Velvet Buzzsaw (dir. Dan Gilroy, 2019) – Art is dangerous, more so for those who sell it for greed.
Effective satire elevates the potentially campy slasher Velvet Buzzsaw to an incisive, layered work of art.
For a horror film, Velvet Buzzsaw comes off much more introspective than its company. Its effectively satirical screenplay introduces the obnoxious rulers of its galleries in broad strokes, sharply critiquing the many artists and proprietors who value art solely for money.
There is Morf Vandewalt (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the sneakers of the art critic, who believes that a bad review is better than sinking into the great glut of anonymity. Not only does he compromise in ethics by accepting favours. His reviews spit pure vitriol, as one soon hears in voices that manifest from his own guilt.
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Nightcrawler (dir. Dan Gilroy, 2014) – In search for work, Louis Bloom nosedives into the complex world of crime journalism.
Nightcrawler offers a riveting exploration of news-depicted violence, driven by Jake Gyllenhaal’s chilling and sociopathic lead performance.
Persistence is rewarding in the journalism field, which necessitates a firm chase after newsworthy stories. But who defines the line that should not be crossed? How much should the public be told, and when should one look away?
A camera can turn into a weapon, when ideals of objectivity face the threat of an inconclusive debate: Are we to intervene at the cost of documentation, or document the truth at the risk of lives?
Nightcrawler deals head-on with these lasting ethical conundrums and more, raising difficult questions that grip. Exploring grey areas of morality, Dan Gilroy’s movie boldly shadows a central character who is admirable in his driven nature, yet despicable in his conniving actions.
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