Tag Archives: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Hesher filled with Anarchy and Heart

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been building a name for himself as a dynamic, charismatic actor since 2005’s Brick.  But in his latest role, Hesher, Gordon-Levitt goes deeper down the rabbit hole than ever before, playing a loathsome, repulsive character well enough for us to love him. It’s a film about grief and anger, but it illustrates how most of us refuse to show those emotions, and Gordon-Levitt’s character has the wonderfully cathartic ability to draw us out of it. The result is both heartwarming and vulgar. Continue reading

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Juno Temple cast in “The Dark Knight Rises”

First there was Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, followed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And now there’s been another addition to the already stacked cast of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises–Juno Temple.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt may play Alberto Falcone in “The Dark Knight Rises”

When Christopher Nolan’s Inception hit theaters last year, Joseph Gordon-Levitt impressed mainstream audiences who hadn’t seen his indie-film dramas. Many Nolan fans were left eagerly hoping that JGL would land a role in The Dark Knight Rises; after many months of speculation and rumors, it’s finally been confirmed that he has indeed landed a role in the film.  But which one?

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Sex and Comedy in ‘Elektra Luxx’ Trailer

Carla Gugino has played an array of roles over the course of her film career: caring wife in The One, superhero in Watchmen, probation officer in Sin City, spy-mom in Spy Kids, a forensics specialist in Righteous Kill, and an upcoming role in the Zack Snyder film Sucker Punch. But there may be one performance you haven’t heard of, her role as an ex-porn star.

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How they shot Inception’s hallway scene without CGI

Back in February I had a chance to talk with one of the crew members from Inception.  Turns out that hallway fight scene was not CGI, they did that for real:

However, more interesting were his comments on Christopher Nolan (a bit chaotic in his shooting style), since he worked with him on Inception and The Dark Knight. He showed me a video of the rig they used for a hallway scene in the film, which was larger than a semi-truck’s trailer, that completely rotated. He went on to explain that they rubberized everything inside and painted it so the actors inside could roll around and fight. They also locked down a camera inside the hallway and used a camera crane that could go inside the moving rig. Evidently I’m one of the only guys outside of the film industry to see his little cell phone video of this rig.

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“Inception” is one of the most cerebral, kick-ass, poignant blockbusters you will ever see. Period.

The main maxim of big budget Hollywood filmmaking is “Make it Safe.”  Don’t stray from basic storytelling tropes and structures, and don’t be too smart in case you go over the audience’s head.  In the end, you want to ensure that you will get a return on your investment. Thus, the prospect of losing hundreds of millions of dollars makes a lot of mainstream films ride along in the mediocrity lane of the film freeway. Continue reading