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Zodiac

2007

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  • The obsessiveness on display can be a metaphor for any kind of fixation, though to my over-exposed eyes it can be a cautionary tale about cinemania ("Was he into movies? Was he a movie buff?" "I can tell you that he was not into people.")... Just a perfectly made film, richer than it knows, delivering information and melancholy with equal measure.

  • The only movie to make phone calls "cinematic"? Seriously could teach an entire semester on this film. Every topic of thought and craft can be talked about in any given sequence, and as a whole it's such a fluid and constant mutation of its subject and focus, it's sublime. Fleet yet full of air, every scene so packed with information it can feel overwhelming, but, like any good detective story, the mystery never matters as much as what its breadcrumbs do to its pursuers.

  • With its dead-end investigations and painstaking recreation of Northern California through the late 1960s and ’70s, Zodiac (2007) enacts a complex remediation of the cinematic forms of the New Hollywood period.

  • Deep in the film, as Robert seems to have lost everything, he finds himself investigating on a rainy night as he visits Bob Vaughn, who worked as an organist at same movie theatre as one of the Zodiac suspects. The scene might be one of the best works of horror in contemporary cinema, a succinct meeting of suspicion and paranoia that challenges an audience’s need for closure.

  • It's richly addictive, all thanks to its crack squads before and behind the camera, sharing an attention to detail that’s fitfully obsessive. That the film itself has gained a cult following of viewers looking to unravel every trick loaded into its nearly three-hour length is even tastier.

  • More than any American movie of the past decade, Zodiac accepts and embraces irresolvability, which may be why it’s so hypnotically rewatchable. If it’s a cosmic drama, it’s one that works on macro and micro levels. Its depiction of the hunt for the most notorious and mysterious serial killer of the 20th century is at once suggestive of larger cultural shifts while also being detailed down to the inch.

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