By David Poland

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Joe Bardi | Owen Gleiberman | Peter Hartlaub | Tom Johnson | Lou Lumenick | Lisa Schwarzbaum | Kyle Smith | Dusty Somers | Peter Travers | Greg Vellante

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

1 You Can Count on Me
2 Children of Men
3 Memento
4 The Dark Knight
5 LOTR: The Two Towers
6 Spirited Away
7 The Hurt Locker
8 Traffic
9 Ratatouille
10 High Fidelity
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Greg Vellante
Eagle Tribune

1 4 Mos, 3 Wks and 2 Days
2 Almost Famous
3 Brokeback Mountain
4 City of God
5 Kill Bill
6 Once
7 Pan’s Labyrinth
8 Requiem for a Dream
9 Spirited Away
10 There Will Be Blood
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

1 The Royal Tenenbaums
2 The 25th Hour
3 Zodiac
4 Wall-E
5 AI: Artificial Intelligence
6 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
7 Almost Famous
8 United 93
9 Up in the Air
10 Lord of the Rings
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Kyle Smith
New York Post

1 AI: Artificial Intelligence
2 United 93
3 Master and Commander
4 Diving Bell and the Butterfly
5 Batman Begins
6 Amelie
7 Once
8 Team America
9 Inglourious Basterds
10 Almost Famous
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Owen Gleiberman

1 Far From Heaven
2 Sideways
3 The Century of Self
4 Gladiator
5 Chuck & Buck
6 Moulin Rouge!
7 Requiem for a Dream
8 Munich
9 Lilya 4-Ever
10 Casino Royale
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Lisa Schwarzbaum

1 There Will Be Blood
2 Sideways
3 LOTR: Return of the King
4 YiYi
5 The New World
6 Zodiac
7 The Dark Knight
8 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
9 Moolaade
10 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

1 There Will Be Blood
2 Children of Men
3 Mulholland Drive
4 A History of Violence
5 No Country for Old Men
6 The Incredibles
7 Brokeback Mountain
8 The Departed
9 Mystic River
10 Lord of the Rings
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Joe Bardi
Creative Loafing

1 Almost Famous
2 Waking Life
3 The Fog of War
4 Lost in Translation
5 High Fidelity
6 American Splendor
7 The Bourne Ultimatum
8 The 40 Year Old Virgin
9 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
10 Before Sunset
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Dusty Somers
Oklahoma Daily

1 25th Hour
2 No Country for Old Men
3 Into the Wild
4 YiYi
5 Mulholland Drive
6 There Will Be Blood
7 In the Mood for Love
8 Talk to Her
9 Diving Bell and the Butterfly
10 The Pianist
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Tom Johnson
Inside Movies

1 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2 City of God
3 Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
4 The Dark Knight
5 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
6 Brokeback Mountain
7 The Incredibles
8 The Departed
9 The 40 Year Old Virgin
10 Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
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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