After all of the hype surrounding Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ it shot up my to see list quickly. I was a fan of ‘Brick’ and even enjoyed ‘Brothers Bloom.’ However, when I went to the theater today and was faced with a choice between ‘Looper’ and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ I never thought I would choose Johnson over Anderson. But I did. And I did not regret it.
The film isn’t the next coming of ‘Blade Runner’ that some keep buzzing about. There are some truly funny moments, but there are also characters that stick out for being a bit too goofy (such as The Kid). They don’t ruin the movie by any means, but they definitely took it down a notch.
It is a rather small complaint in an otherwise awesome film. It has the best sound design of any film I have seen in a long time. Johnson’s script moves at a brisk pace – which is good in time travel movies so you can’t spend time poking holes in everything. Joseph Gordon-Levitt really shines here. I’ve been a fan for a while, and this may be his best performance yet. Also on display is excellent world building. Johnson doesn’t beat us over the head with concepts… He subtly weaves in aspects of his depiction of the future.
See this movie. In a theater.
I am a sucker for any movie about a killer or serial killer. Whether it is the hunt for or genesis of… So when I saw the longline for Snowtown Murders I immediately added it to my Netflix queue. And as it happens, mu queue is mostly foreign language films. So when it comes to late night viewing, I went with this film not knowing much about it.
Turns out it is an Australian film about the worst killer(s) in the country’s history. It starts off slow, and lulls you into thinking it is about pedophilia… And then takes some even darker turns. It has one of the more disturbing rape scenes I have ever seen (Salo and Irreversible come to mind) and after that things get grim.
We are on a journey with Jamie, a young man who is dealt a pretty awful hand. And when we meet who appears to be his savior, a pretty great turn by Ben hens hall, we see why Jamie is sucked into what he does. I don’t know how accurate the story is, but it definitely shows how one can be complicit in crime and it make sense (as a human being).
I thought the director did a great job putting us in a time and place (I guess you could call it world building, but I would say world showing). The score was haunting right from the opening. And the acting all felt very authentic. If I had an issue with the film it would be the general malaise with which Jamie went through life. He is our eyes and ears and he was like a blank slate. However, I realize that was the intention. I had the same problem with another Australian film – Animal Kingdom – but I liked this film much more and have had it stuck in my head for days now.
It has come to my attention that certain people read my blog and Facebook posts religiously, to follow my activity and writings… not so much out of enjoyment, but because they themselves are bitter and angry at my success and happiness.
It’s cute, really. And I find it incredibly hilarious they spend so much time devouring everything I write when I haven’t given them a second thought.
I have some advice for them – keep reading… because my life is only going to get better. I think Tyler Durden said it best when he said…
“All the ways you wish you could be, that’s me. I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not.”