Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nightcrawler (2014)

IMDb plot summary: When Louis Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, and Bill Paxton.

Finally got around to seeing this one, and, wow, this was quite a watch. The writing is excellent, but it's really Gyllenhaal's show here, and he shines, completely inhabiting his character in a way I haven't seen him do since Donnie Darko. He's always been a good actor, but he completely disappears into Louis Bloom, and watching him interact with others throughout the movie is truly captivating. This is an artistically excellent film, with nearly every note hitting just right, and it's definitely in the top tier of 2014. Absolutely worth all the hype I'd been hearing about it.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Nightcrawler > The Man in the Iron Mask
Nightcrawler > Eat Pray Love
Nightcrawler < Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Nightcrawler < Schindler's List
Nightcrawler > Billy Elliot the Musical Live
Nightcrawler > The Basketball Diaries
Nightcrawler > Hawking
Nightcrawler > Repulsion
Nightcrawler > E.T.
Nightcrawler < Punchline
Nightcrawler > Bernie
Final spot: #447 out of 2368.

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