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« on: October 31, 2014, 11:04:02 AM »

Spoilers abound in this review, but I think it's an accurate depiction. Just don't read it until after you've seen the film. And, yeah, you want to see it.
http://www.blu-ray.com/Nightcrawler/357339/#Preview

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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2014, 11:21:45 AM »

Here's my initial take:
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Nightcrawler (2014) - 10/10. If Travis Bickle and Network's Diana Christensen conceived a child, that rough beast, slouching toward Hollywood to be born, would be Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), the amoral hero of Nightcrawler. Lou, when we first meet him, makes his living selling copper wire, pieces of chain-link fence, and manhole covers. One night on the highway, however, he comes on the scene of a terrible accident and witnesses first-hand two stringers for local news videoing the carnage. Suddenly Lou has a new industry to crash. The barriers to entry, though, are high; but Lou, for his part, is indomitable: he has the talent, the drive, the ruthlessness to succeed. With some mentoring by a TV station producer (Rene Russo), he is soon beating out his chief competitor (Bill Paxton). And when a crime/accident scene doesn't have all the cinematic values it should, Lou does not scruple to re-stage it. Things escalate nicely from there. This is one of those rare films that begins strong, then just keeps getting better and better. Darkly funny, this is a contender for American film of the year.
I should probably add that usually I don't like Gyllenhaal, but in this I hung on his every word. Maybe it helps to have really good words to speak. Losing the 20 pounds was the best costuming move I've seen in a long time: the actor actually disappears into the character for once.

Also, as someone who recently watched Los Angeles Play Itself, I was really attuned to the way the city was portrayed here. The film is an indictment of the culture spawned by the city, but the camera can't help but celebrate the (mostly nighttime) look of its neighborhoods.

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2014, 10:58:39 PM »

A bump with my quick thoughts from RTLYMS.

Nightcrawler - 8.5/10
Now thats how you make a movie. One of the best of the year. From Gyllenhal's sociopathic Bickle/Bateman hybrid performance to Elswit's beautiful nighttime photography to the subtle direction, incredible screenplay and slowly built + mostly thrilling pace. A lot of filmmakers try and gomage the Goodfellas-style Scorsese, but this is like something he'd do in the 70's and 80's. It's heavy on the Taxi Driver with touches of King of Comedy, After Hours, and Bringing Out the Dead (well...that's 90's). Now DJ just dont yell at me for not giving it a 10

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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014, 11:22:56 PM »

Walking outta the theater now. I give NIGHTCRAWLER an 8/10. Don't read this if you don't want spoilers.
Last 5 minutes there are two speeches that shouldn't have happened (when the assistant is dying, Gylenhall shoulda just taken his tape and walked away. And when the news editor finds out it was all a drug robbery, she shoulda simply said "put it on the morning news" and walked away, we don't need her speechifying the theme that we are making news and don't care to report it. Also the music in the scene where Gylenhaal's assistant dies is shit.
Those last 5 minutes had more mistakes than the whole rest of the movie.
Anyway, good movie Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 05:59:21 AM »

I thought the ending was kind of 'easy', thats what prevents it from being a 9

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 11:06:45 AM »

For me it's like Red River: the rest is so good it can't be spoiled by the ending.

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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2014, 03:27:15 PM »

This movie definitely isn't "spoiled" by the ending. 8/10 is a very good rating (no matter what n_l or stanton think Wink ) And I don't know if I'd have gone higher even with a good ending. Maybe I'd have gone to 8.5/10, but no more.
Speaking of RED RIVER, an easy 10/10 (maybe the greatest AW ever), you, DJ, only gave That an 8/10 ...

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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014, 08:39:32 PM »

I thought that whiole angle of Gylenhaal wanting to bang Russo was completely unnecessary. I wish that had never been mentioned. So he asks her out, they have one scene in a restaurant where he threatens her job if she doesn't bang him, then later on in the film when he is negotiating the sale of a tape he says, And you have to do all the things I you didn't to do when you were in my apartment, and that's all, no further mention of it. To me, it felt kinda gratuitous, like, the movie isn't about this but hey, we can have this scene and now say there is a sex aspect to the movie, too? IMO the movie could have cut out that scene and it woulda been fine.

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2014, 08:44:30 PM »

I like the aspect. It shows how Lou is increasingly more manipulative in more ways than just his career and also contributes a bit to the woman's instability. it's more than "adding a sex aspect", it's demonstrating a shift in levels of power. It's utterly unemotional, with Lou just wanting to know that he has control over her

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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2014, 08:51:34 PM »

I like the aspect. It shows how Lou is increasingly more manipulative in more ways than just his career and also contributes a bit to the woman's instability. it's more than "adding a sex aspect", it's demonstrating a shift in levels of power. It's utterly unemotional, with Lou just wanting to know that he has control over her

funny thing is, you don't feel at all bad for her ... she herself doesn't seem to be above doing anything necessary to get ratings. She's just as much scum as him; just not insane as he is.

Anyway, I just felt like, if you are gonna pursue that angle, then pursue it; don't half-ass it. To me it seemed like, let's stick in a scene; that scene is too little to pursue an angle of a story. I don't think that angle is a bad idea, but I think that if they're gonna go there, then they should have then pursued it further, done more on that, rather than basically just one scene.

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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2014, 01:11:31 PM »

Anyway, I just felt like, if you are gonna pursue that angle, then pursue it; don't half-ass it. To me it seemed like, let's stick in a scene; that scene is too little to pursue an angle of a story. I don't think that angle is a bad idea, but I think that if they're gonna go there, then they should have then pursued it further, done more on that, rather than basically just one scene.
There's more than that, but you obviously missed it. When Lou brings the tape at the end and Russo sends everybody out of the room and Rene starts gushing about how she's so happy Lou brought her the tape . . . well, it's like they've been watching porn together and are having a special moment together. We get the fact that they are two ghouls who live on the misery of others, but also  that they are happy enabling each other. It's a very tender moment, the apotheosis of the love story in fact.

Oh, here's something interesting: http://www.theqandapodcast.com/2014/10/nightcrawler-q.html

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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2014, 01:46:01 PM »

Yep, this movie is great, and DJ is spot on when he says it starts good and gets better as the movie progresses. The only thing I can nitpick is some dialogue in the last few scenes that explain subtext, like when one of the news producers tells Russo that she's becoming like Bloom. While I don't agree with D&D about scrapping the love angle, I do think there should have been a scene with the two away from the studio. Though it's really not a big deal, maybe the right choice was made by having the audience imagine what their alone time is like, I really don't know to be honest. I could go either way.

But everything else, wow, it was so spot on. This was clearly very carefully written and well directed, there aren't the typical creative decisions that sink modern films: no shaky cam, random rapid editing, a bloated runtime, useless subplots, bad framing, et al. I wouldn't hesitate to call this one of the best movies of the 21st Century. Gyllenhaal may not be the best leading man but he absolutely shines playing eccentric characters. If we lived in an ideal world, this movie would sweep the Oscars in almost every category.

Oh, and this movie is hilarious. There were so many laugh out loud moments. Nightcrawler, like, Taxi Driver is a rare movie that is simultaneously hilarious and disturbing.

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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2014, 02:32:22 PM »

This was clearly very carefully written and well directed, there aren't the typical creative decisions that sink modern films: no shaky cam, random rapid editing, a bloated runtime, useless subplots, bad framing, et al. I wouldn't hesitate to call this one of the best movies of the 21st Century. Gyllenhaal may not be the best leading man but he absolutely shines playing eccentric characters. If we lived in an ideal world, this movie would sweep the Oscars in almost every category.

Oh, and this movie is hilarious. There were so many laugh out loud moments. Nightcrawler, like, Taxi Driver is a rare movie that is simultaneously hilarious and disturbing.
Dude! You obviously get this film. Give yourself a 10/10.  Afro

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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2014, 08:08:14 PM »

he even won the Tour de Mexico!

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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2014, 05:30:17 AM »

he even won the Tour de Mexico!
Are you being serious?

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