Nightcrawler: Why Jake Gylenhaal Deserves Best Actor

December 11, 2014 10:19 PM

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Nightcrawler is not a Mystery but it is a work of LA Noir, so I ran off to watch it in the theaters because I'm writing something LA Noir and, boy, was I not disappointed. It's one of the best movies of the season and most assuredly will garner some big awards, including Best Actor for Jake Gyllenhaal whom I never cared for at the beginning of his career when he was just some pretty-boy heartthrob.

The movie hinges around Jake Gyllenhaal's creepy Louis Bloom, a typical LA loser, who can't find meaningful, sustained employment in a recovery economy sputtering back to life. We encounter him first as a thief -- someone who scavenges metal illegally -- and he transitions into a logical next step: ...

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