Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler Anticipation Thread

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Postby roosevelt » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:17 am

jake gyllenhaal just got sag and gg nominated for this movie. well deserved.
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Postby millar » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:35 am

actually thought the media angle to this was pretty obvious, but the ideas of economic and social lives being inextricably linked were quite well executed, as was the satirical approach to corporate management speak, etc. but yeah all the "if it bleeds, it leads" stuff with ted chaough as open-mouthed moral counterpoint seemed fairly straightforward stuff
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Postby leftproofbox » Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:36 pm

sndtrk was aces, popping in here to say. surprised, but not really, to see so many down on it
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Postby emotional fascism » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:40 am

this was incredible.

loved the establishing shots of LA throughout. I could have watched another hour.
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Postby pana » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:36 pm

movie gave me a boner. perfect LA noir

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big smile on my face when jg said that
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Postby Kevin McCallister » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:23 pm

Didn't care much for this. I only read this page of the thread but "low hanging fruit" is a great way to describe the majority of the film.
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Postby fackelmann » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:07 pm

leftproofbox wrote:sndtrk was aces, popping in here to say. surprised, but not really, to see so many down on it



yeah i loved the score. i would listen to it just for kicks, maybe while shaving or something
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Postby brent » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:56 am

funniest score i've ever heard.
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Postby Paul » Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:24 pm

Gyllenhaal is doing an exceptional job of creeping me the hell out in this movie so far
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Postby Kevin McCallister » Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:33 pm

Woke up the next morning and was kind of angry about this movie.
Even the cinematography, which was gorgeous, was low hanging fruit.
And oh man that score.
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Postby roosevelt » Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:42 pm

guys bradley cooper is going to be at the oscars and jake gyllenhaal isn't. how fucked up is that.
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Postby pana » Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:18 pm

"low hanging fruit" is perfectly acceptable for a neo-noir about a crime-chasing media scumbag/psycho. what on earth were you guys expecting in terms of plot or themes?

i dunno, i basically got exactly what i was expecting
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Postby marble » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:28 am

brilliant critique of capitalism in this dumb ass movie rip rickToggle Spoiler
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Postby A WOMAN IN TROUBLE » Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:57 pm

shout out robert elswit
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Postby bruceagain » Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:59 pm

wow it was easy to forget about this
annnnd back it goes
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Postby A WOMAN IN TROUBLE » Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:06 pm

mee-ow!
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Postby someguy » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:23 am

nah great movie

did stakeout see it
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Postby boddy » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:28 am

did y'all see enemy? i was pleasantly surprised with that gyllenhaal joint
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Postby someguy » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:32 am

everyone buy stakeout nightcrawler on blu-ray for his wedding
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Postby Kevin McCallister » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:30 am

boddy wrote:did y'all see enemy? i was pleasantly surprised with that gyllenhaal joint


Yeah which I didn't dig all too much but I also saw Prisoners this week and holy moly that movie slayed and he had an excellent haircut.
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Postby Kevin McCallister » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:34 am

Dunno why I wrote this week when it was easily a month ago.
Also the twist in Prisoners is kinda a l-a-f-f but I also dig SatanismToggle Spoiler so I'm glad that got proper representation.
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Postby whatabout tim » Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:24 am

This is on Netflix now. Definitely worth your time.
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Postby A WOMAN IN TROUBLE » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:15 pm

Kevin McCallister wrote:
boddy wrote:did y'all see enemy? i was pleasantly surprised with that gyllenhaal joint


Yeah which I didn't dig all too much but I also saw Prisoners this week and holy moly that movie slayed and he had an excellent haircut.

whoa, this seems backwards
(i haven't seen prisoners, but enemy kinda seems like it would be your style)

i feel like i'm the only one here who rides (hard) for enemy
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Postby Architecture » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:25 pm

Finally watched this, found it mesmerizing

The entire final act had me as anxious as I've been during a movie in years

Really glad it ended as bleakly as it did instead of having some sort of moral deus ex machina bullshit
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Postby Merciel » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:11 am

So we ended up watching this tonight instead of John Wick because apparently John Wick is not on Netflix and SVC failed to download it. Which probably ended up being a good thing because now I get to save Russian accent Wesley for later (woo!).

This was a real weird movie. I agree with the posts up-thread that talked about how tonally jarring it was. The whiplash between the black comedy and then the sudden switch to "I want you to do what I tell you to do in your apartment" was pretty :? , which I get was intentional, but not altogether my kind of thing.

I almost bailed a few times in the first 30 minutes because Gyllenhaal was so weird and hard to look at, and then the early segments where he sucks at nightcrawling and keeps almost getting arrested/punched in the face were just a total oof of vicarious embarrassment. But once it picked up I was more or less on board.

B seems like a pretty fair grade overall.
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Postby Marx & Engels » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:15 am

John Wick is on HBO GO
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Postby Merciel » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:33 am

well whoops

I'm still glad we watched this movie first though

what a weird, weird movie it is. if somebody asked me to tell them what Nightcrawler is about, I'd just have to show them a picture of Lou Bloom's bug-eyed, neon-lit face and leave it at that.
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Postby Spoilt Victorian Child » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:02 am

I think it works very well as a black comedy and maybe a little less well as a thriller. The momentum of the story is very satisfying to me. I was confused by the talk about clichés earlier in the thread before I realized there was all that stuff about TV news. That all washed right over me.

I think the closest it has to "a thing to say" is the way shamelessness and sociopathy get rewarded. Less charitably, you might read it as saying that this is a new development, or that Lou as millennial Tracy Flick is part of the point rather than part of the joke. But who cares, really?
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Postby Spoilt Victorian Child » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:06 am

I am reluctant to address this but I think if you can accept the freeze-frame on Rick and "I know... I know" as part of the black comedy you should be able to extend the same courtesy to "when we're alone in your apartment."
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Postby Merciel » Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:49 pm

Spoilt Victorian Child wrote:I am reluctant to address this but I think if you can accept the freeze-frame on Rick and "I know... I know" as part of the black comedy you should be able to extend the same courtesy to "when we're alone in your apartment."


I imagine that's what they were going for, but it didn't quite work for me.

OTOH it's not like a movie-breaking problem that totally ruined it for me, because (a) it doesn't really get pushed any farther after that scene; and (b) ultimately we see Rene Russo is almost as ghoulish herself, and so to whatever extent the viewer's unease rests on her having the moral high ground/being a semi-normal human being, that gets eroded to drop her level down to something closer to Bloom's, in which case his request no longer seems so monstrous.

In any case the sheer weirdness of Gyllenhaal's face in this is the bigger reason I'll never watch it again.
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