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Red band trailer for The Night Before full of bromance and vomit


YOU CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL
Jul 28
// Matthew Razak
The first trailer for The Night Before, a film that will hopefully be a new holiday classic for adults, is here and its full of what you'd expect from a film with Seth Rogen. There's plenty of dumb comedy and drug use and cam...
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Snowden

Snowden trailer brings Oliver Stone back to reality


Remind me why we're excited?
Jun 30
// Matthew Razak
Oliver Stone's recent work hasn't really lived up to the man's classics, but the guy loves to make films about controversial current events (W., World Trade Center) and his next one takes on Edward Snowden, in the aptly ...
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Check out the first photo of JGL in Snowden


First image may not be what you expect
Mar 04
// Matt Liparota
The corpse of the 2015 Oscar telecast is barely cold, but we're already getting our first look at what's sure to be a contender in next year's contest – the first image from Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic Snowden, starr...
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The Walk Trailer

First trailer for The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Dec 09
// Nick Valdez
Films based on a true stories are always hit or miss, but I'm holding out some hope for Robert Zemeckis' latest project The Walk, based on Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tightrope walk between the World Trade Center's...

Review: Sin City - A Dame to Kill For

Aug 24 // Sean Walsh
[embed]218125:41723:0[/embed] Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForDirector: Robert Rodriguez and Frank MillerRelease Date: August 22Rating: R If you've seen the first film, or read the comics, you should know exactly what to expect: macho men, well-armed prostitutes, and really bad bad guys. The sequel spins four more tales out of Basin City, two from the comics and two all-new stories. We start the film with a Marv (Mickey Rourke) short that is as brief as it is satisfying, then we watch new character Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) match wits with the pure evil of Senator Roarke (Powers Booth) at a game of cards, followed Dwight's (Josh Brolin, taking the place of Clive Owen from the first film) origin story, a tale of manipulation and revenge featuring the titular (emphasis on the first syllable) 'Dame to Kill For,' Ava (Eva Green), and finally, we close the film with Nancy (Jessica Alba) in the second original story in the film, which sees her both drowning her sorrows and plotting revenge against Roarke for the injustice, and ultimate death, or the only man she ever loved: John Hartigan (Bruce Willis). It's a whirlwind of booze, broads, and bullets, and it's exactly what you'd expect from Sin City. The entire cast is nothing short of stellar in their rolls. The actors who returned to their rolls (Rourke, Alba, Willis, Booth, Rosario Dawson, and more) stepped into them like comfortable, broken-in shoes. New actors (Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Christopher Meloni, Ray Liotta, Julia Garner, Stacey Keach, and many more) all excel in their rolls. Finally, the actors replacing others in their rolls (Brolin for Owen, Jamie Chung for Devin Aoki, Dennis Haysbert for the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Jeremy Piven for Michael Madsen) were by and large worthy replacements, although if you didn't know that Piven was playing the same character that shot Bruce Willis in the first film, you might assume he's a new character as well. Of particular note, Eva Green was spectacular. Not only is she gorgeous to look at (spending much of her screentime fully nude), but she plays the role of Ava so well it's comparable to Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man in terms of perfect casting. Replacing a mountain (in both stature and talent) like Michael Clarke Duncan is an imposing challenge for anybody, but the Allstate Guy really blew it out of the water. Jamie Chung also impressed me in the role of deadly, little Miho, the silent ninja prostitute, to the point where you almost forget that she's filling in (although those missing Aoki's Miho will be glad to hear she'll be playing Katana in season three of Arrow). Gordon-Levitt, surprisingly nobody, plays the suave, slick gambler to a T, and his role alone is worth the price of admission. Similarly, Rourke's return as Marv is sure to delight, although appearing in all four parts is almost overkill. Finally, I was pleased to see Willis' Hartigan appear as a ghostly witness to Alba's downward spiral, and even if it was a wig, I was glad to see they nailed his hair. The Robert Rodriguez does what Robert Rodriguez does best with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For , co-directing, shooting, editing, and scoring the film with zeal. Frank Miller's script is spot on, full of macho men, hookers with guns, and minimal dames in distress. The adaptation of A Dame to Kill For is spot on, and while I haven't read anything past That Yellow Bastard nearly as many times as the first four collected books (which served as the source material for 95% of the first movie and the title piece from this one), the opening sequence with Marv was absolutely delightful. The two new stories weren't bad, with Gordon-Levitt's serving to make us remember why we hate Senator Rourke and Alba's finale finally delivers what fans of the comic and the movie have been waiting for. One complaint I do have, however, is no one line in the film struck me like many of the first's did. Marv doesn't once remark on the quality of an adversary's jacket (although there are certainly jacket references) nor did any of Josh Brolin's dialogue-via-gritted-teeth impact me like half of Hartigan's lines from the first movie. In the grand scheme, this is a minor complaint but it certainly sat with me after walking out of the theater. This film is a long time coming. Was it worth the wait? If you're a fan, yes, absolutely. It's exactly what you want from a Sin City movie.It adapts two more stories while expanding the Sin City universe. If you're not a fan, you might be bored, as it takes time to tell a story, and there's four crammed in here. On top of that, it's admittedly a juvenile universe where a majority or its females are either waitresses or prostitutes (sheer badassery notwithstanding), its men are manly or even seemingly superhuman, and its cops and politicians are as corrupt as they come. But most of the people that are coming to see this film know that walking in. If you're looking for a trip into a gritty, stylized noir world full of action, gunfights, and brutality, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is for you. If you're not, maybe you'll enjoy When the Game Stands Tall (but if you're like Matt, you probably won't). In closing, do I think my grandmother would enjoy this film? Yes, because she's awesome and it had plenty of her favorite character. I personally am most excited for a supercut (hopefully one I can buy) of both films in one, chronological bundle (Nancy going from angsty drunk to bright-eyed stripper who has her heart in it still was jarring, even for me). I wish I could close with some sort of awesome Sin City reference, but all I can come up with are "Helluva way to end a partnership" and "I took away his weapons. Both of them." neither seem fitting. 
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More like 'A Cast to Kill For'
Sin City has always had a special place in my heart. Way back in 2005, when the first film came out, I was in my senior yearo f high school, taking Film as Art. One of our assignments was to write a paper on a film we se...

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Sin City 2 Trailer

Comic-Con trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For


Aug 01
// Nick Valdez
Robert Rodriguez's recent work has been criticized for being more style over substance, and this trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For showed off during San Diego Comic-Con isn't helping matters. While it plays like an ex...
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Rogen and Gordon-Levitt coming back together for Xmas


Hopefully less cancer this time around
Feb 11
// Matthew Razak
The heavily under appreciated 50/50 was probably one of Seth Rogen's best performances and really landed Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an entirely awesome human being in every way for me. It's exciting to hear that they'll be ...
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The Wind Rises

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises gets English voice cast


Featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elijah Wood, and Werner F**king Herzog
Dec 17
// Nick Valdez
Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (which could very well be his final film before retirement) has been inching closer and closer to a domestic release after it's fly through Japan. Shortly after getting the first US trailer for...
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Gordon-Levitt is off to never never land
A few weeks ago we caught wind of a rumor that David S. Goyer (writer of Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and the upcoming Batman/Superman movie) was pitching an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman with Joseph Gordon-Le...

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Totally up in the air, but lets get really excited
Where there's a whole bunch of names you should be excited to see together. David S. Goyer, who wrote the new Batman trilogy and Man of Steel, is pitching a new adaptation of Neil Gayman's graphic novel series Sandman&nb...

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Ant-Man Frontrunners

UPDATE: No, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not lead Ant-Man


NOPE
Oct 16
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Edgar Wright have shot down the rumor (Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd were in meetings for the Ant-Man lead) with the former calling it "outright lies." According to an interview with the French ...

Review: Don Jon

Sep 27 // Allistair Pinsof
Don JonDirector: Joseph Gordon-LevittRating: NRRelease Date: January 18, 2013 (Sundance Film Festival), March 11, 2013 (SXSW) Jon lives in an era of the transparency of porn. Hard cocks and jiggling boobs are shown in detail and freely available every waking hour on the internet. Sexual suggestion is now reserved for TV ads of a girl in tank top eating a cheeseburger while almost but not quite having an orgasm. Don Jon is a tool, a Guido, a chump, to be dismissed on first glance. Yet, Gordon-Levitt makes him a likeable guy and a sympathetic victim of his environment. Jon would fit right in with the cast of Jersey Shore, but somehow his machismo is endearing, calling to mind John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever or Rocky. He`s self-centered but not without heart. Wanting to discover a new plateau in his sex life (excluding porn), Jon courts ("long-term game") Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), an inarguable "diamond" according to Jon. Though he can`t see the point of romantic films any better than his older female friend (Julianne Moore) can see the point of him watching porn, Jon surprises himself with the lengths he goes to win this girl over. In the end, the sex is just sex -- a far cry from his coveted porn collection. Gordon-Levitt gives Don Jon a repetitive rhythmic pace in both editing and scripting. Sequences of porn browsing, club encounters, and road rage repeat throughout the film, mirroring the loud energetic but ultimately monotonous music blaring at the clubs Jon frequents. The camera work is also accelerated, often circling around scenes with great speed. The persistent use of music paints a strange mood around the film, blending hyper club anthems with a traditional string score and electronic glitch effects. Don Jon is a familiar love story that never feels like one. After all, it's a film about a narcissistic macho man who falls in love with sex. What makes Don Jon so great is the personality Gordon-Levitt brings to his material in both direction and performance. Undeterred, Gordon-Levitt examines porn's effect on society while keeping the film innocent and insightful. Geoff Henao: Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his writing/directorial debut with the fascinating Don Jon. While still fundamentally a romantic comedy, Gordon-Levitt touches on much deeper themes, such as the "stereotypical" portrayal of masculinity and how men feel as if they have to live up to such expectations, as well as a look at unrealistic depictions of sex in porn and how "real" sex is nowhere like the fantasy sex displayed online. However, Gordon-Levitt uses comedy and humor to address these issues. What results is a smart (probably the smartest) rom-com that isn't heavy-handed. Sometimes, the move from being in front of the camera to behind the camera can be hard, but with Gordon-Levitt's many years in the business, the transition was fine-tuned. From the editing to the acting to the script, Don Jon just feels like a labor of love. I hope and pray Gordon-Levitt acts for the rest of his life, but if he ever does decide to permanently move behind the camera, Don Jon is proof that he'll be perfectly fine in the director's seat. 85 -- Exceptional
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That's some good jerkin'
Our rabid consumption of media informs our lives and habits as much as our upbringing. For Jon, that media obsession is porn. When he isn't debating what number to rate a girl at the club, he is masturbating three times a day...

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JGL and Channing Tatum wanted for Guys and Dolls remake


Too... too much sexy
Apr 26
// Matthew Razak
With the sputtering revival of the film musical and the absolute dominance of remakes in Hollywood it's a small wonder that more classic musicals haven't been remade yet. One of those classics, Guys and Dolls, has been on Hol...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt cast in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For


But he's out for Guardians of the Galaxy
Jan 08
// Thor Latham
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has quickly risen to be one of Hollywood's best and brightest. He continues to score roles in huge films and his performance never disappoints. It's good to hear, then, that he has officially joined the c...
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Joseph Gordon Levitt may star in Guardians of the Galaxy


JGL continues his conquest of Hollywood
Jan 02
// Thor Latham
The unstoppable "Boy Wonder" Joseph Gordon Levitt has apparently been thrown into the running for playing what is most likely to be the central role in James Gunn's and Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. JGL is n...
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I'm going to assume everyone who wanted to see The Dark Knight Rises has seen it by now, so won't be skirting around spoilers - as though the headline hadn't given everything away already. At the end of the movie, Christian B...

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It's the return of the Flixist Movie Club, this time dissecting Rian Johnson's Looper! Surprisingly, this is a very coherent, not-disturbing show, so if you're looking for someone to get raped, it's sadly not going to happen....

Review: Looper

Sep 28 // Matthew Razak
[embed]213026:38906[/embed] LooperDirector: Rian JohnsonRelease Date: September 28, 2012Rated: R  About 20 minutes into Looper old Joe (Bruce Willis) sits down with his past self, young Joe (Joseph Gordon Levitt) for a chat. Young Joe basically tosses all the questions about time travel that the audience is thinking at the same time at old Joe. Old Joe sits there for a few seconds while young Joe rattles off questions until old Joe gets so annoyed he finally slams the table and yells that none of it matters. Young Joe listens and shuts up, and so does the audience. I tell this little tidbit because it's indicative of what Looper does so wonderfully throughout the film: developing a strong story and characters so that the hiccups in the plot either don’t matter or aren’t thought about. It’s nearly impossible to write a flawless time travel film, so instead of attempting to make everything fit together logically (which, for the most part, it does anyway) director Rian Johnson makes it all fit together emotionally, beautifully constructing a story that keeps you guessing while setting its conclusion up perfectly. It’s a movie you walk out of discussing why the story worked instead of picking apart its flaws. What makes it work is that the ideas are just so much bigger than the minutia, provoking thought about what is going on with the characters and not the story itself. It also helps that in a sea of remakes, sequels and adaptations this is one of the few original sci-fi/action films we’re seeing this year. And it is almost entirely original. Veering in and out of as many genres as it possibly can (gangster, chase, horror, sci-fi, action, drama, family) Looper tells an intense story that you haven’t seen before. In the near future time travel hasn’t been invented yet, but it will be in the further future. It’s illegal, however, and the only people who use it are crime syndicates. They use it to send people back in time to the near future in order to kill them since it’s become nearly impossible to murder someone in the far future and get away with it. You’re mind is probably already racing with questions about how things work, but remember to listen to Bruce Willis and just go with it. Young Joe is a Looper in the past (our near future). Loopers are the people who do the killing for the crime syndicates in the far future. The syndicate sends someone back in time and the Looper shoots them and dumps their body after removing their pay. It’s a very wealthy life, but there’s one catch. If the Looper is still alive in 30 years they get sent back to be killed by themselves, thus closing their loop. Old Joe gets sent back, but Young Joe doesn’t kill him and things just start going downhill for Young Joe from there. The intricate and quite delicately balanced story is both too complicated warrant explaining and far too good to spoil so I won’t go any further here. Needless to say this movie will surprise you in many ways. What isn’t surprising is that Joseph Gordon Levitt is amazing and Bruce Willis is a bad ass. With the aid of some impressive prosthetics Levitt channels Willis with a disturbing amount of accuracy. Levitt nails Willis’ facial mannerisms, especially his smirk, and scenes with the two of them together are almost eerily creepy. Willis on the other hand delivers one of those performances where it only sinks in later how truly nuanced it was. Few men can take a character who eventually mows down a small army with machine guns and turn him into an actual person. There are, of course, other actors in this film who do a great job, but it’s definitely the Willis/Levitt show until right up to the very end when a surprise level of bad-assnes erupts from an unlikely source. I have specifically not gone too in depth about Looper because it’s one of those movies that just needs to unfold in front of you. Talking about how well the story is constructed, the full plot, the detailed world and the major philosophical questions raised would simply make the film less enjoyable and interesting for anyone watching. This is a movie to walk into blind and then come out with your head spinning with questions. This is what happens when original ideas are allowed to grow to fruition in Hollywood, and it’s pretty much some of the best moviemaking of the year.
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Time travel has never been this original
Time travel is a sticky wicket for movies, and really all stories in general. There’s just so many contradictions, loopholes and moving parts that things get complicated. By the end of a time travel movie you’re u...

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Looper would probably make an awesome video game


Aug 27
// Alex Katz
Back in the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis days, it was actually surprisingly easy to find good videogames based on moves (look at any of the Super Star Wars games, most of the Disney movie platformers, and tons more)....
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New Looper poster, details on the film's unique score


Aug 23
// Hubert Vigilla
A new poster has dropped for Rian Johnson's Looper, one of the 2012 movies we've been looking forward to since last year. It's pretty keen, though the tagline could be better. ("Yippee ki yay, Gordon-Levitt" has a better rin...
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Trailer: Looper


Aug 14
// Matthew Razak
It's time to get international with Looper. You know, in that this is the trailer for Looper that gets released internationally. It's like the other trailers we've seen, but with a bit more plot to it and a bunch more Bruce ...
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Looper's International Poster


Aug 03
// Thor Latham
We've already had a poster or two come through these here parts for the upcoming time traveling sci-fi action blockbuster Looper, but as they say good things come in threes. Thus I present to you Looper's newly unveiled inter...
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I really hope writer/director Rian Johnson becomes a big name. His film debut, Brick, is one of my favorite films ever and what established my fascination in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's career. With the upcoming Looper starri...

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Trailer: Looper


Jun 28
// Maxwell Roahrig
Yesterday, Alex brought you the latest international trailer for my most anticipated film of the year, Looper. While I haven't been able to see it yet thanks to MSN's awful video player, I was able to see the latest dom...
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International Trailer: Looper


Jun 27
// Alex Katz
We've got a domestic trailer for Looper hitting at the end of the day tomorrow, so for now, the new international trailer will have to do for you. Man, I'm feeling a lot better about this movie now. The last trailer was...
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UK Looper poster is very, very, very blue


Jun 04
// Xander Markham
Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller Looper has a new poster for the UK, and it's the bluest thing you'll ever see, as though cunningly designed to excite British eyes by reminding them of the CHAMPIONS OF FRICKIN' EUROPE. Yes...
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Trailer: Premium Rush


Jun 01
// Maxwell Roahrig
As a fixie rider, I get mocked a lot for my gear of choice. "Hipster!" "Get off the road, jackass!" I've heard it all. But what folks haven't realized is how awesome bike messengers are. Those guys and gals are some of the b...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing Little Shop of Horrors remake


May 03
// Hubert Vigilla
Get ready for another remake. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is developing Little Shop of Horrors as a starring vehicle. He'll likely be playing Seymour Krelborn, the nebbishy so-and-so who cares for a carnivorous alien plant he names ...
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New Looper pics show Emily Blunt in a vest, with shotgun


Apr 30
// Xander Markham
Emily Blunt's charismatic turn in the otherwise disappointing Five Year Engagement is sure to propel her to superstardom, and an appearance in Rian Johnson's anticipated thriller Looper will surely add to that buzz. The first...
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Looper poster shows us two sides of the same coin


Apr 06
// Jamie R Stone
Well, Looper's on it's way to being pushed out of Hollywood's womb, and it's Rian Johnson's baby... and it's a boy. I think. Yeah, that analogy ran out of steam quick. Anyway, Rian Johnson is also the same guy who gave birth ...

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