Celeb Crushes: J ❤

This PSA is brought to you by the letter J and my inability to effectively narrow down a list of Hollywood hotties. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so I’m supposed to be all gushy, chatting about loooove and whatnot, right? Well, I’m going to discuss lust instead. (For the past two years, I’ve talked about rom-com clichés—click here and here—but I decided to tackle my favorite wedding movies instead, coming soon!)

Anyway, I’ve noticed that the majority of my favorite famous guys have names that start with J. So allow me to introduce my boyfriends, four actors and a musician: Jake, James, John, Joseph, and Justin.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake

I think I’ve made my affection for JakeyG rather abundant in previous PSAs: When I reviewed his performance in “Nightcrawler” or when I talked about how his recent movies have positioned him at the top of my current favorite actors. I think what I admire most about him, good looks aside, is the way he chooses his roles and throws himself into them whole-heartedly. His back-to-back preparation for “Nightcrawler” and “Southpaw” (slimming way down to beefing way up) was insanely impressive. And while I’ve been a fan since his days as an ice age survivor, I think he’s doing an amazing job of making us all pay attention to precisely how he’s claimed his spot at the top of the A list. Continue reading

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2015 Summer Movie Preview, Part 2

Eh, what the heck. Here’s five more.

Poltergeist | May 22

PoltergeistI find re-boots to be really frustrating, especially when I’m already a big fan of the original. I still remember the very first time I saw the Spielberg-written and produced 1982 fright flick; I was far too young and just flipping channels at my grandparents’ house. It was already to the part where Diane goes after Carol Anne and the huge hunk of skeleton head snarls at Steve. I later watched the full film a couple years later with my dad and sis, who couldn’t have been older than six at the time. She didn’t even flinch at the scene where that guy peeled his face off, but I couldn’t sleep that night. It’s since become one of my favorite scary movies, so I’m incredibly skeptical as to what an attempted remake can do to the integrity of the original, which already has a real life spooky story to back it up. But the trailer does make it look pretty terrifying and even though I NEVER see horror movies in the theater, I feel like this will be one that I just have to bring myself to sit through.

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NIGHTCRAWLER: Gyllenhaal will make your skin crawl

Today, I want to gush a bit about one of my favorite actors and his creeptastic new film that I saw a couple of weeks ago …

Nightcrawler stars my boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom, a slippery Los Angeles sociopath who gets sucked into the grim morbidity of television news: “If it bleeds, it leads.” (Sad but true fact; not for nothing, I heard that on the first day of my news reporting class in college.) Bloom, driven to find a job but reeling from another rejection, spies the wreckage of a car crash one night and pulls over to observe. When he discovers that the footage shot by a gruff cameraman [Bill Paxton] may make it onto the morning news, you can practically see the light bulb go off in his eyes. Armed with a police scanner and a hapless intern [Riz Ahmed], Bloom dives headfirst into the cutthroat blood sport of crime journalism. Continue reading

Top 5 Picks for Fall Films

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Sometimes I think I enjoy the trailers more than the film itself when I go to the movies. I know I’m not alone in that. I’m pretty sure everyone will agree that they enjoy being a movie critic in under 3 minutes—I can’t explain it any better than Dane Cook. I watch the screen hungrily and text myself the titles of the ones I think look good. With summer winding down, we’re now getting sneak peeks of all the awesome pictures waiting for us in the coming months. I’ve picked five of my favorites, all action/dramas, listed below according to release date. Maybe they should be on your list, too? Continue reading