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Monday, February 16, 2015

Report Card---"Nightcrawler"

"Nightcrawler" is an extremely riveting, thoroughly entertaining movie.
It is about "newsgatherers": the guys who follow crime with their cameras and mikes to get the most gruesome stories for the local TV news shows.
It depicts them as at least one step below paparazzi.
It seems accurate.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Moral lines are constantly crossed.
It raises many issues.

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?

Great storytelling, all the way through.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is exceptional. Reminiscent of Aaron Sorkin's.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Jake Gyllenhall, buttressed by the great dialogue handed him, deserved an Oscar nomination.

Well shot?


Is it too long? Too short?

Right on the money.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Considering the contempt I have for Local News, it was totally believable.
I cared about the characters whenever it was appropriate. .

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Not predictable, and surprising.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

There are many haunting images.

Is it funny?

More clever than funny, again, like Aaron Sorkin.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If that's the only way to see it, then yes.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A.

It definitely deserved its nomination for Best Original Screenplay.


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Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."