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Ken Houghton

You haven't reviewed Wild Target?? I swear I saw it on your recommendation...

(And, yes, it is amazing that everyone points to the same film as having been excluded from nominations in the same categories, isn't it? Are you also starting to feel like all those baseball writers who were complaining about Nolan Ryan's non-Cy Young-winning 8-16 season with a Gibsonesque ERA?)


I'm glad you reposted this! I just watched Looper last weekend and re-read your review from when it came out, hoping to comment, but comments were closed.

First of all, absolutely this movie has not gotten the recognition it deserves, especially for the script, which was incredible. The plot itself completely confounded my expectations; not only was I never sure where it would go next, I was never sure where I wanted it to go.

Second: Jeff Daniels. Was he terrific, or what. When I saw him the next day at the Golden Globes, my heart skipped a beat out of fear. And I think part of the menace is in the confusion - he seems nice. Relative to many of the other characters.

Including Joe. When Old Joe comes back on his mission, I couldn't help but notice what he was really doing (trying to keep this spoiler free) and that it was truly horrible.

And finally, I found it fascinating that the ultimate thesis of the movie seems to be that violence will not solve things; it's day to day love and care and responsibility that's going to make the future a better place. Not what I expected at all.

Lance Mannion

Laura, sorry about the comments. I close them on all posts after a month in order to shut out the spammers who like to drop their ads into older posts, figuring the blogger isn't watching anymore or because those have had time to develop a good google ranking. The curs!

Yes! Jeff Daniels! And this, exactly: "The plot itself completely confounded my expectations; not only was I never sure where it would go next, I was never sure where I wanted it to go."

Ken, I haven't written a review of Wild Target but I take every chance I get to recommend it, not only because of Blunt but for Bill Nighy too. Last time, I think, was in a post called Geezers at the Muliplex.

Cathie from Canada

Yes, it was an incredible movie and I want to watch it again too. I didn't see the end coming at all, yet it was the only thing he could have done -- amazing writing to pull that off.
Thanks for posting this again.

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