Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Brother Lode
EpixHD, who gave us this wonderful video of Jake doing a promo, just posted about 200 Brothers stills, as well as new video interviews with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire. Are you supposed to find prisoners hot?
These are just gorgeous shots of Jake. I love the one with Tommy and Sam graffiti, though I don't think we get a shot of that in the movie.
Jake had great rapport with the two young actresses playing his nieces, and this snowman scene was really fun.
Sadly, this scene is not in the movie. I would have liked to see more of Player Tommy.
And just because:
A couple of videos - in the first, the trio discuss getting into character:
Natalie and Jake talk about big vs. small. Budgets, people!
Though he doesn't talk about Jake specifically, Roger Ebert gave Brothers 3.5 stars. Even better, Salon raved (justifiably) about Jake:
Jake Gyllenhaal shines in an undeniably grown-up movie about love and loss in the shadow of Afghanistan. ...
Of the three leads, Gyllenhaal gives the finest performance. He's jittery and charismatic -- his eyes shift uncomfortably, as if he were constantly looking for escape. Among Tommy's problems is the fact that he's never been the favored son. His father, an ex-Marine (played by a gruff, angular-looking Sam Shepard), approves of Sam's courage and sense of responsibility and derides Tommy as the fuckup he is. When Shepard and Gyllenhaal appear in a scene together, the air around them is charged -- it's as if the searching, vulnerable quality in Tommy's eyes registers as a taunt in the manly-man world of his father.
The chemistry is a lot less charged, unfortunately, between Gyllenhaal and Portman. Gyllenhaal is superb at channeling his confused feelings into physical awkwardness. ...