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

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The Athletic Nerd’s Top 5 Movies Of 2011

January 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

The Athletic Nerd's Top 5 Movies Of 2011

This year’s top 5 is kind of incomplete.  I started off 2011 on a tear.  I had seen so many movies including nearly all of the summer blockbusters.  But when it came down to the awards season, I missed out on a ton of great movies.  So while I wait for films like The Descendents & The Artist to be released On Demand, I have to go with what I’ve seen.

This year’s top 5 includes several that inspired the filmmaker in me including the awesome movie sitting in the number 1 spot.  As a result, I don’t think there is a movie I missed that could knock out this year’s champ.  It’s a film that I’m proud to put next to 2009’s Paranormal Activity and 2010’s Inception.

5. Source Code

Source Code really surprised me.  I highly enjoyed Duncan Jones’ Moon and he raised the bar even higher with Source Code.

4. 50/50

50/50 was a perfect balance of humor and drama.  Personally, I was really interested to see how this movie accomplished that balance.  About 3 years ago, I created a film with similar themes that also balanced humor with the serious subject of cancer.  Watching 50/50 was a phenomenal experience as both a filmmaker and a film fan.

It was touching, sad, enlightening, inspiring, funny, depressing, interesting and heart warming.  Seth Rogen & Joseph Gordon-Levitt are a perfect team.

3. Drive

The last movie I saw in 2011 skyrocketed up my rankings to land in the top 5.  It’s such a well told and stylized film with a wicked performance from Ryan Gosling.

2. Warrior

Warrior wins the award for longest wait.  I couldn’t find the time to see it in theaters and when it was released on video I still couldn’t set aside a couple hours to watch.  It was well worth the wait.  I loved Warrior.

1. Super 8

I grew up in the 80s making movies with my friends.  We used to walk to the dollar store, purchase toy guns and spray paint them black as we completed our action movies, war epics and comedies.  This movie was made for me.  Super 8 inspired me and it still does when I think about how much fun I had in the theater that day.  (And how much fun I had making movies as a kid.)

2011s top movie…  Super 8.

XTRA | Super 8 Unspoiled

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Go Back In Time & Watch Source Code Again

April 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Go Back In Time & Watch Source Code Again | Review Source Code | Movie Blog

Dear Jason, go back to the theater and see Source Code again…

THE FIRST GREAT MOVIE OF 2011?

Source Code begins as a fairly typical time travel tale in which a soldier repeatedly experiences the final 8 minutes of a teacher’s life on a train before it blows up.

The ‘science’ behind the story centers on the idea that we can tap into a person’s final moments and attempt to figure out what happened to them.  In this case, the whole mission is to find out who is responsible and prevent an event greater tragedy from occurring.

It sounds complicated but that’s the genius of Source Code. The film starts as a simple tale but gradually peels back layer after layer revealing an emotional story about cherishing every second.

It’s an important message tucked inside a surprisingly powerful movie.

Many Science Fiction tales tend to rely on their premise to deliver a good movie instead of building the premise around great characters. This film delivered an incredibly simple yet creative premise but also great characters. It’s a fascinating movie that incorporates so many thought provoking elements including death, loss, family, love, responsibility, courage and pain.

I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t expect Source Code to have so much depth. One twist (That I refuse to ruin here) made me sit up and literally smile. This isn’t a formulaic science fiction story at all.

Source Code is Unique. It’s a breath of fresh air and you’ll be unprepared for it.  I was.

Truthfully, I owe director Duncan Jones an apology because I loved Moon and should have given him the benefit of the doubt.  In Source Code, he has created another awesome science fiction movie. Plain and simple:

Source Code is entertaining, it’s different and it’s wonderful.

Go Back In Time & Watch Source Code Again | Review Source Code | Movie Blog

Don’t do time travel movie math.

Now…  When it comes to movies centered on time travel, there will always be holes.  Certain things don’t add up and you wind up trying to calculate and over think things.  Stop it.  If you’re going to see Source Code, it’s best to just go in expecting to be entertained.  In my case, it did much more than entertain and I hope you experience a similar feeling.

It’s been a while since a movie in this genre had me skipping to my car afterwards.  I went in hoping for a pleasant way to spend a Friday afternoon. I was surprised to find myself enjoying what is most definitely the most entertaining movie I’ve seen thus far this year.

If only I could find a way to go back and watch it all over again for the first time.  Sadly, time travel isn’t possible yet but thankfully, I can still see it again.

Source Code may not be for everyone but if you had a slight interest in seeing it let this review push you out the door. It’s worth it.

… Still I should try to send that message to myself right? It could work…  At least I could send myself a reminder to go and see it again…