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The Best Purple Eyeshadow Looks to Try in 2019

On the surface, colorful eyeshadow seems intimidating. It’s one thing to see an Instagram makeup artist blend eight shades across her lid and call it a Tuesday afternoon, and another to pick up a bright color yourself and go at it with confidence. But with more stars by the day making bold eyeshadow look approachable and fun, the trend at long last feels not only aspirational—but doable.

Which is why it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that searches for purple eyeshadow are up on Pinterest this season by 52 percent. Offline, celebrities are embracing the trend as well with purple lids making more than one appearance on the Met Gala red carpet. Add to the fact that brands like Glossier, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Flesh are throwing their weight behind purple-centric launches, and it’s no wonder that women are looking for ideas of how to play with the shade.

The good news is that purple has been on the back burner for so long that any way you wear it feels fresh. Celebrity makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown recommends beginners start with a sheer wash of purple, either in a creamy formula or with a shimmery color that bounces off some light (Glossier Lidstar in Lily and Fenty Match Stix in Unicorn were basically built for this). Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes coined the hashtag #biglilacenergy for her purple-loving looks, the most instantly recognizable being a wash of glossy, pastel purple shadow across her lids (below). It’s stunning, but an investment, so she suggests another approach to get started: a winged-out liner using eyeshadow to see how you like the color on yourself.

Hughes says that pretty much any pastel or medium-tone purple eyeshadow will work; her trademark look came from the now discontinued Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette. Lighter skin tones can stay in the range of soft colors, while people with medium and deep skin tones can pick from light to deep shades (though too-light pastels do run the risk of looking ashy on medium skin tones, she warns). Makeup artist Maddie North says she’s a fan of the Hourglass Graphik Eyeshadow Palette in Expose, thanks to its spectrum of beautiful, unintimidating purples.

A gentle wash of warm lavender looks both sophisticated and lighthearted, while increasing the intensity and choosing a cool-tone pastel shade creates a mod sixties vibe, like Lily Collins’ look at the Met Gala. For the glossy Instagram finish above, Hughes topped her look with a clear lip gloss like Shisiedo Crystal Gel Gloss, while North says Kevyn Aucoin Diamond Eye Gloss doesn’t leave her side.

For a more smoky, jewel-tone purple look, Brown suggests using a cream shadow like Maybelline’s Vintage Plum on your lids first, packing it on with a tightly bristled eyeshadow brush. Give it a minute to set, and then dab a tiny squeeze of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream above your iris to bring light to your lids. Sweep on a peach blush if you want something else on your face, Hughes says. And as long as your skin looks fresh and moisturized, she says to go wild and put on lipstick too, if you want. You’re wearing purple eyeshadow. There’s nothing you can’t do.

Scroll on to see more of our favorite takes on the trend.

The Hidden Message Behind Arya’s and Jon’s Hairstyles on ‘Game of Thrones’ Last Night

This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

From the very first episode of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark and Jon Snow have shared a special bond. Granted, we now know they aren’t actually half-siblings, but that doesn’t lessen the relationship between the two. Back then, it was Jon who recognized and nurtured Arya’s skills as a fighter, even gifting her with her first sword, Needle, before he left to join the Night’s Watch.

When Arya and Jon finally reunited in season eight, it was emotional. In last night’s penultimate episode, fans noticed the two seemed more in sync than ever—and that they both resembled Ned Stark, the man who raised them. From their hairstyles to their battle armor, they’ve never so explicitly Team Stark. Does this hint that together (perhaps with Sansa, as well) they will unite to take down Daenerys?

The half-up, half-down hairstyle was a Ned signature—and now Arya and Jon are both wearing theirs in a similar fashion.

They were also dressed similarly, to the point that some viewers found it confusing. “They really made Arya look like Jon in episode 5; same hair, clothes, shots from behind are made to look like either,” one user wrote on Twitter. “The two Northerners who care for the innocent.”

“The only people that did their jobs this season are the costume designers. Did anyone else notice that Arya and Jon have had the same clothes/hair style this season?” wrote another.

So what could this mean? Well, a few things. At face value, it’s absolutely an homage to Ned Stark, an honorable man who means the world to both Jon and Arya. It’s also a physical symbol that these two are cut from the same cloth. But the implications are deeper, as well. Jon and Arya looking similar could mean they’re destined for the same fate as Ned. “You know what would be pretty killer? If we continue with the ‘cyclical’ theme of #GameofThrones, and the final scene is the beheading of Jon Snow by a mad tyrant with Sansa and Arya being witness to it (à la Ned Stark in S1),” one fan posited—which would be devastating but actually does make sense.

We won’t know anything for sure until the Game of Thrones series finale this Sunday, but one thing is certain: Nothing is coincidence on this show. Jon’s and Arya’s likeminded aesthetics this season are 100 percent intentional. If their fate at the end is the same, let’s just hope it’s a positive one.

The Hidden Message Behind Arya and Jon’s Hairstyles on Game of Thrones Last Night

This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

From the very first episode of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark and Jon Snow have shared a special bond. Granted, we now know they aren’t actually half-siblings, but that doesn’t lessen the relationship between the two. Back then, it was Jon who recognized and nurtured Arya’s skills as a fighter, even gifting her with her first sword, Needle, before he left to join the Night’s Watch.

When Arya and Jon finally reunited in season eight, it was emotional. In last night’s penultimate episode, fans noticed the two seemed more in sync than ever—and that they both resembled Ned Stark, the man who raised them. From their hairstyles to their battle armor, they’ve never so explicitly Team Stark. Does this hint that together (perhaps with Sansa, as well), they will unite to take down Daenerys?

The half-up/half-down hairstyle was a Ned signature—and now Arya and Jon are both wearing theirs in a similar fashion.

They were also dressed similarly, to the point that some viewers found it confusing. “They really made Arya look like Jon in episode 5; same hair, clothes, shots from behind are made to look like either,” one user wrote on Twitter. “The two Northerners who care for the innocent.”

“The only people that did their jobs this season are the costume designers. Did anyone else notice that Arya and Jon have had the same clothes/hair style this season?” wrote another.

So what could this mean? Well, a few things. At face value, it’s absolutely an homage to Ned Stark, an honorable man who means the world to both Jon and Arya. It’s also a physical symbol that these two are cut from the same cloth. But the implications are deeper, as well. Jon and Arya looking similar could mean they’re destined for the same fate as Ned. “You know what would be pretty killer? If we continue with the ‘cyclical’ theme of #GameofThrones, and the final scene is the beheading of Jon Snow by a mad tyrant with Sansa and Arya being witness to it (à la Ned Stark in S1),” one fan posited—which would be devastating but actually does make sense.

We won’t know anything for sure until the Game of Thrones series finale this Sunday, but one thing is certain: Nothing is coincidence on this show. Jon and Arya’s likeminded aesthetics this season are 100 percent intentional. If their fate at the end is the same, let’s just hope it’s a positive one.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: This Is What It’s Like to Be Obsessed With Perfection

Eighteen months ago, I was in the throes of some of the darkest moments of my life—but on paper, it didn’t look like that. I had just finished a national tour for my first book, The Crowdsourceress, and positive coverage had started rolling in. My company, which launched crowdfunding campaigns for stellar creators worldwide, had raised a combined $20 million to help bring their creative projects to life. Journalists were calling me a wunderkind and a guru; my name was even added to Forbes’ “30under30” list. By the looks of things, I was killing it.

But alone one day soon after the tour ended, I couldn’t leave my bed. Sobbing on the phone to my mother like a terrified child, I was deep in a spiral of repetitive, fearful thoughts. My skin was crawling with anxiety.

This wasn’t my first total meltdown. I had suffered from these obsessive thoughts of uncertainty for almost two decades of my life.

I grew up a happy kid—spunky, opinionated, and incredibly curious. But something happened in my pre-adolescent years: I became painfully afraid of bad things happening to me. From what I remember, it started when I was around 10. After watching a nineties horror film, I became wildly obsessed with the idea of being abducted by aliens. I would lie in bed every night imagining all the ways I could be abducted, and then rush into my parents room, begging to sleep near them for protection.

I didn’t just have these terrorizing thoughts at night though; on some idle weekends, I would find myself pacing back and forth indoors, thinking about the various ways I could be tortured by the aliens that would eventually abduct me. I remember so clearly one Saturday morning my Dad pointing to a painting and saying, “This painting exists. Aliens don’t. You have a higher probability of being abducted by this painting!” I laughed, relieved, but still uncertain.

When I eventually let go of my alien obsession, I moved onto another fixation: perfection.

I was finishing fifth grade, and applying to a prestigious middle school. I told myself that I had to get in—in my mind, if I failed, it would irreparably derail my entire life. Fixated, I would complete all my homework, organize it neatly in my sparkly folders, and get into bed early. But I couldn’t go to sleep: instead, I would pray relentlessly, pleading for straight A’s. Fearful that my homework could suddenly disappear into thin air while I slept, I’d anxiously jump out of bed to check that it was still there. I would do this about twenty times a night.

By the time I turned 12, my obsessions shifted again, this time to a subject on many a pre-teen mind: sex. But I wasn’t fantasizing about a new crush or exploring pleasure as my body went through puberty. Instead, I was terrified of anything related to sex—it got to a point where I didn’t want to be touched fearing any unpredictable sensation in my body. My obsession became so paralyzing that I would retrace the most innocent of past interactions, analyzing them for the slightest improprieties and confessing whenever I felt something could have been perceived as wrong. Whenever I did have a sexual thought—all of which felt weird and deviant—I would fixate for hours on end about what it meant about my identity as a person, rocking back and forth into what seemed like a hole of darkness.

At first, like my other moments of catastrophic crises, I implored my parents for reassurance, describing my graphic fears in detail. But I realized that this new obsession felt different—it was too taboo. I stopped sharing and began internalizing my rituals, while another obsessive idea set in: I really believed that if my parents knew my thoughts, even though they had been my biggest supporters so far, they would disown me forever.

When I started high school, I became really good at hiding my internal battles—so began my years of trying to cope on my own. I would power through episodes of distress by throwing myself into piles of work as a necessary distraction, or avoid situations that triggered the anxiety. The intense dedication to my work helped me excel but it masked the obsessive thoughts playing on loop in my mind. In college I had two majors, a minor, and an honors thesis but I remember thinking I could have—should have—done so much more.

Looks Like Michael Rooker Will Not Play King Shark In Suicide Squad 2, Y’all

Last week, news broke that Michael Rooker (of Yondu fame) was in talks to play King Shark in Suicide Squad 2 a.k.a. The Suicide Squad. It was an exciting possibility that would see the actor reunite with his Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. However, it looks as though Michael Rooker will not, in fact, be playing King Shark in Suicide Squad 2 as the actor recently took to social media to refute the report. Take a look:

Well, that certainly seems to be a pretty clear statement from Michael Rooker. By screenshotting the original report and captioning it as he did on his Instagram, Michael Rooker is essentially declaring that it is inaccurate and he is not in talks to play King Shark in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. So, if anyone was working on some fan art for this casting, you may want to pump the brakes.

Now, it is worth asking some questions about what this refutation could mean, because from Slither to Super to the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Michael Rooker has acted in every feature film James Gunn has directed. Therefore, it would make sense for him to join the director once again for The Suicide Squad to keep that streak going.

Also, the original report about Michael Rooker being in talks to play King Shark in The Suicide Squad didn’t come from some random person on Reddit, it came from a legitimate publication. In addition, there was an earlier report that King Shark would indeed be one of the members of the new team in the film. So what gives?

It could just be the The Wrap got it wrong (it happens) and Michael Rooker is, as he indicated, not in talks to play King Shark in the film or maybe that talks fell apart. It’s also possible that Michael Rooker is fibbing, as we’ve seemingly seen recently with Matt Smith regarding Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Or, given their working relationship, Michael Rooker is reuniting with James Gunn for The Suicide Squad, but King Shark is not the character he will be playing. David Dastmalchian is reportedly cast as Polka-Dot Man and Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, and Idris Elba as not Deadshot, but there are presumably other characters Michael Rooker could take on in the movie.

At this point, given his fairly unambiguous social media response to news of his casting, I just wouldn’t expect Michael Rooker to play the humanoid shark in The Suicide Squad. The sequel, which has been described as something of a relaunch with only a handful of the original actors/characters returning is currently in pre-production so hopefully we’ll hear some more casting soon.

The Suicide Squad, with or without Michael Rooker, is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 6, 2021. That’s a ways off, though, and you need to be entertained until then, so check out our 2019 release schedule to see all the movies you’ll want to check out this summer.

Every Hidden Detail in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5

Caution: This post is full of Game of Thrones spoilers.

The second to last episode of Game of Thrones left many fans reeling, not just because we only get one more week with our favorite characters. Last night, several significant characters lost their lives: Varys, the Hound, Jaime and Cersei Lannister, Euron Greyjoy, and the Mountain. And though she didn’t die, Daenerys Targaryen seems to have lost her damn mind.

With so much going on, you might have missed the more subtle Easter eggs and other details that were in the episode. (Did you pick up, for example, that Dany was almost poisoned?) Below, all the hidden gems spotted by eagle-eyed fans.

Yes, that really was Aaron Rodgers.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback made a very quick appearance in Game of Thrones episode five. Too bad he couldn’t outrun dragon fire.

Bran’s vision came true.

Way back in season two, a young Bran had a vision of a dragon flying over King’s Landing. In last night’s episode, his vision finally comes to fruition in the darkest way possible.

Dany’s vision came true, too.

Remember Daenerys’ vision while she was spending time in the House of the Undying? Everyone thought it was a destroyed Red Keep being covered in snow, “A Song of Ice and Fire” coming to life, but it seems to have foreshadowed a snow of ashes instead. Her dream of a destroyed Red Keep may have come true, and it may even foreshadow her own death next week

The map crumbling has to symbolize something.

In two different scenes in last night’s episode, characters are seen standing on the large painted map of the seven kingdoms inside King’s Landing. First, it’s Arya and the Hound. Then it’s Jaime and Cersei Lannister. Many believe this symbolizes the crumbling of the seven kingdoms.

The Hound’s final words to Arya echo what he said to Sansa.

Oh, you thought the Hound was a bad guy?The Hound echoed his famous “look at me” line to Arya last night, the very same way he told Sansa to look at him way back in season one. If only Sansa had listened to him then.

Something’s up with Jon and Arya’s paths.

Throughout Game of Thrones‘ run, the costume designers have been throwing fans little hints about what’s to come. Last night, in case you missed it, Jon and Arya have matching hairstyles and clothing. They even have matching experiences. When Arya is nearly crushed to death by a fleeing mob in King’s Landing, it’s an identical event to Jon’s own near-death experience at the Battle of the Bastards. Coincidence? We think not.

Only one more episode to go to see how this really all plays out. We can’t wait.

Creed 3 Likely Would Not Feature Conor McGregor

While Michael Jordan has made it clear he would like to continue making Creed movies, at this point we have no idea what form such a sequel could take. Who would be the new opponent for Adonis Creed? It seems that now the only thing we can guess right now is that it probably won’t be MMA star Conor McGregor. Michael B. Jordan was recently asked what he thought of the idea of bringing in McGregor for Creed III and the actor seemed less than thrilled with the concept, saying…

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

The idea of Conor McGregor making the jump from the octagon to the silver screen has come up before. He was apparently in talks to star in The Predator at some point, though director Shane Black insists he was never actually offered the lead.

It seems like only a matter of time before the MMA fighter parlays his celebrity into something that doesn’t include as many shots to the nose. Most recently McGregor has said that he’s done with MMA, so if he wanted to try his hand at movies, now is as good a time as any.

However, one assumes that Michael B. Jordan is a guy who largely gets to determine his own fate in the Creed franchise so if he’s not sold on the idea, it’s unlikely to happen. Since his comment to TMZ is far from excited, perhaps the next movie should look elsewhere for an idea.

Following the success of Creed II many have suggested that a future Creed film could bring back other previous Rocky opponents as Creed II did with Ivan Drago. The suggestion that Rocky III‘s Clubber Lang, as played by Mr. T, could return has been made, but it’s far from certain that a future sequel would go back to the well like that once again.

With Sylvester Stallone indicating that he’s done playing Rocky Balboa after Creed II, it would seem to make a lot more sense for Creed III to go off in a new direction and find a more original opponent. There’s certainly the opportunity to tell more of Adonis Creed’s story, but how he moves on without his mentor and surrogate father seems like the most interesting way to do it.

Of course, I’m not sure anybody has asked Conor McGregor if he’s like to co-star in Creed III and if he does, it’s always possible something could be worked out. If there’s a good enough story anything is possible.

Creed II out grossed the first film in the franchise, which would seem to make a third entry a pretty strong possibility considering all the creative forces are also interested in returning to the series.

Robert Downey Jr. Shares Video Of Tony’s Emotional Endgame Reunion

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame!

It’s been three weeks since Avengers: Endgame finally arrived in theaters, and conversation about the blockbuster is showing no signs of slowing down. The Russo Brothers crammed a ton of exciting content into the movie, so each frame has been dissected and discussed by the rabid fanbase. Endgame succeeded in many ways, but it really did justice to OG Avengers like Tony Stark.

Iron Man was given quite the arc in Avengers: Endgame, one that was deeply reflective on everything he’d gained and lost since Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life. After the time jump, Tony was shown living a happy life with Pepper Potts and their daughter Morgan. But he was haunted by his failures, especially Peter Parker’s dusting during Infinity War. Iron Man’s eventual reunion with Spider-Man was super emotional, and now Robert Downey Jr. has shared a video filming that scene. Check it out below.

I’m not crying, you’re crying. It looks like Tony and Peter’s brief scene on the battlefield went through some variations, including different lines of dialogue. And they’re likely all emotional gut punches.

This video comes to us from Robert Downey Jr’s official Instagram page. With the spoiler ban for Endgame officially lifted by the Russo Brothers, the film’s cast and crew has been able to get more chatty about their experience. Plenty of actors have been posting footage from Endgame‘s set, revealing potentially illegal videos they took working on the massive blockbuster.

In the above clip, you can see Robert Downey Jr. working alongside Tom Holland. The latter actor is wearing his signature motion capture pajamas, and strikes a pose before limping onto the set and catching up with his onscreen Marvel mentor. Those who remember the emotional reunion in Avengers: Endgame will notice that the actors are saying different lines. It almost seems improvised, so perhaps they were given freedom to play, and not necessarily parrot the same words from the script.

Personally, I love how Peter asked Tony what all the “grey stuff” in his beard was. RDJ brilliantly delivers his response, revealing they’re just grey hairs. It’s a great comedic beat, although the theatrical cut included Peter discussing his return from the dead, and Doctor Strange’s magical abilities.

Another change in the scene was how Tony embraced his superheroic protegee. He hugs Peter for much longer than what we saw in Avengers: Endgame, even giving the young hero a kiss on the cheek in the process. Peter and Tony’s relationship with hugging has spanned multiple movies, as their connection grew deeper in Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Infinity War.

Peter Parker’s relationship with Tony should be a major plot line in Spider-Man: Far From Home, as the new trailer teased a protagonist that was deeply in mourning. The adventure will also pair Peter with Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Happy Hogan, allowing RDJ’s signature character to still have a presence, despite his epic death scene.

Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now, and Spider-Man: Far From Home will follow suit on July 2nd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Jaime’s Hand Somehow Grew Back on *Game of Thrones* Last Night

Last week, fans had a field day after they spotted a rogue Starbucks cup in the fourth episode of Game of Thrones season eight. The production gaffe soon went viral—so viral, in fact, that HBO even released a statement about it. “News from Winterfell. The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. #Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea,” the brand tweeted from Game of Thrones‘ official Twitter account.

Now, the GoT army has moved on to a hilarious new continuity error: Eagle-eyed fans noticed in yesterday’s episode that, at one point, Jaime‘s right hand miraculously grows back. It happens in the scene when he goes to hug Cersei shortly before they both die. Look at the bottom right corner of the photo, below. Do you notice anything that shouldn’t be there? Something like, I don’t know, a hand that was tragically lost five seasons ago?

People are living for this mistake, and using it as an opportunity to throw some shade at the show. “We kind of forgot Jaime lost his right hand in [season 3],” one fan tweeted sarcastically. “Now what? Jaime grew his hand ? How do start a petition to reshoot season 8? ” wrote someone else.

“Can we all talk about how Game of Thrones made another mistake, first leaving a coffee cup on the table [and] now Jaime Lannister has magically grown his hand back. You’re supposed to be the biggest show out there, and you are making mistakes like this,” tweeted a third fan.

Check more responses to this mistake in the tweets, below:

If how Emilia Clarke dealt with Starbucks-gate is any indication, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will no-doubt have a sense of humor about his magic hand.

“Did I just stumble upon the truth here?! The cup bearer does not drinketh the Starbucks tea…,” Clarke wrote on Instagram last week alongside a throwback photo of herself, Jason Momoa, and Peter Dinklage. Catch me refreshing Coster-Waldau’s IG waiting for his response to this story.

Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9 P.M. ET on HBO.

10 Best Jake Gyllenhaal Movies, Ranked

Spider-Man: Far From Home Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of Hollywood’s top talents, and after a brief marathon of his movies it isn’t hard to see why. He’s played many different types of characters throughout his career, and in all honesty he’s good in just about every single one of them. At least, he is in these 10 movies, which are among the 10 best that the actor has offered audiences over the years.

As the world waits to see Jake Gyllenhaal play Mysterio in the upcoming sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home, I’ve put together a list of the 10 best films he’s put out into the universe for your reading pleasure. These are the top 10 films to enjoy for those who want to see a good Jake Gyllenhaal movie featuring the actor at his best, even if the story or other actors didn’t quite live up to the hype. Take a look and find these movies in the universe ASAP.

End Of Watch Jake Gyllenhaal

1. End Of Watch

The top Jake Gyllenhaal movie on this list, End Of Watch earns its spot for the gritty story of two LAPD officers just trying to survive the crime ridden streets. There’s action, there’s tension, and there are tear-jerking and terrifying moments. This movie is Jake Gyllenhaal at his best, and he looks completely in his element from start to finish. Others may believe there are better options out there, but I really feel they’d be wrong in regards to Gyllenhaal performances.

Donnie Darko Jake Gyllenhaal

2. Donnie Darko

No disrespect to everything he’s done after, but Jake Gyllenhaal’s Donnie Darko remains one of his best to date. It features a much different performance than the characters Gyllenhaal would become later in life. It may not be the most groundbreaking performance the actor has ever given Hollywood, but it is the one that really set him on a path to be one of Hollywood’s premiere names. Without it, there’s no telling where the actor would be today. Plus, the movie itself still holds up.

Brokeback Mountain Jake Gyllenhaal

3. Brokeback Mountain

No one should need a list to know Brokeback Mountain is one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s best. Those who have gone this long without seeing it are making a mistake, and missing out one of the best performances of Heath Ledger’s career to boot. For Gyllenhaal it’s really on another level than any other role he’s taken since, and absolutely one every movie lover should experience at least once. It’s insane so many people passed on making this movie!

Zodiac Jake Gyllenhaal

4. Zodiac

This Jake Gyllenhaal movie isn’t more optimistic than many of the others on the list, but at least his character is more of the hero in this harrowing story of one of the most enigmatic serial killers in America’s history. Of the selections on this list, Zodiac is the one that best highlights Jake Gyllenhaal’s ability to portray an obsessed character, which is often an element in his roles. See this one immediately.

Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal

5. Nightcrawler

Here’s another Jake Gyllenhaal movie where the actor turns on the crazy, although his character in Nightcrawler is far more insane and sadistic than funny. Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, a man determined to make a living as a tragedy cameraman in Los Angeles. The film and Gyllenhaal is bonkers from start to finish, but it doesn’t really hit peak freaky until that scene where he’s laughing watching television and looking around and reacting to no one in particular.

Okja Jake Gyllenhaal

6. Okja

One of Jake Gyllenhaal’s most underrated roles in a while, Okja features the actor taking that crazy angle he does so well and spinning it into the eccentric television host Dr. Johnny Wilcox. Johnny Wilcox is not the type of character one sees often in a Jake Gyllenhaal movie, let alone a character that he would be the actor to play. It’s hilarious, and a high point in a movie that can get pretty damn depressing as it goes on.

Southpaw Jake Gyllenhaal

7. Southpaw

In a ranked list detailing the best boxing films of all time, Southpaw probably wouldn’t be super high. That said, this Jake Gyllenhaal movie has earned its spot here for the way the actor portrays loss, and for how absolutely jacked he got for this movie. He’s never in bad shape, of course, but this performance had to have sold a few people on him playing Batman someday.

Jarhead Jake Gyllenhaal

8. Jarhead

Jarhead puts Jake Gyllenhaal in the shoes of former real life marine Anthony Swofford. For those who haven’t seen it, this isn’t the typical war movie, as it details one soldier’s journey during Operation Desert Storm. This Jake Gyllenhaal movie captures a side of modern warfare from a unique perspective not often shown, and is only elevated in the respect that Gyllenhaal’s performance is heightened by director Sam Mendes and a great supporting cast.

Brothers Jake Gyllenhaal

9. Brothers

There are a fair amount of feel-good Jake Gyllenhaal movies for audiences to enjoy, but I need to point out this film is not one of them. In Brothers, Gyllenhaal plays the supportive brother Tommy to Tobey Maguire’s Sam, who has been overseas. Though he only plays a supporting role, Jake Gyllenhaal knocks it out of the park as Tommy, who only wants the best for his brother in a situation that gets increasingly out of control before anyone realizes it.

The Day After Tomorrow Jake Gyllenhaal

10. The Day After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow is one of the biggest guilty pleasure Jake Gyllenhaal movies on the market. The decisions the characters make throughout this disaster film are ridiculous, and it’s overall a very subpar blockbuster film. With that said, there are laughs for those willing to “weather the storm.” My personal favorite Gyllenhaal moment is when his character Sam Hall nearly drowns in a flood because he won’t get off the payphone with his dad.

Now, Jake Gyllenhaal has made a lot more movies than the ten that appear on this list, and it wouldn’t be surprising if someone’s favorite movie was left off this list. What are your favorites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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