By David Poland

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Kathleen Murphy

1 The Hurt Locker
2 Inglourious Basterds
3 A Serious Man
4 Liverpool
5 Bright Star
6 35 Rhums
7 Summer Hours
8 Still Walking
9 Up in the Air
10 Bad Lieutenant
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Mary Pols

1 The Hurt Locker
2 The White Ribbon
3 Up in the Air | Adventureland
4 Up | Coraline
5 A Serious Man
6 Beaches of Agnes
7 Where the Wild Things Are
8 The Messenger
9 Fantastic Mr. Fox
10 An Education
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James Rocchi

1 The Hurt Locker
2 Fantastic Mr. Fox
3 The White Ribbon
4 Anvil! The Story of Anvil
5 A Serious Man
6 In the Loop
7 Up in the Air
8 The Messenger
9 The Maid
10 The Brothers Bloom
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Glenn Whipp

1 The Hurt locker
2 Fantastic Mr. Fox
3 Up
4 A Serious Man
5 Where the Wild Things Are
6 Tulpan
7 Bright Star
8 Coraline
9 35 Shots of Rum
10 In the Loop
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Peter Debruge

1 In the Loop
2 The Sun
3 Avatar
4 Summer Hours
5 The Cove
6 Two Lovers
7 Antichrist
8 Ponyo
9 District 9
10 Sugar
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Steve Erickson
Gay City News

1 The Limits of Control
2 Fantastic Mr. Fox
3 The Sun
4 Duplicity
5 Tokyo Sonata
6 Import Export
7 Anvil! The Story of Anvil
8 Police, Adjective
9 Night and Day
10 The Headless Woman
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Susan Gerhard

1 Three Monkeys
2 Tokyo Sonata
3 Tyson
4 Where the Wild Things Are
5 35 Shots of Rum
6 The Maid
7 (500) Days of Summer
8 District 9
9 An Education
10 Funny People
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Robert Horton
The Herald

1 A Serious Man
2 You, the Living
3 Inglourious Basterds
4 Up
5 The Hurt Locker
6 Summer Hours
7 35 Shots of Rum
8 Liverpool
9 Sunshine Cleaning
10 Duplicity
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J.R. Jones
Chicago Reader

1 Summer Hours
2 The Hurt Locker
3 You, the Living
4 In the Loop
5 The Baader Meinhof Complex
6 The Class
7 Goodbye Solo
8 World’s Greatest Dad
9 Fantastic Mr. Fox
10 The Maid
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Eric Kohn

1 Sita Sings the Blues
2 Two Lovers
3 The Girlfriend Experience
4 The Hurt Locker
5 Humpday
6 Medicine for Melancholy
7 Adventureland
8 A Serious Man
9 Tony Manero
10 In the Loop

Kathleen Murphy | Mary Pols | James Rocchi | Glenn Whipp | Peter Debruge | Steve Erickson | Susan Gerhard | Robert Horton | JR Jones | Eric Kohn

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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