Monday, September 16, 2019

Tag: Jake Gyllenhaal

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)*

Title: Spider-Man: Far from Home
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers
Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal
Release Date: 7/2/2019
Running Time: 129 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Are There Any Extras After The Credits? Yes

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Dedication: Dedicated with Love and Thanks to Stan Lee & S. Ditko

Was seeing Spider-Man: Far from Home in IMAX or 3D worth the cost?

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)*

Title: Velvet Buzzsaw
Rating: R
Directed by: Dan Gilroy
Written by: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Zawe Ashton
Release Date: 2/1/2019
Running Time: 113 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

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Special thanks to Frank and Gabe for this submission


Wildlife (2018)

Title: Wildlife
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Paul Dano
Written by: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, and Richard Ford
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, and Bill Camp
Release Date: 7/27/2018
Running Time: 104 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Memoriam: In Memory of Our Friend
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Sept. 19, 1969 – February 9, 2018

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Sisters Brothers, The (2018)

Title: The Sisters Brothers
Rating: R
Directed by: Jacques Audiard
Written by: Jacques Audiard, and Thomas Bidegain
Based on the novel by: Patrick deWitt
Starring: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Carole Kane, and Rebecca Root
Release Date: 9/21/2018
Running Time: 121 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication: To my brother


Stronger (2017)

Title: Stronger
Rating: R
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Written by: John Pollono
Based on the book by: Jeff Bauman, and Bret Witter
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, and Clancy Brown
Release Date: 9/22/2017
Running Time: 116 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. Stronger is the deeply personal account of the heroic journey that came after that photo – defining a man’s inner courage, a community’s pride, a family’s bond and an unexpectedly tenacious love.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Okja (2017)*

Title: Okja
Rating: NR
Directed by: Bong Joon Ho
Written by: Bong Joon Ho, and Jon Ronson
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, and Seo-Hyun Ahn
Release Date: 6/28/2017
Running Time: 118 minutes

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A gentle giant and the girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

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Memoriam: In Memory of Kat Donahue


Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Title: Nocturnal Animals
Rating: R
Directed by: Tom Ford
Written by: Tom Ford
Based on the novel by: Austin Wright
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Running Time: 117 minutes

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Susan Morrow (portrayed by Ms. Adams) lives an incredibly privileged yet unfulfilled life with her husband Hutton Morrow (Armie Hammer). One weekend, as Hutton departs on one of his too-frequent business trips, Susan receives an unsolicited package that has been left in her mailbox. It is a novel, Nocturnal Animals, written by her ex-husband Edward Sheffield (Mr. Gyllenhaal), with whom she has had no contact for years. Edward’s note accompanying the manuscript encourages Susan to read the work and then to contact him during his visit to the city. Alone at night, in bed, Susan begins reading. The novel is dedicated to her…

…but its content is violent and devastating, as Edward tells the tale of Tony Hastings (also portrayed by Mr. Gyllenhaal). Driving across a lonely stretch of Texas one night, Tony and his family are harassed by a trio of joyriders, and forced off the road into a confrontation initiated by the gang’s ringleader, the disturbingly insinuating Ray Marcus (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Tony is all but powerless to act as his family is kidnapped and he is left stranded. When day breaks, Tony manages to reach the police for help, and laconic Lieutenant Bobby Andes (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon) takes on the case. Andes forges a strong connection with the distraught Tony, and dedicates himself to pursuing the suspects once Tony’s worst fears are realized…

Moved by Edward’s writing, Susan cannot help but reminisce over the most private moments from her own love story with the author. Trying to look within herself and beyond the glossy surface of the life and career that she has made, Susan increasingly interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and re-awakens a love that she feared was lost – as the story builds to a reckoning that will define both the novel’s hero and her own.


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After Credits? No

Dedication: FOR RICHARD AND JACK


Demolition (2015)*

Title: Demolition
Rating: R
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Written by: Bryan Sipe
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper
Release Date: 4/8/2016
Running Time: 100 minutes

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Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen Mareno (Naomi Watts) and amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son, Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.


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Everest Review – 2.5 out of 5 Stars

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I should start off by mentioning that I set myself up to love the latest, big budget adventure flick Everest. After the great early buzz the film received, I almost immediately bought tickets for the opening day screening at the local Cinerama in Seattle. This 70 mm screen is the ultimate place to go see big movies spectacles so believe me when I say that I was prepared to go along for the ride. So when I finally sat down to watch it, the visual effects were as stunning as I expected them to be. The sound design and the cinematography and the way they recreated the setting all felt breathtaking. But for as spectacular as those things were, everything else about Everest is equally abysmal. There’s no way around it, this movie is a pretty looking mess that contains flat characters and a sloppy story.

The movie focuses on the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest which resulted in multiple fatalities. In particular, the movie focuses on the expedition led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) to make it up to the peak. Among the people in his crew are mailman Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), Texas native Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin) and author Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly). The movie follows them as they train and eventually begin there fateful journey up the mountain.

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The sad thing about the awful script for this movie is that in some way I can at least sympathize with what the writers and the director were trying to do. It’s clear that they cared very deeply about this incident and wanted to respectfully present every person affected by this disaster from the victims to the families. In some ways, this is a positive attribute because it leads to them putting as much detail as they can into the accuracy of everything from what the climbers are wearing to the design of the base to the ways in which they prepared. Say what you will, this movie at least seems well informed about its subject. Unfortunately, this is the thing that also kills the movie. The movie wants to cover every single person affected and while there’s a level of integrity to doing so, it makes the movie basically unintelligible.

It’s somewhat manageable at first when everyone is at base camp but once disaster strikes, the movie goes totally off the rails. These moments when they’re getting hit pretty bad by snow storms and avalanches should be thrilling and intense like the flood in The Impossible or the opening space station destruction in Gravity. If you see these scenes as successful because they managed to add clarity and perspective to these moments of pure madness, prepare to be let down by what Everest does.

What we instead get is this big moment of chaos where you’re cutting back and forth really quickly between around ten different perspectives. They take this huge moment of mayhem and they poorly shift between what’s happening to all these different people. What’s going on in the last hour and 30 minutes tries to follow so many different things that these disaster scenes go from heart pounding to disappointingly boring. The storyline becomes so indecipherable that you stop caring about what’s going on because the movie gives you no time to worry about anything that’s happening to anyone. The disaster sequences feel like a confused montage of underdeveloped characters doing things that are weakly explained or too abrupt to receive any form of response from its audience.

There are so many things in this movie that happen so fast and then end up feeling so unresolved by the ending. There are multiple sub-plots that they try to take on and in the process they put quantity over quality. Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a pure example of a character where I can see why they added him but they put him in so poorly that his entire character arc can be summed as frustrating and useless. They set him up as one of the more important characters and by the end of the movie he’s dispatched in way that’s never fully explained and makes no possible sense. In real life there’s probably an explanation for what he did but in the movie they have no room to go into detail with what exactly happened to him. He’s one of several people lost in the need to note the entire event at whatever cost. Everest never seems intelligent or bold. Even the things the movie does well enough in its story have been performed far superior in even more recent adventure movies. I wanted the spectacular visual effects to absorb me like Gravity did but this movie is so choppy that it’s almost as if the directors daring you to not get involved with what’s going on despite how big and epic its story is. By the last act, I was fully able to take him up on that dare.

It’s so upsetting to see the movie end up this bad because there’s so many ways in which this could’ve worked. The movie has a really fascinating story that makes me want to actually seek out the book Into Thin Air by survivor Jon Krakauer. If they had just focused on a few people and done it in a smarter way, I would have no problem praising this movie. As previously mentioned, the film shows off some of the best visual effects I’ve seen all year for a film. At its best moments, Everest captures the sheer scale and the majesty of this natural wonder. This movie is an example of the ways in which visual effects can be used to put you into this strange, unique world that seems absolutely believable. I will give this film that it is pretty much great when you only look at it for its music and its visuals.

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When you just see who’s in it, Everest has one of the best casts of the year. Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kiera Knightly, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Robin Wright and Sharlto Copley are a pretty impressive lineup and it’s pathetic when you find out that Josh Brolin and Emily Watson are the only ones who deliver anything beyond sup-par. At best, most of the cast is wasted like Sharlto Copley or John Hawke. At worst, you end up with a poorly casted Robin Wright doing an awkward southern accent as Brolin’s wife in scenes that feel totally out of place in comparison to everything else that’s going on.

The story of Everest is an impressive challenge that nobody came to the occasion for. The storyline ranges from unambitious to lost in adaptation. The characters are one note and forgettable. This movie contains some strong, recommendable visual effects and 3D but there are too many areas of this that feel so unsatisfying and poor that I have to count this one as a strong disappointment. Something so big and compelling shouldn’t equal something that feels so tame and forgettable.

Rating:(2.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 9/25/2015

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kiera Knightly, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Robin Wright and Sharlto Copley

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Screenplay by: William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy

Everest (2015)

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Title: Everest (aka. Everest: An IMAX 3D Experience)
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Written by: William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy
Starring: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Charlotte Bøving, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal
Release Date: 9/25/2015
Running Time: 121 minutes

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A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Was seeing Everest in IMAX worth the cost?