By David Poland

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Wall-E
3 The Dark Knight
4 Milk
5 Frozen River
6 Rachel Getting Married
7 Happy Go Lucky
8 Standard Operating Procedure
9 Gomorrah
10 Elegy
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Dwight Brown
Seattle Medium

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Cadillac Records
3 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4 The Dark Knight
5 Frost/Nixon
6 Milk
7 Nothing Like the Holidays
8 Pineapple Express
9 Traitor
10 Wall-E
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Ron Yamauchi
Georgia Straight

1 Iron Man
2 Happy Go Lucky
3 Wall-E
4 Under the Bombs
5 Son of Rambow
6 Cloverfield
7 Speed Racer
8 Kit Kittredge
9 Ghost Town
10 Redbelt
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Patty Jones
Georgia Straight

1 Wall-E
2 Frost/Nixon
3 Milk
4 Slumdog Millionaire
5 Man on Wire
6 Let the Right One In
7 Tell No One
8 Happy Go Lucky
9 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
10 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Janet Smith
Georgia Straight

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Standard Operating Procedure
3 Milk
4 In Bruges
5 Cloverfield
6 Let the Right One In
7 Funny Games
8 Man on Wire
9 Frost/Nixon
10 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Mark Harris
Georgia Straight

1 Waltz with Bashir
2 Tell No One
3 I’ve Loved You So Long
4 Persepolis
5 The Band’s Visit
6 My Winnipeg
7 In Bruges
8 The Last Mistress
9 The Duchess of Langeais
10 A Secret
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Tom Tangney
KIRO Radio

1 The Edge of Heaven
2 Synecdoche, NY
3 Cherry Blossoms – Hanami
4 Boy A
5 I’ve Loved You So Long
6 Man on Wire
7 Funny Games
8 Towelhead
9 Wall-E
10 Rachel Getting Married
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Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight

1 Milk
2 Happy Go Lucky
3 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4 Flight of the Red Balloon
5 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
6 The Visitor
7 Frost/Nixon
8 Man on Wire
9 Boy in the Striped Pajams
10 I’ve Loved You So Long
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Richard Crouse
Canada AM

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Wall-E
3 Let the Right One In
4 My Winnipeg
5 Iron Man
6 The Dark Knight
7 Frost/Nixon
9 9
10 10
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Auteur’s Notebook

1 Heartbeat Detective
2 Alexandra
3 A Christmas Tale
4 The Duchess of Langeais
5 In the City of Sylvia
6 4 Mos, 3 Wks and 2 Days
7 Love Songs
8 Before I Forget
9 Reprise
10 A Girl Cut in Two

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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