the movie i’ve watched the most times—at least post-childhood compulsive rewatching of “who framed roger rabbit?” (sorry, dad)—is “the zero effect”, directed by jake kasdan. i’m not familiar with his other work (which looks like stuff i wouldn’t be interested in), but this movie is exquisite.
crime/drama/comedy, with bill pullman & ben stiller in my favorites of their roles. there’s a definite holmes/watson riff going on, but taken in…more interesting directions. the dialogue is precise, sometimes hilarious, and very quotable. the cinematography is at times trance-inducing, with details i’ve only caught upon multiple viewings. the score is some excellent crossover jazz from the greyboy allstars, with soundtrack elements from heatmiser, nick cave, and some other gems. the romance element is foregrounded, but deftly managed and not overly saccharine.
there’s an odd mix of gonzo & subtle, which can appeal to different viewing situations, but i think the real value is in careful/attentive viewing. so many layers. it’s “fun”/funny, dark/disturbing, heavy-handed at times (definite liberties taken with some plot elements/details), and ultimately very satisfying.
the first time i watched it sent me down a…rabbitwormhole playing with private investigator tropes/characters.
oh, just a fair warning for any family folks out there, there’s significant use of the f-word throughout, so not recommended for young kids (or for parental units, if that would be terribly awkward).