Last year, Rian Johnson's time-travel epic Looper had two versions — the U.S. cut, with a brief montage of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's time in China, and the Chinese cut, with a much longer Shanghai sequence. Now, Iron Man 3 takes this trend much, much further, as we move towards a future where China is increasingly important to movie studios. Read more...
In Part 1 of our FilmAid broadcast, Rian Johnson discusses his work on Looper and Breaking Bad, drops some hints at his next project, weighs in on the digital vs. film “debate,” and explains why it’s fun to make dog fart sounds with his mouth. If you want to support the cause we’re promoting, please head over to filmaid.org/slashfilm and [...]
The new era of sci-fi is upon us, and that's thanks in part to Rian Johnson making Looper last year. I've been a fan of filmmaker Rian Johnson since the days of Brick and The Brothers Bloom, but was ecstatic to see him getting into the sci-fi genre, because I love his storytelling sensibilities and style. Show More Summary
Filmmaker Rian Johnson (Looper) is developing a new original sci-fi project, which is described as 'more Cyberpunk' and very different than his previous work.
This past weekend, the /Filmcast held its 10-hour marathon podcast benefiting FilmAid. It was an action packed affair featuring long segments with many of the most popular filmmakers in Hollywood today. We had appearances from Rian Johnson (Looper), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Bryan Singer (X-Men: [...]
Deep down, it must really grind Sean Ferrell’s gears that Rian Johnson’s Looper came out in 2012, since the film shares an awful lot of elements with Ferrell’s newest novel, Man In The Empty Suit. A showdown between younger and older versions of a protagonist; partnering with and protecting a mysterious woman; a vision of a decrepit future. Show More Summary
In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key movie scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean. The first time I saw Brick, at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, I went in planning to walk out after half an hour. Nothing against...Show More Summary
In this edition, everyone has an opinion on Episode VII. After the jump: No, Simon Pegg does not have a role in Episode VII yet William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams “a pig” for booking Star Wars The new issue of Wired pays tribute to the beloved sci-fi franchise Damon Lindelof, Jane Espenson, Carlton Cuse, and Rian [...]
The folks over at Wired have assembled one hell of a guide to "Star Wars." "74 THINGS EVERY GREAT STAR WARS MOVIE NEEDS" is a must-read for fans, bringing in a ton of talent, like Rian Johnson and Damon Lindelof, to share their thoughts. Also, in a hole in the ground, there lived a kitty [...]
A test screening for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim has led to a flurry of positive tweets, specifically from Looper's Rian Johnson who told folks to, "Go into Pacific Rim prepared to be transmogrified into a 12 year old. And then to pee your pants with joy. I love it so much." Also, one IMDB reviewer called it "probably the best summer monster movie I've seen." More »
Ben Affleck wins for Argo, with Rian Johnson taking home the TV award for his episode of Breaking Bad. [...]
This year's most highly anticipated science-fiction action film just got a ringing endorsement from the director of last year's best science-fiction film action film, and that's a very good thing. "Looper" director Rian Johnson was lucky enough (the jerk!) to check out an early screening of "Pacific Rim," Guillermo del Toro's monsters-versus-robots awesome-fest scheduled for [...]
If you’re sitting at work and looking for something fun, interesting and film-related to listen to, Kevin Smith‘s Smodcast has the answer. In his latest episode, the director of Clerks, Chasing Amy and Red State chatted with Looper, Brick and Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. The directors talked for four hours, the first two of which [...]
Sci-fi and fantasy movies are often left out of the big award show nominations, so it wasn't very surprising when Rian Johnson's Looper was excluded from the list. It was still very disheartening to see such an original, wonderful film absent from the year's "best."
In a fit of crazed desperation, friend of the geek multiverse Rian Johnson asked how one went about playing imported Blu-rays in the US. I posted a lengthy How To piece over on Arthouse Cowboy, complete with some screengrabs from Michael...Show More Summary
After a day of Zack Snyder Samurai Star Wars talk, it’s back to your regularly scheduled bits. After the jump, read about the following interesting goings on in the Star Wars Universe: Joe Carnahan pitches two fan filmmakers as directors for Star Wars Episode VII. Looper director Rian Johnson comments on directing the film. After [...]
Fresh off announcing their Feature Film nominees on Tuesday, The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has now released their list for outstanding work in television and commercials as part of the 65th Annual DGA Awards....
Whether you like spiteful Philadelphians or vengeful Romans, there’s something for you here. After the jump: Louis CK, Bryan Cranston, and Rian Johnson score DGA noms It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is getting its own beer Revolution, Political Animals, and more are coming to Netflix Fox’s late-night animation block will kick off this summer Fox’s [...]
Writer/director Rian Johnson‘s Looper is an intricately told film. Nearly every scene in the movie is packed full of new information, from character development to world building. As Johnson explains finding that structure, it was like...Show More Summary
Despite some glaring plot holes, Rian Johnson's inspired and energetic direction injects the sci-fi action genre with a fresh new vision reminiscent of the Wachowskis' bold ingenuity with 'The Matrix'. Looper is possibly the most inspired American action films in years. Show More Summary