New Jake pics - he had lunch at Joan's on Third again today. He's been seen with this woman before, but I love how people try to make something out of it. It looks as if she and Jake are also bemused. Or just exasperated!
A critic on Film Stew posted an interesting Top 10 list, choosing his favorite scene from his Top 10 movies for 2007. Zodiac was second on the list:
2. Dueling Belief Systems, Zodiac: The opening of David Fincher’s serial killer epic, which portrays the titular phantom’s nocturnal attack on a pair of teen lovers with bone-chilling intensity, is the stuff of nightmares. But the film’s most vital scene gets at the root of what makes us able to sleep at night.
Cartoonist-turned-haggard-sleuth Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), after feverishly piecing together an elaborate string of clues, drags cop Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) out of bed and into an all-night diner, where he tries to convince the inspector of a suspect’s definite guilt. Toschi isn’t convinced, pointing to a lack of empirical evidence. The pull between faith and reason demonstrated here makes Zodiac a genuinely profound study not just of the different ways people rationalize evil, but also of the different ways we make sense of the world.
That is a really good scene, though I hope the critic realizes that by the end, Graysmith hs persuaded Toschi. At least that's how I read it.
It's very hard to choose a favorite scene in any Jake movie. Some of my favorite Zodiac scenes involved Avery and Graysmith, because of the great chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr. and Jake. They were comical and serious, playful and poignant, with Jake first playing the perfect bumbling naif to RDJ's jaded cynic:
Later, Graysmith realizes his friend is losing it. Jake perfectly plays the concern, and RDJ brilliantly conveys Avery's appreciation:
I also really like the first date scene. Jake and Chloe Sevigny are pitch perfect. I wish we had seen more of them:
Any favorite scenes from Zodiac? Tomorrow, we can do Rendition. And not just the bed scene...
(Photos courtesy of Faded Youth and IHJ.)