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Tuesday At The Movies: Night Crawler and Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes

I’d been meaning to share two more old hindi movies I watched in April but Che and I impulsively watched two movies today, so I’m sharing those instead.



Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch
Release: 31 October 2014
Language: English
Running time: 117 minutes
Director: Dan Gilroy
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton
Music: James Newton Howard
Cinematography: Robert Elswit
Editing: John Gilroy




An serious and thought provoking movie, Nightcrawler is about a guy who roams the streets at night stealing just about anything he can. He stumbles on to an accident one night and sees a cameraman in action.

This sets him off on a mission to improve his prospects. He buys a video camera, a scanner to monitor police frequencies, gets himself an assistant and starts out.

Initially it’s as simple as listening to the radio, rushing off to the accident spot to grab a video before anyone else and then selling it to the news channels. But as he gets into the game he finds that is much more to it.

A snarky take on the corporate world about the games played, the sweet sounding insults, the stellar sales pitches and the politics, Nightcrawler is a fun movie to watch.


Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes


Rating: ***/5 – Could Watch
Release: 11 July 2014
Language: English | American Sign Language
Running time: 130 minutes
Director: Matt Reeves
Actors: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo
Music: Michael Giacchino
Cinematography: Michael Seresin
Editing: William Hoy, Stan Salfas


I’m not a great fan of this series but I have watched all the previous movies and this one completed the set. The movie is about how the Planets of Apes came about.

It all starts out with the accidental outbreak of simian flu and the escape of the apes that were being experimented on with the virus.

Over a few years the flu ravages entire counties and leave only a very small number of people surviving who are immune to the virus. One particular group of survivors sends out a search party with the objective of finding and restarting an old dam as they are running out of fuel. The group stumble upon the the ape society and there conflict begins.

If you are a Planet of The Apes fan you’ll enjoy this movie. The costumes and graphics are well done and the storyline is quite believable too.

What movies have you watched lately?

P.S. – Day Eight of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

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