“In the newest issue of Vogue, newly minted off-Broadway star Jake Gyllenhaal proves he doesn’t have to take it all off to be sexy. The Academy Award nominee, who is currently starring in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, sports a Tom Ford coat and Prada shoes with style and sophistication on the pages of the iconic fashion mag. Check out this smoldering Hot Shot of the stage and screen favorite, then see him in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, opening officially on September 20 at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre” (source)
I think this shot really needs no commentary. All I’ll say is that I wish this photo-session will be shared soon.
Back to End of Watch, judging by the flood of video interviews available today Jake must have been talking non-stop for hours, he probably kept talking even in his sleep. Poor guy.
End of Watch NEW featurette
I’m NOT commenting about the 50 Shades question. I think Jake’s answer spoke for itself but if people like to misinterpret then go ahead. I’ll just post this radio interview cause it’s always good to hear Jake talk. Yes, you got that right, I’m not a fan of that so-called ‘story’.
In this film everyone seems to have a handheld camera. Gyllenhaal’s Taylor rarely turns his off, giving the film a cinéma vérité feel that adds to the honesty and humanity of the characters. What the movie may lack in traditional narrative it makes up for in realism highlighted by humor and exceptional performances.
KIRK HONEYCUTT(former chief film critic for the Hollywood Reporter)
If I were a cynic, I would say David Ayer’s “End of Watch” is a movie-length testimonial for the LAPD. But instead I left my cynicism in the Newton Station locker room and went on patrol with officers Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Michael Peña). I’m glad I did.
A real-life mayoral candidate, L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti, gets to audition for that role in a cameo as the mayor during a medal of valor ceremony.
Thanks to superb cinematography by Roman Vasyanov that imitates all sorts of photographic devices from night-vision surveillance to the handheld camera Brian takes (illegally) on patrol, the action rings true in every instance.
There is nothing super human here; no action a cop might not be expected to perform while on watch. One might quarrel with the ending, which involves moments that do feel fictional. If so, it’s a small lapse compared to the edge-of-your-seat action that has come before.
Mannie The Movie Guy (Jake’s expression here is priceless)
How did you develop that deep bond that your characters have in the film?
Michael: It was funny, because we’re totally different people. The first couple of months were a little difficult, but it helped that we trained on the streets and went on ride alongs. But he’s a a friend now. We really wanted the best form each other; all that training does something to your psyche. This idea of brotherhood really came into play.
Jake: This movie, my very first meeting with David, going over to his house and his wife cooking me a meal as his children ran around, really changed my life. The Hispanic culture that Dave and Michael introduced me to; such a loyal brotherhood and their families are incredibly strong.
Were you in any danger during the ride alongs?
Jake: We saw people who had been shot in the face, there were domestic disputes, robberies..etc… One time, I was riding without Mike, who had just left because he needed to get his kid up in the morning. We responded to an apartment when someone had thrown some rocks through a window that looked like bullet holes.
As soon as we got there a call comes over the radio about a stolen vehicle, which passes by as it’s being chased by other officers. We hop in the car and the chase ends at a railroad track.
The car’s on the track surrounded by cop cars and a train is heading that way. I was like; am I in a Denzel Washington movie?
NBCChicago Interview with Michael Pena – freaking handcuffs!
What was the cop skill that you were able to get really good at? And what was the thing that you never quite mastered?
The thing that both Jake and I got really good at is shooting handguns, because we shot so much. It was pretty incredible. And then the one thing that I wasn’t too good at, for some reason I just couldn’t get it, was the freaking handcuffs, man! Like, really tossing them on there and making it look easy to slip on those handcuffs.
Combine mismatched police partners, fake found footage and worried spouses, and “End of Watch” sounds like just another cliched cop movie.
Not so. Writer and director David Ayer manages to overcome the shortcomings of the genre, many of which are present here, with great chemistry between his actors and sheer momentum. The film starts with a car chase that leads to a gun battle and only slows down for quips between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, as two LAPD officers working a particularly tough neighborhood.
Of course, telling two gung-ho LAPD cops to take it easy is like asking the elephant to pass the peanuts. It’s not in their make-up. And to his credit, Ayer, who wrote “Training Day” and wrote and directed “Street Kings,” does not skimp on the danger to his protagonists. This lends the movie an almost unbearable tension near the end, as we, more so than Brian and Mike, wonder and worry about what’s around every corner.
The answer? Nothing good.
The action and the chemistry is stronger than the story, because Gyllenhaal and Peña are good. In that respect “End of Watch” works better as a series of vignettes held together loosely by a larger story.
But it does work. Given all the places it could have gone wrong, that’s an accomplishment.
Jake will be on several TV shows (he’s apparently not finished talking). Check this list out and get your DVR ready!
To wrap things up, a nice review of If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (a little spoiler-ish though, so I won’t post snippets of it) from this blogger.