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The most recent post I could find on Looper was from May 2009, so hopefully it hasn't been abandoned. I think Johnson is one of the most promising directors around today, and his comments on Looper have me intrigued: "It’s not like a 'I, Robot'–type thing. It’s a very character-based film, and it’s very violent and very dark," Johnson revealed. "It’s set in the near future, and things are very bad in an industrial town in Kansas. The worst crime you can commit 30 years from now is messing with time travel, so the only people who will mess with it are big criminal groups. It’s a weird mixture; it has elements of the first 'Terminator' and 'Witness,' bizarrely enough." Johnson had also noted in past interviews that the film will: - depict a dystopian society that has gone to hell - deal with time travel as part of the setup but not as an active part of the ongoing story - have events catalysed by a disruptive element that will have traveled back in time from even further in the future - be "very dark, very violent" and "is the complete opposite of 'Brothers Bloom.' Anyone have some more current information about it?
I'm trying to write something about The Brothers Bloom, which I saw Friday night. It's received reviews that range from above average to very strong among Christian sites that have reviewed it. Even Moviegude had nice things to say about it! I wasn't so thrilled with the movie as it played, but I'm finding myself warming to it in the past couple of days. But what I liked about it isn't something that I've seen highlighted in the reviews of the film I've read. What really made this movie for me, to the extent that I'm positive toward it, is the actresses. Rachel Weisz appears, from IMDB (can I trust the order the actors are listed there? probably not), to get top billing in this film, although Adrien Brody is the main character. But Weisz is pretty great in the film. A scene of her displaying certain odd talents comes out of nowhere and is so goofy and unexpected that it raises the level of all that precedes it. And that preceding material isn't half bad! Best of all is Rinko Kikuchi. I loved her in Babel, but I didn't foresee from that film that she'd ever give a performance like this. It's nearly silent, but the expressiveness of the performance is on par, IMHO, with the great "silent clowns" of cinema. She's all gesture and attitude, and her performance is solid gold. I want to watch the film again just to watch her. If I were an Oscar voter, I'd call the Supporting Actress race right now. Kikuchi won't even be nominated when the time comes, of course, but she has my vote, come what may.
I didn't see a thread on this, but I saw it and liked it a lot. It's like seeing a classic film noir transplanted into a contemporay high school where the kids communicate in a slang all their own. The dialogue style is hard to get used to at first, but it makes more sense as the film moves along. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is very good as the outsider who must infiltrate a criminal underworld to solve a mystery, who killed his girlfriend. The classic characters from the genre are represented in kids in the school: the femme fatale who one can't sure can be trusted, the kingpin, the kingpin's toughie, and the underground informant. There's the twists and double crosses you can expect in a noir film, and visually this suburban California setting is rendered in dark almost surrealistic tones. I also really enjoyed the score, it was very spare and effective. Has anyone else seen this?