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Features

ArrowSchlep Boys
Failing forward in one act

Allan Uthman

ArrowThe Britney Budget
Matt Taibbi

ArrowEeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
Blogger and journalist Brad Friedman of The Brad Blog on the hijacking of democracy and more

ArrowObama
The best BS artist since Slick Willy

Matt Taibbi

ArrowSweet Nothings
Lies my paper told me

Allan Uthman

ArrowMenace in Seat 36F
Based on a True Story

Michael J. Smith

ArrowBEAST gets poetic on dat ass!
Saul Williams schools us on Hip Hop and our choice of lunch

ArrowCelebrity Buttholes Will Be the End of Us
A. Monkey

ArrowThe BEAST Melanin / Electability Index

ArrowThe Truth Spin
Sometimes, honesty really is the best policy

Allan Uthman

ArrowTV Highlights
CBSs Numb3rs signals the end of the end of the American Empire

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Departments
ArrowKino Korner: Movies
The Abandoned, Wild Hogs, The Number 23, Zodiac, Reno 911!: Miami, Amazing Grace, Black Snake Moan, Shooter, The Astronaut Farmer, Inland Empire

ArrowBEAST-O-Scopes
As divined by your ethereal guide

Arrow[sic] - Letters
The Pussy of the Christ, How Great We Art, Dumb Shit, PhD, All You Need is Loathe and more

 

Kino Korner

 


The Abandoned | Wild Hogs | The Number 23 | Zodiac
Reno 911!: Miami | Amazing Grace | Black Snake Moan
Shooter | The Astronaut Farmer | Inland Empire


Zodiac

It’s fun being biased when I write a review because… well, it’s just more fun. I don’t have to try to hide any disdain or subdue any excitement for a particular movie. Take Zodiac. It’s directed by David Fincher, one of the greatest living American directors. This guy could be making any movie reviewed in this issue and there’d be some amazing element or an incredible spin on it. Look at his resume and you’ll see the man’s a genius. Then you’ve got him telling the story of one of the most notorious serial killers in American history on top of it.

The cops and newspapermen try to foil the killer, but a cartoonist and puzzle freak played by Jake Gyllenhaal seems to be coming the closest to figuring the whole thing out. The scenes where the unsuspecting victims are about to get killed are eerie even though Fincher seems to be going for the more cold and finished look he honed in Panic Room as opposed to the gritty look of a colostomy bag explosion from such classics as Fight Club and Seven. Since it takes place in the '70s, everyone looks ridiculous. Porn star ridiculous. From Robert Downey, Jr.’s wardrobe to Anthony Edwards’ toupee. But it just might be Mark Ruffalo, who stars as the perfect cross between Ron Jeremy and David Berkowitz all rolled into a police detective, who takes the cake. I mean if it wasn’t for the generally creepy tone of the trailer I’d swear to God I was watching a remake of Caddyshack, looking at Ruffalo.

Because it’s done by David Fincher, Zodiac is going to kick ass. Sealing the deal is the great cast and the fact that Chloe Sevigny looks like a librarian from the '70s. And that excites me in a really odd way I expect no one to understand.

 

 

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