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  • Rian Johnson
    Breaking News: Rian Johnson will direct and write Star Wars Episode VIII!
    With Star Wars Episode VII continue to loom over the movie world, the entertainment business cannot get enough from the galaxy far. far away. While many anticipate what director JJ Abrams will do with the next chapter, some cannot help but wonder...
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    'Looper' is excellent
    The pitfalls of time travel have long fascinated audiences and film makers. First there’s the transportation aspect, just how would you get a human body across time? And then there are all of the situational issues, often of particular...
  • 'Looper' on Blu-ray
    ‘Looper’ on Blu-ray: Hitman encounters future self in time travel action film
    Rated R119 minutesReleased on Blu-ray Dec. 31, 2012In the year 2044, hitmen or “Loopers” are paid to kill poor hapless souls who are sent back in time, dispose of the body, and wait for more prey.Joe, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is...
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    TIFF over the years: A look back at Looper
    Movie madness has once again descended on the city with the start of this year's Toronto International Film Festival. For the next week and a half, thousands of movie buffs will pack the downtown streets, bars and theatres, hoping to catch a...
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    Looper part 15: Future
    We have looked at the experience of those in the past, as history is repeatedly rewritten, and they wonder why the victims stopped arriving. There is a similar problem from the perspective of those in the future which is also confusing.In the...
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    Looper part 14: Unchanged
    It is interesting to consider what things change instantly in the future when things change in the past; but it is even more interesting to contrast these against what things do not change instantly in the future.The easiest way to illustrate this...
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    Looper part 13: Inconsistent
    Most of the time the creators of the film Looper want us to believe that future history remains unchanged until the moment of its occurrence arrives in the present timeline. We see this with Joe's memories. He says his memories of what is now...
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    Looper part 12: Devastating
    Old Joe, caught by Kid Blue, kills Abe and every one of his soldiers (except Kid Blue, killed by Young Joe). This destroys the Looper program, because Abe must tell the loopers when victims will arrive.It seems certain that those in the future...
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    Looper part 11: Runners
    Much of the film Looper is about assassins whose older selves avoid being executed by fleeing in the past. Yet, apart from what Joe does to Abe's organization, is it such a big deal if a looper becomes a runner?It is. It is potentially very...
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    Looper part 10: Notification
    To this point we have assumed the Loopers know when victims will arrive. What is overlooked is how they know. Joe has a watch, and his victims arrive at half past something--but the times change. Although we see it only once, we learn that someone...
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    Looper part 9: Clockwork
    We have already seen problems with the system in which Abe recruits loopers in the past and people in the future send victims until the assassin is is retired by people in the future; there is another we have to this point overlooked. Each...
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    Looper part 8: Retirement
    Of course, we don't necessarily expect a movie to explain everything, particularly when it involves as yet undiscovered future technology. However, this point seems to be quite a puzzle once the question is asked: how do the bosses in the...
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    Looper part 7: Massacre
    Old Joe brings quite a bloodbath to the past. It begins when he kills a couple of Abe's men to save Young Joe from the ambush at his apartment. He then kills a boy who is safely anonymous, and intends next to kill Suzie's boy. That leads...
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    Looper part 6: Destined
    Last time we recognized that the crux of this film is a predestination paradox, that is, an uncaused cause, an event which causes itself and therefore does not happen unless it happens. Because, as we previously observed, this is a replacement...
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    Looper part 5: Anomalous
    It is a principle of replacement theory that there is always an "original" history in which no one leaves from the as yet non-existent future and so no one arrives in the past. That concept of "original", though, only applies...