When it comes to cult classics, the 2001 film 'Donnie Darko' just might sit at the very top. Writer/director Richard Kelly mixed teen angst, sci-fi and an amazing '80s soundtrack to create a spellbinding movie that still has fans debating the ending today. But what holds together the labyrinthine plot is a stellar cast made up of up-and-coming young actors, seasoned vets and '80s favorites playing against type.
The aesthetics of a found footage movie -- a narrative designed to look like a documentary shot by the characters onscreen -- often lend absurd concepts a sense of realism they otherwise wouldn't have. The found footage aesthetics of the new cop movie 'End of Watch' have the opposite effect. The characters and their world look and sound authentic -- but the way those characters and their world are presented looks completely artificial. The nonfiction-style presentation feels like the most fictional part.
It feels like 'End of Watch' is one of those movies that's been silently brewing and slowly been capturing everyone's attention. Once the first trailer came out, our interest perked up. There's nothing like a good old fashioned cop movie to tickle our fancy. Now there's a brand new poster and we only have a couple of words to say: bring on the crime drama.
During the past few years we've been getting used to watching Jake Gyllenhaal play the nice guy - the mainly kind-hearted hero who fights for the greater good. Let us not forget that aside from 'October Sky', Gyllenhaal first impressed audiences with his complex and dark role in the cult favorite 'Donnie Darko'. Now we get to see him stretch out those acting chops once again with the The Shoes' latest music video, 'Time To Dance'.