“Looper” send audiences for a wild ride

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor in Chief

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as “Joe” in TriStar Pictures, Film District, and End Game Entertainment’s action thriller “Looper.” (Courtesy of Alan Markfield/MCT)

Looper” raced into the box office for the Sept.28 weekend among high expectations, bringing a new take on the sci-fi, time travel genre.

The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe, whose job is to kill those sent back from the future. In 2044, time travel has not been invented, but it has been 30 years in the future. It has also become impossible to hide a body in the future, so a business venture is set up for hired killers, or loopers, in 2044 to kill victims sent back from the future. The one catch is that when their contract is up, they must close the loop by killing their future self, and is then is released for 30 years.

Bruce Willis plays future Joe, 30 years later, where all the loops are being closed by a mysterious threat. He is sent back but escapes from his younger self, putting both their lives at risk as older Joe attempts to prevent the threat from reaching the future.

As well as loopers, in society there are those who have developed telekinetic (TK) abilities, in small amounts. When younger Joe is on the run, he encounters the future threat and faces the strongest TK in the world.

The film starts off slow, as the complicated plot line is established and all the characters are brought to their appropriate place. When this happens, the pace picks up dramatically as the stakes increase between the younger and older Joe.

The time travel plot is well thought out, with small details lending it credibility, such as when younger Joe carves a message into his arm, and we see it appear as a scar on older Joe.

The film is bloody at its worst. The most astounding scene of the movie is when the TK threat causes the blood to bloom out of a man as he is suspended in mid-air.

They did a decent job on JGL’s makeup and prosthetics to widen his jaw, to lend more reality to the idea of him being a younger Bruce Willis.

At the end of the movie, when younger Joe sees the loop that creates the threat, he takes measures to stop it. The ending was shocking and not one particularly seen coming.

In all, “Looper” is a film well worth the wait and hype that preceded it.

Upcoming box office

Sony Pictures managed to hold the one and two spot for the Sept. 28 weekend, but faces competition in the Oct. 2 releases. “Taken 2” and “Frankenweenie” make their wide release debut, and the awaited “Perks of Being a Wallflower” adaptation expands to wide release after positive results in its limited release run. October is looking to be a redeeming month for Hollywood after a sad end to the summer season.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged 2044, : joseph Gordon levitt, bruce willis, celebrities, , , frankenweenie, future, killer, looper, perks of being a wallflower, sci fi, taken 2, Thriller, time travel

Check in for a spooky fun time at the “Hotel Transylvania”

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor in Chief

Dracula (Adam Sandler) and “Johnnystein” (Andy Samberg) in “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated comedy from Sony Pictures Animation. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation.

 

Hotel Transylvania” opened on Sept. 28 just in time to kick off October for the kids.

 

The movie follows Count Dracula (Adam Sandler with an over-the-top Transylvanian accent) as he plans his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday within the Hotel Transylvania, which was built as a haven for monsters from the hordes of torch-carrying humans.

 

As the party starts to pick up steam the whole gamut of classic movie monsters make an appearance, with the Mummy (Cee Lo Green), Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his bride (Fran Drescher), Werewolf (Steve Buscemi), his wife (Molly Shannon) and his litter of pups and the Invisible Man (David Spade) serving as Dracula and Mavis’ extended family.

 

When everyone arrives and the party is about to get started, the worst thing possible happens to Dracula: a human, Johnny (Andy Samberg), makes his way to the hidden castle and could potentially ruin Dracula’s plans for his daughter’s future.

 

Unable to get Johnny out of the hotel, he dresses him up and masquerades him as a fellow monster. As Dracula races around in an attempt to keep both Johnny’s identity a secret and his daughter’s birthday on track, a romance blossoms between the stifled daughter and the witless world traveler.

 

The film is quick and easy to follow for the young ones. It’s not a fright fest and there are laughs to be had at the stereotypical monster jokes and a farting Frankenstein.

 

Each character is encased in their stereotype for the film. Frankenstein’s fear of fire leaves him unable to fly, so he has himself and his wife express mailed to the hotel, and the Mummy arrives in a flurry of sand, making the witchy housekeepers job a bigger mess.

 

“Hotel Transylvania” is at its heart a father-daughter story great for the whole family, and is heartwarming at the end when Dracula makes the decision to let Mavis see the world with her human.

 

Genndy Tartakovsky, who was the man behind “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack” for Cartoon Network, directed the film.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, David Spade, , Family, Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania, Kids, Molly Shannon, , Selena Gomez, Teve suscemi

Midwest City opens new Ice Skating Rink

Those interested in a unique wintertime experience, may want to try Midwest City’s newest fun spot: the ice skating rink. The rink is officially named “Chick-fil-A at Midwest City presents Holiday Ice” and is located in the Midwest City Town Square.

While technically not made of ice, the rink is actually made of a plastic polymer (similar to a cutting board) and then sprayed with a friction reducing spray. This will make skating possible in all types of weather.

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The rink opened Nov. 25, and will stay open until Jan. 8. It is open seven days a week, but will be closed Christmas Day. The hours of operation are 4 – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 – 10 p.m. on Fridays, and 12 – 10 p.m. on weekends.

Cost for General Admission is $6, which includes skate rental or $3 without. Tickets for the military are $5 and children ages 5 and under are $3.

For more information about the rink, please contact the Midwest City Parks and Recreation Department at (405) 739-1293.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged , Ice Skating, Midwest City Parks and Recreation