NIGHTCRAWLER | MOVIE REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

I originally reviewed NIGHTCRAWLER back in November of last year and think it was THE MOST under appreciated movies at this year’s Oscars. The movie was genius. It came out on home entertainment here in April I believe but our order for them went missing. Well well well, the good folks at Madman Films are always good to their word and grabbed us another batch and so thanks to them, and because we are awesome, we have three copies of NIGHTCRAWLER for you to win on Blu Ray – nearly kept one of these for myself – such an awesome movie!!

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM NOV 28, 2014

NIGHTCRAWLER – JUST WOW – WHAT A MOVIE. Since the first time I saw this trailer I had to see it and for two screenings I was stuck at work and then sick and then the night before release the uber awesome peeps at Madman Films put on a third screening and nothing was stopping me. I sat there in morbid demonic pleasure at this utterly brilliant piece of movie making. Jake Gyllenhaal is my pick for Best Male Actor Oscar this year and the movie deserves a nomination, as does first time director, Dan Gilroy. It is out now in quite a few cinemas, get thee bum there safely or some nutjob like Lou will film it. In the words of Lou Bloom “A friend is a gift you give yourself” – this movie is your friend! NIGHTCRAWLER is rated MA15+ and runs for 117mins. 

 

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Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a loner, a dedicated and passionately driven loner. He has absolutely no friends and spends his time by himself, learning a vast amount of skills on the internet or stealing items to sell. He desperately wants love (or his idea of love) and a job with a steady income. His social skills are based on what he has learned online, as such, he has no social graces or knowledge. He speaks like a text book and is void of emotion and a path to live on. He tries asking for jobs and selling himself to various places but he has no luck, until he sees a fascinating and bloody piece of inspiration. He could become someone who works for himself and gets a reward if he does the job well, that of a nightcrawler, overnight freelance trash journalism. The stuff that trash TV news wants a piece of, the darkest of society at its worse. You all love seeing a train wreck, you know you shouldn’t watch but you can’t take your eyes off it. Lou films it and sells it to TV for you to watch over your morning breakfast. But as a freelancing job there are other freelancers and if you want your item sold you need to have the best footage, what would you, or in this case, Lou do to get the best sellable footage?

Lou is a vampire, a manipulative murderous vampire, he is terrifying in his matter of fact speak, unpredictable and unstoppable, could it turn into a serial killer movie? Lou is another train wreck you can’t take your eyes off, while his delivery is humorous his belief in himself and the world is beyond freakish, the worst part, people like him probably exist.

 

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NIGHTCRAWLER | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | LOUIS BLOOM (JAKE GYLLENHAAL) IN FRONT OF THE TV ANCHOR BACKDROP

 

Lou meets KLWA night news editor, ruthless, trash TV editor, Nina Romina (), who he sells his footage to exclusively. Romina is at the end of her career tether and knows that train wrecks will sell and get people viewing. In Nina Romina’s own words describing the ideal footage “a screaming woman, running down the street with her throat cut,” she says, and Lou is willing to go the extra distance to get it for her. It’s a match made in television hell.

At the start Nina views Lou as a simple determined guy, the new kid on the block who may have some good footage. But their relationship grows into much more.

Russo’s husband, writer/ director Dan Gilroy has delivered a fresh and nuanced screenplay and delivered it on a golden platter with his debut movie. The unintentional wit and candour of Lou is reminiscent of Norman Bates and Frank. Gyllenhaal provides a dedicated tour de force with his performance. He was so dedicated to the role , he worked out eight hours a day and rode his cycle to set to lose weight as he wanted to be a “hungry coyote,” he also was so involved in the “mirror” scene he ended up in hospital getting his hand stitched, he then came straight back to set.

 

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NIGHTCRAWLER | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | NINA ROMINA (RENE RUSSO) TALKING WITH LOU

 

The supporting cast of Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Bill Paxton is the icing on the cake for this movie, they were all perfectly cast and perfectly delivered their characters. All of these characters have a small but pivotal piece on Lou’s chessboard and it all comes through onscreen, there is never too much nor too little delivered. That being said I always want more Paxton onscreen, he plays such a great character in this, he could have his own movie. And Russo is still one woman I would turn for, ever since LETHAL WEAPON 3 I have crushed on her, I never thought she could do a trashy and desperate look, an aging and needy power woman, and she does, while slowly falling into Lou’s world of insanity.

Academy Award Winner Robert Elswit’s cinemtography is the cherry on top of that icing on this glorious cake of a movie. It has a definite Scorcese look and feel to it. The seedy undertones and dark moodiness of Los Angeles created by Elswit have never felt so unappealing, it literally is a hunting ground for Lou. At the same time the colours are all striking, to match the increased sight by Lou’s large “all-seeing” eyes, eyes that Gyllenhaal rarely blinks – he did the same thing in DONNIE DARKO.

 

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NIGHTCRAWLER | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | LOUIS BLOOM (JAKE GYLLENHAAL) FILMING A MURDER

 

NIGHTCRAWLERS’ satirical dark comedic thrilling look at paparazzi styled freelance guerrilla journalism is at times hilarious and at others terrifying. This is the closest film to Scorcese’s BRINGING OUT THE DEAD I have seen. It is an amazing piece of cinema for film lovers, this is not for the family or date night. Gyllenhall for Oscar!

 

5 Pops

 

With special thanks to Madman Films to win one of the 3X BLU RAYs of NIGHTCRAWLER you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:

What is your favourite creepy movie and why? I am trying to find characters as creepy as Louis Bloom. For me it has to Perkins’ Norman Bates – still creeps me out – although I recently saw Elijah Wood playing Frank in MANIAC and that was bloody unnerving.

If you do not have social media then get with the times – you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).

Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent after July 30th! Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.