By David Poland

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Marshall Fine | Matt Goldberg | Mark Krzos | Zac Oldenburg | Richard Roeper | Scott Sawitz | Michael Stickings | Gary Sundt | David Theis | Chris Vognar

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Matt Goldberg

1 Lord of the Rings
2 Pixar Movies
3 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4 Shaun of the Dead
5 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6 The Fountain
7 Pan’s Labyrinth
8 Children of Men
9 The 40 Year Old Virgin
10 No Country For Old Men
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Mark Krzos

1 The Lives of Others
2 Slumdog Millionaire
3 Downfall
4 No Country for Old Men
5 The Story of the Weeping Camel
6 The Cove
7 A History of Violence
8 Waltz With Bashir
9 Let the Right One In
10 In Bruges
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Marshall Fine
Hollywood and Fine

1 Lord of the Rings
2 Brokeback Mountain
3 No Country for Old Men
4 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
5 Kill Bill
6 The Departed
7 Volver
8 The Fog of War
9 Gosford Park
10 Bowling for Columbine
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2 Wall-E
3 The Departed
4 YiYi
5 Mulholland Drive
6 The Fog of War
7 There Will Be Blood
8 Nobody Knows
9 Memento
10 Sexy Beast
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun Times

1 The Departed
2 In America
3 Traffic
4 Memento
5 House of Flying Daggers
6 Mystic River
7 Slumdog Millionaire
8 25th Hour
9 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
10 Hotel Rwanda
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Scott Sawitz

1 The Departed
2 American Beauty
3 Moulin Rouge
4 Brokeback Mountain
5 Gladiator
6 Frost/Nixon
7 Good Night and Good Luck
8 Michael Clayton
9 There Will Be Blood
10 Milk
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Michael Stickings
The Moderate Voice

1 Almost Famous
2 Black Hawk Down
3 Hotel Rwanda
4 Gosford Park
5 Letters from Iwo Jima
6 The Lives of Others
7 The Pianist
8 Syriana
9 Traffic
10 The Twilight Samurai
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Zac Oldenburg
Review: St. Louis

1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2 The Fountain
3 The Incredibles
4 The Lord of the Rings
5 Kill Bill
6 Wall-E
7 Up
8 Almost Famous
9 O Brother Where Art Thou?
10 The Royal Tenebaums
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Gary Sundt

1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2 No Country For Old Men
3 Kill Bill 1/2
4 Wall-E
5 Let the Right One In
6 Lost in Translation
7 Avatar
8 Where the Wild Things Are
9 The Dark Knight
10 City of God
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David Theis
Houston CultureMap

1 Pan’s Labyrinth
2 No Country for Old Men
3 The Triplets of Belleville
4 Talk to Her
5 Dancer in the Dark
6 The Bourne Supremacy/Spiderman 2/Hellboy 2/ The Dark Knight
7 Amores Perros
8 Man on Wire
9 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
10 Master and Commander
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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