A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Hunted By Your Future, Haunted By Your Past
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 the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Looper is easily the best film I've seen this year! I loved everything about it! I was in awe from start to finish. The directing, performances, and plot are all top notch. Pierce Gagnon basically steals the show as Cid with the best child performance I've seen since Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense. I teared up at one point because I was so happy with what I was seeing. I can't recommend this film highly enough and I think most people will love it.
Writer-director Rian Johnson made a splash with his genre mash-up debut, Brick, before struggling with his muddled sophomore effort, The Brothers Bloom. Rather than paring things back Johnson stubbornly ploughed forward with another ambitious, mind bending extravaganza. Although I’ve had to admire his playful blending of genres and styles I’ve never quite bought wholeheartedly into vision - until now.
Looper is still a film that suffers from the director’s familiar problems - too ambitious and too unfocused - but here the ambition is matched with an energy that is infectious. Rian Johnson has managed to take elements from every major, and not so major, sci-fi film of the past thirty years, stick them together and then, miraculously, made it work.…
Taking the tried & tested formula of time-traveling in sci-fi films, Looper creates an original beauty of a film that is as satisfying as its smart plot. It's not so complex that you're gonna have a hard time figuring it out nor is it too simple that you can spare your attention away from it for a while. The balance this movie has between its sci-fi elements & action-drama is its real strength, making it one of the best films of its year.
Looper presents a future where time travel has been invented but outlawed. Run by criminal organizations, it allows them to erase their enemies by sending them back in time where they are cleaned up by the "loopers". This tells…
I want so desperately to shake anyone into oblivion who has rated Looper less than [a super] low three stars, but I need to just accept it as perception and if everyone loved all of the same films, then the world would be a very boring place, right? Bullshit, but ideal, I suppose. I just find it almost strange that so many people loved Django Unchained but found this almost average or with "flaws", when for me, it was the other way around. I just wonder, did we watch the same movies? Can we loop back in time and make you watch this again, please? I am not trying to offend anyone, I am just truly at a loss for…
Rian Johnson...you fucking genius you.
Not only did you make an awesome movie...you may have just become my favorite director working today. It's either you or Paul Thomas Anderson.
Joseph Gordon Levitt...even if you do look like a damn catfish in all that makeup...you gave the best Bruce Willis impression ever.
Bruce Willis...you haven't been this badass since Die Hard man and you are fucking awesome again.
Looper...you may have just became my favorite movie of the year.
Either this or The Avengers.
You know what...fuck it. At risk of causing some controversy, I think this IS the best film of the year; so far at least.
I never get tired of the way this stacks smaller stories on top of each other to form its larger self, even while it maintains the strictest narrative and formal economy.
Okay... I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was. Loved the premise of people being sent into the past to be killed and disposed of and, well, all of it. It seemed pretty well thought out, the action was really good and... I'm just impressed and would happily watch it again. I'd not seen any of Rian Johnson's work before this, but I feel like Star Wars VIII is in good hands now. Maybe this will be my prompt to finally getting around to watching the copy of Brick I've had lying around for a while, too!
Alex's Action Packed August #13
"Then I saw it. I saw a mom who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it." - Joe
HUNTED BY YOUR FUTURE, HAUNTED BY YOUR PAST
Looper has been a film I have wanted to see for a while with it's timetravel plot along with critics calling it one of 2012's best, honestly I put this on my Action Packed August list because of those reasons.
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone,…
I loved this movie, partially because Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favorite actors, but it was also a unique story and concept that I enjoyed. Generally don't like Bruce Willis but he was alright in this movie. This movie is definitely interesting, little rough, but I would definitely recommend it.
A great Emily Blunt film
This is probably my favorite non Back to the Future time travel movie of all time. It's intense from the time it starts to roll and never lets up. It doesn't mess around with the mechanics of time travel, it just has fun with it. It's a great film.
--- Strong 8 ---
"Ask yourself: who would I sacrifice for what's MINE?"
Review coming soon, I've written a bunch of it, but I need to collect my thoughts. Go see Looper in the meantime. Review'll be up tomorrow.
modern Sci-Fi classic
movies where a dad occasionally chops some fire wood with increasing intensity throughout the movie sometimes shirtless
the most under appreciated sub-genre (recommendations welcome: I could only think of the first two). semi-loose criteria.