“Nightcrawler” is a blistering film, a look into the dark underbelly of modern news gathering. With a positively animalistic portrayal by a gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, this directorial debut by Dan Gilroy packs a powerful punch.
A nocturnal LA noir, the film uses a charismatic anti-hero to both entertain and repel, a balancing act that’s far too uncommon in movies these days. An action movie with big ideas behind it, “Nightcrawler” is absolutely one of the best films in an already crowded year of good movies.
What’s with Gyllenhaal’s appearance?
In order to get the desiccated look (borrowed …