Hopefully after the release of the excellent film Looper, writer/director Rian Johnson will enter the elite group of filmmakers that film fans recognize on the street. That, obviously, has not happened yet. Thursday night, Johnson posed as an usher at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, CA and introduced the midnight screening of his film. He didn’t say he was the director. He dressed like a normal employee and gave the same speech that preceeds every single screening at the Arclight. Very few people were in on the joke.

After the jump, check out the video of the clever, fun stunt as well as a cool animated trailer for the film. Read More »

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A nugget of hope for what would be the most anticipated sequel of all time is just one of the many things in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • Tim Burton and Winona Ryder didn’t sound enthused about Beetlejuice 2.
  • Take a peek at the Reaping stage from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and read where the beach scenes will be filmed.
  • Sin City: A Dame To Kill For just picked up international distribution.
  • Jude Law says Sherlock Holmes 3 is more a matter of “when” and not “if.”
  • Rian Johnson answers the big question: Will there be a sequel to Looper?
  • J.K. Rowling said she’d do another Harry Potter book if she had a “great idea.”

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Excited for Looper? You should be. Rian Johnson‘s return to the big screen featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano and a whole bunch of time-travelling awesomeness is fantastic. Lots of new posters, videos and more have been popping up leading up towards the September 28 release and now two videos of behind the scenes footage have come online.

Both are certainly filled with spoilers but, if you’ve seen the film or don’t care about a few small things being revealed, there are much worse ways to spend 12 minutes. Check them out below. Read More »

Rian Johnson‘s third film Looper came in as my most anticipated movie of 2012. While so many other films from that list have fallen short in my estimation, I can say that Looper is an excellent film, surprising and thrilling, and a great example of science fiction. This is not a Looper review; that will come shortly.

But the artist Martin Ansin, who has done some great posters for Mondo, is kicking off the Fantastic Fest poster series with a new poster for Looper, created to celebrate the film’s place on the Fantastic Fest schedule. Along with that we’ve got The Psychology of Dream Analysis, which is a short that Johnson co-wrote and directed a decade ago, during the period when Looper first began to gestate as the idea for a short film. Check out both items below. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 199 – V/H/S

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Dave, Devindra, and Adam explain why CinemaNow is a disaster and discuss the pleasures of the found footage genre by delving into the horror anthology film V/H/S.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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The best sci-fi movies aren’t defined by their sci-fi elements. Hovercars, cool guns, time travel and other sci-fi tropes are merely used to put a unique spin and visual style on a story with themes universal to almost any genre. And if it does that by blowing your mind with some cool stuff? All the better.

Rian Johnson‘s Looper is very much in that vein. A time-travelling, sci-fi movie to be sure, ultimately the film features very unexpected, yet welcome, fundamental themes. It almost becomes something that feels out of place in a world of time-travelling assassins and hover bikes which, of course, is exactly the point. Johnson hooks you with big action and reels you in for bigger ideas and that’s why Looper is so damn good.

After the jump, continue reading my review of the film, which opens September 28 and just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and watch a 100% spoiler-free video blog about Looper. Read More »

Though Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi film Looper doesn’t open for a month, you’re soon going to be hearing a lot about it. It has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week and /Film will be on the scene. The film, which stars both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as a character named Joe, takes place in a world where time-travel was invented but quickly made illegal. The technology is primarily used by the mafia, which sends targets back in time to be assassinated by special killers called loopers. However, when Joe realizes his latest victim is his older self, he learns the future is not what he expects it to be.

In the first full clip released from the film, you’ll see a bit more of a sit down encounter between the old and young version of Joe, and get a bit of that self-referential time travel edge you’d expect from Johnson. Check it out below. Read More »

This is a pretty neat little thing. We’ve seen the trailer(s) for Rian Johnson‘s third film Looper, which features Bruce Willis as the older version of a futuristic hitman played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Time travel enables JGL’s character to make a small fortune bumping off mob targets, but it also puts his older self into own crosshairs. Naturally, problems ensue.

Now we can experience the film as it might have been incarnated for the Super Nintendo game console. Looper the Movie the 8-Bit Game (which really looks like a 16-bit game) takes images and text from the last great trailer and reworks the story of time travel-enabled assassins to create some neat video game scenarios, complete with appropriate-sounding music. Check out the video below. Read More »

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