Nightcrawler

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Ever wonder while watching your local newscast to what lengths the paparazzi would go through to get the perfect picture or footage for the right price?

Nightcrawler throws back the curtain on such a seedy existence focusing on street thief Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his insatiable desire to live a better life at any cost...even lives. His desires go from innocently obtaining footage to maliciously masterminding opportunities to obtain footage and sell it by any means necessary.

Jake Gyllenhaal is a mastermind at portraying roles in which the characters seem odd, complex and a little mentally challenged. Gyllenhaal's Louis Bloom feels a bit on the higher end of autism, as he is able to retain massive facts and dates with an ease that most people would find fairly difficult.

He was difficult to watch...not because he sucked, but because his performance kept you on pins and needles. You never knew what Bloom would do next or what he would get away with...which was brilliant acting with writing and directing by the stellar Dan Gilroy. It comes as no surprise that Gyllenhaal is a Golden Globe nominee and will surely be giving Michael Keaton a run for his money with an Oscar Best Actor nomination.

Rene Russo as News Director Nina Romina displays a tough exterior that is a cover for job insecurity and poor ratings. She is gorgeous, yet a savvy negotiator, which makes her equally ambitious and disturbingly maniacal as Lou Bloom.

My favorite performances in this film come from Riz Ahmed as Bloom's loyal assistant Rick, Bill Paxton as nightcrawler competitor Joe Lodor and Michael Hyatt as Detective Fronteiri.

I love thrillers and this one kept me on my toes from beginning to end. I could never figure out what was about to go down next (which is very unusual for me considering the amount of film I watch).

I promise you...you will leave the theatre exhilarated and breathless!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1uP_8VJkDQ

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Review: PRISONERS

MV5BMTg0NTIzMjQ1NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDc3MzM5OQ@@._V1._SX95_SY140_I adore watching thriller/suspense films...not to be confused with horror films which I have been very vocal about not liking for pure reasons of FEAR (LOL)!!!  PRISONERS, however, is the most jaw-dropping thriller I have seen in years!  It was absolutely thrilling, spellbinding and kept my attention from beginning to end. PRISONERS follows the story of how two children are abducted on Thanksgiving day, assumed dead when the parents decide to take the law into their own hands.

Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo ar all equally brilliant, but it is Melissa Leo (unrecognizable as Holly Jones) who once again proves what a chameleon  character actress she is.  For the first time, I saw a performance from Terrence Howard that I had never seen before, which was very refreshing.  What was that you ask?  A man with a conscience.  Viola Davis NEVER has a bad performance no matter what film she is in.  She is in one word...brilliant!!!  Jake Gyllenhaal, no matter what role he take on does so with complete and utter conviction all the way down to the mannerisms of his character and Hugh Jackman takes his character to the brink of insanity over the uncertainty of where his daughter is and who has taken her away from the family.  Paul Dano is delishishly creepy as the assumed abductor Alex Jones.

PRISONERS is a must see and the ending will make you mad as a hornet...LOL!!!

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!