By David Poland

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Alison Brophy-Champion
Culpeper Star-Exponent

1 There Will Be Blood
2 Iron Man
3 City Lights
4 The Dark Knight
5 Maltese Falcon
6 All Quiet on the Western Front
7 U2 3D
8 Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
9 Burn After Reading
10 Cloverfield
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Marcus Hu
Strand Releasing

1 Before I Forget
2 Milk
3 The Class
4 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
6 Be Kind Rewind
7 The Edge of Heaven
8 Hunger
9 Savage Grace
10 Ballast
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 The Edge of Heaven
3 The Visitor
4 Wendy & Lucy
5 I’ve Loved You So Long
6 Frozen River
7 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
8 Hancock/Iron Man
9 Happy Go Lucky
10 In Bruges
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Larry Ratliff

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Young @ Heart
3 The Dark Knight
4 Wall-E
5 Let the Right One In
6 Doubt
7 Milk
8 Frost/Nixon
9 Burn After Reading
10 Appaloosa
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Edward Douglas
Coming Soon

1 Man on Wire
2 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 Wall-E
4 Slumdog Millionaire
5 Let the Right One In
6 Dear Zachary
7 Glass: A Portrait of Philip
8 Iron Man
9 Nothing But the Truth
10 Happy Go Lucky
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Tom Lynch

1 Milk
2 The Dark Knight
3 Man on Wire
4 Let the Right One In
5 Rachel Getting Married
6 Revolutionary Road
7 The Wrestler
8 Iron Man
9 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
10 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
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Josh Tyler

1 The Dark Knight
2 Kung Fu Panda
3 Forgetting Sarah Marshall
4 Milk
5 Religulous
6 Doubt
7 Gran Torino
8 Priceless
9 The Wackness
10 Bolt
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Philip Martin

1 The Visitor
2 4 Mos, 3 Wks & 2 Days
3 Shotgun Stories
4 Happy Go Lucky
5 Let the Right One In
6 The Dark Knight
7 Gran Torino
8 Frozen River
9 Synecdoche, NY
10 Wall-E
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Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter

1 Man on Wire
2 Ballast
3 The Dark Knight
4 The Pool
5 Paranoid Park
6 Still Life
7 Che
8 Waltz with Bashir
9 The Last Mistress
10 Encounters at End of the World
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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

1 Rachel Getting Married
2 The Visitor
3 Milk
4 Man on Wire
5 Gran Torino
6 Waltz with Bashir
7 Happy Go Lucky
8 Frost/Nixon
9 Young @ Heart
10 My Winnipeg

Alison Brophy-Champion | Robert W. Butler | Edward Douglas | Marcus Hu | Sheri Linden | Tom Lynch | Philip Martin | Larry Ratliff | Steven Rea | Josh Tyler

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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