Screen Junkies » Looper http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:40:54 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Looper’ Celebrates Blu-ray And DVD With This New Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/looper-celebrates-blu-ray-and-dvd-with-this-new-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/looper-celebrates-blu-ray-and-dvd-with-this-new-trailer/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:34:15 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252749 Bring home last year's best sci-fi film.

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If you haven’t seen Looper yet, now’s your chance.

To promote Rian Johnson‘s trippy, futuristic action thriller Looper, the folks at Sony put together this new “mashup” trailer that takes you on a ride through the film’s exciting moments. In the future, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels also star.

Looper is available now on Blu-ray and DVD with 17 deleted scenes on the Blu-ray exclusive, making-of featurettes and feature commentary.

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Disney’s ‘Looper’ (1994 Trailer) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/disneys-looper-1994-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/disneys-looper-1994-trailer/#comments Sat, 29 Sep 2012 21:50:49 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251221 Did you know Rian Johnson's Looper (2012) is actually a remake?

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Did you know Rian Johnson‘s Looper (2012) is actually a remake? In this installment of SuperCuts, we unearthed the 1994 trailer for Disney’s Looper, starring a much younger Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a younger, hairier Bruce Willis.

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The 7 Best Movie Face-Offs http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-best-movie-face-offs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-best-movie-face-offs/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:53:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251117 I didn't include the movie 'Face/Off' because it was too on the nose, and that's just not what we at Screen Junkies are about.

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It’s said that there are seven basic plots for storytelling: man vs. nature, man vs. man, man vs. the environment, man vs. machines/technology, man vs. the supernatural, man vs. self, man vs. god/religion. While they’re all pretty tantalizing, and each type of plot has certainly produced its share of masterpieces, something about man on man action really gets our motor running.

Wait. That doesn’t sound right.

Face-offs are often the culmination of this struggle, seen throughout time, and in the upcoming time-travel thriller Looper, which hits theaters this Friday, September 28th. It features not only man vs. man, but man vs. self, so you’re really getting two plot devices for the price of one, which means you can’t afford NOT to go see Looper.

Die Hard – (John McClane vs. Hans Gruber)

For most of Die Hard, John McClane exists as a rogue cop, his only connection to the criminals and the authorities being their disembodied voices over a walkie talkie.

As he slowly becomes a thorn in the side of uber-villain Hans Gruber, it’s clear that this isn’t the type of conflict that gets resolved talking about one’s feelings. McClane shows up to the dance with a pistol taped to his back, and ends up letting Hans fall to his death from the top of Nakitomi Plaza.

If I spoiled that for you, it’s on you. How the hell haven’t you seen Die Hard yet?

Heat – (Lt. Vincent Hanna vs. Neil McCauley)

The tagline for this film was “A Los Angeles Crime Saga,” and never has the word “saga” been more appropriate. We see both sides of the law, with each one existing in a world of gray. De Niro’s criminal and Pacino’s cop play a game of cat and mouse, and one could argue that the showdown comes a good 45 minutes before the end of the film. A ballsy daylight bank robbery sees the cops go head to head with the crooks, and the rest of the film essentially involves tying up loose ends, albeit pretty important ones.

No matter which scene you consider the showdown, Heat delivers.

Highlander (The Highlander vs. The Kurgan)

There can be only one, and whenever you match up a Scot with anyone else, from this world or another one, you must bet on the Scot. The Simpsons taught us that, and my (admittedly late) viewing of The Highlander reinforced it as power-hungry forces from nether worlds are brought down by good-intentioned Scots.

The showdown is worth watching simply to marvel at the size of the Claymore sword that the Highlander brandishes. Guys with swords that big generally don’t lose.

Scotland: F*ck Yeah.

Harry Potter (Harry Potter vs. Valdemort)

Potter. Valdemort. It’s go time. They spent so long setting up this conflict that by the time the showdown finally hits the fan in Deathly Hallows Part 2, we’re all beyond ready for the fireworks. Fortunately, they don’t disappoint. Valdemort just kicks his ass and evil prevails for the rest of eternity.

Ok, not really. One can also guess how this turns out, but it’s a testament to J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers that we can still lose ourselves in the world even though we’re pretty sure the good guys are going to win.

Terminator 2 – (T-1000 vs. T-800)

While Sarah and her son John Connor are caught in the middle of the warring factions, make no mistake: Terminator 2 is a film about the fight between two robotic soldiers from the future, the T-1000 and the antiquated T-800.

While they interact a few times during the film, it’s clear that the stage is being set for a showdown, which takes place at a foundry. It’s not surprise who is able to come out on top, but watching the showdown offers an immensely satisfying ending to the story laid out by both installments. (We’re going to pretend the later ones didn’t happen, ok?)

Se7en – (Detective David Mills vs. John Doe)

It may not be action packed, but what the final scene in Se7en lacks in violence, it more than makes up for in tension. It’s clear from the outset that nothing is going to plan as John Doe turns himself in, taking the detectives on one last outing before submitting to the mercy of the justice system.

David Fincher masterfully sets up the showdown, offering up far more questions than answers, and ratcheting up the tension, offering up a very somber car ride which John Doe banks on being his last.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – (Blondie vs. Angel Eyes)

If that clip doesn’t sell you on why this film makes the list, then nothing I can say or do will help my cause. The music, the insanely slow boil, the camera angles, Clint Eastwood before he held conversations with furniture…this film has it all.

And then they all shoot each other. This one gets the award of delivering what it promises in the title and throughout the film.

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7 Time Travel Movies That Will Blow Your Mind http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-time-travel-movies-that-will-blow-your-mind/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-time-travel-movies-that-will-blow-your-mind/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:01:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251028 A moment of your time, please.

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Hollywood has a fondness for time travel, if only because it’s the ultimate fiction. No one (that I know, anyway) dabbles in time travel. It’s fantastic in the literal sense of the word, and one of the best things about movies is that we get to enjoy stories that have very little to do with our regular lives. That said, you should delight in this list of time travelling films if you’re sick of your day to day life. If you are currently time travelling, you probably have bigger fish to fry than this list, but you might want to take some time to check out Looper, a time travellin’ action film that hits theaters on September 28th.

With that, here are seven time travel films that will blow your mind.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Perhaps the most notable conduit to the principles of time travel that exists in popular culture, this film harnesses the powers of time travel to revisit seminal periods in history for the purpose of… getting a good grade on a history presentation. More impressive than the time travel itself (it was a magic phone booth that appeared at Circle K) was the duo’s ability to capture Genghis Khan. That guy had to have been pretty well protected, no? And the same for Abraham Lincoln. No wonder that guy ended up getting shot.

Back to the Future

All Marty McFly wanted to do was escape from the Lybians who gunned down his friend Doc Brown. However, once he hit 88 MPH in the mall parking lot, he found himself travelling back to his dad’s high school days. Hijinks ensue. Hijinks ensue BIG TIME.

This film taught us that what we do when we travel to the past has serious ramifications in the present, like sleeping with our moms, which shouldn’t be done in the past, present, or future, regardless of how much they flirt with you when they are in high school.

Groundhog Day

While this doesn’t follow the formula in the usual sense, the film is about a guy who lives the same day over and over. That’s time travel to me.

It also sounds like an incredibly maddening existence. I can’t say I would be able to hack it like he did, but he really didn’t have a choice. He tried to find a million ways to off himself in the process, but to no avail. He kept waking up in the same bed & breakfast, listening to the same obnoxious radio DJs.

I guess he just needed the love of Andie MacDowell to snap him out of it, which is pretty weird, because I would think that Andie MacDowell would put me in an inescapable funk, not take me out of one.

Source Code

Source Code is a lot like Groundhog Day, only if Groundhog Day was the day you died and thousands of other people died with you. So it’s really very little like Groundhog Day, but Jake Gyllenhaal DOES live the same period of time over and over. And he does manage to fall in love.

Also at the end of the film, rather than find love and live happily like Bill Murray does, Jake finds love, and we find out that he’s burned to a crisp with no arms or legs. So… there’s that.

The Terminator

In this film, the time travel is largely incidental. After all, it’s about a killing machine going around and killing people. But the greater purpose has to do with a future war. As such, Arnold Schwarzenegger is sent back in time to kill the mom of human military leader John Connor, ensuring that he won’t be born and the robots win in a walk.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is sent back through time nude, which leads us to believe, in the canon of time travel depiction, that clothes can’t travel through time nearly as well as people. So you might just want to keep your clothes in the era they are already in.

Hot Tub Time Machine

It’s right there in the title. Not unlike Snakes on a Plane, it’s pretty clear that the producers just went with a ridiculous title and worked backwards from there. But with Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and John Cusack in the cast, it stands up better than it has a right to. Also, ridiculous 80′s throwback movies are like pizza: even when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good.

Looper

Unlike The Terminator, which sends the assassin back in time to kill its target, Looper sends the target thirty years back to an awaiting gunman. However, when the assassin finds out that he’s being paid to kill a future version of himself and “close the loop,” well, let’s just say things don’t really go so smoothly.

On a related note, I think that the worst thing you could ever ask me to do is kill my future self. I love my future self, and would do anything to protect him. Even if he was Bruce Willis, which would make me a little upset, but only because I don’t want to go bald.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looks Like Billy Zane In New ‘Looper’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/joseph-gordon-levitt-looks-like-billy-zane-in-new-looper-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/joseph-gordon-levitt-looks-like-billy-zane-in-new-looper-trailer/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:51:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249400 Seriously, though. This guy's face?

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Rian Johnson‘s latest film is a high concept science fiction action film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an assassin who murders marks from the future. Until one day, the man (played by Bruce Willis) beamed back to him for disposal turns out to be his older self.

This new trailer reveals more of the plot as well as the loggerheads that the present and future individuals find themselves at. It also reveals more of what the Bruce Willification of Gordon-Levitt’s face looks like. It’s. Just. Plain. Weird. I’d never thought that the offspring of those two would look like some kind of Billy Zane monster. Then again, this is a work of science fiction.

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‘Looper’, ‘Anonymous’, And ‘Lockout’ Do The Release Date Shuffle http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/looper-anonymous-and-lockout-do-the-release-date-shuffle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/looper-anonymous-and-lockout-do-the-release-date-shuffle/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:22:27 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215501 Hope you like waiting longer for movies.

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There’s nothing worse than eagerly awaiting the release of a film only to find out the studio has dragged it even further down the calendar. Today I deliver such news. Several films are shifting around their schedules and finding homes on dates far, far away from now. How far, you ask? So far that we’ll see the next season of”Mad Men” before their release.

4 photos'Looper' Set Photos: Future Cars Don't Look Futurey Enough

The highly-anticipated Looper from director Rian Johnson (Brick, Th Brothers Bloom) will land in theaters September 28, 2012, a whole honkin’ 15 months from now. You could have 1 and 2/3 of a baby in that amount of time! Johnson stated, “I’d love for it to be sooner, but it’s a good date for the movie, hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.” It damn well better be. We want our Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt time travel flick, and we want it yesterday.

The Luc Besson-produced Lockout has moved from Februar 24 to April 12, 2012. Playing the Field, in which Gerard Butler tries to bang hot soccer moms, goes to March 9, 2012. Finally, Anonymous from Roland Emmerich, who’s taking a pause from destroying the earth to question Shakespeare‘s authorship, opens October 28th.

Don’t worry about these shifting schedules too much. I’m told there will be several movies of varying genres coming out over the next few months to tide you over.

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‘Looper’ Set Photos: Future Cars Don’t Look Futurey Enough http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/looper-set-photos-future-cars-dont-look-futurey-enough/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/looper-set-photos-future-cars-dont-look-futurey-enough/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 02:00:05 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=30794 They look like what cars will probably actually look like in the future, which means not enough hovering.

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Looper is the upcoming sci-fi film from director Rian Johnson, who helmed the indie film Brick for under $500,000. Some on-set photos give us a sneak peak at what cars will look like in the future, and they look like Budget Rent-A-Future-Cars. They don’t appear to have any of the future car extras I love, like hovering, crazy chrome exterior or laser cannons. They look like what cars will probably actually look like in the future, which to me is frustrating/boring/sad. A mix of emotions.

However, I’ve still got high hopes for Looper. The cast includes Bruce Willis, Paul Dano and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the plot is about future criminals who send their victims back in time to be killed. Hopefully, the future criminals are either hovering or have lasers. (ComingSoon, More Photos At OnLocationVacations)

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Daniels, Perabo, and Segan Get Into Future Waste Management http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jeff-daniels-piper-perabo-noah-segan-down-for-looper/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jeff-daniels-piper-perabo-noah-segan-down-for-looper/#comments Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:46:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21320 Some intriguing new casting news for Brick and Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson's upcoming science fiction movie Looper.

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Some intriguing new casting news for Brick and Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson‘s upcoming science fiction movie LooperJeff Daniels, Piper Perabo and Noah Segan are joining Bruce Willis Paul Dano, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a plot that sounds like the best kind of scifi mindbender: “A killer … works for the mob of the future. He, along with other so-called Loopers, dispose of people sent from the future. When he recognizes one victim as his future self, he hesitates, letting the man escape.” Willis and Gordon-Levitt are playing the two versions of the protagonist — Does this mean that in 30 years Joseph Gordon-Levitt will look like Bruce Willis? That would be weird. No news yet on who the three new actors are going to play, but they’ll probably be robots or jetpack manufacturers or something.

More exciting news about Looper: Shane Carruth, director of another scifi headscratcher Primer, is working on visual effects for the movie, which is set “sixty years from now [where] China is the leading superpower and time travel has been invented.” I cannot wait to hear people trying to figure out what they just saw outside the theater after the movie ends. That was my favorite part of Inception. (Photo and info via The Playlist)

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Paul Dano In Talks For ‘Looper’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-dano-in-talks-for-looper/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-dano-in-talks-for-looper/#comments Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:24:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9527 Looks like Rian Johnson has found the perfect actor to fill the role of creepy, skinny guy in Looper. Milkshake enthusiast Paul Dano is in talks to join the sci-fi film in an unspecified role.

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A little privacy please, Dano.

Looks like Rian Johnson has found the perfect actor to fill the role of creepy, skinny guy in Looper. Milkshake enthusiastPaul Dano is in talks to join the sci-fi  film in an unspecified role.

The cast already includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. As a refresher, the film is centered around killers who dispose of their victim’s bodies by sending them back in time. Because that is apparently less complex than clearing out their bank accounts and then setting them on fire beneath the old train bridge on the outskirts of town. Not that I’ve ever done that. Congratulations Paul. (Variety)

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Emily Blunt To Play Hot Mom In ‘Looper’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/emily-blunt-to-play-hot-mom-in-looper/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/emily-blunt-to-play-hot-mom-in-looper/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 According to Production Weekly, Emily Blunt has signed up for Rian Johnson's sci-fi movie Looper. It's expected that she'll play the female lead, a MILF who finds Joseph Gordon-Levitt hiding out in her barn. If Van Damme movies have taught me anything, Gordon-Levitt will stay with her and her son for a while, help with farm chores, teach the kid to play catch, get intimate with Emily, and then have to confront his past when his enemies show up on the doorstep. Or worse, he'll be banned into exile when the family Netflixes G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Seriously, why was he in that?

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According to Production Weekly, Emily Blunt has signed up for Rian Johnson‘s sci-fi movie Looper. It’s expected that she’ll play the female lead, a MILF who finds Joseph Gordon-Levitt hiding out in her barn.

If Van Damme movies have taught me anything, Gordon-Levitt will stay with her and her son for a while, help with farm chores, teach the kid to play catch, get intimate with Emily, and then have to confront his past when his enemies show up on the doorstep. Or worse, he’ll be banned into exile when the family Netflixes G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Seriously, why was he in that?

 

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