By David Poland

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Saul Austerlitz
Boston Globe

1 The Edge of Heaven
2 Nick & Nora’s
3 The Band’s Visit
4 State Legislature
5 Happy Go Lucky
6 Pineapple Express
7 Flight of the Red Balloon
8 Be Kind Rewind
9 Chop Shop
10 Gomorrah
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Jason Anderson
Eye Weekly

1 Let the Right One In
2 Reprise
3 Man on Wire
4 The Wrestler
5 Still Life
6 Flight of the Red Balloon
7 Wall-E
8 My Winnipeg
10 Wendy & Lucy
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David Walsh
World Socialist Web Site

1 Waltz with Bashir
2 Happy Go Lucky
3 Battle for Haditha
4 Frozen River
5 The Other Half
6 Boy A
7 Chop Shop
8 Be Kind Rewind
9 Wendy & Lucy
9 It’s a Free World
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David Sterritt

1 Milk
2 Let the Right One In
3 Married Life
4 Standard Operating Procedure
5 Taxi to the Dark Side
6 Still Life
7 The Wrestler
8 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
9 Redbelt
10 The Duchess of Langeais
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Alliance of Women
Film Journalists

1 Frost/Nixon
2 Frozen River
3 Happy Go Lucky
4 Man on Wire
5 Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
6 The Visitor
7 Wall-E
8 Wendy & Lucy
9 The Wrestler
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MaryAnn Johanson

1 Wall-E
2 Synecdoche, NY
3 In Bruges
4 Slumdog Millionaire
5 Cloverfield
6 Burn After Reading
7 Rachel Getting Married
8 The Visitor
9 Revolutionary Road
10 The Dark Knight
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Stephanie Zacharek

1 Happy Go Lucky
2 A Christmas Tale
3 Ghost Town
4 Cadillac Records
5 The Class
6 The Visitor
7 Before I Forget
8 Trouble the Water
9 The Flight of the Red Balloon
10 Iron Man
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Chuck Wilson

1 Hunger
2 Paranoid Park
3 Wall-E
4 Man on Wire
5 Happy Go Lucky
6 Frost/Nixon
7 Revolutionary Road
8 Diary of the Dead
9 Reprise
10 Let the Right One In
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Andrew Grant
The Auteurs Notebook

1 Synecdoche, NY
2 In the City of Sylvia
3 A Christmas Tale
4 The Secret of the Gain
5 Funky Forest: First Contact
6 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7 Reprise
8 Paranoid Park
9 I Served the King of England
10 Waltz with Bashir
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Mark Asch
The L Magazine

1 A Christmas Tale
2 Ashes of Time Redux
3 Flight of the Red Balloon
4 In the City of Sylvia
5 Love Songs
6 Mad Detective
7 Reprise
8 Still Life
9 Summer Palace
10 Synecdoche, NY

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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