By David Poland

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Mike Scott

1 Wall-E
1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Rachel Getting Married
5 The Dark Knight
6 Trouble the Water
7 Milk
8 Encounters at End of the World
9 The Band’s Visit
10 Blindness
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Rick Groen
Globe & Mail

1 A Christmas Tale
2 Wall-E
3 Rachel Getting Married
4 I’ve Loved You So Long
5 My Winnipeg
6 The Edge of Heaven
7 Up the Yangtze
8 Happy Go Lucky
9 Waltz with Bashir
10 Slumdog Millionaire
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Mark Medley
National Post

1 Wall-E
1 The Wrestler
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Let the Right One In
5 The Dark Knight
6 Step Brothers
7 Anvil!
8 Forgetting Sarah Marshall
9 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
10 Iron Man/JCVD
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Brandy McDonnell
The Oklahoman

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 Frozen River
3 Wall-E
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Boy in Striped Pajamas
6 The Dark Knight
7 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
8 The Wrestler
9 The Fall
10 The Visitor
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Bob Thompson
National Post

1 Iron Man
1 The Dark Knight
3 RocknRolla
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Slumdog Millionaire
6 Milk
7 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
8 Doubt
9 Wall-E
10 Tropic Thunder
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Germain Lussier
Times Herald-Record

1 The Wrestler
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 The Dark Knight
4 Revolutionary Road
5 Milk
6 Rachel Getting Married
7 Wall-E
8 Dear Zachary
9 The Wackness
10 The Class
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Lynn Venhaus
Belleville News-Democrat

1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
1 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Frost/Nixon
4 Milk
5 The Dark Knight
6 Doubt
7 The Wrestler
8 Iron Man
9 The Visitor
10 Rachel Getting Married
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Gene Triplett
The Oklahoman

1 The Wrestler
2 Milk
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Rachel Getting Married
6 Appaloosa
7 Burn After Reading
8 The Visitor
9 Doubt
10 The Dark Knight
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Charles Cassidy, Jr.
Cleveland Scene

1 Iron Man
2 Cloverfield
3 Bab’Aziz
4 Young at Heart/Shine a Light
5 Sangre de mi sangre
6 Standard Operating Procedure
7 The Bank Job
8 Constantine Sword
9 Wall-E
10 Kenny
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Josh Larsen
Southtown Star

1 The Promotion
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Trouble the Water
4 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5 The Dark Knight
6 Wall-E
7 Ballast
8 Cloverfield
9 Be Kind Rewind
10 Tropic Thunder

Charles Cassidy, Jr. | Rick Groen | Josh Larsen | Germain Lussier | Brandy McDonnell | Mark Medley | Mike Scott | Bob Thompson | Gene Triplett | Lynn Venhaus

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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

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~ David Simon