While it’s understandable that some diehard fans think the very idea of another Star Wars trilogy is unforgivable sacrilege, we’re more inclined to think it could be an unexpected blessing. Disney’s got their hands on one of the richest mythologies in pop culture, and enough clout that it can book some serious talent to do it justice. So with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of ten filmmakers we’d love to see explore a galaxy far, far away — and five we’d rather stayed here on Earth. Hit the jump to read.

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For years, DVD extras have given general audiences great insight into how the assembly process for films works. Now the internet is taking over, as filmmakers can bring video directly to fans. Looper director Rian Johnson has taken to the idea more than most, releasing things such as his “live” commentary tracks discussing the making of his movies long before the DVD is out.

And now Johnson has released his early pitch reel for Looper. Created, as his explains, after he finished the script but before pre-production, the “strange curiosity” features footage from films such as Days of Heaven, Fight ClubBlade Runner and Se7en. It also has something most similar reels don’t have: a voiceover track performed by the actor who ended up in the final film. Here we can hear Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaking an early version of the explanatory dialogue that opens Looper, with a darker tone than seen in the final version. Read More »

Even when director Rian Johnson spends 15 minutes talking about some of Looper‘s unanswered questions, it’s still not enough. Since its release a couple weeks ago, Johnson’s time-traveling sci-fi thriller has been quite divisive, both thanks to its content and time travel paradoxes. Fans have enjoyed debating not only the intricicies of the film, but Johnson’s quotes and explainations too. From here we can go to a new place: the infographic.

Wired has created a cool, spoiler-filled, infographic that tries to explain the timelines of the film. It’s interesting but still can’t line everything up perfectly. Not that it was ever meant to. Check it out below. Read More »

In this special episode, Dave, Devindra, and Adam chat extensively with writer/director Rian Johnson about his inspirations for Looper, the making/distribution of the film, and some of its most contentious plot points. Be sure to check out Charlie Jane’s great article about messy time travel, as well as Dave Chen’s Skype profile photo.

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Rian Johnson is a good pitchman when it comes to getting people to see his movies a second time. During the release of his second film The Brothers Bloom, Johnson released a commentary track for the film, the idea being that fans could put the track on an iPod (or whatever) and listen to it in the theater on headphones.

Now he has done the same for Looper, due to popular request. The track has just hit, so I can’t tell you much about what it contains, but if it’s anything like the Bloom track this will be a pretty detailed and technical discussion of making the film — perfect for serious fans.  Read More »

Looper is exactly the kind of movie we all say we want, mixing a tried and true genre with new ideas and interesting themes. It’s not based on an old property, it’s not a sequel or franchise. Instead Looper is original and sure to spawn lots of discussion. We have writer/director Rian Johnson to thank for that. Coming off two small but solid movies (Brick, and The Brothers Bloom) Johnson proves with Looper that his ideas are bigger than his previous box office.

/Film once again sat down with Johnson to talk about the film and not only touched upon its unconventional blend of genre and theme,  but got deep into what makes the movie tick. I’m talking major spoilers. The bulk of what we discussed was highlighted in last week’s article, Ten Mysteries in ‘Looper’ Explained by Director Rian Johnson, but here you can watch and listen to Johnson explain all the different facets of the film and plot mysteries himself, and in full.

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‘Looper’ – What Did You Think?

We’ve been pretty high on the idea of Rian Johnson‘s third film, Looper, since the movie was first announced, especially as we learned that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play a near-future assassin who kills mob victims illicitly sent back in time. Add Bruce Willis as the older version of the same character, who becomes a target for JGL, and things got really interesting. Then a test screening last fall got word out that Johnson may have really knocked Looper out of the park, and expectations for the film went through the roof.

And now, as we fairly easily begin to forget the unsatisfying sumer of 2012, Looper has hit theaters. And I’m happy to say that it is an excellent film. Not only is Johnson firing on all cylinders as a storyteller and director, the film is both a great piece of sci-fi and a satisfying character piece that really puts that central assassin character through the wringer. And even for those who have been paying attention to all the marketing, Sony left a few things unrevealed, so Looper gets to keep a few tricks hidden up its sleeve right until the end.

Moreso than for any other recent genre film, I’m curious to know what people think about Looper. So have at it in the comments below, where spoiler discussions of the film’s story and meaning are fair game. Read More »

No one goes into a time travel movie expecting all the answers. Time travel films are often filled with unanswerable mysteries, because the idea of moving characters against the normal flow of time creates problems and paradoxes. Bending your mind around the layers and repetition of time travel is part of the fun, even in a bad time travel movie. Writer/director Rian Johnson loves time travel movies too, even the bad ones. Thankfully, he made a great one in Looper, now in theaters. (Read our review right here.)

Even after you walk out of Looper, though, you’re bound to have questions that need answering. In a recent 15 minute interview with Johnson, that’s all we focused on. Spoilers, spoilers and more spoilers. Questions that the movie doesn’t answer, ideas the movie hints at, character motivations, all of it. On Monday, we’ll run the full video interview but, for now, we provide answers to ten unexplained mysteries from the film with the help of Johnson himself.

Beware, MASSIVE SPOILERS for Looper after the jump. Read More »

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