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Zatoichi

Zatoichi

We non-Japanese probably can't fully understand what it means for Takeshi Kitano to make a Zatoichi movie. The best comparison I can come up with is this: Imagine that Sean Connery had starred in all the James Bond films, and then years after the series ended, Clint Eastwood decided to portray 007 himself in his own Bond flick. The "official"… read more!

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are the brains behind 2008's The Hurt Locker, an incredibly suspenseful microcosmic look at the War on Terror that won the two filmmakers - and the film itself - Oscars. Their follow-up, Zero Dark Thirty, an exhaustive, journalistic drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, shows this same war in macrocosm. From… read more!

Zodiac

Zodiac

Originally I was going to write this review under the assumption that everybody knew the basic details of San Francisco's legendary Zodiac killer: How many murders he's connected with, how long his killing spree lasted, and whether he was ever identified or caught. But my wife informed me, after we saw Zodiac, that she knew none of this going into… read more!

Zoolander

Zoolander

[Note: I wrote this review while employed at Paramount Pictures.] Lately security has been very tight at my place of employment, so it almost seemed like they were not going to provide their routine free screening of Paramount films for employees. But 10 days after Zoolander's release, they decided to slip one in for those interested. I figured it was… read more!