I really love Once for its down-to-earth quality. The camera work sometimes bordering on sloppiness, nothing fancy, just plain and simple, and completely story-focussed. The story and songs are so heartfelt and the actors so … normal that the whole film is utterly relatable.
Oh boy, what an unlikable character and what a performance by Gyllenhaal. The character he depicted often reminded me of Christian Bale’s unforgettable rendition of Ellis’ Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.
Both Gyllenhaal’s great performance as an actor as well as the filmic quality—wow, what an astounding use of Bokeh!—made Nightcrawler quite the experience for me.
In some parts wholly different than its predecessors, in some parts exactly the same. With an audience around me cheering on seeing old acquaintances, it was great being able to see a part of the franchise the year it came out.
Of course, the movie was full of fan-service parts that showed themselves in forms of direct quotes as well as indirect ones (old relicts in the sand) and I'm excited to see how the new-new trilogy of sequels will…