Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gyllenhaal Gets Donnie Darko On Us

Now that I've opened up Pandora's Box via movie trailers, I figured I should hype some upcoming releases I find intriguing. From David Fincher, the director of Se7en and FightClub, comes Zodiac. The film is "based on true events" that took place during the manhunt for the Zodiac serial killer.

After watching the below trailer, Fincher's dark, rainy moviesets are nostalgic enough - not even needing the strong cast and apparently well-written script the film boasts. Jake Gyllenhaal is joined by Brian Cox, Robert Downey Jr, Chloe Sevigny, Dermot Mulroney, and Mark Ruffalo.

Since I already saw The Good Shepherd - a riveting look into the CIA's genesis, ambitious rise, flaws - there were not many films that caught my eye. Damon's performance is carefully underplayed, De Niro's direction is meticulous/deliberate, and the content is astonishing yet believable.

Last but not least, Frank Miller's 300 tells the story of . . . 300 Spartan warriors who battled over 10,000 Persian soldiers. Since I am part Greek, the film is required viewing regardless of how cool Miller's graphic novel is and how sick the trailer seems.

The story is not a tall tale and the film attempts to look into the Spartan society which had two mandates: raise your child to be strong in military operation & then send him off to war to crush any opposition in his way. The cinematography looks even more impressive than Sin City (another Frank Miller work) and hopefully measures up to its style as well.

Without further adieu . . . Zodiac.

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