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Features

Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Columns

Thursday, March 14 2013

You Can't Escape Your Future or Your Past

In storytelling, the past dictates the future. Plots are laid out like traps that our heroes inevitably fall into. And we, watching Bruce Willis in Looper, or reading of Dream in The Sandman, are thus fated, as well.


Reviews

Monday, December 31 2012

You Can't Escape Your Past -- or Your Future: 'Looper'

Rian Johnson's Looper owes as much to Shakespeare as it does to classic sci-fi: if we know our fate, everything we do to prevent it will only succeed in causing it to come crashing down on us.


Friday, September 28 2012

In 'Looper', Bruce Willis Goes Back in Time

Here's the rub, as Looper presents it: loops exist because of memory, and forgetting is the only way even to think about change.


Friday, May 15 2009

The Brothers Bloom

Overrated as truth may be, in The Brothers Bloom, Penelope (Rachel Weisz) is supposed to signify it.


Sunday, August 13 2006

Brick (2005)

"When you are a teenager," says Rian Johnson, "When you are in that world, you don't have that [adult] perspective. And in a subjective way, [high school is] the most serious time in your life."


Thursday, April 6 2006

Brick (2005)

Brendan, with the glasses, makes it his business to see what's going on, being the usual noir guy who walks mean streets.


Blogs

Tuesday, December 18 2012

Best Original Screenplay: 'Looper'

Is the Top 10 mention really enough to get Looper into the Best Picture race with the likes of Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty?


Thursday, September 27 2012

Prepare to Be Thrown for a 'Looper'

Once you envision how ridiculous the Tinseltown version of this tale would be, what director Rian Johnson accomplishes is all the more special.


News

Tuesday, September 25 2012

Back to the past: ‘Looper’ reinvents the time-travel genre

MIAMI — Before he made his debut with “Brick,” his award-winning 2005 film noir set in a high school, director Rian Johnson already had the idea for “


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