Far-Out Movies with Very Different Outcomes

by Eric Melin on January 12, 2013

in Blu-ray/DVD Reviews,Reviews

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On Blu-ray and DVD this week are two movies from last year that take chances with their screenplays. One is a sci-fi movie starring Bruce Willis and the other is a horror flick starring Jennifer Lawrence.

looper-willis-levitt-blu-ray-reviewLooper (2012)

Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, does what great science-fiction does. It takes a far-out premise like one-way time travel and makes you think about all the possibilities and problems it would cause. But Looper also engages the heart and asks a lot of personal questions as well.

If you had the opportunity, what would you ask your future self? How far would you go to save a loved one? What would you sacrifice for the greater god of humanity? Gordon-Levitt and Willis play the younger and older versions of the same character, a selfish mob hitman, who discovers these answers for himself in one of the most original movies of the year.

Here’s my original review of Looper.

The Looper Blu-ray has a great audio commentary with writer/director Rian Johnson and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, 36 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary, and three making-of featurettes.

Blu-ray-review-Jennifer-LawrenceHouse at the End of the Street (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t fare so well though in the horror thriller House at the End of the Street, which starts out as a typical rebellious teen story with Lawrence hitting on the mysterious boy next door.

The movie isn’t very scary, but it does pile a bunch of really tasteless twists on towards the end that make no sense and it almost becomes a comedy. On one hand, House at the End of the Street is a failure as a horror film, but as an exercise in desperation, it’s kind of a hoot.

Extras are minimal and lame, featuring the trailer and a 10-minute making-of featurette.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers and regular critic for KCTV5. He’s a member of the BFCA, VP of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also the current 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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