Cinema-Scoping (November 2014)

Cinema-Scoping (November 2014)

“Before” not as clever as it needs to be

I’ve often wondered why directors attempt to follow in the steps of Alfred Hitchcock.  Having nearly singlehandedly created the paranoid thriller, modern filmmakers unwisely invite comparisons to the master’s work and they usually come out on the losing end, unable to build the sort of suspense or use the kind of intelligence found in such films as “Notorious,” “Rope” or “Psycho.” Rowan Jo

Gyllenhaal Continues to Impress in Nightcrawler

Having lost 30 pounds before filming Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal has a reptilian appearance in the film.  It suits his character well as Lou Bloom is as coldblooded as they come.  A product of the alienating factors that are part-and-parcel of big cities, he’s fallen victim to his own worse qualities, becoming a sociopath, unable to function in the company of o