2014 in Film

It Is What It Is, with The JackAss! Ep 7: WWE 2K16 is here!

On this weeks Episode, BC talks movie news, a little television, and recaps his favorite moments from WWE Hell in the Cell. He also gives a short review of WWE 2K16!

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IT IS WHAT IT IS SPECIAL EPISODE! STAR WARS TRAILER BREAKDOWN!

I am geeking out folks cause they released the official full trailer for Star Wars! and it is awesome!

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SAN DIEGO COMIC CON!!!!!

What began in 1970 as a couple of guys sitting around talking about their comic books has now grown into a multimillion dollar convention. Where people from around the world all travel to San Diego California for 4 days to get the latest in movies, television, games, toys, and of Corse, comics. San Diego Comic Con has once again come and gone. I am beaten, I am broken, but I will give you my thoughts on everything major that came out the past 4 days. I’ve included links to the panels for anyone that wants to watch themselves, curtesy of Youtube.com/SchmoesKnow

Now the only panels I got to really go to personally was the Screen Junkies Honest Trailer/Movie Fights Panel. One of my main highlights of the entire Con. I had so much fun with it. They should be posting it up on their YouTube channel later this week. I also attended the panel Movies That Never Got Made which focused mostly on Jon Schnepp’s documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? A film that I have been very excited for and I will be reviewing it as soon as I sit down and watch the entire Blu Ray. Including the 10 hours of bonus footage.

I spent my time for the most part wondering back and forth from outside Hall H to the Omni Hotel Lobby where there was free Wi-Fi. Between these points I came across all sorts of content. The Heroes Reborn Trailer, which looks interesting enough. I’ve never seen the original series, every time I tried to watch I never got through more than 3 episodes for one reason or another. But I definitely will give this a look. Blindspot the new NBC show starring Jaime Alexander looks to have a few episodes then be cancelled. I don’t see how it can really last long. It looks dull to me honestly. And for no reason in particular. It just feels like this is one of those shows that will sizzle out and be cancelled within the first episode, which is sad because I really like Jaime Alexander.

So Hall H began With The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part II. The panel was moderated by none other than Conan O’Brien. He did a great job being able to mix his comedy in with the cast and keep the panel rolling soothingly. These guys have such great chemistry together. On and off the screen. It is so fun to see them interact with each, and you truly feel the emotion and love they have for these films. They played a new trailer for the film which has yet to be released online. But from the sounds of it was action packed and showcased the true feel of the movie. Jennifer Laurence is an amazing person. She has the complete blend of intelligence, beauty, and class, all while being a complete ditz. She’s like a starburst, a complete contradiction. You hear her and think she’s ditzy until she turns the charm on and says something that completely blows your mind. She truly is the whole package, and true genuine person. You can catch the entire panel right here.

Fox truly brought the house down when they took the stage. They opened up with The Maze Runner followed by Victor Frankenstein. Where they each brought out the cast and spoke about the films, showing the new trailers for each. But honestly these were just the preshow for Fox. They then gave you Fantastic Four as an appetizer. But they finally brought the house down when Ryan Reynolds, not is costume oddly, came out on stage and introduced the raunchy, dirty, R rated panel for Dead pool! Which you can see here. As you see it was fun, it was amped up. The crowd was crazy hyped for it. I got a chance to see the footage they showed, and let me tell you, it was awesome. The bulk of it was the live action version of the leaked test footage from a year ago, with a lot of action set to DMX’s X Gone Give It to Ya. You’d think this was the main event, but they didn’t stop there.

Out came the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. Another amazing panel with amazing footage. After the footage Hugh Jackman all but confirmed that The Wolverine 3 would in fact be Old Man Logan. Which we can all agree, will be epic! Now the footage was very basic due to the fact they are so early in the production process. But we see Jean, and Jubilee, and quick sight of Cyclops. You get glimpses of Apocalypse all throughout it. But then, to close out the footage, Magneto stares at the screen and asks “Who the F*** are you?” and boom, we get it, Apocalypse in full garb. And he looks amazing. And if that wasn’t enough, they walk Channing Tatum, Gambit himself, to be included in their epic X-Men Selfie. This panel was so fun, and so exciting, and I cannot wait for the film! These panels were just so much fun, and the excitement they all show about the films makes me even more excited for them.

Next up we had the much anticipated Star Wars Panel. So much excitement, would we get the official announcement of Collin Trevorrow directing Episode IX? What about the Anthology films? Well we didn’t really get much of that all. Instead, we got Harrison Freaking Ford! That’s right ladies and gentlemen; Han Solo himself was in the house.  This was so awesome. Seeing the big 3 on stage at Comic Con is amazing. Plus added in the entire cast of Episode VII, get out bro! It was amazing! And I think bringing Harrison Ford out was there way to please the fans for not bringing any new footage or announcements. We got some behind the scenes footage, but nothing really new. But JJ brought out some of their practical effects creatures, and it was just incredible all the insight they brought with them. You can really tell this cast is passionate, and fans of the material. After the panel they took the fans outside and had an amazing Star Wars concert where every member of the audience was given a Light Saber!

WB/DC is going to be my vote for the Winner of Comic Con though. Starting with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and then going into PAN They hit the ground running. But the meat of the morning was Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Suicide Squad kicked it off with some incredible footage that can now be seen right here. Next up they brought out the entire cast of BvS for their Panel, and these guys are so into it makes me ready for it! For quite a while now Captain America: Civil War has been my most anticipated for 2016, this panel, and this trailer, are giving Marvel and Civil War a run for their money.

All and all Comic Con was freaking amazing guys. If I had to Jeebus Score it, I’d go 5.5 with the full bonus of .5 for EVERYTHING, giving San Diego Comic Con the first ever perfect 6.0 Jeebus Score! An amazing time, and I look forward to going to it again next year! Make sure to check out all the Comic Con coverage at Cinelinx.Com! And all always Jackass Nation, Keep on Nerding!

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Mad Max: Fury Road

One of the most hyped films of the last two years has been the sequel to a franchise we haven’t seen an installment for in about 30 years. From the stories of set problems, to the film getting push backed nearly a year. Not always a good thing. However, when it came to this, Mad Max Fury Road, whatever they did during that time of pushing this film back and getting it to us, they did a freaking badass job! This film is epic upon epic, upon action, upon badassdom! It is an adrenalin rush, nonstop thrill ride. I don’t know what other clichés I can through at you to describe this movie. I’m actually having a really hard time concentrating on getting my thoughts out to this film. A matter of fact, I don’t think I can, I am way too wrapped up in what I just saw to coherently tell you about this film. I’m going to have to sleep this off and come back to you tomorrow.

Ok, let’s try this again. Mad Max Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton. It is written and directed by the series original writer/director George Miller. And guess what, Miller is 70 years old. You would never expect that. Mad Max Fury Road tells the tale of Furiosa (Theron) as she attempts to flee War Boys cult leader King Joe, along with his five wives. As she sneaks them out of their land The Citadel, her journey becomes intertwined with that of Max (Hardy). Realizing that they are out for freedom and not more war, Max makes the decision to help them attempt to survive the journey to Furiosa’s homeland that she taken from so many years before.

No joke. This thing is literally a 2 hour action thrill ride. There is very little downtime. When there is, the story is pushed and the characters are flushed out. Miller does an incredible job giving you reasons to relate and root for these characters in the very short scenes in between intense action sequences. The action drives this film. Like the Mad Max films of the past this one is right on par. If not more. Every now and then a film comes along that is so special, and so unique that it advances the action film genre. This will be one of those films. Fury Road will be regarded as one of the greatest action films of all time.

 It is shot beautifully. Every scene is crisp and clear, and the CGI is mixed with the practical effects seamlessly. There is not an ounce of shaky cam during the action, you see and feel every single explosion and shot with such detail that you almost in these vehicles with these characters. The designs are very reminiscent of the original trilogy, yet add a new day feel to them. Now I didn’t see this in IMAX, or even X D or 3D. I went to my regular 2D screen and saw a normal digital screening. But will say, that after watching it, I plan to go see it again in an AMC Prime or IMAX screen, this is one of those films that needs to be witnessed in that high definition, with superior sound quality.

I don’t get why people are calling it Charlize Theron’s film. Yes she is a top billed actress in it, and a star, but I never got the feeling that this wasn’t a story about Max. It’s not really told from her point of view, I felt more that I was following Max around, but I get why I could be construed that way. There are also complaints that Theron’s character is too badass in the film, and to that I say you are crazy. If anything, I would’ve liked her to be even more badass. She is incredible. I was kind of taken out of the film for a while, while trying to figure out who one of the wives was, then it hit me, oh that’s the Rosie chick from Transformers 3. Good to see her again. Hoults character is very intriguing, it’s kind of the first time we see one of the craziest with some actual heart, and you get to know him some and feel for him.

Minor problems with the film, no film that isn’t The Godfather or Empire Strikes Back is perfect. If you are not a fan of the Mad Max films, you are not going to like this one. In 2 hours, it is probably an hour and a half of car chase action. So if you to this film not know that it is indeed a Mad Max film of old, yea you might walk out not liking it. But that’s really it. It is made to be an adrenaline rush. And that’s what it is. So I am scoring it a 5.0 with a .4 bonus for its insane action sequences that keep you heart pounding all movies long, bringing us to a 5.4 on the Jeebus scale. SO what say you Jackass Nation? Are you a fan of the Mad Max franchise? Are you looking forward to this one, or have you already seen it? Sound off in the comments below!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

American Sniper

American Sniper has been a film I was very disappointed was only getting a limited release on Christmas Day. A release that wasn’t looking to be here in Dallas, Texas. And it wasn’t until a week later, I found out hey, it is playing here. So I spent my New Year’s Eve day in a packed theater ready for what I was sure to be was going to an emotional, and epic tale about an American hero. And I was not disappointed.

American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, and is directed by Clint Eastwood. The film is written by Jason Hall and based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, American Sniper written by Kyle. The Film follows Navy Vet Chris Kyle (Cooper) as he goes from young cowboy, to the most deadly and accurate Sniper in American history. It follows his 4 separate tours into Iraq chronicling his rivalry with an enemy Sniper, and his troubles adapting to life back in the states. After 9/11, Kyle feels a calling to become something more. He signs up for the military and becomes a legend, and a hero to everyone who knows him. Little do they know he has his own internal struggle while dealing with family and life outside of war.

The film is truly an emotional rollercoaster. Seeing the struggles this man is going through dealing posttraumatic stress disorder. As a soldier and a hero he knows who he is, but at home he doesn’t know how to be a husband or a father. While in the field he must make decisions that affect his life at home, that affect his team in the field. It invokes the thoughts in your own head, of what would I do in this situation? Could I do what was needed of me?

The cast is very solid for the most part. Everyone is truly functional. Cooper is perfectly cast as Chris Kyle. He looks the part, and not once do you see Bradley Cooper. You see the Legend the entire film. The rest of the cast, well it’s a cast, they are all functional. Sienna Miller, is, ok, ish. Personally she was the weakest part of the film. And it’s not her performance that is weak, she is good, it was more the character. And by character I mean Chris Kyles wife. I know why the film had to go home and show you the effects pf PTSD on Kyle and his family, but when the film is at home in the states it begins to drag. I found myself annoyed with his wife and just ready to get back to the next tour.

The film is very entertaining, and truly emotional. I teared up, but I survived until the very end. It wasn’t until live footage of the funeral procession. Over all I’m giving American Sniper a Jeebus score of 4.8.

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5.

Maryl Streep as The Witch in Disney's "Into the Woods."

Into the Woods it’s time to go!

Into the Woods holds a fond place in my heart. In grade school I played the The Wolf in our production of Part 1. So all though I am probably not the target audience, I was very excited for the motion picture adaption of the Broadway play. I remembered my entire solo, and was very pleased with Johnny Depp’s portrayal of The Wolf made famous by me.

Into the Woods stars an ensemble cast of Meryl Street, Emily Blunt, James Cordon, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, and Mackenzie Mauzy. It tells the tale of multiple classic Grimm Fairy Tales with a twist that brings them all together. When a Baker (Cordon) and his wife (Blunt) are told by a witch (Streep) that to lift the curse on their family they must travel into the woods to retrieve the items she needs. While on their journey they come across Little Red Riding Hood (Crawford) Jack (Huttlestone) and his cow, and Cinderella (Kendrick) who is on the run from her Prince (Pine).

I really enjoyed the film. While I’m not one for musicals, I think my small historic connection to the film drew me to it. The cast is phenomenal. There are a few I don’t know, like Cordon, Crawford, and Huttlestone, but they are wonderful. Especially Crawford who plays Little Red. She was so fun to watch on screen and such delight. Chris Pine was a surprise, I wasn’t aware he could sing. All though not the best by any means, he was still really good. Depp plays a small part as The Wolf, but he does it well, and very creepy. Meryl Streep, well she’s Meryl Streep. She is always incredible. However, with the talk of Oscar buzz for her I have to say, this was not an Oscar performance. Just a very good performance.

The story is fun, and it’s cool to see these characters of my childhood intertwine and mix together. The music is as catchy as I remember and draws you into the story. The problem of the film lies in the second act. I always wondered why my school only did the first act, and now I know. The film seems to wrap up perfectly around the 90 minute mark and you think happily ever after has arrived, then all of a sudden it takes a left turn into act II and goes a little off the deep end for another 45 minutes. The characters seem to lose something that made them all special, and even one storyline involving Rapunzel and her Prince is left leaving the audience confused. It is as if they expected us to not really care about them.

The score and sound is of the charts. This is a film you probably want to see in the theater for the sound quality alone. There’s a thunderous effect they add anytime the Witch appears or disappears from screen and it is booming. And the cinematography is beautiful. It is not the top of the game as far as effects go, but it just beautiful to see on screen.

So all in all Into the Woods is a very fun film, and worth your money to see in theaters. I gave it a 4.2 with of .3 for having Johnny Depp play a role made famous by myself, giving Into the Woods a Jeebus score of 4.5, a Good time at the theater.

The Interview

The Interview, Because ‘Murica!

The movie that has nearly started World War III, The Interview. There was a pretty big question on whether or not this film would even be released. After a terroristic threat, most theaters had decided not to show the film. Then Sony decided not to release it. Less than 48 hours later. The internet broke with both outrage and support for Sony’s decision. Days later it was announced that a few theaters would get the film to run on Christmas Day. A day later, it was released that the film would be released XBOX Live, YouTube, and a few other OnDemand Medias. I for one was excited. Had it not been released on OnDemand I would have been at the closest theater on Christmas Day to watch, however I chose to BUY not RENT, bought it on XBOX One, I support America. I chose XBOX over going to the theater because this is an option, while I have a few other films to see I figured it’s smartest to get this one done at home so I can see something else to review for all of my loyal readers. Both of you. But enough of that’s, let’s get into it!

The Interview! The newest outing of James Franco and Seth Rogen is here and it is one that I have been excited for. I watched the first initial trailer, and chose not to watch anymore after because of my excitement. The film is directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and stars Rogen, James Franco, Randall Park, and Lizzy Caplan. It follows celebrity gossip journalist Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapopart (Rogen). Tired of being the lowest level of journalism Rapopart secure an interview with the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un (Park). Excited for their career they are approached by the C.I.A. to take out Kim Jung-un during their interview.

The film is pretty fun and entertaining. Is it a great film, no, is it funny yes. Rogen and Franco have such great comedic timing and chemistry, they are always fun to watch. Franco is on his game, especially during the beginning of the film. Arguably his best work. While it is the same roles for Rogen and Franco, they continue to work so well, because I like I said before, the chemistry. Honestly the entire cast is really good. Where you know what you are getting from Rogen and Franco, Park as Kim Jung-un is a lot fun to watch, definitely the shining star of the film. Caplan is also very well cast in her smaller role.

The laughs are there but they can be few and far in between. A lot of cliché humor is used, and the average fart jokes. Not as much of their normal weed crazy jokes. The laugh factor is definitely not as high as their This is the End or Pineapple Express, yet still better than some of the comedies this year. The story could have used a little less on the focus of Kim Jung-un and more on the spy aspect of Rogen and Franco. The Un storyline with his relationship with Franco is funny, but not as funny as it could’ve been.

All in all, all though World War III may come out it, The Interview is worth your time, if not for the laughs, then for the support of America. The support that we don’t bow to anyone, and we will watch whatever parody or satire film we want. I’m scoring this one 4.2 with a .5 bonus because ‘Murica, and Eminem, giving us a JEEBUS score of 4.7, a Good time at theater, er on XBOX.

Martin Freeman, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

One more time to Middle Earth.

So I will preface this by saying I was not a fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. That’s right I said it. I was not a fan. And because of my lack of fan ship after seeing the three films, I chose not to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey or The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. When Smaug was released on DVD I finally took to time to watch An Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug. I felt first film was a little childish and cheesy, but I decided to carry on and watch the second. Which I loved. That said I never watched either again until right before going to see The Hobbit: There and Back Again The Battle of Five Armies. My feelings toward the 2 remained the same, and as for the third and final adventure in Middle Earth? That thing is AWESOME!

So it’s time to return Middle Earth for one last adventure. And Peter Jackson has pulled out all the stops. Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, and Lee Pace, among others, all return for the final battle, and a battle it is. We pick up literally immediately where Desolation of Smaug leaves off and Smaug (Cumberbatch) is ravaging the town. Bard (Evans) stands up to Smaug and the standoff is nothing short of Epic. We now have Thorin (Armitage) and Crew back in control of Lonely Mountain. As Bard and The Elves come to claim what the feel is owed to them, The Orc army attacks, and the battle begins.

I loved this film. Where the first film is basically all story, and the second is a good mixture of story and action, this film is nearly all action. The battle literally takes up 90 minutes (maybe more) of the films 144 minute run time is an all-out war. And not that he would be reading this, but Michael Bay, take a little note. This is how you do a war! Not a single minute of the battle is wasted or feels forced. It is shot beautifully, and the CGI, though at times is noticeable, is still pretty crisp. The film takes place nearly all in one setting, right outside of the Lonely Mountain, so you don’t get a lot of Middle Earth, but you still feel like you are in this world still.

The story, though not heavily focused on is still well done. I never read the book, so I don’t know how close to the source material they stayed. I know Legolas was not in the book, but he is a great edition to the film. Bloom plays the character so seamlessly that you forget that that is Orlando Bloom, you just see the character. And he is so Bad A! Probably the most kick butt character in this film. The story arches between the characters are tied up and done perfectly, especially the relationship between Bilbo and Thorin. The film serves as a seamless link between Lord of the Rings trilogy and this Hobbit trilogy.

That said I had a few problems. There is some “Stormtrooper” logic to some of the Orcs during the battle that can take you out of the film, but those are the most easy to overlook. There is a character played by Ryan Gage named Alfrid, who had a small role in Smaug, and he is kind of the “Slimy Smee like comic relief” and the character gets about 20-25 minutes of screen time and I could have done with them killing him after 3 minutes. The character is cartoony and he completely takes you out of the film every time he is involved in a scene. Also, an aspect I liked in Smaug was the relationship between Tauriel and Kili. However in this film it feels very forced, and unnecessary. In no way does it suck you in, and you just don’t care about the relationship.

So all in all, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies is an epic end to Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth. So good in fact that it has made me make the decision to go back for the first time since I saw them in theaters and rewatch The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And for a film to do that, because I hated them, I’m giving it a full .5 bonus to go with my score of 5.1, giving us a Jeebus Score of 5.6, Multiple Viewings Required.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Ridley Scott has been very hit or miss for me lately. Mostly miss with his last 3, but I have been looking forward to this one, Exodus: Gods and Kings. Despite the rather oddly pale looking Egyptians, the talent is staked. Joel Edgerton, Christian Bale, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley. It is written by a compilation of Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, and Steven Zaillian. And I have got to say, this probably Ridley Scott’s best film since American Gangster.

The story follows the biblical epic of Moses (Bale). It chronicles his relationship with Ramesses II (Edgerton) as it deteriorates and leads to the discovery of his past. Ramesses wanting to spare Moses’ life, exiles him from Egypt. While on his journeys Moses finds God and must return to Egypt to free his people.

The film is really good. Early on I had my reservations with the cast. Not so much with Christian Bale, but Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver being cast as Egyptians. They were the whitest looking Egyptians I had ever seen. Not to mention the make up in the early trailers looked off. I assume the effects and editing hadn’t been done, because as more trailers came out, they looked better. And the actors can kind of take you out of the film, but when you get past it, they give incredible performances. Edgerton, who I am a huge fan of thanks to Warrior, plays a great Ramesses. Bale as always is incredible, and plays Mosses with such heart, and really give one of best performances.

The effects in the film are amazing. When it comes time for God to send his Ten Plagues. The CGI is seamless, and beautifully shot. It almost makes me wish I had seen it in X D or even 3D. There was a moment during a scene toward the end that I could tell the green screen was behind them, but only a moment, other than that it is incredible. Scott does a phenomenal job telling this age old story, and really delivers on the feel of an Epic type of film. There is a training montage there in the middle that kind of even feels like Scott is trying to say “Sorry about Robin Hood, I swear I could have done it better”. The film is 150 minutes, and you feel the weight, but it does not drag. Honestly could of stood for, and wanted another half hour of this epic story.

A lot of people have been worried about how many liberties would be taken with the story of Exodus. Now I am no expert on the Bible, but I think Scott and his writing team did a very good job of bringing this story to life without straying too far from its source material. Unlike Noah there are no Rock Monsters, or a creator, it is God, and he is speaking to Moses. And they do a great job not making the relationship between Moses and God cheesy. Or giving you a weak God. God is pissed, God is Old Testament God. He is ready for his people to be free.

My list of negatives is rather nitpicky I think. When I said I could have stood for another half hour, it’s because I would’ve liked a little more character development in certain places. The jump from Moses of Egypt, to Moses of the Hebrews comes rather quickly. 15 or 20 more minutes showing us the relationship between Moses and Ramesses would have made me care more about the Ramesses turn. When the film starts they are already grown, and close to one another. More time with the two would have been golden. Something else missing is the development of Ramesses. He goes from a fair and just General, to a tyrant of a Pharaoh at the snap of a finger. And while they take time to develop Moses on his own, Ramesses is left with no development, and just a subtle scene that shows you “hey, he’s a big dick now”. Toward the end there is an opportunity for a fight between Moses and Ramesses, and they build up through the film really warranted a showdown between the two and you don’t really get that. As well there is very little story of Moses retrieving the 10 Commandments. The film kind of hits a point and goes “ok let’s wrap up”. A few more minutes could have helped with this.

All in all, Exodus: Gods and Kings is a great film. A film that really only suffers from needed a little more character development. I’m giving it a 4.7, with a .3 bonus for the incredibly awesome water into blood plague, giving us a Jeebus Score of 5.0, Multiple Viewings Required.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler: Not an X-Men SPinoff

So when I first heard of Nightcrawler I was really excited for the X-Men Spinoff and wondered if Alan Cumming would be making his return to play the iconic comic book character. Sadly I realized the film was not about the teleporting mutant, but it was in deed a dramatic film starring Jake Gyllenhaal. At the time I was not a fan of Gyllenhaal. However by the end of this film I have been converted. I saw him in Prisoners and he began to grow on me, and then a friend showed me Brothers and I began to think maybe I had him wrong all these years. And this film set me straight. The guy is talented. So talented that I couldn’t even see him in the film. All I saw was the character, you completely lose him in the performance.

Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, and Bill Paxton. It is written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. It tells the story of driven but troubled young man named Louis Bloom, who finds his way into a career of shooting footage of newsworthy accidents and crimes, and then sells them to the local news. As he begins to get increasingly better at it he begins to become obsessed with not just filming the news, but making the news.

The film is creepy as all hell. You walk away completely creeped out to think that this is how we get our news. I believe it is pretty accurate. I’ve wondered how news channels get this footage and it’s crazy to think this goes on. The story is so in depth and is a very slow build. Not slow in the film drags, you spend the entire movie engulfed in this story. The film is shot beautifully, giving its L.A. setting the tough gritty feel you expect from the city.

The cast is perfect. Each of them giving noteworthy performances. Rene Russo as the Morning News Director does a wonderful job towing the line between a respectable business woman, and a sleazy news director. You don’t want to dislike her though you know she is doing things who otherwise wouldn’t approve up. Is it morally wrong? Yes but it’s what is demanded of her position. Bill Paxton plays a sort of rival to Gyllenhaal, and as always is shining star. I have always loved Paxton and ever project he is involved in. Riz Ahmed plays an out of luck intern that Gyllenhaal takes in. He has problems with Gyllenhaal and his methods, however is no position to turn down a job. He is really the most redeeming character in the film. I found him to be the only one I really wanted to root for. And like I said Gyllenhaal is firing on all cylinders this film. He loses himself in the character and it’s not Gyllenhaal you see, not Gyllenhaal you follow, but Louise Bloom, the creepy cameraman.

So I implore you to go out and catch Nightcrawler. It is a riveting, creepy masterpiece of a film. Not only do I expect an Oscar for the film, but I expect Gyllenhaal to get the nom for Best Actor. I scored Nightcrawler 5.5, with a .5 bonus for not only Gyllenhaal’s performance but the overall tone and creepiness of this film. That rounds us out at a smooth 6.0, JEEBUS-TACULAR!