All the stuff everyone else is saying is right. The Lou Bloom character is a creation of sheer genius, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in the role is beyond superb. The movie edges right up to the boundaries of the horror genre, and is also savagely humorous. Nihilism can produce high art, when it’s done right.

Nightcrawler approaches the topical subject of the relationships between the media, business, and law enforcement in a way that eludes conventional pieties. It deserves NRx endorsement just for that. In its darkness are strung subtle threads of possibility, in the working out of abnormal but powerful imperatives — of a supremely cynical kind — comparable in their diagonal subversiveness to a re-animated Scottish Enlightenment on ketamine, with all progressive hope burnt out so radically it doesn’t even register as a question.

These impulses are avatars of what is coming out of the collapse — tough, consummately disillusioned, and exploratory things.

January 24, 2015admin 5 Comments »

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    It was in my top ten, yeah. Criminal that he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. Too dark for them I guess.


    Posted on January 24th, 2015 at 9:10 pm Reply | Quote
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  • Ex-pat in Oz Says:

    Just watched this on your recommendation. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Had hints of Ripley– would that the character progressed…


    Posted on January 25th, 2015 at 7:11 am Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    this reminded me Under the Skin, both films not appears so convincing to me. Conceptually fragmented, missing on dominate, pretentiously emotionally withdrawn. Rage and fury is internal dominating force of such characters, it is impossible to become so internally burned out. They are not kind forgiving personalities – rage and fury in always there. Another similar character in Book of Eli. Their performance highly unconvincing and deeply disconnected from the characters they play. I guess to reach such emptiness take more then living in 5 start hotels and dining with super beautiful girlfriend. But in real world such people exists. For example Russian mafia guys often killing their victims by hitting with knife into the eye. May appears like crazy act performed by derailed person with purpose of sending some terrifying message. But in fact they do that because many of their friends been executed in Russian prisons and as prove of death stainless steel talon was in inserted into with executed person eye. Then photographed and filed.


    Mark Warburton Reply:

    You’re sure to grab a permanent writing job at Sight & Sound with that analysis…. This is jokey troling, surely…^^^


    Posted on January 25th, 2015 at 9:23 am Reply | Quote

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