/Filmcast Ep. 293 – Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler Halloween

David, Devindra, and Jeff review Dan Gilroy’s latest, discuss which format you should see Interstellar in, wonder at what kind of world Christopher Nolan is trying to create, and address listener emails about the /Filmcast’s format.

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Dan Gilroy Interview

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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Nightcrawler red-band trailer

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 »

new Nightcrawler teaser

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 Halloween

This year is the tenth anniversary of Fantastic Fest, and the fest will close with a movie we’ve been anticipating over the past couple months: Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a seedy news reported in Los Angeles. That film was announced today along with a host of other movies, including the new Keanu Reeves film John Wick, for which Reeves will make his second appearance at the fest. Then there’s The Creeping Garden, a documentary about slime molds and the people who study them; neo-giallo thriller The Editor, and new Studio Ghibli movie The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and Sion Sono’s new film Tokyo Tribe.

The full second wave lineup is below. I’ve added trailers for most of the films. Note that I haven’t watched all those trailers in full yet, and there’s a chance that one or two are not safe for workRead More »

Nightcrawler trailer

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 »

Nightcrawler Halloween

When one film moves around on the calendar, others often follow suit. Recently David Ayer’s Fury was pulled up from a November 2014 opening to a mid-October date, the better to (hopefully) enjoy a long awards season runup. That put it directly in competition with Nightcrawler, the indie thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Now Nightcrawler has backed off a couple weeks to put room between the two releases. In addition to the Nightcrawler Halloween date, there’s news about Universal and Legendary dating a pair of genre films for 2015 and 2016. Read More »

nightcrawler teaser trailer

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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