Jake gyllenhaal

Interview: Director Michael Bay on injecting a level of humanism into the action of Ambulance

April 5, 2022

Since breaking out with 1995’s Bad Boys, director Michael Bay has been synonymous with the action genre.  Defying the critics year after year, Bay’s films have collectively grossed over $7.8 billion, making him one of the most successful directors in cinematic history. After taking a break from the big screen – he helmed 2019’s Netflix […]

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Interview: Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on forming a brotherly bond on Ambulance, the safety of filming, and “directing” action sequences

April 5, 2022

Speeding into cinemas this week (you can read our review here), Ambulance is the latest action extravaganza from Michael Bay.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as two brothers who hijack an ambulance following a bank heist gone wrong, Universal Studios put our own Peter Gray in touch with the acting duo to discuss […]

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Film Review: Ambulance is pure unadulterated Michael Bayhem!

April 5, 2022

Say what you will about Michael Bay, but the man knows how to craft an action sequence.  Sure, throughout his career, said action sequences have been featured in the type of blockbusters that so often favour spectacle over substance, but he’s great at what he does and, really, no one is watching a Transformers movie […]

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Interview: Halloween Kills director David Gordon Green on how classic cinema inspired him and the pressure of taking on an iconic horror franchise

October 27, 2021

After pushing 2018’s sequel-cum-reboot Halloween to record breaking statistics, it only made sense that writer/director David Gordon Green was handed a sequel to continue revelling in Michael Myers’ carnage. Not only granted a sequel – Halloween Kills – but a trilogy (Halloween Ends, set for a 2022 release) to boot, Green expanded on the violent […]

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The Guilty is an intense showcase for the ever commanding Jake Gyllenhaal: TIFF 2021 Review

September 13, 2021

The 2018 Danish thriller The Guilty was riveting, ruthless material.  This American remake, coming courtesy of director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer), is much of the same, which means those who have seen the original will find the plotting all too familiar, yet those uninitiated are likely to be wholly swept up in its […]

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Film Review: Spirit Untamed rides with a harmlessness that’s sweet and safe

June 10, 2021

Despite one of the more impressive voice casts assembled in recent years – Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Walton Goggins, and Isabela Merced, to name a few – Spirit Untamed is suitably middle-of-the-road fare.  It’s sweet and harmless, but it’s aimed so specifically at the young female demographic that its universal appeal feels ultimately limited. Playing […]

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Interview: Spirit Untamed director Elaine Bogan on her directorial debut and history with animation

April 1, 2021

To coincide with the trailer launch of Spirit Untamed, the latest from Dreamworks Studios telling of the epic adventure of a headstrong girl and the wild horse she shares a kindred spirit with, Peter Gray chatted with the film’s director, Elaine Bogan, detailing her experience as a first-time feature director, her background in animation, and […]

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Alliance Française French Film Festival Review: The Sisters Brothers (USA/France, 2018) is at once frustrating and fascinating

March 2, 2019

With a title like The Sisters Brothers, one would be forgiven for assuming that Jacques Audiard‘s off-centred western would be something of a comedy.  Whilst there’s moments of black humour peppered throughout Audiard’s English-language debut – which makes its inclusion in this year’s Alliance Francaise French Film Festival all the more curious – this is […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Okja (USA/Korea, 2017) delivers an exhilarating, heartfelt ride from a master filmmaker

June 19, 2017

Okja is a film involving a giant mutated pig. What more do you want? But seriously, in order to understand the hype of the film, you have to know the filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho. Bong Joon-Ho is an acclaimed Korean filmmaker who has made some incredible films. And the reason he is so acclaimed is his […]

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Bong Joon-ho’s OKJA mildly NSFW trailer looks like the mutant super-pig film you never knew you wanted

May 26, 2017

Who would have thought that one of the most anticipated movies of the year would be a film about a mutant super-pig? Well, this is thanks to the critically acclaimed Korean director, Bong Joon-ho, whose previous films have been critical successes all over the world. His impressive resume so far includes films like the strikingly […]

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Film Review: Life (USA, 2017) hits all the beats we’re used to but in a more polished container

March 23, 2017

One day Hollywood might be able to come up with a new science fiction movie that has us discovering a fluffy cute adorable friendly alien. One day Hollywood might be able to come up with a group of characters who actually have character development, prior to being ruthlessly dispatched. One day Hollywood might be able […]

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Tilda Swinton stars in the mysterious teaser for upcoming Netflix film Okja

March 1, 2017

Although short, the debut teaser trailer for new Netflix Original Film Okja will have you hooked. Directed by South Korean visionary Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer) comes a mysterious adventure following a young girl named Mija, where the stakes are high to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’. Watch […]

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Film adaptation of The Division lands Syriana, Gold director

January 23, 2017

Ubisoft Motion Pictures has announced a surprising get for the upcoming film adaptation of 2016 online shooter The Division: <i>Syriana</i> writer/director Stephen Gaghan.

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Film Review: Nocturnal Animals (MA15+) (USA, 2016) is one of the best films of the year

November 9, 2016

Better known as one of the world’s greatest fashion designers, Tom Ford proves himself every inch the competent filmmaker with Nocturnal Animals.  Verifying his debut feature A Single Man was no flash in the pan either, Ford juxtaposes a relationship drama feature with a violent revenge tale in such an effortless fashion you’d swear you […]

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The Division is officially getting a movie adaptation

August 3, 2016

We’ve heard the rumours for months but now Ubisoft Motion Pictures have officially announced that their newest IP, The Division is coming to the silver screen.

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Demolition (MA15+) (USA, 2015)

June 20, 2016

Following on from his recent slew of American indie movies, Jake Gyllenhaal attempts his best to command the screen in what can only be described as the standout aspect in the labourious study of grief that is, Demolition. Having celebrated recent acclaim with titles such as Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition sees […]

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Film Review: Everest (M, UK/USA/ICELAND, 2015)

September 16, 2015

There are some movies that you need to see on a big screen, that their scale can’t be contained or properly appreciated on a small screen or even on your own home theatre system. Everest is one of those films because it can take your breath away with how visually stunning it is. But the […]

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Film Review: Southpaw (USA, 2015)

August 18, 2015

“Oh look it’s a boxing movie, cinema hasn’t seen that before,” is a cynical thought that would have gone through most minds when Southpaw was first announced. Having it directed by Antoine Fuqua, who brought us Training Day and The Equalizer, and written by Kurt Sutter, a man who worked extensively on Sons of Anarchy […]

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Go behind the scenes on Everest with this early look featurette

June 15, 2015

Last week the first trailer for Everest was released and it revisits the story of Into Thin Air that was both a published book and a 1997 tele-movie as well as the recent book release The Storms. The film stars Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhall, Australia’s Sam Worthington and Keira Knightley and directed by Baltasar Kormakur. […]

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A transformed Jake Gyllenhaal reveals himself in new Southpaw trailer

March 28, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal has bulked up in an epic physical transformation to play boxer Billy “The Great” Hope in Antoine Fuqua’s fighter drama SOUTHPAW. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day” and “The Equaliser”), SOUTHPAW follows the battles of a boxer (Gyllenhaal) who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around […]

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