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VELVET BUZZSAW (2019): The Things I Liked…

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix

I had a good time watching writer / director Dan Gilroy’s latest movie, Velvet Buzzsaw. The fact that it’s set in sunny Miami Beach, Florida only has a little something to do with it.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Zawe Ashton, Toni Collette and Billy Magnussen, Velvet Buzzsaw is a comedy / crime / fantasy movie about a group of art lovers who become revenge targets for a supernatural force. The catalyst for the vengeance being, the art lovers helped themselves to pieces of art they really shouldn’t have.

I immediately liked the early scenes where the different characters along with all their various motivations are established. Yet, I did definitely watch these scenes while somewhat impatiently waiting for the vengeance to begin. The true extent of my impatience didn’t really reveal itself until after the very first bit of rather thrilling revenge is enacted. Reason being, some of the scenes after that point weren’t always especially engaging. 

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Zawe Ashton
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019), Zawe Ashton

For me personally, thanks to my favourite characters in the movie, the ones played by Gyllenhaal, Ashton and Natalia Dyer, I feel as though Velvet Buzzsaw had enough to make the nearly two hours I spent watching the movie worthwhile. I mean, I wouldn’t say it’s quite as good as Nightcrawler (2014)my favourite Gyllenhaal and Gilroy collaboration, but it does have some standout moments that I won’t soon forget. Especially in regards to the creative ways revenge is enacted upon the greedy art lovers. There’s also the moments of gorgeous cinematography featuring rich, vibrant colours. 

Another good movie that came to mind as I watched Velvet Buzzsaw is Final Destination (2000), a horror / thriller that did a very memorable job of thrilling and shocking its audience because of the very well executed death sequences – something Velvet Buzzsaw doesn’t do too badly at either.

Watch it if you’re so curious. Other reasons include the ‘funny’ replacement personal assistant, the chance to see Gyllenhaal really having fun in this role.

Last but not least, watch it and be surprised by how much you actually enjoy the very last ‘piece of art’ shown in this movie. I know I did. I really could have looked at it for a while, if I were less busy.

Happy Film Loving 

G

THE INTERN (2015): For The Comedy & Unexpected Friendship

The Intern (2015), Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway
The Intern (2015), Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway

Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, the person behind other popular and well executed comedies such as The Holiday (2006) and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), I had high hopes for The Intern.

Starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, my favourite thing about Meyers’ movie has to be the story of the unexpected friendship between De Niro’s senior intern character and the successful, young online fashion business founder played by Hathaway. 

A big part of what makes the relationship between the two main characters great to watch is De Niro’s portrayal of Ben, the comic timing and particularly the kind of person Ben represents.

An inspiring story of young people in charge doing what they love and doing it well is also what The Intern is about. I tuned in because the mood for a good light comedy struck and good is definitely what I found.

If you were after more reasons to watch, there’s the New York City setting, good soundtrack and the other cast members. Zack Pearlman’s character, Davis is particularly fun.  Adam DeVine, Christina Scherer, Anders Holm, Rene Russo and JoJo Kushner also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE INTERN (2015): New From Robert De Niro. Trailer 2, Definitely Better

The Intern (2015), Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro
The Intern (2015), Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro

Writer/ Director Nancy Meyers’ new movie The Intern stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway…

I didn’t write about the first trailer because it didn’t have me excited. But the latest one is definitely preferable. It’s the young female entrepreneur element that appeals to me most. That and the generally trustworthy cast that includes Rene Russo.

Happy The intern 🙂

G

NIGHTCRAWLER (2014): Jake Gyllenhaal At His Darkest & Creepiest Yet

Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton
Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton

This is no horror movie but in the role of Lou Bloom, an L.A. Crime Journalist, Jake Gyllenhaal has never been more gaunt and terrifying.

It’s not just his deep, dark and sunken eyes that might give you nightmares. The audience learns rather quickly that not only is Lou smarter than the average person, he’s also, definitely a sociopath.

Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal
Nightcrawler (2014), Jake Gyllenhaal

The tensions in this great work, written and directed by Dan Gilroy exist because the audience realises rather quickly that Lou is a little more than just a tad unhinged – which of course, can only mean bad things for all who establish any kind of relationship with him.

Nightcrawler is good and it’s dark, both thematically and aesthetically. There’s some brilliant dialogue here. My favourite moment being Lou Bloom’s parting line in one of his last exchanges with Bill Paxton’s character – as seen in the first picture above.

Besides Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton’s great work, the character of Rick is a great turn for British Actor Riz Ahmed.

Nightcrawler does a good job of highlighting the kind of world we live in today and the characters it produces; as well as the danger in the vulnerability of the truly desperate.

Happy Nightcrawler 🙂

G