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.

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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 »

Marketing a film can be tough but when you’ve got an intriguing, original idea like Rian Johnson‘s Looper, it almost sells itself. The film opens September 28, but will play both Toronto and Fantastic Fest before that. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a man who kills people sent back to him from the future. When his future self, played by Bruce Willis, is sent back to be murdered, things get a little bit crazy.

Johnson’s idea blending time-travel, action and the duality of man has already resulted in some kick-ass trailers and gorgeous posters. This latest one, featuring Bruce Willis bursting out the chest of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, continues the good trend. Check it out below. Read More »

We tend to love Fantastic Fest, because it is the film festival that caters to audiences who like movies that are weird, strange, and totally fucked-up, but with a quality that puts the films in a rare category that isn’t just simple schlock or exploitation. Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, and a whole bunch of great films have been added to the lineup.

After the break you’ll find info on the great second wave of announcements, which includes Rian Johnson’s Looper, the anthology horror movie The ABCs of Death, and The American Scream, which is the new effort from Best Worst Movie director Michael Paul Stephenson. Then there is Leos Carax’s head-scratcher Holy Motors, which is one of the films I can’t wait to see, and Doomsday Book, the anthology from South Korea that includes new work from Kim Jee-woon. Read More »

Earlier today we got a look at the promo site for Rian Johnson‘s third feature film Looper, and a big part of that promotion focuses on the gadgets, vehicles and gear that the loopers — future assassins — use. Now there is a great new international trailer that shows some of that gear in action. It also might put forth one of the best looks we’ve had at the film yet, without seeming to give too much away.

Some of the new stuff here is the incidental look at the good life that loopers live — part of the film’s conceit is that these killers are very highly paid and almost elite, as a trade-off for the fact that they may eventually be forced to assassinate themselves. That leads to a few questions, but first check out the new trailer below. Read More »

Here are two great score previews. One is a five-minute piece that previews the Nathan Johnson score for his cousin Rian Johnson‘s film Looper. The video features Nathan Johnson discussing some of the ideas behind the score for the film, and features many samples of the music along with an explanation of where the samples used in the score came from.

The other preview isn’t even a preview — it’s the full Hans Zimmer score for The Dark Knight Rises. We’ve heard previews of some tracks, but now you can stream the whole thing. Fortunately for those who have stayed away from the most spoiler-laden reports, the track titles shouldn’t give much away. Then again, those who don’t want to be spoiled probably won’t be listening to the entire score before the film comes out, anyway. Read More »

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Friday is the second ‘official’ day of each San Diego Comic Con, and it’s the day where things start to kick into gear. The SDCC organization and various film studios announced their Friday plans today, and there are some great things happening.

The best are at Sony’s panel in Hall H, where the studio will show off Rian Johnson‘s Looper (with Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt in attendance) and debut the first footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium (with Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster showing up). Comic Con could be said to be Blomkamp’s first home, as that’s where his debut feature District 9 first got loads of attention, back in 2008.

This schedule also shows that television is taking a pole position this year, as Hall H has big presentations for The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and there are big events for Firefly, Community, Breaking Bad, and many more shows.

There’s a lot more going on during the day, but hit the jump to get some highlights. Read More »