ZODIAC
2007, Paramount, 157 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

Based on the true story of the serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the late 1960s, this engrossing mystery stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the manhunt; Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. are the police inspector and reporter, respectively, on the same mission. With a meticulous attention to detail (and plenty of foreboding atmosphere courtesy of Harris Savides’ cinematography), this may be the last word on a case that remains officially unsolved.


BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
2005, Focus Features, 134 min, USA, Dir: Ang Lee

From director Ang Lee comes an epic American love story adapted from an Annie Proulx short story by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (who, like Lee, earned Oscars for their work here). Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men - ranch-hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.


THE GOOD GIRL
2002, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 93 min, USA, Dir: Miguel Arteta

This offbeat black comedy stars Jennifer Aniston as Justine Last, whose marriage to dim-witted Phil (John C. Reilly) and job in a discount store are both dead-ends until a new cashier (Jake Gyllenhaal) obsessed with The Catcher In The Rye arrives and sweeps her off her feet. With Zooey Deschanel. “A droll, well-acted, character-driven comedy with unexpected deposits of feeling.” - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice.


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