By David Poland

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Stephen Farber
The Hollywood Reporter

1 Waltz With Bashir
2 Boy A
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 The Reader
5 Milk
6 Frozen River
7 The Visitor
8 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
9 The Edge of Heaven
10 In Search of a Midnight Kiss
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Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 The Dark Knight
3 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4 Frozen River
5 Wall-E
6 Milk
7 Man on Wire
8 The Visitor
9 Iron Man
10 The Edge of Heaven
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Christopher Kelly

1 Rachel Getting Married
2 The Dark Knight
3 Wendy & Lucy
4 Reprise
5 Happy Go Lucky
6 Paranoid Park
7 Definitely, Maybe
8 Doubt
9 The Class
10 W.
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Ray Bennett
The Hollywood Reporter

1 Synecdoche, NY
2 Happy Go Lucky
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Good
5 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
6 I’ve Loved You So Long
7 The Wrestler
8 Appaloosa
9 Brideshead Revisited
10 Frost/Nixon
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Clint O’Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 RocknRolla
3 The Reader
4 Tropic Thunder
5 Choke
6 Priceless
7 Elegy
8 Under the Same Moon
9 Miracle at St. Ann
10 Redbelt
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Matt Pais
Red Eye (Chicago)

1 Happy Go Lucky
2 Wendy & Lucy
3 Funny Games
4 The Dark Knight
5 Bigger, Stronger, Faster
6 Wall-E
7 Paranoid Park
8 The Wrestler
9 Ballast
10 Role Models
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Calvin Wilson
STL Today

1 Boy A
2 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 Flight of the Red Balloon
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Happy Go Lucky
6 Milk
7 Rachel Getting Married
8 Revolutionary Road
9 Slumdog Millionaire
10 Waltz with Bashir
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Craig Outhier
Phoenix East Valley Tribune

1 The Visitor
2 The Dark Knight
3 The Wrestler
4 Slumdog Millionaire
5 Rachel Getting Married
6 Religulous
7 U2 3D
8 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
9 Roman de Gare
10 Frost/Nixon
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TC Kirkham
Popcorn n Roses

1 Charlie Bartlett/Cloverfield
2 Crawford
3 The Dark Knight
4 The Forbidden Kingdom
5 Frost/Nixon
6 Iron Man/Milk
7 My Winnipeg
8 Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist
9 Paranoid Park/Speed Racer
10 Wall-E
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Kim Brown
Popcorn n Roses

1 Charlie Bartlett
2 The Dark Knight
3 In Bruges
4 Iron Man
5 Mamma Mia
6 My Winnipeg
7 Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist
8 Paranoid Park
9 Speed Racer
10 Tropic Thunder

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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