By David Poland

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Bob Strauss
LA Daily News

1 Inglorious Basterds
2 Antichirst
3 Thirst
4 The Secret of the Grain | 35 Shots of Rum
5 The White Ribbon
6 In the Loop
7 The Hurt Locker | The Messenger
8 Visual Acoustics
9 Up in the Air
10 Funny People
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

1 The Hurt Locker
2 Up in the Air
3 The White Ribbon
4 The Cove
5 An Education
6 The Hangover
7 Coraline
8 Inglourious Basterds
9 Fantastic Mr. Fox
10 A Serious Man
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Todd Gilchrist

1 Hunger
2 A Serious Man
3 Summer Hours
4 Inglourious Basterds
5 Fantastic Mr. Fox
6 Goodbye Solo
7 Star Trek
8 The Cove
9 Somers Town
10 Avatar
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Andrew O’Hehir

1 Hunger
2 Bronson
3 Il Divo
4 A Serious Man
5 The White Ribbon
6 The Limits of Control
7 Serbis
8 35 Shots of Rum
9 Gomorrah
10 The Headless Woman
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Marc Mohan
The Oregonian

1 Hunger
2 A Serious Man
3 Summer Hours
4 Inglourious Basterds
5 Fantastic Mr. Fox
6 Goodbye Solo
7 Star Trek
8 The Cove
9 Somers Town
10 Avatar
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Mike Russell
The Oregonian

1 In the Loop
2 A Serious Man
3 Star Trek
4 Whip It
5 Drag Me to Hell
6 Moon
7 District 9
8 Bad Lieutenant
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Stan Hall
The Oregonian

1 Bad Lieutenant
2 Gomorrah
3 Broken Embraces
4 The Beaches of Agnes
5 Still Walking
6 Passing Strange
7 Seraphine
8 Revanche
9 Anvil! The Story of Anvil
10 Silent Light
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Shawn Levy
The Oregonian

1 An Education
2 The Beaches of Agnes
3 Avatar | Star Trek
4 A Serious Man
5 The Damned United
6 Broken Embraces
7 Revanche
8 Fantastic Mr. Fox | Coraline
9 The Lovely Bones
10 Up in the Air
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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

1 Up in the Air
2 A Serious Man
3 An Education
4 Up
5 (500) Days of Summer
6 Bright Star
7 In the Loop
8 The Messenger
9 Not Quite Hollywood
10 Star Trek
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Chris Hewitt
Pioneer Press

1 Up
2 Chaser
3 Every Little Step
4 The White Ribbon
5 Where the Wild Things Are
6 Orphan
7 The Hurt Locker
8 State of Play
9 Antichrist
10 District 9

Matt Brunson | Todd Gilchrist | Stan Hall | Chris Hewitt | Peter Howell | Shawn Levy | Marc Mohan | Andrew O’Hehir | Mike Russell | Bob Strauss

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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