347. Zodiac

Movie: Zodiac

Release Date: March 2, 2007

Director: David Fincher

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney.

Tag Lines: “There’s more than one way to lose your life to a killer.”

“When a series of murders terrorized California, one man took responsibility for them all.”

“Based on the true story of America’s most notorious serial killer.”

Relevance: There are two main reasons why this movie is on my list. One, I am a huge David Fincher fan. This is the first of four of his films that I will be watching this year. I mean he directed four Madonna videos (“Express Yourself,” “Oh Father,” “Vogue” and “Bad Girl”), so duh!

Two, I am a huge fan of serial killers. That is a strange sentence, so let me clarify. It’s not that I want there to be serial killers, I am just fascinated by their stories. (Just look at my book collection!)

So this movie was kind of a match made in heaven for me.

I know that I did not see this film in theaters, but I know that I watched it in the summer of 2007 when it was available on DVD. I now own the special 2-disc Director’s cut that was released in January of 2008. (That is the one that I watched today.) It is such a compelling story. Although there are a few gruesome scenes and a few intense moments, it is more of a biographical drama that unfolds over decades surrounding this infamous case. The direction and acting are all fantastic and I was surprised that it did not get a lot more award recognition.

Today’s Thoughts: Did I mention that I love David Fincher? Watching this movie again today just solidifies to me what a great creator of art he truly is. The movie is flawless in storytelling almost to the point that you think you are watching a documentary (with an A+ cast). He, along with his crew, really capture the look and feel of the different decades that the film covers.

Now let’s get to that cast! Not only are the main stars exceptional in the movie, (Jake Gyllenhaal, please get an Oscar before I die), but there are so many famous actors and actresses that pop up throughout the film all giving their A-game. Who knew that when I compiled this list I already would have watched two movies with Adam Goldberg. Eddie Menuek strikes again! (see 350. A Beautiful Mind)

After watching this movie again today, I am excited for the next film by David Fincher. And fingers crossed it is as artistic, creative and wonderful as the rest of his work so that he could finally get the Academy Award that he deserves.

Awards: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Film of the Decade (2010) (nomination), Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, James Vanderbilt (nomination).

Ways to Watch: Crackle, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, DVD Availability.

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