10 Awesome Movies Like Looper

February 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

10 Movies Like Looper | Looper 2012

INTIMATE SCIENCE FICTION TALES

Looper was one of my favorite movies of 2012.  I absolutely loved it.  It was such a great take on the familiar Time Travel genre.  Director Rian Johnson did a remarkable job creating a fascinating character driven tale.  If you haven’t seen Looper ignore the other films on this list and watch it immediately!  But then watch the other ones anyways.

I don’t think movies like Looper have to incorporate Time Travel though many do.  I associate Looper with many intimate science fiction tales with BIG ideas.  These movies take a much smaller approach to science fiction.  I suppose the opposite end of the spectrum is home to movies like Star Wars, The Matrix, Inception, Pacific Rim, Back to the Future etc…

XTRA | Looper Review

MONSTERS

Science Fiction Element: Aliens/Monsters

Monsters is the very definition of big ideas with intimate approaches.  Monsters is very much about aliens on our world but the real focus is on it’s two main characters.

REVIEW | Monster amount of character

FREQUENCY

Science Fiction Element: Time Travel

To me, Frequency is one of those movies I could watch any time.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the film.

PRIMER

Science Fiction Element: Time Travel

Once you get your head wrapped around the technology behind this movie, you’ll start wondering whether it’s really possible.

CLOVERFIELD

Science Fiction Element: Aliens/Monsters

A marketing campaign that captivated movie bloggers world wide.  What does the Cloverfield monster look like!  It’s a question that made the wait that much more satisfying when I finally saw the movie.

CHRONICLE

Science Fiction Element: Super Powers

Found footage.  Check.  Strange powers.  Check.  Somehow, Chronicle manages to shed it’s familiar plot devices and tell a touching and painful story about power.

REVIEW | Chronicle, Action Figures & The Super Power Dream

MOON

Science Fiction Element: (Can’t ruin movie)

The story of a man who works alone on the moon is definitely worth a look.  More of a psychological dissection than any other on this list.  Fantastic movie.

DONNIE DARKO

Science Fiction Element: Time Travel

Before The Matrix came along, this was the penultimate ‘Whoa’ movie.  To this day I pick up something new whenever I watch it.

SOURCE CODE

Science Fiction Element: Time Travel

I’d put Source Code right next to Frequency.  Director Duncan Jones created a phenomenal follow up to the highly entertaining Moon.  They’re both entertaining and thought provoking though I’d give the edge to Source Code.

REVIEW | Go back in time and see Source Code again.

DISTRICT 9

Science Fiction Element: Aliens/Monsters

Aliens as refugees.  When I saw the trailer for the first time I was blown away.  It was one of those awesome trailers that didn’t spoil the movie.  In fact, District 9 far exceeded it’s trailer’s ambitious promise.  I can’t wait to see Director Neill Blomkamp’ follow up Elysium.

SUPER 8

Science Fiction Element: Aliens/Monsters

Super 8 was my favorite movie of 2011.  Like the kids in the film, I grew up at that time making movies with my friends.  Super 8 captured my imagination like no other film in 2011.  I loved it.

REVIEW | Super 8 Unspoiled

COUNTDOWN | J.J Abrams’ Best Work

XTRA | J.J Abrams & Star Wars

Eric’s Top 10 Films of 2012

January 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

Eric's Top 10 Movies of 2012

List by Eric Gamache

I’ve known Eric a long time and always look forward to his best of lists.  Most of the time our lists are very different but this year there were many we agreed on.  Over the years, he’s introduced me to countless classics I may have missed and I’ve grown to truly respect his taste in movies.

Here they are his favorites of 2012:

10. SKYFALL

9. ARGO

8. LOOPER

7. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

6. DJANGO UNCHAINED

5. THE MASTER

4. ZERO DARK THIRTY

3. LINCOLN

2. MOONRISE KINGDOM

1. AMOUR

XTRA | Four movies he missed: Anna Karinina, Cloud Atlas, Flight, The Impossible

XTRA | Check out Eric’s site here.

Check out my 9 part recap of 2012 including my favorites of the year here.

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Eric's Top 10 Movies of 2012

The Top 5 Movies of 2012

January 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

The Top 5 Movies of 2012

MY FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2012

2012 is over and I’ve finally caught up enough to make my ‘best of’ picks.  There are some movies I regret missing but overall, I saw more than 30 movies released in 2012.

Before I mention my top 5, I wanted to acknowledge some awesome movies that just missed the cut.

ARGO | Review

LIFE OF PI | Review

DJANGO UNCHAINED | Review

SINISTER | Review

TED | Review

Click here for a complete list of all my 2012 reviews.

THE TOP 5 MOVIES OF 2012

5. SKYFALL

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Skyfall narrowly edged out Django Unchained purely because of the nostalgia it brought back to the Bond franchise.  Casino Royale is one of my favorite movies period but Skyfall felt like a better reboot.  Classic James Bond movie.

4. LOOPER

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I was blown away by Looper’s style and originality.

3. ZERO DARK THIRTY

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A smart and fascinating look behind the scenes of one of the most important events in recent memory.

2. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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The end of an era.  Though the film didn’t rise above The Dark Knight, it still wrapped up a legendary film series I’ll cherish forever.

1. THE AVENGERS

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I saw The Avengers 3 times in 7 days.  Two of those were matinee viewings before work…  By myself.  I absolutely adored The Avengers.  It was, by far, the most fun I had in theaters in 2012.

Bring on 2013!

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Click here for The Bottom 3: The Worst Movies of 2012

The Top 5 Movies of 2012 | The Athletic Nerd

More Movies Like Looper Please!

January 4, 2013 at 9:12 am

More Movies Like Looper Please! | Looper Review 2012

NOTHING QUITE LIKE A GOOD SCI FI MOVIE!

I loved Looper.  End of review.

Science fiction fans have been blessed with so many gigantic movies over the years.  Yet movies like Looper come along and remind us that a smaller story with BIG ideas can be just as (if not more) effective.  From the opening gunshot, Looper sucks you into a world where time travel exists and is illegal.  Naturally, criminals take over the technology and use it to send people they want dead back in time where Loopers await guns drawn.

Every once in a while, a Looper is tasked with killing his/her future self.  Upon completion, they are given enough cash to live comfortably until they ‘catch up’ to their death.

CLOSING THE LOOP

The premise alone is fascinating but it’s the story writer/director Rian Johnson tells that fascinated me.  Joseph Gordon Levitt must close his loop but fails to do so.  With his life on the line he has to find his older self (Bruce Willis) before his angry bosses kill them both.  I was hooked already but THEN we learn about The Rainmaker and his destructive capability in the future.  The stakes are set and the film turns into a fantastic look into two very different purposes carried out by the same person.

On one hand, you have a young Looper who wants nothing more than to make things right and live his own life.

On the other, you have an older, vengeful man who is willing to do whatever it takes so save the love of his life.  Even if it means murdering a child who will one day become The Rainmaker.

It’s truly fascinating to watch Johnson dissect the same person twice and you find yourself rooting for and against both of them.  It’s that contrast that elevates Looper from good to great.  I love ‘little’ science fiction movies like Looper.  It’s amazing how interesting time travel can be even after so many films dealing with the subject out there.  There is always another fresh take and Looper is one of the best to come along in a long time.

TIME TRAVEL & TELEKINESIS…  ON A FARM

Did I mention I loved Looper?  One of the biggest reasons why was the director’s choice to set the majority of the film in and around farm land.  What a fantastic way to use a film’s setting to ramp up the originality of the piece.  I love that we are presented a world where time travel exists yet lengthy sequences take place surrounded by wheat crops.  It’s remarkable how much a movie can change depending on the locations you choose.  As a screenwriter, I found that aspect of Looper absolutely inspiring.

It’s a fantastic movie that I sincerely regret missing when it was released in theaters but that won’t stop me from enjoying it again and again…  In the future.

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