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Rian Johnson Will Write and Direct ‘Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX’
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Rian Johnson

Ever since J.J. Abrams signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII early last year there was intense speculation as to whether he would be in for further installments in the sequel trilogy. Speculate no more, dear speculators, for Rian Johnson has officially been handed the directorial reins for the tentatively-titled Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, per Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr.

Previously best known for writing and directing the indie cult gems Brick and The Brothers Bloom, Johnson made his entry into the arena of original science-fiction cinema with the 2012 smash hit Looper. The director’s love of the genre and ability to work equally well with big name stars and acclaimed actors doubtlessly played a part in his nabbing the coveted assignment of bringing the second and third Star Wars sequels to life. In an unsurprising development, Johnson will also write the screenplays for both films.

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The Culturesmash Top 12 Films Of 2012
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2012 was a really exciting year for film. We saw the culmination of a masterpiece world building franchise from Marvel Entertainment, perhaps one of the best 007 movies ever made, and Ben Affleck showed once again that there’s much more to him than haters would have led you to believe. It was actually really difficult to compile just 12 films for a best of list. Some great movies were left completely off my list such as Wreck-it-Ralph. The film is a joy and it truly tickles the funny bone of geeks that grew up with video games in the ’80s and that still play them now. Jiro Dreams of Sushi was a masterpiece documentary that follows the family of one of Japan’s greatest sushi chef’s and the film features some truly beautiful sushi cinematography! There are others, but I’m already giving myself two extra entries in this list just to play with the “12” gimmick.

These sorts of lists are just pure opinion. What I like about them though as a movie fan is by reading them I might discover some gem of a film that I haven’t seen or heard about or I might be convinced to give a movie a chance that I was planning to pass up.

OK, enough babbling, here are my Top 12 films of 2012.

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Famous Monster’s Favorite Film Quotes of 2012
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Film Quotes of 2012

2012 was a fantastic year for movies. Films like The Dark Knight Rises and Marvel’s The Avengers entertained audiences with blockbuster action sequences and the ultimate in childhood wish fulfillment, while movies such as Drew Goddard‘s Cabin in the Woods and Gareth Edward‘s The Raid: Redemption will long be remembered as putting the nail in the coffin of their respective genres.

We saw new films from acclaimed directors like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Paul Thomas Anderson, William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, Ben Affleck, Sam Mendes, and Kathryn Bigelow. Not to mention the latest offerings from Rian Johnson, Joss Whedon, Richard Linklater, and newcomers Colin Trevorrow, Benh Zeitlin, and Stephen Chbosky.

So many memorable characters – so many great lines delivered by talented actors inhabiting their roles. Here are some of the best (and a few of the worst) film quotes from 2012. Feel free to include your own in the comments! You can also check out my Top 25 Films of 2012 here!

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Seandps’s Top 10 Movies Of 2012
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Seandps Top 10 Movies of 2012

It’s that time of the year, where all of us movie geeks, go through our lists and lists of movies to make that final decision as to what our favorite movies are.

I know I am fairly new to the Geeks of Doom family, and some of you may not know too much about me. To give you a little look into my thinking, I am going to include what made my top three movies for the past few years.

With all of that said, be sure to continue reading to check out my top 10 films of 2012 now!

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Skull-Face Island: Episode 11: The Master / Looper
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Greetings! This is Adam Frazier and you’re about to shipwreck yourself on Skull-Face Island, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom!

As always I’m joined by “Quiz Kid” Donnie Smith’s Orthodontist, David Allen, and Daniel Plainview’s Personal Milkshake Maker, producer Tim Grant.

Today on the Show: We’ll discuss Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, The Master, as well as Rian Johnson’s futuristic sci-fi film, Looper. We’ll also be joined by our trusty (somewhat rusty) robotic butler MAR-10 as he brings us such news topics as Marc Webb returning to director The Amazing Spider-Man 2, David Gordon Green‘s connection with a potential reboot of Little House on the Prairie, and some juicy details on the upcoming Prometheus Blu-ray release!

After we’ve dissected The Master and Looper, listen as the three of us work together in a deadly game of movie trivia of the Gods’ choosing in order to satiate the bloodlust of the mighty Tu’Challa, a savage beast whose love of pop culture knows no bounds.

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Watch Now: Director Rian Johnson Secretly Introduces ‘Looper’ At Midnight Screening
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Looper

Rian Johnson’s Looper opens this weekend. The film (read our review here), which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, puts a unique twist on time travel. Most theater chains hold a midnight screening for every major film, and Johnson thought it might be fun to introduce his film at a midnight screening held at the Arclight in Hollywood. The catch is that he never told anyone in the audience that he was coming, nor did he identify himself.

Check out the hilarious video here below.

For those who may not live in the Los Angeles area, the Arclight Theater is one of the premiere theaters in Southern California. Before the start of every film, an usher comes in to introduce what you are about to watch, ensures that he will stay until the presentation is perfect, and ask you to please turn off any electronic devices.

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Movie Review: Looper
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Looper PosterLooper
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Written by: Rian Johnson
Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels
FilmDistrict | TriStar Pictures
Rated | 118 Minutes
Release Date: September 28, 2012

There year is 2044. Time travel has not yet been invented, but thirty years from now it will have been. When underground criminal syndicates in the future need someone gone, they zap ’em back to Loopers like Joe Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who do the necessaries.

In 2074, it’s impossible to properly dispose of a body — too many high-tech gadgets like global positioning implants — so those ever-resourceful criminals illegally transport their targets back in time so Loopers can erase them from the future.

Looper, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom), is a science-fiction film noir that seamlessly blends futuristic elements with the world we already know. Old, beat-up gas guzzlers have been retrofitted with solar panels and electric batteries while the rich drive sporty, state-of-the-art speeder bikes. The designer drugs of the future are taken with an eye dropper, and Loopers like Joe are paid in bricks of silver for blasting bound-and-gagged future dwellers with their blunderbusses: short, large caliber boomsticks that obliterate targets at close range.

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Check This Out: ‘Looper’ 8-Bit Video Game Trailer
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There’s nothing really new about movies being adapted into video games or visa versa. Oftentimes both products don’t even hold a candle to their counterparts. But on those rare occasions, it can work. Using some trailer footage and other material from Rian Johnson’s upcoming sci-fi film Looper, Deepak Chetty created Looper The Movie The 8-Bit Video Game. The trailer doesn’t use some cutting edge technology you would see on a PS3 or XBOX 360; instead, Chetty created an 8-bit trailer. Check it out below.

Watching the trailer, there is a feeling of nostalgia that overwhelmed me. The music, the tone, the visuals, even the “press start” option all brought me back to the days of 8-bit video games.

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‘Looper’ International Trailer: Time Travel Assassinations Are Profitable
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Looper

When the distant future collides with a future not too far from now, many things could happen. That idea hits home when Rian Johnson’s time traveling thriller Looper hits theaters later this year. We’ve seen a couple of trailers before, and we got another trailer that focuses on the action of the film and the profitability of being a looper.

In the trailer Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s character explains how a criminal organization takes advantage of the illegal practice of time travel. By making use of time travel, this organization is able to send their targets back in time where agents called loopers are there to shoot, kill, and dispose. We also get to see how much these loopers earn for their kills and what they use their blood money for. Let’s just say, they are living the high life. Things go swimmingly for Gordon-Levitt’s character, until his next target is revealed to be his future-self. For obvious reasons, this situation makes it a lot harder to kill the target and understand why you must kill it.

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SDCC 2012: ‘Looper’ Panel
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SDCC 2012: Looper panel

Earlier this year at WonderCon, I was lucky to cover director Rian Johnson‘s panel for Looper, as I had already been a huge fan of his previous work (Brick & The Brothers Bloom). At that time, little had been known about the project and Johnson introduced the intriguing time-travel concept, as well as the amazing makeup work that would transform actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt into a younger version of Bruce Willis. So what updates have transpired on the film since March, now that its release is imminent?

Moderator Ralph Garman (of Kevin Smith’s SModcast Podcast Network) began the San Diego Comic-Con panel by introducing director Johnson, and actors Emily Blunt and Gordon-Levitt. Willis was unavailable, as he’s shooting A Good Day to Die Hard in Europe.

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