Posted in U.S. Film

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)

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A film by Tom Ford

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon

Susan,(Amy Adams) a gallery owner in Los Angeles, leads a well-ordered life at the edge of monotony, abandoned by her husband Hutton Morrow. Until the day when, alone at home, she receives a book: Nocturnal Animals, signed by her ex husband Edward Sheffield,(Jake Gyllenhaal) of whom she has been without news for years.

Ok so I saw Collateral beauty and believe me when I say I feel a sleep during this film they rewrote to me anyway Miracle on 34th street in today world with a different tragedy and it was sloppy so my advice to you invest in Nocturnal Animals. 

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The opening scene of Tom Ford’s sophomore feature is a fetishistic spectacle. That is all I am going to say here. Trust me considered yourself warned. With the art exhibition, Ford forcing his audience to witness the ‘junk culture’ in front of them. The film’s thesis here for better or worse. When Susan (Amy Adams) receives a manuscript of her ex-husband Tony’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) new novel, she finds herself emotionally invested in his story. It  also trigger some memories when they were together back in the day. The story here switching between pulpy desert thriller and chilly L.A. You Susan is too cynical and Tony the writer is too naive and sensitive. Nocturnal Animals is a film about lapses in time, memory and relationships also about revenge.  It is book-like triggers memories, as I call it that is what Ford likes. It is an other way to tell the story. Ford paid attention to the details here to the design of casual luxury  and sharp tailoring, luxurious textures and rich jewel tones. The film as some kind of perverse junk culture with pulp novel effect. It is a raw film at its purest form. Micheal Shannon here is as usual outstanding. Do not miss this one.

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Posted in U.S. Film

DEMOLITION (2016)

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A film by Jean-Marc Vallée

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper

An investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash, he remains emotionless about it. He writes a series of confessional letters to a vending machine company catch the attention of a customer service rep to which he is going to form an unusual relationship.

The story feels off beat right from the start when Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) gets some M&M after his wife died, the candy doe not dispense so Davis sent Davis begins writing long, detailed letters to the machine’s customer service rep, pothead single mom Karen (Naomi Watts). They form an unlikely relationship which in the process meet her adolescent son who is trying to find himself. The thing is here Davis is feeling nothing and is emotionless about it. He does not even miss her. He is self absorb into his work does not pay attention to her much. Some people cannot live in the house after their spouse has died but her Davis is feeling nothing for him in order to move on he has to demolish in order to rebuild.  When he meets the adolescent looks that they need each other. Davis needed to take things apart and to smash them up in order to feel alive and to move on so he can reconstruct his life, a life without a wife. He is turning the page some people deal differently. Gyllenhaal’s performance is to outstanding as well as the rest of the cast, a nice touch when the kid tell him to be at this place at 11 o’clock. Some of you might not like this film but for me it is an unusual film with some creativity behind it.

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Posted in U.S. Film

EVEREST (2015)

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A film by Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright,Jason Clarke

Everest Is the highest mountain in the world and for some reasons everybody wants to climb it. One of every four climber dies every year. Based on a true story author Jon Krakauer’s book, “Into Thin Air” the film centers on multiple 1996 expeditions to scale Everest’s summit. Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is the man who helped turn such expeditions into a profitable business, the thing is he has to go up every time with this group of people who has paid a small fortune and he has to get them safely down plus there is the brutality of mother’s nature to go with it. Og course there is Rob’s pregnant wife (Keira Knightley), left behind to worry while he takes on one more climb. the team as follows are: The 100% Texan Beck Weathers (played by 100%), every day man Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), who has tried to reach the summit twice and failed, Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), a woman who has reached 6 of the world’s 7 summits, Krakauer himself (Michael Kelly) the journalist to document the trip and if Rob’s people succeed in reaching the top they will get the cover of the magazine.

The thing is the the mountain the weather is unpredictable wit brutal conditions like extreme wind, and sown storm. And when the weather does not cooperate and they ran out of oxygen it is trouble at its best, now you are hoping for the best. I saw a documentary about it one time on those people who climb everest and some didn’t get back. The only thing about the film that Kormákur could put in is a bit more who those people were. Instead in concentrated on the tragedy which is fine. The performances of the actors were splendid with this all star cast. No happy ending here it is like the mention has spoken.

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Posted in U.S. Film

SOUTHPAW (2015)

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A film by Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona LaurenceForest Whitaker

A boxer who looses his wife turnto Tick Willis a trainer at some gym to help him get back his life together as well as the custody of his daughter from child protection services.  Here is a terrific screenplay from Kurt Shutter who has written this cool series Sons of Arnachy, the Shield I have them on my series website. You put Antoine Fuqua as the director and the aver so terrific Jake GyHenhaal as the hero of the story you got yourself a terrific awesome film.

Here is a boxer who has everything and comes from a broken home as work his ass off tho be on the top when suddenly he losses everything after his wife gets killed. The wife was the decision maker in the house as well as his business manager take that away and you have a lost angry boxer who does not know how to cope with it. His empires crumble down and his kid gets taken by child protection services to top it all off. It is a story of redemption a little bit predictable but great to watch here because the performance of Jake is outstanding, he is on the top go his game. Even Forest Whitaker who plays the trainer here in some small gym with a bunch of kids that he tries to get them out of trouble by leaning boxing has done a great job and Forrest and jake deserve each other here. 50 cents to my surprise as played wonderfully well in this film. The cinematography has a shadow black on black to it. The fighting scenes are pumped with emotional punch in the gut. Best view with recommendation while of course drinking beer, Hello! it is a boxing film after all.

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Posted in Great movie, U.S. Film

NIGHTCRAWLER (2014)

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A film by Dan Gilroy

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Here is thief basically a low life who goes out at night and steals fences and led pipe to get by. I guess a job is out of the question. He goes to a construction site and sells his stolen good there and ask the boss if he was hiring his response “why would I hire a thief?” One night he drives on the highway and sees an accident he stops and sees a man filming the accident basically a nightcrawler who will sell the video to any news channel that will take it . Louis Bloom (Louis Bloom) has an idea he launches his owns business with the help of a dude who is homeless that he hires to go on site and get news footage.

First here is Jake Gyllenhaal who does independent film and since he has done that he has become a terrific actor by long shot. he gets into some dark role and go there beautifully there. Here we praise the over achiever who start a business from the ground up. But Gilroy went he wrote the scrip said to himself what if things becomes twisted and what if the main character is cold as ice, and there you have a beautiful script well written. He took it to the next level. Louis Bloom is an eager learner who has time on his hand and the news business feed his need, he finally found something that he likes and will do anything to get the news even trying to kill his competition, there is nothing he would do to get the new first. Joe Loder (bill Paxton) does not know what to make of him. Not too many people can read him. Louis moves up the latter very quickly. And then you have Nina (Rene Russo) who is a TV producer and desperate to get higher ratings and she is unethical. What start the story of a man who climb the ladder becomes something more toward the end of the film. Dan Gilroy added the tension running though out the film and you will be on the edge of your seat as the film moves along. Bill Paxton is great in this and the chemistry plus the dialog with jake is outstanding. The cinematography of Los Angeles is gorgeous even breath-taking. Nightcrawler is bold shocking and is not afraid to cross the line.

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Posted in Canadian Film

ENEMY (2013)

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A  film by Denis Villeneuve 

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon 

Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) has brown hair, a brown beard and wears brown clothes basically the movie’s look like a foggy nicotine stain you know kind a brownish felling to it has this boring life that repeats itself, he teaches at the University in Toronto to a half fill class of students goes home eats with his girlfriend, makes love to her, and repeat the same thing the next day. Until someone tells him to see this film that he liked, and noticed that an actor looks exactly like him. He seeks him out and the film goes from there. I am not going to tell you more then that. There is a few theory on this film and every one os going to have a different opinion. The ending is great no doubt . In a way it is a disturbing weird psychology thriller. It looks like David Linch infleunce Villeneuve big time. Now when you’ll see the film I’d love your take on it. Please feel free to comment.

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Posted in U.S. Film

PRISONERS (2013)

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A film by  Denis Villeneuve.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis 

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller dover (Hugh Jackman) 6 years old daughter Anna (Erin gerasimovich ) and her fiends is missing, and as minutes turn ti hour panic sets in. The only lead is the RV that was earlier parked in the street. Detective Locki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrest the driver. 48 hours later they release him on lock of evidence. The police pursue multiple leads and the clock id ticking. Soon Dover takes matter on to his own hand.

First what a cast Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terence Howard, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. The film is shot around the rain season to set the atmosphere at thanksgiving time.  The suspense is rolling though out the film at a nice pace. Hugh Jackman gives a grzat performance. He is the weak man who in order to make himself powerful take matters to his own hand. Bello plays the devastating mother who is trying to get all together but can’t. She drowns herself with sleeping pills like she is going to wake up from this nightmare like nothing happened. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a detective who is not going to give up, his performance his outstanding. Terence Howard shows how brilliant he is playing a man who is devastated by the event.  Paul Dano gave a superb performance playing the guy who get arrested it is not easy to play his character like he did. The film has several twist and turn and a bit predictable but it is still good. Let’s not forget Mellisa Leo who likes to play that kind of character gave a chilling performance in that one.

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