Ive been accused in the past by many of writing reviews that are far… MoreIve been accused in the past by many of writing reviews that are far too long. So I will attempt to buck the trend by saying im a big Tarantino fan and OH MY GOD at the lapdance scene. That is all.
I enjoyed Nightcrawler for a number of reasons. For example I liked… MoreI enjoyed Nightcrawler for a number of reasons. For example I liked how it looks at how the news is increasingly being presented to us in a sensationalist way to achieve higher ratings. The lengths that the reporters went to to get an exclusive.
The film is mean and moody and Gyllenhaal is superbly intense and creepy as Lou who decides to become a independent crime journalist. By this I mean someone who listens to Police radio in an attempt to be first on the scene to shoot footage.
I also liked how it was shot mainly at night and reminded me a little of Collateral and Drive in this way.
Those who are (un)fortunate to have worked alongside me would probably… MoreThose who are (un)fortunate to have worked alongside me would probably agree that I don't need much encouragement to sound off (dare I say bitch) about most things or indeed everything and anything. This applies more so to some of the management techniques (or lack of) that I have observed. The creation of a bullying culture and the misguided notion that putting someone under pressure brings out the best in them. Although I accept that there are rare instances where this approach works I firmly believe this is a poor, even lazy tactic. Motivating someone with the carrot instead of a stick takes more smarts and guile and will more often than not achieve more.
For anyone that has seen the trailers or the recent awards coverage for Whiplash its probably clear which method music teacher Fletcher (J K Simmons) prefers. And this is what drives the story. A succession of aspiring music pupils falling over and treading on each other to be the core musician in a reputable college band. Each of them fighting to be a part of an over bearing, oppressively fearful environment. And throughout this, Fletchers justification is that geniuses such as Charlie Parker thrived in such circumstances and that the students would either sink or swim. If they fail, then it just wasn't meant to be and the ends justify the means.
Whiplash is an interesting and intense film. This is mainly down to Simmons who is magnificent throughout. Brash, aggressive and over bearing yet at times, shows enough empathy to suggest that there might be a good guy deep inside fighting to get out. His presence dominates every scene that he is in and even some scenes that he isnt. The music is not bad either and fans of jazz in particular will warm to this element of the film.
I saw this story a little bit like a reflection of our day to day lives. We are encouraged to work hard, to be determined, to be focused and to succeed often at the expense of others. This is not something I like about the world I live in and Whiplash reminded me of this.
Theres something I liked about watching not only brother and sister… MoreTheres something I liked about watching not only brother and sister (Mason and Sam) grow up but how their parents philosophies change over time. How they are helpless when their Mums eyeball itchingly poor decisions inevitably affect them their lives.
Probably a film more for the critics than the great unwashed. A little… MoreProbably a film more for the critics than the great unwashed. A little bit too arty farty for my liking but it is done well and all the performances are great. Especially good to see Michael Keaton back on form again.