When he turned 7-years-old, Joseph Gordon-Levitt landed his first role in television film Stranger On My Land, starring opposite Tommy Lee Jones. In the years that followed, he enjoyed limited, yet sustained success with roles in such well-known TV series’ as Murder, She Wrote, Dark Shadows and Quantum Leap, building up a strong portfolio and an honest passion for his art. It was his role as the awkward, yet unchaste Tommy Solomons in 3rd Rock From The Sun Continue reading “Joseph Gordon-Levitt Brings The Cool To Looper”
In the year 2044, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a contract killer – or “Looper” – for a mysterious figure known as the Rainmaker, who exists in a future in which time travel has been invented. Joe’s job is to kill those sent back from the future and dispose of their bodies, ultimately destroying any evidence of their existence. However, when he’s ordered by his boss Abe (Jeff Daniels) to kill his future self (Bruce Willis) and “close his loop”, he chokes, giving his older Continue reading “Review: Looper (2012)”
The Brothers Bloom – Rian Johnson’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Brick – is a conceitedly intricate tale of con-men, retribution and love.
The film centers on two con men brothers – Stephen (Mark Ruffalo), the mastermind, and Bloom (Adrien Brody), the so-called anti-hero – who, with the help of their associate explosives expert Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), embark on one last con: tricking a rich, socially-isolated New Jersey heiress named Penelope Stamp
Johnson’s film is a subtly mischievous piece of cinema, cleverly written and whimsical, with a healthy dose of the inanity that made Brick the breakout success it was.
Each of the four leads – Brody, Ruffalo, Weisz and Kikuchi – inhabit their respective roles with a fantastically rich mania, delivering their one liners with incredible, soulful comedic timing.
It’s this, along with the light-hearted, distinguished approach to the direction that brings the warmhearted, densely written script and devilishly intrinsic tone to a exuberant life.
While it may not be as boundary-breaking as Brick, The Brothers Bloom is ultimately a joyous game between Johnson and the audience, one that takes you on an incredible journey, twist after twist, holding your attention, making you laugh throughout.
All in all, it’s a cleverly made, intelligent and high quality film that rewards your investment.