A “nightcrawler” is a freelance videographer who roams the streets of a big city (L.A.) while monitoring police radios in hopes of gaining the edge and arriving first at a bloody or crime scene to capture exclusive video to be sold to a local TV news agency. A good nightcrawler seems to be most successful when one’s morals are challenged. With that as a job description, our hero, Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) steps out of the shadows and across the lines of decency to become a news stringer willing to do almost anything to get the story that will pay the big bucks. If Bloom has to manipulate the events in order for his video camera to be front and center, then so be it. I can’t imagine anyone portraying this character any better than Gyllenhaal; he was absolutely brilliant. His bug-eyed appearance, creepy demeanor, and body language screamed weirdness. Spooky. Gyllenhaal’s Bloom was seemingly legitimate, but was actually more disturbing than George Harvey in “The Lovely Bones” (2009). Gyllenhaal took eerie to a new level. Delusional and demented also come to mind. Jake’s last nomination was for Best Supporting Actor in “Brokeback Mountain” in 2005, but now it’s his turn for a Best Actor nomination. This movie was spellbinding. Bravo, Jake G.! Rock ‘n Roll Grade 93. Larry H.