Trailer: Sin City 2 (A Dame To Kill For)

It has been inching towards a decade since Robert Rodriguez’s no shades of grey comic book noir Sin City hit theatres. I recall the trailer for the 2005 film quite well, as it was cut with skill, verve, and rhythm. Here, the trailer for A Dame To Kill for, seems to only serve the purpose to remind us of the property and those few characters who survived (The Cop, The Stripper, Marv and apparently the dirty senator played by Powers Boothe) while introducing some fresh acting talent – Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s not all that sexy or involving though, it’s just there.

Friday One Sheet: Joseph Gordon-Levitt!

There is no shortage of JGL in this poster. The ubiquitous actor also wrote and directed this film, which used to be titled Don Jon’s Addiction. But that is not while I’m putting it up for display. Shortening the title to the bare essentials has rubbed off in how they presented the festival and critical pull quotes. Clean, single worded exclamations from a variety of outlets. JGL looks on in approval.

Cinecast Episode 275 – Flaming Zemeckis

Continuing with another week centered around an interesting title to talk about, Corey Pierce from CriticalMassCast joins us for a (SPOILER!) filled discussion on structure, themes and mouth-feel of Looper. Corey explains the ‘Rule of Awesome’ when it comes to these types of movies, and whether or not to nitpick. Kurt obsesses about the visual queues in the film and Andrew contemplates Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adoption of Bruce Willis’ body language. We move on to grading homework, wherein Matt Gamble joins us for colour commentary and general merriment. The Watch List has Corey giving a mini-review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, while Kurt falls down the Kubrick rabbit hole with visual essays both good and bad. Micro-discussions on The Fountain, Christopher Guest, Electric Cars, The Game, Alan Rickman and Compliance ensue.

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Review: Looper

[SPOILER ALERT – It’s excellent. Seriously, though, if you are adverse any advance hints of plot or character in Looper, consider this review peppered with very mild spoilers that make any sort of considered review even possible in this case.]

Empiricist founding father John Locke proposed a curious scenario with of all things, his socks. It goes something like this. If you had a hole in your sock and had to patch it over, you’d probably call it the same sock, more or less. But if you developed another hole, then another, to the point where all the original material of that sock was replaced, would it still be the same sock? Rian Johnson’s fantastic time travel film asks the question, after 30 years of life (and life lessons) are you still you? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are playing Joe, an assassin who kills for the mafia of 2070, even if the present is 2044. Time travel may have been invented somewhere between that span of years, but it was immediately outlawed and then equally immediately co-opted by the mafia as a unique way to dispose of people that they want gone. Send them back to 2044 and have a ‘Looper,’ a member of Joe’s profession, kill and burn the remains effectively destroying the evidence decades before anyone will need to look for it. The catch is that Loopers eventually have to be retired themselves, and are generally retired by themselves, unbeknown by themselves until they see themselves. Keep up with me now, we’re in the in the tall cane. Shockingly, these young assassins generally have a big night on the town after they retire themselves. But, like Logan’s Run or Minority Report, we all apt run in the end when given enough wind of what’s coming. So, when Young-Joe botches the murder Old-Joe, he has a bit of a conundrum. Actually, he has a full blown existential crisis, complicated by the fact that Old-Joe might just be Locke’s over-patched socks. That is to say, is Young-Joe really stepping on his own toes by telling Old-Joe to piss off? Or, going a step further, hunting him down for his mafia masters? From the other side of the equation, consider if you at fifty met yourself at twenty, wouldn’t you want to punch that young twerp in the face?

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We Suggest You Do Not Watch The New Trailer for Time-Travel Action Film Looper

Actually, it is not only us; the director himself, Rian Johnson, tweeted: “If you’re already set on seeing Looper, I’d avoid any trailers from here on out. They don’t ruin the movie, but they tip a few little things” a few minutes ago. If you are already committed to seeing this film in September, as most of us in the third row most certainly are, then hey, why spoil things by watching the below advert for the film.

(But then again, I could not help myself and it is flat out fantastic!)

Grim and Moody Trailer for Nolan’s Batman 3

With Avengers set to clean up at the Box Office this weekend, trotting out and agenda of colourful, mindless fun and popcorn, it is no surprise that Christopher Nolan and company put out the grimmest, moodiest, downer of a trailer possible for The Dark Knight Rises. *Spoilers Ahoy* in this trailer below. Enjoy the silence. Enjoy the mayhem of the last few seconds.

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Good Friday One Sheet: H(a)unted Poster for Rian Johnson’s Looper

Seems like we’re being inundated with new trailers and posters this week, but of them all, this is the film I’m probably most excited about this year. I’m a huge fan of Rian Johnson’s Brick (my favorite film of 2005, in fact), and his follow-up The Brothers Bloom wasn’t too shabby, either. Now he’s re-teaming with Brick star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who’s also doing pretty well in his career, if you hadn’t noticed) and adding the likes of Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt to the mix with a trippy sci-fi time travel story. And that’s all I know about the film, and all I want to know. This poster will be the last piece of marketing I look at for this film. I’m already sold.

Looper opens September 28th.

Look under the seats for the upside-down version.

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Cinecast Episode 231 – Performance Enhancing!

 
 
In one of our smoothest shows ever, something perhaps entirely co-incidental, Gamble (fairly SPOILERY!) gushes all over Human Centipede’s full sequence, in all its finger-lickin’ glory. Kurt and Andrew mildly praise and mildly bash George Clooney’s latest effort, The Ides of March. From there it is onto Cancer-without-Cancer, Haitian Voodoo, late night talk show hosts, school shooting sprees, and Fuckin’ Bruges! If you stay on long enough, you might get to hear a strange and antiquated for/against battle for Mark Zuckerberg’s legacy. Enjoy.

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Cinecast Episode 229 – But Fate Runs Another Course…

 
 
It is festival time folks! With Kurt returning from the Toronto International Film Festival, and Gamble MIA due to the Twin Cities Film Festival – which Andrew recaps a few titles – there is precious little time for us to get to the weeks regular releases. Those looking for talk on Moneyball can consult the previous episode of the Cinecast, Over/Under. So prepare for a lot of monologuing (in brief spoiler-less spurts) on many of the festival titles – some of which will end up in the fall slate of films on the domestic front, others will probably be only released abroad until the end up on DVD or VOD. Join us as we tour through festivaland at warp speed. Also, for something completely different, Willem Halfyard comes into the mix to beef up The Watch List segment and Andrew gets to talk a bit of Star Wars from the perpective of two different generations of viewers.

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Dreams Within Dreams (“Inception” in Real Time)

While Christopher Nolan’s Inception was a pretty complex web of dreams within dreams and time inconsistencies and the like, most people I know who saw the film found it relatively straight forward and surprisingly easy to follow. Under lesser direction it could easily have become one of the biggest cinematic messes of all time. Still, it’s a tough task to keep everything that is happening in the film wrapped neatly in your mind; especially if you’re not paying close attention. Not anymore.

The latest viral video flooding inboxes and blogs is a side by side comparison of each of the dream sequences show together in real time. In short, a whole shitload of a helluva a lot can happen during a 4 minute van drive down the street. Check it out.

Obviously if you’ve not seen the film, this video is a major *SPOILER*. Also, stop reading this and go pre-order the DVD (available tomorrow (12/7)) right now!