Marlborough Mid-Week : December 24th 2014
12 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, DECEMBER 24, 2014 ENTERTAINMENT/NEWS Poster boy for post-ethics journalism the fact he is prepared to do virtually anything to get the best shot. NOW SHOWING BY MATT LAWREY ➤NIGHTCRAWLER (R16) * * * * 1/2 (out of five) Like most people I know, I’m a big fan of Christmas. Sure, it can be expensive, occasionally stressful and bad news for your liver, waistline and cholesterol level, but the festive season is a great way to kick off the summer and catch up with the important people in your life. Sometimes, though, all the Christmas carols, decorations and well-wishing can prove a little repetitive. Sometimes you need a break from all that cheerfulness. Sometimes you need a film like Nightcrawler. Following in the tyre tracks of Taxi Driver, Nightcrawler is a dark and devious film about a Written and directed by feature film debutant Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler is a brilliant example of how to make rich cinema with a meagre budget. Thanks to Gilroy’s razor sharp script, his superb direction and Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-baiting performance, Nightcrawler has deservedly found its way on to many critics’ top 10 movie lists for 2014. Set in Los Angeles and shot Bottom feeder: Working the late shift – Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler. disturbed man by the name of Lou Bloom. Played with amoral intensity by a gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, Bloom represents the product of capitalism run amok and a media where things like ethics are history. When we first meet Bloom he is a petty thief. It doesn’t take long, Photo: SUPPLIED however, for ambition to come calling after one night he witnesses freelance cameramen filming a car crash. Inspired by the idea of making money from drama and tragedy, Bloom gets himself a camera and soon discovers he has a talent for the business – a talent fuelled by almost entirely at night, its mood recalls Michael Mann’s Collateral and Nicolas Winding Refn’s more recent Drive. It’s set in a world of streetlights, neon lights, freeways and underpasses. Bloom prowls the city in search of crime and suffering to sell to his No 1 fan, the news editor at a local station, played by Rene Russo. Joining him for the ride is his protege Rick (Riz Ahmed) and Bill Paxton turns up as a rival cameraman. The performances are all spot on but by far the most credit has to go to the man in the middle of almost every frame. For anyone who hasn’t seen his slow burning, brilliant appearance in Prisoners, Gyllenhaal’s performance as Bloom may come as a bit of a shock. Seriously, it’s almost as though he made the film while on some experimental drugs. Sharp, lucid, attentive to every detail and yet not quite there, his Bloom is one mixed-up cat. The interesting bit is that we’ve all met someone like him. Someone who, at first glance, appeared normal enough but who, on closer inspection, revealed themselves to be capable of anything. Nightcrawler works as both a psychological thriller and a satire and stands out as one of the best directorial debuts of recent years. It also marks the continuing of an impressive tradition by Gilroy’s family – his elder brother Tony’s directorial debut was the Academy Award-nominated Michael Clayton. Chances are the younger Gilroy will also be feeling Oscar’s love when the nominations are announced next month. Bottom line: Dark, timely and gripping. Boards delight mates Handy lad: Grovetown School pupil Luke Register, 8, right and some of his classmates have fun with the blackboards their friend Jack Clove, 8, left, made for them. He decided to make seven of the blackboards, with the help of his dad Craig, after making one at a DIY evening at Bunnings. ‘‘I just thought it would be nice to make some formyfriends. It tookme and Dad about a week to make them,’’ Jack said. He gave them to his friends to take home just before the end of the school term. 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