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#47: Zodiac (2007)

#47: Zodiac (2007)

February 26, 2020

Much like Titanic, we all know how this one is going to end. So as with most films based on real events, David Fincher’s ZODIAC (2007) is all about the journey. But also a little bit about the unreliability of handwriting analysis, how communication amongst law enforcement agencies is hard, and that the press isn’t always so good at supporting the public interest. Part police procedural, part journalism film, and part one of those films where a regular citizen is obsessed with uncovering the TRUTH, Zodiac offers a lot to discuss.

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#46: Exotica (1994)

#46: Exotica (1994)

February 12, 2020

Sometimes the marketing people get it all wrong and they do it on purpose. Case in point is this week's film, Atom Egoyan's EXOTICA (1994). No, it's not a grade B mid-nighties erotic thriller, but a quiet, introspective film about several emotionally damaged people, the tenouous threads that connect them, and the complicated ways in which they heal and hurt each other. This week Dave introduces Ashley to the beautiful, sad world of Canadian independent director Atom Egoyan, the exotic strains of Mychael Danna’s score, and the brilliant, understated performances by Bruce Greenwood, Mia Kirshner and Don McKellar. And for Dave, that haunting song “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen will always be tangled up with this movie and that dark Toronto club that gives the film its name.

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