The excellent new film, Nightcrawler, is a scathing indictment of television news “if it bleeds it leads” mentality and a commentary on how free online self-help instruction could cause a person to go insane. Students of psychology are likely to have a blast analyzing Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Louis Bloom, a man who will lie, cheat, steal and do all manner of unspeakable things in order to become what he thinks society will recognize as a success.
Gyllenhaal’s mesmerizing performance captures both the irrational intelligence and irresponsible doe-eyed ignorance of Bloom, one of the best written and most interesting characters I’ve seen on screen in a long time. In addition to his Oscar worthy acting in the part, he reportedly lost 20-pounds to play the role of the gaunt looking loner with dreams of making it big. Read the full story »