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Movie Reviews: Looper & The Master

10/19/2012

Let's talk movies! I'm going to jump right into these because I really want you to read my reviews and not my babble (although my reviews could be babble as well).
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♥ Looper
Some of you may or may not know this about me, but I am a big fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I've featured JGL on the Muse in movie reviews, a Men on Mags post, and in a video of him singing with Zooey Deschanel. So, I am a little biased because I was going to see Looper not only because of the concept, but because JGL is where it's at.

Anyhoo, Looper is a time travel movie. When bad guys in the future need to be taken out, they are sent back to the past where loopers do the dirty work. Don't ask me why that's the rule...just go with it. As you might have noticed by the prosthetics on his face, JGL plays a young Bruce Willis who is tasked with killing his future self, except he lets him get away and spends the movie trying to find him.

Bruce is mad at the future world and the new mob leader who runs it, so since he is now back in time, he embarks on a mission to find that leader as a young boy and kill him before he can grow up.

Emily Blunt gives a great performance in this film, playing up a country girl accent. Sidenote: 10% of the population has telekinesis (TK) and that angle fleshes itself out as two worlds meet and become the primary story line.

Without giving anything away, I can say that Looper will not disappoint. Scenes are done in very creative ways, humor is found in the unexpected, and the ending is worth the two-hour wait.
My rating: ♥♥
♥ The Master
Not everyone has heard of this movie, but if you have, then you might know it as the one about scientology. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the awkwardly intense Master (think of him as L. Ron Hubbard), Amy Adams as his straight-faced and prim wife, and Joaquin Phoenix as a wayward deviant (think of him as Tom Cruise on even more crack).

The best way to watch this movie is, in all honesty, via the extended preview online. Everything that's good about it can be summed up in the two-minute trailer, and that includes the perverse nature of Phoenix's character, who is taken in by The Master. They both find out things about each other that threaten to unravel their inevitable demise...or so you are led to believe because the movie doesn't quite come to a conclusion.

I loved the creative ways Phoenix's character found to make alcoholic beverages and all the scientology nuances that would make John Travolta cringe. But I couldn't get over how slow it was and the inessential scenes of sexual gratuity. And now, you probably want this review to end...just like I wanted the movie to end after the 100-minute mark, but it just kept going.
My rating: ♥♥

Have you seen either of these movies?

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  1. Haven't seen either of them, but will definitely try and catch the first one. :D

    <3
    Sonshu
    www.thesonshu.com

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  2. Haven't seen these! Wonder when SA will get these.

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  3. Looper sounds like an exciting watch, I am not always one for Sci-Fi, but I liked your description of it. Master sounds really intriguing. Both these movies haven't been released here as yet.

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  4. Not seen any of these, will have to check them out!! Have a great weekend doll x

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  5. I haven't seen either but looper looks cool.

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  6. I saw Looper as I too have a slight obsession with JGL :) Even though it doesn't look like him in the movie I still really enjoyed it, and yes the ending is killer.

    xo
    Ashlei

    www.kinksarethenewpink.com

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  7. IF anyone is wondering if The Master is really about Scientology: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/19/is-the-master-based-on-scientology-and-l-ron-hubbard.html

    I agree it was way to slow. Great acting, but I go to movies more for stories than acting. Although the two combined is great.

    Looper was better than I expected. Most movies find a way to mess up time travel, but Looper did it with class. Definitely worth seeing.

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  8. I never saw the appeal of JGL until I saw 300 Days of Summer, and now I'm slightly obsessed. I hadn't heard about The Looper, but sounds like it's definitely worth seeing. Too bad The Master wasn't better, though. I was looking forward to seeing it.

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  9. So jealous you get to see all these movies!! hehe Been dying to see The Master because I've heard rave reviews about it. Phillip Seymour Hoffman can do no wrong.

    And LOOPER - AHHH!!! I was not prepared for it. Heard they had to 'water it down' because in previews people walked out :x Don't think I could watch that version. But thought JGL and Emily Blunt give an amazing performance.

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  10. Fab reviews, darling!
    I need to see Looper!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  11. am not really a movie person, i quite love watching soaps but this movie sounds really interesting and amazing too.
    cant wait to see ur post on mmm for h&m.
    hugs+kisses
    http://rock4less.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. well blerg, i was really excited about seeing the master! oh well, i guess i will watcha little jgl instead!!

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  13. Oh, I love the plot! Sounds so interesting. Great review!

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  14. I agree with your reviews, but I would of gave Looper ♥♥♥♥

    and I still don't know what the point of Master...

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  15. A good army buddy of mine is obsessed with Looper. hehe :) He tells me it's fantastic, and from what I've heard so far...I'm inclines to agree! :D

    Thanks for the reviews, love! :)

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  16. Great post, dear!

    Happy weekend,

    www.nicoleta.me

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  17. Too bad about the Master. I actually wanted to see that one and was particularly excited about Joaquin.

    Thanks for the reviews, sweetie. Have a great weekend! :) xoxo

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  18. I haven't seen either one of these, but your review makes me definitely want to check them out

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  19. Haven't seen either of these unfortunately, as I haven't really gone to the movies in awhile....waaaaah! But really dying to see Looper as I lurv me some Bruce. Have heard of The Master, but wasn't that keen on it. Good to know it wasn't that good:P TY for the reviews, Cheryl:)

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  20. Thanks for the reviews! It is a shame about "Master" because the two leads are such great actors. Oh and JGL - too cute!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  21. would love to ck these out dear:) have a great weekend

    EDGYMIX-TRAVEL FOR FASHION

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  22. Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. Looper looks interesting - due, in large part, to the fact that I adore Joseph! :)

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  24. i havent seen these movies but i would like to see the one with tom hanks and halle berry... looks good!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  25. I haven't seen either one! HAHAHA Looper sounds good. Will have to check that one out!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  26. I quite enjoyed Looper, but the kid scared the living eeks outta me! Ha ha!

    I love that you've done these reviews, looking forward to the next ones! Kinda looking forward to Skyfall!!!
    x.o.x.o

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  27. I have not seen these but I really want to see Looper. Thanks for the reviews! Hope your wkd. is going well.

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  28. Sounds like some great movies -- I'm also a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt <3

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  29. just checking on u sweets.
    have a great sunday!
    hugs+kisses
    http://rock4less.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. Great reviews Cheryl, thanks for the heads up on these! Looper sounds really good, need to go see that one.

    Have a fab week!xo

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  31. You're the 2nd blogger who recommended Looper. Who doesn't love Gordon-Levitt! I was in-love after Inception.

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