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Netflix's 'Velvet Buzzsaw' And Five Other Jake Gyllenhaal Films You Must Watch

All hail the king of mind-bendy indie thrillers.

BY JOY LING | Jan 23, 2019 | Film & TV

To be fair, Jake Gyllenhaal has done much more than independent films. He has his share of physically tough roles under his belt. He played an alternative gender long before Call Me By Your Name got us shook. Plus that one gaming fantasy action flop that no article will fail to reference and thus, neither will we.

While watching him in rom-coms may be equally dismaying (solely due to personal preference youareagreatactornomatterwhatyoudoJake), it’s safe to say Gyllenhaal shines best in high intensity. We’re also very curious how his first official Marvel encounter as Spider-Man’s Mysterio will go, but let’s keep to the theme here. Keywords: eerie, gripping, weird. Netflix’s upcoming horror-thriller is already generating buzz (never sorry for bad puns), and it’s easy to see why.


Velvet Buzzsaw

We’d love to say more but critique is so limiting and emotionally draining. In the interim before the movie makes us pee our pants next month, here are five like-genre films you should get into if you haven’t already.



5 word summary: Warped reporter crosses some lines.

Why you should watch it: It’s also directed by Dan Gilroy.

As opposed to bulked up Billy Hope in Southpaw, here Gyllenhaal voluntarily lost a great deal of weight to method-act the symbolic, animalistic hunger of his character. It also made his crazy eyes seem a lot crazier.



5 word summary: Brutal child abduction uh mystery.

Why you should watch it: Pace is good and storyline is intricate without excessive details to create loopholes.

While Hugh Jackman takes most of the screen time and emotional display, there is something uncannily convincing about Gyllenhaal’s performance as a weary cop. The movie itself, alongside stellar acting from Paul Dano, will keep you on your toes right down to the credits.


Donnie Darko

5 word summary: Time travel bunny brain blender.

Why you should watch it: Are you seriously asking?

With its controversial cult status, haunting dreamlike sequences and offbeat relationships, it remains a classic still debated to this day. Be warned: watching it a second time will only make it slightly less confusing.



5 word summary: Not your typical evil doppelganger.

Why you should watch it: So you can join the group of people who either love it or hate it.

The plot is engaging as it is thought-provoking, but whether you will appreciate the ending is extremely subjective. Our generalising theory is if you are into art or literature, chances are you’ll fall into the former group.


Source Code

5 word summary: 8-minute chances to rewrite history.

Why you should watch it: It’s everything you want from a sci-fi action flick.

Remember what we mentioned earlier about Gyllenhaal being a trendsetter? Doing themes before they’re cool? This is Edge of Tomorrow on a smaller scale, with a bigger twist.


Before you go

There’s one more we didn’t mention which you will find on Un Certain Regard films: The unofficial list, but first, please enjoy our all-time favourite video of how to correctly pronounce ‘Gyllenhaal’.

From: Esquire SG