My Review of Zodiac

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Special thanks to Below The Line Magazine for screening Zodiac at the Writer’s Guild Building. As a David Fincher Film it’s, of course, a must see. As a plain old movie fan…actually I would suggest it. I was a about to not suggest it but since the last good movie came out in December this is a good night out. It’s long, but it’s a period piece about tracking down the infamous Zodiac Killer directed by the guy who did Seven, what’re you gonna see Ghost Rider again instead? Ghost Rider pulled in $100 million by the way, can you believe that? So as I was saying, as a Fincher fan…

oh man, nothing like seeing a movie from a filmmaker who’s style you really know and study. It’s like buying an album or going to a concert for a band you really really know.

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Special thanks to Below The Line Magazine for screening Zodiac at the Writer’s Guild Building. As a David Fincher Film it’s, of course, a must see. As a plain old movie fan…actually I would suggest it. I was a about to not suggest it but since the last good movie came out in December this is a good night out. It’s long, but it’s a period piece about tracking down the infamous Zodiac Killer directed by the guy who did Seven, what’re you gonna see Ghost Rider again instead? Ghost Rider pulled in $100 million by the way, can you believe that? So as I was saying, as a Fincher fan…

oh man, nothing like seeing a movie from a filmmaker who’s style you really know and study. It’s like buying an album or going to a concert for a band you really really know.

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Fargo and Blood Simple (the Coen Brothers first film) always seemed like the same story told two different ways, one bright and white, and one dark and black. Well that’s kind of what David Fincher does in Zodiac, he turns Seven inside out. It’s clear that Fincher wanted to a) tell this story and b) not redo Seven. The really great thing about Zodiac is that every Fincher trademark is gone. So what makes a David Fincher film if it’s not dark and overly violent and nihilistic? Zodiac’s here to answer that. The film feels more like All The Presidents Men than The Game, which is far from strange as it’s one of David Fincher’s favorite movies.

Oh, and it has a real weird cast, Anthony Edwards, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue in a serious role, Dermot Mulroney (Copycat, Young Guns), Philip Baker Hall. All great actors, but not your typical support cast, interesting choices.

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