Tag Archives: Jake Gyllenhaal

Nocturnal Animals (Keith’s Guest Review)

A successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner named Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) has an idyllic life and is married to her constantly traveling second husband named Walker (Armie Hammer). While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal), who she has not seen in years. The manuscript tells the story of a teacher named Tony Hastings (also Gyllenhaal) who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the book, it forces her to examine her past and confront some dark truths.

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Everest Review

A TERRIFIC CINEMATIC TALE

OF BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE


 

Movies that are “based on a true story” are somewhat tricky to pull off. For all tense and purposes, history has already catalogue the events and the accounts of the lives (whether participated or affected by) has been well-documented. It’s for that reasons why “based on a true story” movies are hard to make, for many people might already know that narrative’s conflict and its overall resolution. Thus, it falls to filmmakers to make such a movie feel both informative and entertaining at the same time, striking the proper balance between the two to maximize a viewer’s movie experience. Universal Pictures and director Baltasar Kormákur present the cinematic story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster with the feature film Everest. Does this movie strike truth in this “true life event” or has Hollywood buried its real life authenticity beneath theatrical dramatics? Read more

Southpaw Review

A PREDICTABLE, BUT POWERFUL ENDEAVOR


Everyone loves a good redemption / comeback story. It’s almost considered human nature to sympathize with a tale of an individual, faced with a downfall of overwhelming odds, and that individual’s ultimate rise back to success and prosperity. It’s a tale as old as time and, in the world of cinematic movies, has been played through the ages of moviemaking, crafting a new incarnation ever so often for a new generation audience. Now director Antoine Fuqua and actor Jake Gyllenhaal step into the ringing of the box film genre with the comeback movie Southpaw. Does the feature rise in the end or is it too much of a redemption retread to care about? Read more