• Composer Series,  Features,  Interviews,  Mondo,  Movies/Entertainment,  Podcast Interview

    Interview…Nathan Johnson on the Lush Orchestral Score to ‘Knives Out’

    One of our favorite composers, and one we’ve been fortunate enough to speak with several times over the years, is Nathan Johnson. With each film score, he’s continually gained an audience with a signature and stylistic approach to his work. That’s partly because he and his cousin are a package deal. Nathan and long time collaborator, Rian Johnson, go way back…even before Brick. The two grew up on the East Coast bringing their stories to life any way they could, hoping to one day break into the biz. Well, they did, and in a very big way. Thanks to titles like Looper, The Last Jedi, and now Knives Out, the…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Trailers

    Sweet Trailer…Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

    Rian Johnson has had one very impressive career. Going from Brick to The Brothers Bloom to Looper is a feat in itself. Then you throw in his work on some episodes of Breaking Bad which all lead to him landing a Star Wars film. So, yeah, The Last Jedi was divisive, but before he begins his own SW trilogy (one can only imagine what we can expect with that), he’s got a pretty slick looking murder mystery. We’ll say one thing: he’s as diversified as he is talented. Knives Out is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end. Have a look at the…

  • Composer Series,  Interviews,  Movies/Entertainment

    Exclusive: Interview…Nathan Johnson Talks Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rian Johnson and the Musical Mojo of ‘Don Jon’

    A gifted musician in his own right, film composer Nathan Johnson creates such unique musical soundscapes for every movie, short film and project to which he’s attached. This year he composed the score to Don Jon, which is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s modernized interpretation of the iconic thief of hearts. With a sound and style that’s so varied and diverse, Johnson’s scores have given such a unique atmosphere to films like Brick and Looper. We got to chat with Nathan about his work on Don Jon, his process working with different directors and so much more. Below are the highlights of our time with him. ———————————————————————————————————————————  – An interesting take on the fabled Don Juan DeMarco, Don Jon…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Quick 5/Top 10

    G-S-T Year in Review – Andrew’s 2012 Wrap Up

    I’m willing to admit that last year, I talked 2011 a bit more than necessary. Not that my feelings on the year were dishonest; contrary to many, I thought well of 2011, a year that didn’t contain a plethora of lasting classics but still offered a lot of excellent cinema for our viewing pleasure. But to call it a “great” year may have been a stretch, and I’m willing to admit that now in light of the fact that 2012 has, in fact, been a great year. How can you trust me on this one? Simple: I’ve written my top ten list, re-written it, scrapped that, started over from the…

  • Movies/Entertainment

    Oscar's Make-Up Shortlist Might Throw You For a Loop

    Well, here’s some cool news– especially if you liked Rian Johnson’s Looper anywhere near as much as we did. The AMPAS released the last seven films still in competition for this year’s “Best Makeup” category, and while I can think of a lot of other areas where Looper deserves recognition (and in which it might still receive said recognition, for all I know), it’s still nice to see Johnson’s film competing with giants like Spielberg and Jackson. On that note, I’m probably not the only person who finds the absence of Cloud Atlas to be more than a little startling. If that picture– which we also liked–seemed like it had…

  • Editorials

    The Gun in Your Hand: Looper's Cycles of Violence

    (Foreword: Looper began its theatrical run last Friday, and at this point I presume most of you have seen it or are going to see it. That said, if you have not seen the film, steer clear of this essay; it is spoiler-heavy by the third paragraph. I also don’t rehash plot points in detail. Read at your own risk if you want to see the film blind.) Like many other films of its kind, Rian Johnson’s Looper is a time travel yarn that isn’t actually at all about time travel. One might argue that Johnson’s just letting himself off the hook by leaving the mechanics of such technology go unexplained, but truthfully the decision…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Reviews

    G-S-T Review…Looper

    At a glance, Looper almost feels like an outlier in Rian Johnson’s minute body of work. Unlike Johnson’s flawless debut, Brick, or his disappointing sophomore effort, The Brothers Bloom, Looper operates within a grand, wide-spanning scope that reaches across time; the central story here is intimate, just as in his other films, but it’s set against a backdrop of classical science fiction world-building and the machinations of time travel. We’re not in high school, Montenegro, or Prague anymore, but rather a dystopic vision of the future which we experience at two very different points in history, both populated with hover bikes, mafia button men, rampant poverty, and telekinetic mutations. Robbed…

  • Movies/Entertainment

    Ohhh, Look…Superb Viral Trailer 'Looper the Movie the 8-Bit Game'

    With September right around the corner, fans excited for Rian Johnson’s awesome looking sci-fi thriller Looper don’t have to wait too much longer (it hits theaters on Sept 28th btw). But to hold you over until next month comes this clever viral 8-bit video for Looper the Movie the 8-Bit Game. More than just a series of pics from the trailer digitized in classic 8-bit visuals (well 16-bit would be a little more accurate), this inspired creation really calls back to the classic days of the NES (or SNES) replete with music and all. So don’t let me ruin the throwback fun to be had…enjoy this neat video if you…

  • Fantastic Fest,  Festivals,  Movies/Entertainment

    FANTASTIC FEST Announces Second Wave of Film Programming Including 'Looper' and 'Sinister'

    If you are at all familiar with the Austin cinema scene, the Alamo Draft House is a mecca to say the least. Home to a handful of film festivals (SXSW being one of the biggest) the more eclectic but equally high profile event is one Fantastic Fest; also known as the largest genre festival in the US. A melting pot of chills, spill, and kills, this Fest brings out the gore-hounds, midnight movie junkies and foreign film fans alike for 8 days of cinematic awesomeness. So while the fest can feature the likes of The Rza, Elijah Wood, and Nacho Vigalondo singing karaoke (yeah, that actually happened) it’s a pretty big draw for a pretty small Fest. This year…

  • Movies/Entertainment

    Ohhh, Look…Scoring 'Looper' Featurette with Nathan Johnson

    This is for all you film buffs out there with an interest and/or passion for film music. Composer Nathan Johnson has something special cooked up for Rian Johnson’s upcoming sci-fi actioner Looper and it sounds quite awesome. I won’t say much more about it but instead allow Mr. Johnson to tell about his highly unique concept for the music you’ll find in Looper…enjoy! I just have to have to say that is just all kinds of awesome! Like Zimmer did with Inception, this alternative approach to music is not just interesting but unique and likely going to make the experience that much more, as he puts it, atmospehric. So far…

  • Movies/Entertainment,  Trailers

    Sweet UK Trailer…'Looper'

    The marketing for Looper, the time-travel based action thriller from Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brother’s Bloom), has gone from a very cut and dry tumblr blog, to an intriguing shot of the awesome looking time machine to a full-on action packed trailer. Well, following suit comes this equally charged UK trailer…if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s really worth checking out. Enjoy! In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun,…

  • Movies/Entertainment

    Ohhh, Look…The Time Machine From Rian Johnson's 'Looper'

    Happy Belated New Year to you all!! After the whirlwind of 2011 we are confidently moving into the 2012 line up. FYI, for a good batch of what to look forward to this year, have a gander at our own Andrew Crump’s well crafted 15 films he’s excited to see in 2012. One of the more high profile items on that list and the G-S-T “Must See” list is Rian Johnson’s mysterious and enigmatic time-travel romp Looper. Until now very little has been released, or should I say aside from his Tumbler blog, very little that give us any idea what it will be about has been released. Now we…