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Lopper (2012) is a unique blend of gangster crime thriller combined with time travel. As the name of the film suggests, the plot goes in a web of complex twists and ends well. 30 years from the present (2044, yes the film happens in future), time travel is invented(2074). Soon after its invention, its forbidden for unknown reasons. The highly sophisticated crime syndicates manage to get hold of the technology. Also, in the future, its almost impossible to dispose off a body. The intelligent bosses exploit the time travel machine.

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Target is identified, and sent through the time travel machine to the past to specific location on an agreed upon time. An assassin called Looper waits for their package to arrive (target/human), blindfolded in a particular colored jacket, and silver packed on their back as payment for the murder they are going to commit. The moment, the package arrives, no questions asked, Lopper shoots, takes the silver, disposes off the body, who technically does not exist in the present. The person belonging to the future is killed in the present, and their identity is perfectly wiped off without any trace.

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Intriguingly, the future selves of the loopers are nabbed by the most notorious gangster boss, called The Rainmaker, and sent back to the present selves of the loopers themselves. The loopers don’t know that they are going to kill their own future self. Confusing, isn’t? This is precisely why they are called Loopers. Because, they kill themselves and close the loop, leaving no trace of their existence in the future.

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People from the future say that The Rainmaker is the most brutal gangster and he does not even appear as human. He is considered as creature. The story gets intertwined when the looper, Joe ( Joseph Gordon – Levitt) meets Old Joe ( Bruce Willis). Joe does not know that he has to close his loop but realises that his time has come, immediately looking at the target that is sent back without blindfolding. Before, Joe makes his mind to kill Old Joe (his future self), he is attacked by Old Joe with the reward (gold bar, packed on his back) and escapes. Obviously, the rainmaker gets angry and wants to kill both Joe (present) and Old Joe(future).

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Another parallel plot of the story, which is of paramount importance gets unveiled. Old Joe’s wife is killed by The Rainmaker in future. Therefore, Old Joe uses the opportunity of being present in the past to the young Rainmaker. He also has a lead to find him. The epic scene where Joe and Old Joe meet, the latter tells the former about his wife, Rainmaker, and his plans of killing young Rainmaker. In between Rainmaker’s gang assault Joe and Old Joe, and both manage to escape. Joe takes cover from deserted family of mother and son and latter realises that mother’s ( Sara – Emily Blunt) son is the Rainmaker through an incident when a cop comes to nab Joe, the young rainmaker screams extremely as an explosion and blasts the cop and damages the house into pieces, and kills the cop. In meantime, old Joe kills all the possible leads of young rainmaker, and eventually comes to the place, where young Rainmaker, his mother (Sara) and Joe reside.

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What happens next is very instinctively made. Joe realises that he cannot let his future self to kill a boy, the potential threat for world in future (The Rainmaker), Sara (mother) would go to any extend to save her son, Old Joe would do whatever it takes to kill young rainmaker so that his wife’s life can be saved. What does Joe (present self) do?

He closes the loop. Intriguing. Do watch the film to know how.

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An intelligent yet entertaining film, written and directed by Rian Johnson, who is currently directing, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and also directed three episodes of Breaking Bad (2010 – 2013)

filmtheorist.com, highly recommends Looper and categorises it as must watch.

Author: BT, Film Theorist.

Tag: Looper, 2012, Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Time Travel film, Independent film, Science Fiction Film, Gangster Film, Crime Film, Thriller Film.

SYNOPSIS

A BEAUTIFUL PLANET IS A BREATHTAKING PORTRAIT OF EARTH FROM SPACE, PROVIDING A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE AND INCREASED UNDERSTANDING OF OUR PLANET AND GALAXY AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE. MADE IN COOPERATION WITH THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA), THE FILM FEATURES STUNNING FOOTAGE OF OUR MAGNIFICENT BLUE PLANET — AND THE EFFECTS HUMANITY HAS HAD ON IT OVER TIME — CAPTURED BY THE ASTRONAUTS ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS). FROM SPACE, EARTH BLAZES AT NIGHT WITH THE ELECTRIC INTENSITY OF HUMAN EXPANSION — A DIRECT VISUALIZATION OF OUR CHANGING WORLD. BUT IT IS WITHIN OUR POWER TO PROTECT THE PLANET. AS WE CONTINUE TO EXPLORE AND GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF OUR GALAXY, WE ALSO DEVELOP A DEEPER CONNECTION TO THE PLACE WE ALL CALL HOME. FROM IMAX ENTERTAINMENT AND TONI MYERS — THE ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER BEHIND CELEBRATED IMAX® DOCUMENTARIES BLUE PLANET, HUBBLE 3D, AND SPACE STATION 3D — A BEAUTIFUL PLANET PRESENTS AN AWE-INSPIRING GLIMPSE OF EARTH AND A HOPEFUL LOOK INTO THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY.

NARRATED BY

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/
ASTRONAUT TRAINING MANAGER

JAMES L. NEIHOUSE, ASC

SPACE OPERATIONS

MARSHA IVINS

EDITED BY

TONI MYERS

MUSIC BY

MICKY ERBE & MARIBETH SOLOMON

SOUND DESIGN

PETER THILLAYE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

GRAEME FERGUSON

CO-PRODUCER

JUDY CARROLL

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY

TONI MYERS

IN COOPERATION WITH THENATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

GIBRALTAR STRAITS AS PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

IMAX® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF IMAX CORPORATION. DISTRIBUTED BY IMAX CORPORATION.

Source:
http://abeautifulplanet.imax.com

Official Trailer:

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Perhaps, Stanley Kubrick is the only filmmaker, who don’t need introduction. Its always vital for any filmmaker to read his bold perspectives on filmmaking.

Don’t go in with preconceived notions

The making of any film, whatever the historical setting or the size of the sets, has to be approached in much the same way. You have to figure out what is going on in each scene and what’s the most interesting way to play it. With Spartacus, whether a scene had hundreds of people in the background or whether it was against a wall, I thought of everything first as if there was nothing back there. Once it was rehearsed, we worked out the background.

The best plot is “no plot”

I think that the best plot is no apparent plot. I like a slow start, the start that gets under the audience’s skin and involves them so that they can appreciate grace notes and soft tones and don’t have to be pounded over the head with plot points and suspense hooks.

Making a movie is kind of like getting naked

When you make a movie, it takes a few days just to get used to the crew, because it is like getting undressed in front of fifty people. Once you’re accustomed to them, the presence of even one other person on the set is discordant and tends to produce self-consciousness in the actors, and certainly in myself.

You don’t have to succeed; just don’t fail

The important thing in films is not so much to make successes as not to make failures, because each failure limits your future opportunities to make the films you want to make.

Never explain

I think it essential if a man is good to know where he is bad and to show it, or if he is strong, to decide what the moments are in the story where he is weak and to show it. And I think that you must never try to explain how he got the way he is or why he did what he did.

Source: Stanley Kubrick’s site, nofilmschool.com
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Tag: Stanley Kubrick, Filmmaking Notes, Filmmaking Quotes, Independent Filmmaking, Experimental Filmmaking.

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The Crash (2004) is a highly recommended masterpiece, directed by the writer of Million Dollar Baby, Paul Haggis. Crash is a melodramatic and realistic film, about the differences between people, on the trivial issue of skin color, which is one of the main reasons causing conflicts among mankind. It deals with how cruelly people are obsessed with racism, and the impacts it make on their lives.

The most important emotional aspect of the film is, the people who are hated the most by other race, are the ones who actually rescue the haters from crisis and save their very lives. An accident collides all of their lives and make them realize their mistakes and redeem their sins. Its ensemble cast, mainly comprises of Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, and Thandie Newton. The film won three Oscars in 2005, for best picture, writing/original screenplay, and editing.

Author: BT, Film Theorist
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Crash, 2004, Paul Haggis, Oscar, Best picture, Best writing original screenplay, Best editing, Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Independent Film. Million Dollar Baby

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‘The thoughts need to originate from your mind. They can neither be inspiration nor influence. That’s the virtue of being an original filmmaker, otherwise, you are just an adapter.’ – BT, Film Theorist.

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Rationale: #Joker was never a villan nor a hero. He intended to restore balance in #Gotham city as he believed, goodness in abundance would eventually lead to destruction. He was a symbol more than #Batman, and was never really killed by Batman either, he chose to die once. He exists spiritually and would surface, when its needed.

Actor: #HeathLedger [ Posthumously received Oscar for best performance in a supporting role for Joker. In 2016, a documentary reveled the self written notes by Heath Ledger himself on how did the character take over him. He locked himself in a room and didn’t come out for months even before the shoot started. He enacted the character in front of the mirror, gradually got obsessed, and became the character for real. Even Nolan mentioned that he was calm throughout the production and always pondering about the character, he lived as Joker on and off the set. Eventually, obsession led to his biological death. He does exist spiritually among many of us]

Film: #TheDarkKnight
Writers: #ChristopherNolan , #JonathanNolan

Author: BT, Film Theorist

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IMAX has released a video and image explaining on one of the reasons why should you watch Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice in IMAX. Although, the entire film has not been shot using IMAX cameras. Select footages such as the epic battle scenes between Batman and Superman, the eventual battle with Doomsday, introduction of superheroes who are going to be united in Justice League were shot in IMAX.
‘IMAX cameras magnify the experience and make the world of BvS, more vivid and clear’ says Zack Snyder. IMAX is meant for nature photography, lately filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrams, Michael Bay and Zack Snyder transitioned into cinema camera as they are needed to visually present massive images and make the experience holistic for audiences. It happens only with IMAX.

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The cinematographer of BvS, Larry Fong, A.S.C said, Snyder chose to use IMAX, and wanted us to push it a lot, making more movements. The camera is humongous in size, and challenging to move around. However, Larry Fong managed to take dolly, technocrane and even handheld shots with IMAX, which is not generally possible. The dream combat sequence is a single take continuous shot, and IMAX has produced amplified images. Zack Snyder was excited and jumped after watching the IMAX version. Thanks to the cinematographer and the visual effects team.

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The aspect ratio is one of the main reasons for making the IMAX experience unique and complete. The standard projectors feature in 2.4:1, whereas IMAX Xenon/Digital system projects in 1.9:1, IMAX Laser and film 70mm systems project in 1.43:1. What do they really mean? The movie BvS has expanded aspect ratio, which means it carries more details, they are needed to seen on the large format screens so as to see the images. The regular projections and screens technically cannot provide the complete images, the filmmaker intended the audiences to watch. Therefore, you get to see more of the films shot on IMAX or BvS only on IMAX.
Zack Snyder talking on IMAX experience:

You know it, when you see it.
Author: BT, Film Theorist.

Tag: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder, IMAX, Larry Fong, Aspect ratio,

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