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Zodiac (2007) ft. Sarah Duncan

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Guest: Sarah Duncan

Plot Summary: In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks its residents. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer's identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers, and menacing phone calls.

*Recognition: Numerous Critics' Top 10 Lists, but no Academy Nominations or AFI Recognition

What is this movie is about?: Compulsive Serial Killer Hunter Thriller, True Crime Hollywood Style

Best Performance: Jake Gyllenhaal/David Fincher/Robert Downey Jr

Best Minor Performance: Anthony Edwards/Mark Ruffalo

Most Charismatic Award: Mark Ruffalo

Best Scene: Graysmith and Allen with the First Cipher, First Interview of Arthur Allen

Favorite Scene: Aqua Velva cocktails

Most Indelible Moment: Each of the Murder Scenes/Crime Scene Investigation/Graysmith's wife leaves him

Best Line:

Robert Graysmith: I... I Need to know who he is. I... I need to stand there, I need to look him in the eye and I need to know that it's him.

Dave Toschi: Hey, how do we know that this lead is real?

Inspector William Armstrong: It's very real. How do I know? Because I saw it on TV.

Honorable Mention:

Robert Graysmith: Just because you can't prove it doesn't mean it isn't true.

Dave Toschi: Easy, Dirty Harry.

Funniest Line:

Paul Avery: What do you do for fun?

Robert Graysmith: I love to read.

Paul Avery: Mhmm.

Robert Graysmith: Umm, I enjoy books.

Paul Avery: Those are the same things.

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 6.3

Impact/Significance: 3.5

Novelty: 5.8

Classic-ness: 7.7

Rewatchability: 5.3

Audience Score: 7.7

Total: 36.3

Remaining Questions:

  • Who is your theory on the Zodiac identity?

  • Were the letters by the same person?

  • Why was no one using gloves or basic evidence protection?

  • Was Robert Graysmith involved past his book?

  • Is this a different version of Oliver Stone's JFK?

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