Tag Archives: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

This sequel took nine years to make and once again Robert Rodriguez collaborated closely with Frank Miller to create a nightmarish comic-book visual style – but neither critics nor audiences seemed to care. Just as episodic as the original, with Miller contributing two fresh stories, but several of the old characters return. Josh Brolin replaces … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

The Wind Rises

In 1920s Japan, young Jiro Horikoshi dreams of building planes and heads to an engineering school in Tokyo; his work will also take him to Nazi Germany… What was originally called Hayao Miyazaki’s last film before retiring is not for children, but an animated biography of the man who built the fighter planes that Japan … Continue reading The Wind Rises

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The evil First Order is now in control of the galaxy, but Rey (Daisy Ridley) is trying to convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to come out of retirement and help the Resistance. The second chapter in the third Star Wars trilogy is ambitious, the mythology beautifully developed by Rian Johnson, and one of the most … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Snowden

ONE NATION UNDER SURVEILLANCE FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.  In 2013, former NSA employee Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) clandestinely meet with two journalists and a documentary filmmaker in Hong Kong to tell them the story of why he decided to expose the U.S. government’s wide-ranging surveillance of citizens. We already have Laura Poitras’s documentary … Continue reading Snowden

The Night Before

THREE WISE MEN. ONE WILD CHRISTMAS.  Three best friends (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie) are going out on Christmas Eve in New York City as they always do… but a fourteen-year long tradition is about to end. The director and stars of 50/50 (2011) are reunited for a comedy that looks like they usually … Continue reading The Night Before

Don Jon

EVERYONE LOVES A HAPPY ENDING. Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has no problem meeting women, and Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) is one of the sexiest he has ever hooked up with… but his addiction to Internet porn becomes a problem. The star’s directing debut is all the more impressive because he manages to make a romantic comedy … Continue reading Don Jon

The Interview

FROM THE WESTERN CAPITALIST PIGS WHO BROUGHT YOU NEIGHBORS AND THIS IS THE END. When they unexpectedly land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a dim-witted TV host and his producer (James Franco, Seth Rogen) are approached by the CIA who wants their help to kill the dictator… The directors’ second movie after the … Continue reading The Interview

Premium Rush

RIDE LIKE HELL.  New York City bicycle messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) clashes with a dirty cop (Michael Shannon), who’s deeply indebted to a loan shark, over a valuable envelope. As a screenwriter, David Koepp rarely shows much flair, but this thriller is the opposite. The story of a daredevil messenger who gets chased all over … Continue reading Premium Rush

Looper

FACE YOUR FUTURE. FIGHT YOUR PAST. In 2044, Joe Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a contract killer for the mob in Kansas City; one day, he’s shocked to learn that his next target is an older version of himself (Bruce Willis) from the future. The star and director of Brick (2006) reunited for another thriller, … Continue reading Looper

Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

On a visit to Washington D.C. last October, I made the obligatory visit to the Lincoln Memorial and found the experience of first taking in the huge marble statue of the 16th President and then reading the words from his second Inaugural Address and the Gettysburg Address that are engraved onto the walls of the … Continue reading Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

A FIRE WILL RISE. On the night of this film’s intensely anticipated premiere, a 24-year-old man attacked a midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado and murdered 12 people. The horrendous act caused the studio to remove ads for the The Dark Knight Rises and director Christopher Nolan released a statement where he called the movie theater … Continue reading Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

Inception: Dream Warriors

YOUR MIND IS THE SCENE OF THE CRIME. One of the most exciting things we can experience in our lives takes place when we sleep. Scenarios play out in our dreams that are genuinely unpredictable and emotional. Regardless of whether they happen in a large-scale setting or in more intimate situations, dreams remind us of … Continue reading Inception: Dream Warriors