Monday, December 1, 2014

Movie Reviews: "Nightcrawler" and "The Theory of Everything"

I know it's been a while since my last movie post-I was on vacation i for 10 days and didn't see any movies during that time.  I saw two movies last weekend, but, sadly, couldn't recommend either of them.  I finally found two good ones!

   Rated R

In the film, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a nightcrawler, a freelance cameraman who films and sells sensationalist footage to news stations.  Using a police radio, Bloom cruises the Los Angeles streets, while filming crime, fires, crashes or anything that showcases human suffering.  Rene Russo has a supporting role as Nina, a news director who works with Bloom.

Nightcrawler is an intense, gory film that is extremely well done.  Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance is outstanding-he portrayed Bloom as so oily and smarmy that I wanted to wash my hands when the film was over.  If you don’t mind seeing the underbelly of television journalism, Nightcrawler is the film for you!

   The Theory of Everything
   Not Rated

In 1961, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), a Cosmology PhD candidate at Cambridge University met Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), a fellow student, and they quickly feel in love.   Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS.  Defying the odds and with the help of technology, he has lived with this debilitating disease for more than 50 years and become one of the greatest scientists of all time.

Going into this film, I had a neutral view of Stephen Hawking.  Though I recognized his scientific brilliance, I wasn’t convinced his social and humanistic traits were well developed.  The Theory of Everything showed him as a loving partner, good friend and attentive father as well as a ground-breaking cosmologist.  After seeing the challenges he faces on a daily basis, I respect and admire him.  You won’t regret seeing The Theory of Everything!

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