By David Poland

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AFI | John Anderson | Jackie Cooper | Dallas Ft. Worth Film Critics | Houston Film Critics | Drew McWeeny | Joe Morgenstern | Stephen Schaefer | Betsy Sharkey | Dana Stevens

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John Anderson

1 Fantastic Mr. Fox
2 Precious
3 Food Inc
4 Star Trek
5 Anvil! The Story of Anvil
6 The Hurt Locker
7 The Windmill Movie
8 Bronson
9 Burma VJ
10 The Messenger
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DFW Film Critics

1 Up in the Air
2 The Hurt Locker
3 Precious
4 Up
5 An Education
6 A Serious Man
7 Inglourious Basterds
8 District 9
9 Avatar
10 Fantastic Mr. Fox
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1 Coraline
2 The Hangover
3 The Hurt Locker
4 The Messenger
5 Precious
6 A Serious Man
7 A Single Man
8 Sugar
9 Up
10 Up in the Air
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Houston Film Critics

1 The Hurt Locker
2 Up in the Air
3 Star Trek
4 Precious
5 Inglourious Basterds
6 Up
7 (500) Days of Summer
8 Avatar
9 Invictus
10 District 9
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

1 Up in the Air
2 Precious
3 The Hurt Locker
4 The Beaches of Agnes
5 Fantastic Mr. Fox
6 An Education
7 District 9
8 Bright Star
9 A Single Man
10 Two Lovers
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Jackie Cooper

1 Avatar
2 Nine
3 Brothers
4 The Hurt Locker
5 The Blind Side
6 Inglourious Basterds
7 Invictus
8 Star Trek
9 The Last Station
10 The Damned United
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Dana Stevens

1 Adventureland
2 The Beaches of Agnes
3 Crazy Heart
4 Drag Me To Hell
5 Fantastic Mr. Fox
6 The Hurt Locker
7 In the Loop
8 Lorna’s Silence
9 The maid
10 Ponyo
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Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

1 An Education
2 Inglourious Basterds
3 Up in the Air
4 Two Lovers
5 The Hurt Locker
6 The White Ribbon
7 Precious
8 Brothers
9 The Young Victoria
10 Avatar
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Joe Morgenstern
The Wall Street Journal

1 The Hurt Locker
2 An Education
3 Avatar
4 Crazy Heart
5 District 9
6 Precious
7 Sin Nombre
8 Summer Hours
9 Up in the Air
10 Where the Wild Things Are
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Drew McWeeny

1 Enter the Void
2 Where the Wild Things Are
3 Inglourious Basterds
4 Fantastic Mr. Fox
5 A Serious Man
6 District 9
7 World’s Greatest Dad
8 Up in the Air
9 Avatar
10 In the Loop
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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