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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

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Breaking: PCCD appoints former San Leandro police chief to Interim Executive Director of Public Safety
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    Crawler rules the night in gritty action thriller

    “Nightcrawler” landscapes the greater Las Angeles area as a breeding crowd for paparazzi and ambulance chasers, for its high crime rate and its large population that delivers crazy photo opportunities for night owls like Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal).
    Men like Lou didn’t start out with a dream of becoming a freelance photographer, instead, they saw an opportunity to make more money than the situation they already were in. 
    In Lou’s case, it was a big hike in income compared to stealing fences and selling the metal by the pound, and he becomes so good at his new job throughout the film. 
    He doesn’t have the ethics to say he does justice as a freelance photographer, and is a sociopath to women and the competition he faces. 
    Making money and moving up in his new profession counterbalances perfectly with the way he continues to violate the law throughout the film and do the work, because he finds a way to slither through everybody’s judgments. I love Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting in this thriller; it’s nothing like the mentally fatigued marine he played in “Jarhead,” or the hero protagonist cop from “End of Watch.” He embodies a person who has kind of become the 21st century answer to enjoying a sustainable life.
    Nightcrawler movie stillHis career choice in becoming a journalist, in his character’s own loose sense, is the mind set of today’s youth. They want the quick cash and they want the autonomy to negotiate the price for what they offer. 
    Lou offers videos of deadly car crashes and crime scenes that he films. They are his sole property, with quality ever closer than his competitors. His closeness to all his stories are reviled and questioned by the stations who still buy his videos, and by L.A. police Detective Fronteiri (Michael Hyatt).
    The high-speed chases are captured in real life by director Dan Gilroy, in his directorial debut, wrote this screenplay and others, including “The Bourne Legacy.” The shots are remarkable, the splits from camcorder to scenes that are happening behind it show what a videographer is around when faced with chaos from all points. 
    The tense moments and the movie’s climax really brought me inside a dark and disturbing outlook on Lou. There is so much to be had with this movie because the director took the time to show the audience the editing process and gave us a story about a “night crawler” who learned to walk over the competition.
    Is the story feasible? My answer is that it is not in the best interest to view the belief, but to suspend it and look on at the ethics that are being broken. 
    A man like Gyllenhal’s character gets what he wants and is tenacious enough to do whatever it takes, the product of labor that gives the audience a great movie and a marvelous performance.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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