
6 Synecdoche, NY
7 The Class
8 Doubt
9 Defiance
10 Happy Go Lucky

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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