By David Poland

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 A Christmas Tale
3 The Class
4 Frost/Nixon
5 Frozen River
6 Happy Go Lucky
7 Rachel Getting Married
8 Man on Wire
9 Tell No One
10 Wall-E
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Steve Salles
Standard Examiner

1 The Dark Knight
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Iron Man
4 Rachel Getting Married
5 Frost/Nixon
6 Waltz with Bashir
7 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
8 Let the Right One In
9 Wall-E
10 Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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Janos Gereben
San Francisco Examiner

1 Mongol
2 Frost/Nixon
3 Traitor
4 Milk
5 Iron Man
6 I’ve Loved You So Long
7 Love and Honor
8 Seven Pounds
9 All Together Now
10 Nanking
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Anna Katz
San Francisco Examiner

1 4 Mos, 3 Wks & 2 Days
2 Encounters at End of the World
3 Trouble the Water
4 Happy Go Lucky
5 The Edge of Heaven
6 Transsiberian
7 Frozen River
8 Flight of the Red Balloon
9 Revolutionary Road
10 A Christmas Tale
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Marco Cerritos

1 Elegy
2 In Bruges
3 Wall-E
4 The Fall
5 The Dark Knight
6 Wanted and Desired
7 Frost/Nixon
8 Redbelt
9 The Bank Job
10 Speed Racer
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Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

1 The Wrestler
2 Wall-E
3 Let the Right One In
4 In Bruges
5 Frost/Nixon
6 Hellboy II
7 W
8 The Dark Knight
9 The Reader
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Carol Hemphill
Webster-Kirkwood Times

1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
1 The Dark Knight
3 Frost/Nixon
4 Man on Wire
5 Milk
6 Paranoid Park
7 Revolutionary Road
8 Slumdog Millionaire
9 The Visitor
10 Wall-E
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Joanne Thornborough
The Daily Journal

1 Frost/Nixon
2 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
3 Slumdog Millionaire
4 Rachel Getting Married
5 Milk
6 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7 In Bruges
8 The Visitor
9 Persepolis
10 The Dark Knight
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Kent Tentschert
Webster-Kirkwood Times

1 Changeling
1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 The Dark Knight
4 Doubt
5 Miracle at St. Anna
6 The Reader
7 Revolutionary Road
8 Slumdog Millionaire
9 Wall-E
10 The Wrestler
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Liam Lacey
Globe & Mail

1 Wall-E
2 Happy Go Lucky
3 Flight of the Red Balloon
4 Man on Wire
5 Paranoid Park
6 Waltz with Bashir
7 My Winnipeg
8 A Christmas Tale
9 Milk
10 Up the Yangtze

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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