Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals (2016)


Academy Award® nominees Amy Adams; and Jake Gyllenhaal … from acclaimed writer/director Tom Ford (A Single Man) … unfulfilling marriage when she receives a package con … ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). The novel is dedicated to her but its content is violent and devastating. Susan cannot help but reminisce over her past love story with the author. Increasing she interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and reawakens a love that she feared was lost. Also starring Armie Hammer and Michael Shannon. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is a thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension.


I have been wanting to sees this every since I started seeing previews for this movie, only because Jake was in it. I am in love with this man. He is a god to me. He is perfection. He is the most handsome man I have ever encountered.

This movie was so powerful that it moved me to tears. I had to face my own mortality and discovered that I don’t want to die when it comes right down to it, even as I viewed someone die peacefully, albeit from a fatal injury.

I was actually surprised that despite being an artsy-fartsy movie, I was able to follow along pretty clearly…even with the interruptions I experience in dialogue due to poor DVD quality. And as an artsy-fartsy movie, I was able to appreciate beautiful scenes. I think I noticed some technical errors, which had they been fixed before the movie was distributed, would have improved the quality of the movie…at least for me.

Some things that stood out for me:

  1. Amy Adams’ hair. It was almost as if it had a mind of its own in some scenes, the only unknown factor being the decisive factor determining how much of her face was going to be covered.
  2. An early scene where Amy is entering her house. She is blinded by the reflection of her headlights and raises her hand to cover her eyes. DOH! If she is returning home, shouldn’t she be familiar with this annoying problem enough to know to shield her eyes BEFORE she is hit with the reflection?

Wow! Moving, beautiful, violent, and Jake!

Southpaw (2015)



From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriter Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

Source: Official Movie Website


I am in lust with Jake Gyllenhaal. I have been patiently waiting for this movie to come out as I was concerned that my increased pacifistic views might deter my enjoyment of this movie, centered around a violent sport. Loved it! Reminded me of when I saw Rocky for the first time. And what a tearjerker! I haven’t wept so much during a movie in quite some time.

I think all the emotion of this movie really assisted with keeping it real. The plot points out that “life is not fair,” “it’s how you react to life what gives your life value.” As for the violence, I winced through the fight scenes, but because a thorough development of Billy (Gyllenhaal) was provided, I was way too invested not to watch, which parallels the emotions of his wife/daughter and their feelings for husband’s/dad’s bouts and temper.

While it’s not the happiest movie, it is very real and I think would draw most people in, that are prone to human interaction.