Macabre Media: Zodiac (2007)Posted: January 9, 2012
I’m going to try adding a regularly scheduled feature, or two, to my blog. I’ll start by giving “media monday” a trial for a few weeks. Please let me know if you like it. (And feel free to offer a differing opinion, if you’re familiar with the work I discuss.)
I watched David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007) last night – for the second time in as many months. (I somehow missed it when it came out.) If you’ve read my post, hot autumn nights and serial killers, you know I have long been fascinated by these predators, but that is not the only reason I love this film. (I also have an unhealthy affection for Robert Downey Jr., who is phenomenal, in this movie, as Paul Avery – a reporter obsessed with the Zodiac killings.)
Be aware: this film is based on the book, Zodiac, by Robert Graysmith, and not all Zodiac experts believe his theories have merit. Still, I think the movie itself is a marvel of compelling acting, subtle humor and deft – if leisurely – storytelling.This is a lengthy work, (2h 37m) paced thoughtfully, which covers at least a decade of investigation – so be prepared to settle in, or to watch in a couple of sessions.
The movie’s official website features a Zodiac timeline that is a thing of interactive beauty. You can also access amazing supplemental information about the art and science of profiling. (This isn’t a “fun” treatment of the subject though. The linguistic analysis section, for example, is quite sad.) From the main page, click “enter the site”. You will need a good connection, or the patience to wait for the videos to load.
It’s worth it.