Snobby Elitist Film Club: Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975) And Zodiac (2007)

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Wednesday: That means a double-feature Film Club at the Heavy Anchor. And the *first* Wednesday of the month means that Film Club is getting all pretentious and shit. Kind of.

This May will feature two great films about unsolved (perhaps unsolvable) mysteries, and the about the obsession and dissolution that such mysteries create.

First up is Peter Weir's PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975). Set in the Australian outback at the dawn of the twentieth century, the film chronicles an incident wherein a group of teen girls vanishes without a trace during a school outing. In the wake of this baffling mystery, the social fabric of their town begins to come apart at the seams. Despite the initially quaint period setting, this is a haunting film that goes to some psychologically dark territory. A vital early feature in Weir's estimable career (WITNESS, THE TRUMAN SHOW, MASTER AND COMMANDER) and a key film of the 1970s Australian New Wave.

Then it's David Fincher's ZODIAC (2007). Telling the story of the titular real-world serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco region in the 1970s and 80s, the film follows the newspapermen and police detectives who are sucked into the mystery of the Zodiac's crimes. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr., this is arguably director Fincher's one true masterpieces. (And bear in mind, he's the guy who directed SE7EN, FIGHT CLUB, and THE SOCIAL NETWORK.) A terrifying horror film and a mesmerizing treatise on the elusiveness of facts.

The show starts at 8. With a brief introduction by St. Louis Magazine film critic Andrew Wyatt. As always, there will be a big screen, comfy seats, $2 well drinks, and no charge for admission.
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