Posts tagged "Rian Johnson"

‘Looper’ Star Emily Blunt Discusses ‘Crap’ Roles for Women and ‘The Redeeming Quality of a Mother’s Love’

In the six short years since The Devil Wears Prada, Emily Blunt has moved from MVP supporting player to top-notch leading lady: her turns in Sunshine Cleaning and The Young Victoria won her critical acclaim, while roles in The Adjustment Bureau and The Five-Year Engagement proved her commercial mettle.

But most importantly, Blunt…

By: Todd Gilchrist / January 1, 2013

‘Looper’ Writer-Director Rian Johnson on Making Joseph Gordon-Levitt Look Like Bruce Willis, Making Time Travel Make Sense

. Making Time Travel MakeOf 2012’s breakout artists, Rian Johnson is probably the year’s most unassuming: protective though he is about his third film, the time-travel thriller Looper, on social media forums such as Twitter, he has contentedly left the spotlight for his two leading men Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

That said,…

By: Dylan Howard / December 31, 2012

Buzz at the Box Office: ‘Taken 2’ Finds and Kills Audience, ‘Frankenweenie’ Fizzles

No matter how mixed critics were about the follow-up to the 2009 left-field blockbuster Taken, audiences responded unanimously: They want to see Liam Neeson mess people up in foreign countries.

Taken 2 scored only a 19 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the film took in a weekend haul of $49.5 million,…

By: Todd Gilchrist / October 8, 2012

Buzz at the Box Office: Mania for ‘Transylvania’, Love for ‘Looper’

Halloween fever started early this year as Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania shot to the top of the box office over the weekend.

Scaring up solid opening-weekend grosses of $34 million, the film more than doubled the returns of its next-highest competition.

That said, Rian Johnson’s Looper , which stars Bruce Willis,…

By: Todd Gilchrist / October 1, 2012

‘Looper’ Director Rian Johnson on Bruce Willis, Booty Call Codes and Time Travel Logic (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Looking at the raw materials that Rian Johnson assembled for his new film, Looper has all of the markings of a studio-created, cover-all-of-the-bases thrill ride with star wattage to burn: time travel, dystopian futures, mob enforcers, out-of-left-field sex scenes, on-the-riser Joseph Gordon-Levitt and bona fide icon Bruce Willis.

But after the idiosyncratic one-two…

By: Todd Gilchrist / September 27, 2012

‘Looper': Joseph Gordon-Levitt Brings Back Bruce Willis’ Glory Days in Rian Johnson’s Time-Travel Thriller (MOVIE REVIEW)

“It does everything right” is just about as ambiguous a compliment as one can give a film, but Looper deserves such praise, if only as the tip of a very large iceberg of kudos.

Thoughtful, intimate, and deeply moving, writer-director Rian Johnson’s assured and perfectly-measured third feature is one of the best film…

By: Todd Gilchrist / September 6, 2012