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Nightcrawler (2014) ★★★★★

An interesting look at the news industry.

Louis (Jake Gyllenhaal) craves the adrenaline of crime and therefore begins to arrive at almost every crime scene, even before the cops. 272 more words



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Nightcrawler (2014) review

Though it is easy to create a cynical narrative, few are as successful as Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. It is a work of pure sleaze, a film that crawls under the skin and pushes the extremes. 391 more words


The Top 5 Jake Gyllenhaal on-screen moments!

If you saw Nightcrawler, you were probably shocked when Jake Gyllenhaal’s name wasn’t on the list of Best Actor nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. 621 more words


Nightcrawler (2014)

D: Dan Gilroy / 117m

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Kent Shocknek, Leah Fredkin

Louis “Lou” Bloom (Gyllenhaal) unemployed; to make ends meet he steals things and then sells them. 1,306 more words


I just saw Nightcrawler

This movie opens with a bunch of establishing shots of LA. It actually ends that way too, which seems to imply a “slice of life” type of presentation, and I think that the meaning here is more specific. 530 more words

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We don’t tune into awards shows to be told what the best movie is. That’s not why they’re so popular. We tune in to disagree, to do it with friends and family around us, because the real show that night is what’s happening in front of the TV – it’s your arguments for and against the choices being made. 5,016 more words


Roy Sexton (Reel Roy Reviews) reblogged this on Reel Roy Reviews and commented:

Proud to be in such esteemed company! Thanks, Gabriel, for including me! Here's my contribution - be sure to read the complete blog post at Gabriel's site ...


Nightcrawler by Roy Sexton The movies this year that spoke to me at the most instinctive and visceral levels all seem to focus on people living in the margins, people faced with a world that chews them up and spits them out, people who won’t go down without a fight. Bad Words, Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Still Alice, and Nightcrawler all still resonate with me for these reasons – I was immersed in those five cinematic, corrosive worlds and I can’t (won’t) shake them off. Perhaps this reflects a midlife dyspepsia on my part, but these films captured my feelings toward a culture that seems more combative by the minute. In a strange way, they gave me hope – that there are others (the respective filmmakers) who view things as I do. As individuals, we are all one bad day away from utter collapse, but a kind word, a career opportunity, a tough life lesson, a toxic moment might save our souls, while still damning us to hell. Of these five films, Nightcrawler haunts me most. Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo are dynamite as two sides of the same Horatio Alger coin. Americans can be opportunistic and relentless to a fault, but the film never writes these characters off as sick parasites. We are them, and they are us. Bathed in noir blue light, Gyllenhaal’s predatory hustle is a fractured fairy tale of the American Dream as it exists today. Everyone wants to be an American Idol, a Snooki, a Kardashian. We don’t like admitting it, but we want to be something, to be remembered, perhaps at any cost. Nightcrawler is a cinematic allegory for the ages – of the lengths we can go to survive and thrive – giving us the antihero our troubled times deserve.


Roy Sexton is a theatre actor and movie critic based out of Ann Arbor, MI. He writes witty, insightful film reviews at Reel Roy Reviews, you can check out his books, and he is closely involved with The Penny Seats theatre company.

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