Tag Archives: Jake Gyllenhaal

Nocturnal Animals

WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE YOU CAN’T JUST THROW IT AWAY.  Art gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) receives a copy of a novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal); she’s immediately drawn into the story about a family that falls victim to three men while driving in the middle of nowhere… Tom Ford’s second film … Continue reading Nocturnal Animals

Enemy

YOU CAN’T ESCAPE YOURSELF. When history professor Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is watching a movie, he realizes that one of the actors looks exactly like him; he becomes obsessed and tries to make contact… One of Denis Villeneuve’s most ambitious films is not easily penetrated. Exploring mental conditions and a state of fear, the film … Continue reading Enemy

Everest

NEVER LET GO.  In May 1996, several teams are trying to reach the Mount Everest summit, but they are not prepared for a blizzard that will test them severely. A film that draws inspiration from several sources, including journalist Jon Krakauer who was there during one of the deadliest Everest seasons ever and lived to … Continue reading Everest

Southpaw

BELIEVE IN HOPE. Light heavyweight champ Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is struck by a personal tragedy and has to start his life over, with help from a trainer (Forest Whitaker) in a small-time gym. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter’s script has a few themes in common with that show, as it explores the consequences … Continue reading Southpaw

Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

The clip above is a Euronews summary of last night’s awards ceremony at the Cannes film festival. I wasn’t there, but the time has come for a look back at the event how it appeared from the outside. The jury of this year’s festival was chaired by the Coen brothers and consisted of Guillermo del … Continue reading Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Source Code

MAKE EVERY SECOND COUNT. Army pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) learns that he’s been thrown into an alternative timeline where he’s bound to experience another person’s last eight minutes alive over and over until he can stop the bombing that killed the person. Director Duncan Jones’s Moon (2009) was an original piece of sci-fi; this … Continue reading Source Code

Prisoners

EVERY MOMENT MATTERS.   When two young girls disappear in a small town, police come up with a suspect (Paul Dano) but not enough to build a case; one of the girls’ father (Hugh Jackman) refuses to accept it. Director Denis Villeneuve’s first American film is a thriller that explores the horror of losing a … Continue reading Prisoners

Hollywood Fighting a Good, Gay Fight

God, I never thought I would actually agree with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on anything. But the time has come. On this morning’s Face the Nation, Perkins distanced himself from Republican Senator Rand Paul (Ron’s kid) who recently quipped,  “Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure [Obama’s] views on marriage could get any gayer.” The … Continue reading Hollywood Fighting a Good, Gay Fight