By David Poland

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Chris Bumbray

1 The Dark Knight
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 The Wrestler
4 Wall-E
5 Let the Right One In
6 Hamlet 2
7 The Hurt Locker
8 In Bruges
9 Boy A
10 Snow Angels
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Ryan Pike
The Gauntlet

1 The Dark Knight
2 Wall-E
3 Iron Man
4 Tropic Thunder
5 Quantum of Solace
6 Be Kind Rewind
7 Forgetting Sarah Marshall
8 Zack & Miri Make A Porno
9 Wanted
10 Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist
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Neil Morris
Independent Weekly

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 The Wrestler
3 Rachel Getting Married
4 Milk
5 Wall-E
6 Revolutionary Road
7 Chop Shop
8 Iron Man/Dark Knight
9 Cloverfield
10 Young at Heart
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Michael Compton
Bowling Green Daily News

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 The Wrestler
3 The Dark Knight
4 Man on Wire
5 Snow Angels
6 In Bruges
7 Milk
8 Frozen River
9 Tell No One
10 Gran Torino
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Sara Vilkomerson
NY Observer

1 The Visitor
2 Wanted & Desired
3 The Dark Knight
4 Revolutionary Road
5 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
6 Burn After Reading
7 Rachel Getting Married
8 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
9 Milk
10 Slumdog Millionaire
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Mike Giuliano
Howard County Times

1 Milk
2 Shine a Light
3 Frost/Nixon
4 Happy Go Lucky
5 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
6 Let the Right One In
7 I’ve Loved You So Long
8 Frozen River
9 The Visitor
10 Encounters at End of the World
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

1 Flight of the Red Balloon
2 Razzle Dazzle
3 Paranoid Park
4 Che
5 Waltz with Bashir
6 Silent Light
7 4 Mos, 3 Wks & 2 Days
8 In the City of Sylvia
9 Wall-E
10 Wendy & Lucy
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Jim Brunzell
TC Daily Planet

1 Wall-E
2 Let the Right One In
3 The Edge of Heaven
4 Slumdog Millionaire
5 Happy Go Lucky
6 The Dark Knight
7 Anvil!
8 Milk
9 Revanche
10 Wendy & Lucy
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Ella Taylor
LA Weekly

1 Waltz with Bashir
2 Milk
3 Still Life/Up the Yangtze
4 Wendy & Lucy
5 The Class/A Christmas Tale
6 Wall-E
7 Slumdog Millionaire
8 The Counterfeiters
9 Moving Midway/Order of Myths
10 9.99
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Scott Foundas
LA Weekly

1 Still Life/Fengming
2 Gran Torino
3 Che/Hunger
4 Silent Light
5 The Dark Knight
6 Heartbeat Detector
7 A Christmas Tale/Secret of the Grain
8 Diary of the Dead/Let the Right One In
9 Shine a Light/Synecdoche, NY
10 Happy Go Lucky/Slumdog Millionaire/Wall-E

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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.

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~ David Simon