After a week of working long hours I was lucky enough to be invited to the Cinema Nouveau to unwind on a Friday evening. Unlike the conventional Friday night movie experience this one was unique in its setting and its delectable movie munchies. You’re treated to a movie where the ambiance that is created is much like a quiet drink after a long days work.
Upon entering the sophisticated and elegant movie theatre Cinema Nouveau, we were greeted by friendly faces, where our hosts were nothing short of being graciously accommodating. We were given VIP stickers and a platter of delectable Fairview cheese’s and in true South African style, some biltong that was laid out, ready to be eaten! We were also given a choice of various drinks to choose from, ranging from the craft beers, Jack Black pale ale or CBC Pilsner, to the wines, which was a choice between red or white La Capra. Personally, the white La Capra was my drink of choice, which was the perfect accompaniment to the start of a lovely evening.
The movie I decided to watch out of the choices we were given was NightCrawler. The movie is centered around a man called Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) a driven man desperate for work in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles, to make it into the world of the L.A crime journalism. He becomes obsessed with making it in the industry and finds a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murders and other mayhem. Lou launches into the cutthroat, dangerous realm of Nightcrawling where each police siren wail equals to a possible windfall of victims are converted into dollars and cents. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
I thought the movie was a brilliant take on a different side of the media and journalism lifestyle. Accurately depicting the struggles that people endure to survive in the cut-throat media circle. This movie displays perfectly the hunger for fame, and the measures an individual is willing to go through in order to satisfy this hunger. I thought the movie was quite moving and revealed very deep and disturbing truths of the world we are currently living in. although brilliant, it is not an easy movie to watch unless you are in the mood for something thought provoking and eye opening. Jake Gyllenhaal gives a riveting performance as Lou, and will surely receive much praise for this as it differs from his previous roles in Hollywood.
All in all this was a different way to enjoy a Friday night movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it to all who want a little something different from their movie experience.