By David Poland

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Peter Martin

1 Let the Right One In
2 Tell No One
3 Man on Wire
4 Wall-E
5 Timecrimes
6 The Pool
7 Encounters at End of the World
8 Burn After Reading
9 Astropia
10 Dance of the Dead
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Erik Davis

1 Slumdog Millionaire
2 The Dark Knight
3 Dear Zachary
4 Burn After Reading
5 Let the Right One In
6 The Wrestler
7 Doubt
8 Tropic Thunder
9 The Living Wake
10 Milk
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Jette Kernion

1 Synecdoche, NY
2 Milk
3 Let the Right One In
4 The Wrestler
6 Dear Zachary
7 Medicine for Melancholy
8 Standard Operating Procedure
9 Hellboy II
10 Slumdog Millionaire
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Richard von Busack

1 Wall-E
2 The Dark Knight
3 Happy Go Lucky
4 The Fall
5 Revolutionary Road
6 My Winnipeg
7 A Christmas Tale
8 Up the Yangtze
9 Milk
10 Around the Bay
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

1 Still Life
2 Of Time and the City
3 There WIll Be Blood
4 Flight of the Red Balloon
5 4 Mos, 3 Wks & 2 Days
6 The Duchess of Langeais
7 Hellboy II
8 Let the Right One In
9 A Christmas Tale
10 Happy Go Lucky
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Eric D. Snider

1 Wall-E
2 Synecdoche, NY
3 Dear Zachary
4 Son of Rambow
5 The Wrestler
6 Tropic Thunder
7 Young at Heart
8 The Dark Knight
9 Cloverfield
10 Boy A
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Craig Phillips

1 Let the Right One In
2 Edge of Heaven
3 The Wrestler
4 4 Mos, 3 Wks & 2 Days
5 Hellboy II
6 La France
7 Encounters at End of the World
8 Ballast
9 Wall-E / The Dark Knight
10 Wendy & Lucy
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Yair Raveh

1 Synecdoche, NY
2 Wall-E
3 The Dark Knight
4 Waltz with Bashir
5 Three Monkeys/Silent Light/The Fall
6 Pineapple Express
7 Paranoid Park
8 Burn After Reading/In Bruges
9 Hunger/Standard Op. Procedure
10 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Chris Vetter

1 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2 Changeling
3 Wall-E
4 Boy in the Striped Pajamas
5 The Dark Knight
6 Doubt
7 Tropic Thunder
8 Iron Man
9 Traitor
10 Rachel Getting Married
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Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle

1 The Visitor
2 Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 I’ve Loved You So Long
4 Milk
5 Frost/Nixon
6 Happy Go Lucky
7 Elegy
8 The Wrestler
9 Che
10 Smart People

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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