September 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm #161370
Directed by Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllanhaal stars in this ‘Drive’-esque tale of dark dealing and crazy bulgy eyes.
It’s getting a lot of buzz and great reviews especially at TIFF, but again, this might end up going nowhere.
BUT I’ll be going to a screening on the 26th when I’m finally free! So I’m very excited.
TIFF/festival attendees, please share your thoughts on this and other films!September 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm #161372
Report back. If it sucks I dont think I want to know….September 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm #161373
Will do. I’m pretty sure I’ll like it. The trailer looks pretty eerie and I’m into that kinda stuff.September 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm #161374
^Did you like Gyllenhaal in Prisoners?September 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm #161375
Yes yes. But A LOT of blinking. Like, inhuman amount.
I liked him in Brokeback too. I’m just going by the fact that people are comparing it to Drive and Taxi Driver, two of my favorite films of all time.September 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm #161376
Looks interesting. Hopefully it can gain some traction.October 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm #161377
Saw this today and it’s great. Should really be in the discussion.
Career best perf from Gyllenhaal and fantastic to see Rene Russo back looking amazing. Would love to see her get a Supporting Nom. She certainly deserves one.
Riz Ahmed is great as well.
It’s like a mix of Taxi Driver and Network. Loved it.October 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm #161378
It’s a fun movie, with a terrific extended action showpiece towards the end–inspired, incredibly suspenseful, and compellingly executed.
Jake is terrific as an incredibly creepy go-getter; think Travis Bickle after attending a Tony Robbins seminar. His internal logic is impeccable and drive relentless, but he’s clueless about social skills and he pulls it off convincingly. The field is too crowded for him to be a contender but it’s as good as he’s ever been.
Russo does a good job but I wouldn’t consider a stand-out. But all her scenes are with J.G. and theirs is a weird work dynamic that resonates through the film. And it’s a role that banks on a career woman scrabbling for work as her looks “decline” and professional options dry up, so there’s some thematic meat that might connect with the acting branch.
Virtually the entire film takes place at night and the late night cinematography, with its saturated Los Angeles late night colors, adds a great deal to the atmosphere of the film. Robert Elswit did the lensing so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him here, though in this category, there are few slam dunks. Still, I’d say his odds are better here than the retro vibe that shows in the INHERENT VICE trailer.
The only other nod I can see the film being in the running for is Film Editing. It’s got a great, propulsive forward momentum and there are both deft montages and kinetic action pieces that show off John Gilroy’s chops to good effect (he’s the brother of director Dan and producer Tony).
Definitely worth checking out.
October 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm #161379
Just saw this and what a hell of a ride. This is probably the most interesting movie subject wise. Jake was really good and really creepy. I describe him as Hannibal Lector (the good one, Anthony Hopkins) with a video camera. He rarely blinked and made it such a creepy performance. Though I still think he won’t make the cut, in a weaker year he would be in the talks. Russo did a really good job but nothing to really warrent any nominations. I wish we had a little more development with Riz he kind of just stayed to the side up until the end. The climax kept my eyes wide open just dazzled at what I was watching. The script felt like I was watching an Aaron Sorkin film almost how quick and fast it was even Jake started sounding like Jesse in Social Network. The directing, cinematography, and especially the score are wonderful. Hate kids? Hate giving out candy? See this move.October 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm #161380
It REALLY IS terrific. And i heard from Open Road prez that they’re doing a full court press of an Oscar campaign, even mailing the DVD to the full WGA, etc. I could see the script and Renee getting nommed, but I’m not sure about other slots.
BTW, at the very end of the movie when Jake walks out of the Hollywood Police Station and walks across Wilcox Ave., he’s walking directly into my apartment building. Ha! Hey, why don’t ya call ahead next time, Jake?!October 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm #161381
Just saw Nightcrawler tonight, and I LOVED it. Perfect execution of the film, and Gyllenhaal just flew into my personal Best Actor list, though I need time to reflect on placement. I would love to see the cinematography and editing get nominated, as well as Score. Hell, I would even put it in the BP lineup if I could. I still need time to process it, but suffice it to say, I was wowed.October 30, 2014 at 10:52 pm #161382
Yep. Everyone should check this film out. It’s my favorite of the year so far (with “Whiplash” a very close second). And I’m glad to see Tom is backing my prediction of Rene Russo getting into the Supporting race. Also, Gyllenhaal is absolutely excellent here. Should be in the Actor race but since it’s so damn competitive he’ll (sadly) probably be bumped.
Still: Go Russo!
Gold Derby Oscar MVP: Don’t overlook Rene Russo in ‘Nightcrawler’
http://www.goldderby.com/news/7449/oscars-mvp-rene-russo-nightcrawler-jake-gyllenhaal-entertainment-13579086-story.html October 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm #161383
Saw this tonight. Awesome movie, easily one of my favorites. If Gyllenhaal doesn’t make the cut, something is very, very wrong. Russo is also great, best she’s been in forever, and I would certainly support a nom. Riz Ahmed is also great. Should be considered for Picture, Director, Actor, Supp. Actress, Screenplay, Editing, and Cinematography.November 1, 2014 at 7:06 am #161384