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Six Pack

April 4, 2017

This is a new feature to my movie blog in which I will compile my six favorite movies for a given topic. Since I most recently reviewed the movie Life, a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, my first six pack will be my six favorite Gyllenhaal performances.

  1. Nightcrawler - Jake was 100% creepy as an isolated loner who spends his time in a drab apartment listening to a police scanner so he can be first on the scene with his video camera. He is the videographer equivalent to an ambulance chaser, which is a lawyer who tries to be the first on the scene of an accident to secure potential clients. Jake lost 30 pounds to play the role of Lou Bloom a sickly looking, unemployed, low-level thief. His social awkwardness prohibits him from securing gainful employment, mostly because he frightens other people by his mere presence. The movie is incredibly graphic, highly disturbing, and one that will stick with you long after you are through watching it. Gyllenhaal is the highlight of this pulse-pounding thriller. He is compelling as Lou, a man who, despite his awkwardness, knows exactly what to say and when to say it, often sacrificing any possible morals his character might have for his own personal gain.