Little known screenwriter, Dan Gilroy, probably most well known as the husband of actress Rene Russo and the son of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Frank Gilroy, comes out of nowhere to direct and screenwrite the new film, Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a career defining role. The film is a dark and gritty thriller about a young drifter who lands up filming violent and disturbing images for television’s nightly news.
Louis Bloom, an unscrupulous man with no direction in life, happens upon an accident along the side of the highway. Pulling over he sees a freelance crew filming the rescue. Soon Louis has his own camera and emergency scanner and is out and about Los Angeles arriving at recent accidents and crimes. Soon he’s selling his own footage to the local news station. As his success grows, he quickly begins on a road that may lead to his own transgressions.
Also starring Rene Russo and Bill Paxton, the film has unanimously won over critics. Based off the feedback of the press, the film may land up on many best of the year lists. And yet, along with other highly rated films with wide releases, Nightcrawler all but disappeared from theaters. Your co-hosts discuss the failure of the film at the box office, the acting of Jake Gyllenhaal, the commentary the screenplay says about the press, and whether Dark Discussions agrees that it is one of the year’s best.