Check out the latest Everything Wrong video as the good people at CinemaSins were kind enough to point out all the flaws in the movie Looper. This is considered one of the best action films of 2012 despite its many problems in regards to the movie’s treatment of time travel, so that should tell you just how see-worthy the pic actually was when it debuted last September. Just a refresher, the plot had JGL play a young Bruce Willis who kills people sent back in time by the mob for disposal. The story soon evolves into a self versus self escapade as Bruce Willis seeks to change past events by killing someone known as the Rain Maker who is then only a child. Continue Reading
For the first time in what seems like forever, the early Saturday box office predictions for the weekend were not inflated, and I am certainly shocked to report today that Hotel Transylvaniadid even better than expected. The movie posted a staggering $43 million, a surprise in advance of a Halloween holiday that will undoubtedly drive ticket sales in the coming weeks.
This will have a big impact on Sony’s animation unit that has been considered soft by studio comparisons. Expect more of Adam Sandler’s brand to take over as his group provided the voices for the success story that cost only $85 million to make. Continue Reading
It took a few months, but moviegoers finally showed up at the theaters again. This week is possibly the best since August’s release of The Bourne Legacy as it has at least one film opening above $35 million. That honor goes to Hotel Transylvaniawhich comes from Adam Sandler’s production outfit–the first of the computer animated variety. The official Friday total came in at around $11 million.
Not to be lost in the hubbub, Looperfound decent returns as well. On track for a $15-20 million weekend, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie is now on pace to be the actor’s best-opening starring vehicle ever with a $6.9 million day one total. Having Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt in supporting roles certainly did not hurt as critics loved the Rian Johnson film. Continue Reading
Today features the nationwide releases of two new movies: Hotel Transylvania and Looper. While the reviews are mediocre for the Adam Sandler-produced animated project, it is still assumed to win the weekend due to its family allure. On the other hand, Looper faces an uphill battle. The Rian Johnson-directed feature is just one of many well-received actioners now playing and it has a time travel gimmick that can be very polarizing. As a result, many are predicting a second place finish, so the question now turns to the size of the wallet come Monday for both of these films. Continue Reading
In what has to be the surprise of the season, Rian Johnson’s Looper is actually good. No, really. After 153 reviews on the aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the action-adventure feature has a whopping 92%, beating out other well-received new arrivals in the genre End of Watch and Dredd 3D by a noticeable margin. If that was not enough to get people buying a ticket this weekend, the only film that critics liked as much as Looper this season was Oscar favorite Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Both films received a similar 85/100 on Metacritic. Apples and oranges? Sure, but it is definitely worth pointing out their shared trip to respectability. Continue Reading
Conan had Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the program last night. The actor is out promoting his third release in as many months as the well-received film Looper is set to hit theaters this Friday. Words exchanged did mention the time travel flick, but that was not the extent of the appearance. Interestingly enough, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was up for discussion as the shroud was recently lifted. On that topic, JGL dished on his co-star Daniel Day-Lewis and how he was not exactly some crazy method actor although people did refer to him as the president on the set. Continue Reading
And just like that, Rian Johnson’s Looper has won me over. One of the worst things a unique sci-fi fantasy film can do is to harp on their ‘special element’ that the film is centered on (see In Time.) In the first clip for the feature in which Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt converse, the older of the two says, “I don’t want to talk about time travel.” This pretty much confirms the gimmick will be a footnote for what promises to be derived by character and action rather than lackluster fill-in-the-blank dialogue.
Many of you will remember this scene (minus the dialogue) from the film’s trailers, so it is nice to see the expanded form of it come to life. It definitely gives us the sense that the chemistry between the two stars will anchor this movie and that is really all we can ask for from a Bruce Willis-actioner. Oh, and for all of you wondering, ‘what’s wrong with Gordon-Levitt’s face,’ the actor used a bunch of prosthetics in order to look more like a younger version of Willis. I do not think it worked, but this does happen to make the Dark Knight Rises star appear more sinister and therefore believable. Continue Reading
Today has graced us with the presence of a much more dramatic Looper trailer than what we are used to as an international spot has hit the web. This one focuses much more on the actual setup of the Rian Johnson movie’s central gimmick of using time travel to conceal hits by the mob. It also suggests a level of character development to go with the heavy action which would undoubtedly be welcome.
For those of you still wondering what’s up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s face, he is set to play a younger version of Bruce Willis and rather than have the older of the two try to look more like Levitt, the film’s makers opted to prosthetic up Gordon-Levitt. Even though similarities are tough to see between the pair, it does help sell the actor’s character as a cold-hearted killer. Continue Reading
At the end of September, audiences will get to see Bruce Willis in all his sci-fi glory once again via the Rian Johnson-directed actioner Looper. It has been a while since the Die Hard front man has been in a movie quite like this (three years since Surrogates,) so it will be pretty interesting to see if it is a winner. All signs initially point to yes as the project has a pretty decent cast.
Alongside Willis will be Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is coming off of his role as John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises. The (500) Days of Summer star received a lot of props for his stint in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and many people are already calling for a spin-off starring the actor, but really whether that is even feasible or not will reside within the success of Looper which really is his first major starring vehicle inside of the genre (not including Premium Rush.) Continue Reading
The trailer for Looper premiered earlier tonight, and it is definitely worthy of our attention as it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt alongside Bruce Willis. The premise is a killer for the mob (Levitt) is sent to kill someone who turns out to be his future self.
Additional cast members include Jeff Daniels and Emily Blunt. The film is directed by Rian Johnson whose credits include episodes of Breaking Bad and Terriers. Look for this one in September.