Do you think Jake and his badboy tattoo will have to work this weekend?
It was all I could do to concentrate on work today. And Jake's thoughts might be wandering to Christmas. And to Reese, who is apparently also working this week. Yesterday, Splash News posted this picture of Reese arriving at the Four Christmases set:
The end of the week brought some happy news for Jake. Both of the Entertainment Wekly critics placed Zodiac on their 2007 Top 10. Owen Gleiberman put it in the 10th slot:
...The killer creates a reign of terror metaphorically evocative of the one we're in now, and as the case gets bounced from one precinct to the next, finally landing in the hands of a cartoonist and amateur sleuth (Jake Gyllenhaal, in an underrated performance), we're trapped in his desire to look the monster in the face — and, more impossibly, to make the monsters go away.
Lisa Schwarzbaum gave Zodiac the sixth slot, and also mentioned Jake:
With a sure feel for manifestations of mass-media frenzy (the way it was then, the way it is now); a great cast of dark-eyed souls, including Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo; and a primo character actor in John Carroll Lynch as the prime suspect, Fincher turns a police procedural into a nerve-racking thriller.
Neither is my favorite critic, but that was a nice turn of phrase to decribe Jake, RDJ and Ruffalo. And Jake's performance IS underrated, so it was nice to see that acknowledged.
Sideshot of Jake from Zodiac set:
Do you think he's wearing these jeans in the Brothers shot, too?
Rendition has been criminally underappreciated, but Roger Ebert did give it an honorable mention in his year-end review, describing it as one of the 10 films tied for 11th place:
Gavin Hood’s “Rendition,” starring Reese Witherspoon as a wife whose Egyptian-American husband “disappears” on a flight from Cape Town, and Jake Gyllenhaall as the CIA temporary station chief who is shocked by discoveries he makes about the outsourcing of torture.
Let's all join Jake for a nightcap!
ETA: For anyone who hasn't seen it, doesn't have it downloaded or just wants to see it again on TV, Jake's Dreamgirls skit will be on the SNL Clip show special tonight (12/22) at 8:00 EST.