PRINT December 2007


Amy Taubin


1 Zodiac (David Fincher) Empirical knowledge—and its limits—recorded in codes, once analog, now digital, is the underlying concern of Fincher’s splendidly bleak and brainy investigative drama based on the search for the killer who symbolized the death of the Summer of Love.

2 Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant) Like the skateboarding kids who are its subject, this rapturously beautiful film is thrilling for its balance of precision and spontaneity.

3 Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg) Complicated morality, homoeroticized violence, terrifying tribalism, and masterfully theatrical filmmaking. Viggo Mortensen is charismatic, inscrutable, and wickedly funny. The Russian bathhouse fight scene is already a classic.

4 Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World (Ken Jacobs) As in his landmark Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son (1969), Jacobs savors and worries a silent film scrap into feature length, here

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