Where does his latest work in 'Nightcrawler' figure in?
1. "Nightcrawler" (2014)
Indeed, Gyllenhaal's latest performance in Dan Gilroy's neo-noir "Nightcrawler" may well be his finest hour to date. Playing a character he has described in terms of being a coyote ("I like thinking of characters as animals," he told HitFix in a recent interview), he brings a scavenger quality to the role of a super creepy but ambitious freelance crime journalist prowling the streets of Los Angeles. Gaunt and focused, his piercing eyes as, well, piercing as ever, Gyllenhaal has been building to this place for a number of years now. And given the pattern of upward trajectory, it seems a solid bet that he'll only get better.
- Kristopher Tapley