By David Poland

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Matthew Lucas
The Dispatch

1 Antichrist
2 Still Walking
3 Munyurangabo
4 Goodbye Solo
5 35 Shots of Rum
6 The White Ribbon
7 Tokyo Sonata
8 Revanche
9 Summer Hours
10 Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Scott Tobias
The AV Club

1 35 Shots of Rum
2 Duplicity
3 Humpday
4 Collapse
5 Julia
6 Afterschool
7 Revanche
8 House of the Devil
9 Fantastic Mr. Fox
10 The Hurt Locker
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Steve Warren
Windy City Times

1 Up
2 Inglourious Basterds
3 The Hurt Locker
4 Precious
5 Goodbye Solo
6 Summer Hours
7 Fantastic Mr. Fox
8 A Serious man
9 District 9
10 Every Little Step
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Kim Morgan
Sunset Gun

1 Inglourious Basterds
2 Bad Lieutenant
3 Antichrist
4 Observe and Report
5 A Serious Man
6 The Road
7 Fantastic Mr. Fox
8 Broken Embraces
9 The Hurt Locker
10 Thirst
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Edward Douglas

1 Up in the Air
2 Departures
3 (500) Days of Summer
4 Inglourious Basterds
5 Avatar
6 Sugar
7 The Hurt Locker
8 Hunger
9 The Road
10 Away We Go
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Shlomo Schwartzberg
Bloor Cinema Magazine

1 Inglourious Basterds
2 Summer Hours
3 The Beaches of Agnes
4 The Hurt Locker
5 Two Lovers
6 It’s hard Being Loved by Jerks
7 The Class
8 Genius Within
9 Everlasting Moments
10 In the Loop
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Kevin Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

1 Avatar
2 Where the Wild Things Are
3 Inglourious Basterds
4 (500) Days of Summer
5 The Hurt Locker
6 District 9
7 Fantastic Mr. Fox
8 Watchmen
9 Antichrist
10 A Serious Man
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Billups Allen
Tucson Citizen

1 Gomorrah
2 Red Cliff
3 Drag Me To Hell
4 Tyson
5 The Hangover
6 World’s Greatest Dad
7 A Serious Man
8 The Invention of Lying
9 Antichrist
10 Bad Lieutenant
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

1 Up in the Air
2 The Hurt Locker
3 An Education
4 Fantastic Mr. Fox
5 District 9
6 A Single Man
7 Up
8 Inglourious Basterds
9 The Road
10 The Hangover
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John Urbanich
Sun Papers

1 A Serious Man
2 The Hurt Locker
3 Precious
4 Inglourious Basterds
5 (500) Days of Summer
6 The Road
7 Invictus
8 The Messenger
9 Star Trek
10 Anvil! The Story of Anvil

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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