It’s rare to see a directorial debut that is a total home run, but that’s Nightcrawler in a nutshell. The film’s writer/director, Dan Gilroy, is not, however, some rookie who got lucky. He’s been a screenwriter for years, with credits on films like The Fall, Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy. He was the writer on Tim Burton’s aborted Superman film with Nicolas Cage. And his family is in the business, too: brother Tony has his own screenwriting career, and is director of films like Michael Clayton and Duplicity; brother John edited films such as Warrior and Pacific Rim; and his wife Renee Russo needs no introduction.
They all are part of Nightcrawler, in which Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a man who finds himself uniquely suited to compete in the world of independent cable news contractors. Gyllenhaal’s character Lou Bloom is taught the “if it bleeds it leads” axiom early on, and he runs with that concept. Renee Russo plays Nina, who buys Lou’s footage and helps shape his new career. Tony Gilroy produced, and John Gilroy edited.
I sat down with Dan Gilroy to talk about the film, and admitted that, as horrible as the guy can be, I’m somewhat envious of Lou’s pure drive to succeed. We talked about sociopaths, the liberation that comes from ditching a traditional character arc, and the beauty of Los Angeles at night.
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This Nightcrawler red-band trailer is unusual. Most red-band trailers are restricted because of the language or images contained in the film footage. In this one, most of the foul language comes from critic quotes praising the film. (Though the characters spew a few choice lines, too.)
And, yeah, Nightcrawler is great; as bitingly funny as it is brutally disturbing. Jake Gyllenhaal shines as a very determined man who finds a career path freelancing in scummy late-night cable news. And while some people might find their road to success blocked by little things such as morals or a conscience, this character isn’t much troubled by such things. This trailer doesn’t give much away, but you’ll get to see Gyllenhaal getting into action. Read More »
I’m getting to the point where I love the one-minute and even the 30-second trailer. Take Nightcrawler, a film which looks truly great, and about which I’ve heard nothing but good things since it started doing the festival rounds a few weeks ago. Dan Gilroy‘s tale of seedy Los Angeles news reporting boasts a lead performance from Jake Gyllenhall that has become the must-see turn of fall 2014. But I want to see it in the movie, not necessarily in the trailer, and the last long Nightcrawler trailer felt like it showed too much.
Enter this new Nightcrawler teaser. It’s a 30-second look at the film — basically a TV spot, except that it comes from Regal Cinemas. Regardless, it’s a condensed look that might get your blood flowing, but doesn’t feel as if it is giving the movie away. There’s also a new and final poster, excerpted above and shown in full below.
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Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a guy who discovers that his intense work ethic and lightweight moral sense combine to make him a talent in the field of shooting bottom-feeding TV news. Initially unsuccessful in his job hunt, a chance encounter with a news team led by Bill Paxton leads Gyllenhaal’s character to start gathering news on his own… and perhaps even tweaking it a bit, as this new Nightcrawler trailer suggests. The film was recently moved to an October 31 opening; see the new trailer below. Read More »
Our first look at the crime thriller Nightcrawler featured star Jake Gyllenhaal going through a few permutations of a job pitch to an unseen person — and despite that potentially dull setup, it was a strange, riveting piece of film thanks to Gyllenhaal’s performance. Now there’s a longer Nightcrawler trailer that shows us a lot more of Gyllenhaal’s character as he combs the nighttime streets of LA looking for lurid news. And even though we see a lot more, this trailer still leaves a lot of questions.
I love this new look at the film, and each new thing we learn about the movie helps it climb to a higher spot on the “must watch” list. Check out the Nightcrawler teaser trailer below.
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When Stan Lee appears in a Marvel movie, it’s a sign of respect. Each cameo acknowledges that comic book legend created, or co-created, most of the major cornerstone characters in the Marvel universe. In the decades since creating Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men, Lee has continued to create superheroes both for Marvel and on his own and now one of the newest ones is about to get his own movie.
The character is named Annihilator and he’s a Chinese prisoner who undergoes a dangerous procedure infusing him with the powers of several different animals. Producer Barry Josephson (Enchanted, Bones, Wild Wild West) and Magic Storm Entertainment have signed on to develop a film version, which has a script by Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy). Read More »
In the year and change since Cowboys & Aliens opened, director Jon Favreau has worked on the TV series Revolution, and prepped Disney’s film Magic Kingdom and a feature version of the stage musical Jersey Boys. Nw his name is attached to another project that, like Jersey Boys, is more realistic, in terms of subject matter, than most of the films he’s known for directing at this point.
Battle for Bonneville is the story of half-brothers Art and Walt Arfons, who were racing rivals that ultimately competed to set the land speed record in jet-powered car driven on the famous Bonneville salt flats in Utah. The Bourne Legacy co-writer Dan Gilroy scripted, and New Regency is in final talks to pick up the project with Favreau directing and Ryan Reynolds attached to star as one of the Arfons brothers. Read More »
Even with a two hour-plus run time, The Bourne Legacy feels short. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first Bourne three films, directed this extension of the franchise which gives an intricate, chemical context to everything you loved about the first three. However, in its run time, the percentage of actual action is pretty small. When it hits, the action is big, exciting and almost always innovative. But the fights, gun battles and car chases are few and far between.
Gilroy co-wrote with his brother, Dan Gilroy, and they’ve packed the movie with loads of expository information and characters that’ll do wonders to kick start a franchise, even if it won’t do wonders for an impatient audience. This is way more in line with Gilroy’s previous directorial efforts, Michael Clayton and Duplicity, than the Bourne films, and your opinion on those will likely impact your enjoyment of The Bourne Legacy.
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