DISH OF THE WEEK #62 – JAKE GYLLENHAAL

So, it’s been a nice relaxing first week of annual leave.
Pottering around the house, finishing another college unit (only one to go!!), celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary and just spending time with the kids.

It was pointed out to me yesterday however, that I seem to have become addicted to yet another actor.
I can’t explain why or how it happens but it does.
The husband and the kids are used to it.
I suppose you could say it’s my drug of choice.
I’d say it was quite a healthy choice!!

Anyway, looking back over the last couple of weeks of movie viewing I’d say it started just before my annual leave when I went to see Southpaw, on my own.
A wonderful, powerful, heartbreaking and exillerating movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Having said that, Jake was actually one of my Dish of the Weeks, way back at number 2 in August 2010, so he’s been a bit of a slow burner.

Southpaw 2

Anyway, Jake Gyllenhaal has made some amazing movies over the last couple of years and he literally puts his heart and soul into his characters.
He manages to transform himself completely when needed.
Just take a look at his character, Louis Bloom from last year’s ‘Nightcrawler’ and compare it to this year’s Billy Hope in ‘Southpaw’

Southpaw 11
He’s a lean and trim man to start with and he lost around 30 pounds from his usual body weight to play Louis Bloom and pulled off one of the creepiest characters in film history.
Then he goes back to his usual body weight and then gains 14 pounds of muscle mass to play Billy Hope.
An actor with dedication and serious self control.

Anyway, going back over my movies of the last week, it was pointed out to me last night that I may have a bit of an obsession brewing!!
Since starting my annual leave I’ve watched the following in this order…..

Source Code.
Source Code
A film I’ve owned for a few years.
Jake plays Colter Stevens.
IMDB states…. A soldier wakes up in someone else’s body and discovers he’s part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.
It ticks all my boxes as a sci-fi nerd. I love this film.

Zodiac
Zodiac
I tried to watch this film a few years ago and just couldn’t get into it.
I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind at the time for a psychological film that runs for 2 and a half hours!
However, I did some research into the subject of the film and went back to try again.
I can say it was totally worth it!!
Jake plays Robert Graysmith who wrote the book the film is based on.

IMDB states….. A San Francisco cartoonist (Robert Graysmith) becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

Jarhead
Jarhead
I discovered this one sitting in my DVD collection although I’ve never seen it before.
I think it’s a film my husband may have bought as he’s into military stuff.
Anyway, I watched it and loved it!
Jake plays Anthony Swofford, again, a character who actually wrote the book the film is based on.

IMDB states… Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford’s best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.

Accidental Love
Accidental Love
After this abortion of a film, I’m surprised I carried on watching Jake films!!
Next to Fantastic 4, it’s been the only disappointment this week.
I find it hard to believe that this is what he chose to do between Nightcrawler and Southpaw!!
A film soooo bad I couldn’t stop watching.

IMDB states…..A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause – but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?

Ordinarily not a film I would choose to watch but as I was in a Gyllenhaal mood I gave it a go.
The only good thing about this movie is that you get to see Jake smiling a lot.
He needs to smile more!!
Jake smile

Anyway, that film didn’t put me off and the next one I saw was my second viewing of Southpaw when I talked my husband into seeing it.
Southpaw 12
Like I said in my review, one of the most predictable story lines in movie history.
That said, it’s also one of the best films.
Don’t go into this thinking ‘Rocky’. There are undertones of Rocky, but this film is something else.
It concentrates on family.
Jake Gyllenhaal is mindblowing!

IMDB states….. Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

Next was End of Watch.
End of Watch
Violent is an understatement!!

IMDB states……. Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

It was a good film but I’m not sure if I could watch it again.
I found the foul language and viloence a bit overwhelming and that’s saying something for me!!

Then last night I watched Prisoners
Prisoners
Another 2 and a half hour film!!
A little slow going at times but a good film.
Gritty and suspenseful.
Bonus is that Hugh Jackman is in it too!!

IMDB states… When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

I wanted to watch Love and Other Drugs which looks quite ammusing with lots of smiley Jake but unfortunately it’s not on any of my services!!
Oh well, just have to wait for the DVD I ordered to turn up…. hopefully today!

Love and other drugs
Seriously hoping it’s not a disaster like Accidental Love!!

Anyway, he has a few films in the pipeline.
Everest looks like it’s going to be a good one and Demolition could be another heart wrencher.
Only time will tell.

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