By David Poland

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Stuart Levine

1 Revolutionary Road
2 Frost/Nixon
3 The Wrestler
4 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
5 Slumdog Millionaire
6 Doubt
7 Forgetting Sarah Marshall
8 I’ve Loved You So Long
9 Wendy & Lucy
10 The Dark Knight
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Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter

1 Milk
2 Wall-E
3 The Dark Knight
4 Man on Wire
5 Slumdog Millionaire
6 A Secret
7 Frost/Nixon
8 Frozen River
9 Encounters at End of the World
10 Doubt
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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

1 Milk
2 The Wrestler
3 The Dark Knight
4 In Search of Midnight Kiss
5 Elegy
6 Wall-E
7 Revolutionary Road
8 Bigger, Stronger, Faster
9 Frost/Nixon
10 Tropic Thunder
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Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter

1 The Dark Knight
2 Milk
3 Wall-E
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
6 Man on Wire
7 Slumdog Millionaire
8 Waltz with Bashir
9 Young @ Heart
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Jason Gargano
Cincinnati City Beat

1 Che
2 A Christmas Tale
3 Man on Wire
4 Momma’s Man
5 My Winnipeg
6 Bigger, Stronger Faster
7 Reprise
8 Wall-E
9 Wendy & Lucy
10 The Wrestler
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Steven Rosen
Cincinnati City Beat

1 Frozen River
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Man on Wire
4 Revolutionary Road
5 The Wrestler
6 Happy Go Lucky
7 Wendy & Lucy
8 Milk
9 Synecdoche, NY
10 Tell No One
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Erica Abeel

1 Waltz with Bashir
2 Happy Go Lucky
3 A Christmas Tale
4 Paranoid Park
5 The Duchess of Langeais
6 The Last Mistress
7 The Class
8 Alexandra
9 The Reader
10 The Band’s Visit
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Howard Feinstein

1 Gran Torino
2 The Secret of the Grain
3 Alexandra
4 Silent Light
5 Wall-E
6 Milk
7 My Winnipeg
8 Still Life
9 Standard Operating Procedure
10 Rachel Getting married
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Eugene Hernandez

1 A Christmas Tale
2 Derek
3 Frozen River
4 Gomorrah
5 Man on Wire
6 Milk/Paranoid Park
7 Trouble the Water
8 Synecdoche, NY
9 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
10 Waltz with Bashir
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Brian Brooks

1 Wanted & Desired
2 The Class
3 Che
4 Milk
5 Man on Wire
6 Gomorrah
7 Encounters at End of the World
8 I’ve Loved You So Long
9 Ballast
10 Slumdog Millioniare

Erica Abeel | Brian Brooks | Matt Brunson | Howard Feinstein | Jason Gargano | Eugene Hernandez | Stuart Levine | Michael Rechtshaffen | Steven Rosen | Frank Scheck

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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