Next year after the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we will have more of an idea of where the franchise is going with Rian Johnson’s (The Brothers Bloom, Looper) Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX going into pre-production . However, the films that will remain fairly elusive are the planned spin-offs, which will be released in between the J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson’s films. There are three projects – two which will be directed by Gareth Edwards, and one by Josh Trank – that could be potentially set at any point in the Star Wars timeline and could follow many different directions and branch out into an infinite number of stories. A rumor that has been running rampant the last couple of years, has been the speculation that one of the spin-offs could center on a Han Solo adventure, and the rumor has just been given a boost following a report that it is, in fact, true. (more…)
We like to think that it’s a nerds’ world at the movies, and certainly there’s been a lot of press in the last few years to back that up, but in 2012 it seemed especially true.
Developing a Top 10 List of the best of the nerdiest films this year was no easy feat, even with high-profile disappointments like Prometheus, John Carter, and The Amazing Spider-Man, but we were still able to do it. Some of these titles maybe obvious, but they all have one thing in common, they prove that in the genres of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and action, the year 2012 was far from the end of the world. Cinematically speaking, at least.
Here’s the Top 10 Nerdy Films of 2012. (more…)
Michael Bay, you’ve done it again.
Apparently eager to jump on the “found footage” subgenre bandwagon, Bay is developing a film called Almanac through his Platinum Dunes production company. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story saying that after a year of development at Dunes, the film has been picked by Paramount Pictures who are reportedly, “move aggressively and swiftly with it.”
Not much is known about the story, but it’s supposed that it will be in the same vein as fellow “found footage” film Chronicle, except the focus is time travel, not superpowers. Screenwriters Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan wrote the screenplay on spec and Dean Israelite (cousin of Battle: LA director Jonathan Liebesman) has been tapped as director for the potential project.
In keeping with the popular perception of Bay, this is a no-brainer. Bay’s success as a film producer is evident with low cost remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, and found footage films are notoriously low budget and buzz worthy, which makes them financially successful. And with Looper’s success at the box office, more time travel is on the menu from idea-less studios.
But who cares? More Bay-bashing! Coming soon to a theater near you. What say you, Bastards? Are you at least interested?
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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: Jessica Rabbit Cosplayed by Yayahan. She’s not bad, she just Cosplays that way. [TDWGeek]
The success this past weekend of Looper at the box office has many of the nerdy among us once again raising the possibility of real life time travel. Many of our respected scientists say it’s impossible, or at least extremely unlikely; others leave the door open saying that maybe the knowledge necessary is out there, but it eludes us with our present level of technology.
Or does it?
Washington state attorney Andrew Basiago is telling his local news that not only has he been back in time, and not only has he been back in time several times, but it was all part of a government program to send American kids back in time as part of a Project called Pegasus. According to Komo News, Project Pegasus had 140 kids and 60 adults shooting back and forth across the space/time continuum. Here’s what Basiago had to say about his experience:
“I have physically traveled in time. We have — we did over 40 years ago … My dad held my hand, we jumped through the field of energy, and we seem to be moving very rapidly but there was also a paradox and we seemed to be going no where at all.” …A tunnel was opening up in time-space just like a soap bubble being blown by a child. And when that bubble closed, we were repositioned elsewhere in time-space on the face of the Earth.”
Well that sounds like most time travel movies I’ve seen in the last 20 years. So tell us, Mr. Basiago, do you have any proof of, you know, any of this?
“In fact, during one probe, the one to Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Address, I was dressed as Union bugle boy. I was physically at Gettysburg.”
…Until his cover was nearly blown when he started woofing like they did at the old Arsenio show, and exclaiming “Whoomp, there it is!” after the address was over. But seriously, Basiago’s story sounds like that scene in 12 Monkeys where Madeleine Stowe finds the picture of Bruce Willis’ future prisoner on the battlefields of World War I.
But what the heck, let’s hear from Basiago himself in the below TV interview and then you decide if the government sent him back in time, or whether he’s just a small town lawyer with too much time on his hands.
Looper is not a film about futuristic gangsters, strung out hitmen or time travel. It’s a film about human connection and how the absence of it can destroy you.
Writer/director Rian Johnson lets this existential theme play out against a backdrop 30 years into the future where Abe (Jeff Daniels) has traveled back in time to manage a group of hitmen known as Loopers. Because forensics is so advanced in 2074, it became nearly impossible for the mafia to get away with murder but time travel solved all of that. The mob finds its targets, binds them, puts a sack over their heads and sends them 30 years back in time to be killed by Loopers. For 2074, it’s no body, no crime and as far as 2044 is concerned, those people are still alive.
It seems like it all works out pretty well for the Loopers too, who are paid in bars of silver strapped to the backs of each victim. They have fast cars, cool guns, women, drugs. There is one catch though – eventually the Loopers all have to kill their future selves, thus closing their loop. They have 30 years and an untold amount of cash to spend from the time they kill their future to the day when they close their loop and meet their past.
One would think Abe would have a difficult time signing people up for a job that has suicide as a requirement but Abe’s smart about who he chooses to recruit. He chooses people who have nothing to lose, people for whom the draw of instant gratification is irresistible. Abe chooses junkies and abandoned street kids.
He chooses people like Joe, our anti-hero played by Joseph Gordon Levitt. Joe doesn’t understand what it means to be connected to someone. He’s never felt that. His mother sold him to a gang when he was young so that she could buy drugs. Joe’s only salvation came in the form of Abe, who gave him a gun and taught him to kill. At times, Joe tries to find moments of connection, like with a prostitute played by Piper Perabo, but Joe is surrounded by people who are just like him, devoid of connection.
In 2044, Joe is a lost cause and he knows it.
But 2072 Joe, played by Bruce Willis, isn’t a lost cause. He does know what it means to connect to someone. He’s been in love. So when it’s time for him to meet his past, he does everything he can to get back to his future. Old Joe does everything he can to get back to that feeling of connection and he needs his past self to help him do it.
This is where the movie takes a slightly unexpected turn. In 2044, Joe is so devoid of connection that he cannot even identify with himself. He sees his future self as a mere obstacle to his present goals. Joe doesn’t want to help his future incarnation. He wants him dead and he wants his payday.
Now a marked man himself, for failing to close his loop, young Joe chases his future across Kansas all the while being pursued by the mob. And this is where the movie takes a really unexpected turn and ends up at a sugar cane farm managed by Emily Blunt. It’s instinctual to think that her character Sara is there only to inject some romance into the story but her role serves a much deeper purpose. Sara, who lives on the farm with her young son Cid (Pierce Gagnon) , is a mirror image of Joe’s mother. She is struggling to connect with the child she abandoned years before for a life of partying, for a life unconnected.
Cid is more than resistant to Sara’s affection. Joe grows to see himself in this sweet but emotionally wounded little boy and the two bond over a shared history. However, when it is revealed that Sara’s abandonment of her son has had dangerous consequences, Joe wonders if Cid is more like himself than he realized and already beyond saving.
The underlying, and sometimes very overt, theme of connection is truly at the center of the story. The element of time travel is only introduced to open the conversation about human connection and the gangster-like environment provides the catalyst for the story to move forward. The meat of the story is in the philosophical questions raised by the film. What would happen if we lived our lives without feeling connected to someone else? What kind of person would we become? Is it ever possible to recover from that kind of lost human experience or do we forever remain damaged by that void?
The outcome of the film hinges on how young Joe chooses to answer to that question. Throughout the film, Joe never makes the choices you, or his future self, think he’s going to make and that keeps the movie fresh and worth the watch.
Perhaps it’s the flavor of the month for name film directors, or maybe the suddenly outpouring of Doctor Who love is timed to this week’s departure of The Ponds from the series, but a new name has emerged from the vortex, and it seems his heart’s desire is to direct The Doctor and an adventure in the TARDIS too.
Interestingly, this revelation comes as Rian Johnson is doing promotion for his latest film Looper, which is a sci-fi film about hit men who are hired by the mob from the future to kill marks sent back in time. Answering questions on one of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything,” Johnson was asked if there was any TV series he might be interested in directing an episode of. Johnson has previously lensed episodes of Breaking Bad and Terriers, but he had a rather surprising answer for the forum:
I’d love to do a Game of Thrones.
But what I’d really kill to try, although it would be terrifying because I’m such a big fan of it? Doctor Who.
Johnson joins Peter Jackson in the ranks of big name directors outed as Who fans itching to direct an adventure of everyone’s favorite Time Lord. And the feeling seems to be mutual as Who executive producer Caro Skinner responded to Jackson’s spontaneous declaration of Who love earlier this week:
It is beyond wonderful that Peter is a fan of the show and it’s beyond flattering that he’d even think about it… I’m absolutely sure that we couldn’t afford him but, you know, we can always negotiate. His enthusiasm is just fantastic of course.
How about you Bastards? Do you want to see a Johnson directed Who?
Source: Bleeding Cool
This week on the podcast: Sarah Moran stops by to help out with the Fall Movie Preview and the guys and Sarah discuss the syphilitic porn industry, Mermaid enhancement, Travolta The Toxic Avenger, and Superman and Wonder Woman getting naughty.
Also on the show: Jason, Jeremy, and Sarah discuss the drunken debauchery that goes on at Dragon Con (which she’ll be attending), the ridiculousness of the Doctor Who release date indecision, and the Royal Canadian White Trash Rock and Roll Wedding of Ramen Noodle Hair Guy and the Sk8Tr Grrl.
Then in DIRTY NERDY CONFESSIONS: Jason and Jeremy totally mail it in but Sarah saves the day by revealing that she once wrote… well you’ll just have to press play to find out, but it’s good and the hunt is on to find it so she can come back and read an excerpt.
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With its fantastic cast and mind-bending storyline, Rian Johnson‘s Looper may be one of the most original science fiction tales we’ve seen in the last few years. After only releasing its teaser as well as its initial trailer, people have already begun to have a vested interest in the film.
Guess this means it’s time for TriStar Pictures to release a brand new trailer for us all to enjoy!
Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, and Jeff Daniels, this newly released trailer for Looper will absolutely make you want go out and purchase your ticket RIGHT NOW. Featuring an altered cut that hasn’t yet been seen and brand new footage, you have to watch this trailer (especially if you haven’t been paying attention) and be amazed! Seriously, any film that has the future version of yourself kick the past you in the grapes already has my money.
See for yourself below.
Here’s The Official Synopsis:
Here’s a second trailer for Rian Johnson‘s upcoming time travel, sci-fi, action, thriller, Looper. This one finally adds some story to a world where criminals send their hits to past to have them taken out, permanently. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same man, only thirty years apart, this flick looks like a wild adrenaline ride. I only hope the time-travel bits are packaged neatly. If not ,the plot holes could sink the whole picture.
In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day they decide to “close the loop”, sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.
I like the premise, a lot actually. And yes, the trailer does give me a much better sense of where the movie is going, but I’m not really sure how Levitt and Willis are meant to be interacting. Are they helping each other but eventually will turn on one another? It’s unclear. And is Looper playing by the time travel rule that if you kill yourself in the past you cease to exist?
What do you guys think of Looper? Does it have the ingredients to be a bona fide sci-fi, action hit?