Thursday, April 23, 2009

In Bloom


Writer-Director Rian Johnson's debut film, Brick, was a work of creative genius. Audaciously clever and wonderfully original, it took a dubious premise -- a Dashiell Hammett-esque detective story, complete with the appropriately impenetrable lingo, set in a modern high school -- and somehow turned it into pure, quirky magic. It completely upended the noir genre and marked both Johnson and the movie's star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as true voices of independent film.

Which is why I've been patiently awaiting the release of Johnson's new movie, which hits theaters next month.

The Brothers Bloom stars Adrian Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz. It's a dark comedy (although seemingly not as pitch black as Brick) about two con men who try to rip off an eccentric millionairess. Johnson has just made the movie's opening sequence available for viewing on Hulu, and it looks like it's not going to disappoint.

Take a look, and if you haven't seen it yet -- rent Brick immediately.

Hulu: The Brothers Bloom, Opening Sequence

6 comments:

Matt Osborne said...

I friggin' LOVED Brick. I had not even heard of this new movie...

B8ovin said...

RENT "Brick"?! (there you made me break my personal policy on multiple punctuations). If you can cull the essence and levels of this movie in one viewing you're a better man than me. Buy this fucker and watch it over and over.

It may be a personal favorite of mine but it seems like renting "Brick" is like saying, "Beethoven's Ninth is a good song. You should listen to it."

Also, if you appreciate Joseph Gordon Levitt's bravura performance in this movie, and why wouldn't you?, BUY "The Lookout" and RENT "Manic".

Chez said...

Loved The Lookout. Have only seen bits and pieces of Manic.

chenry said...

I would actually go so far as to say that Brick is one of the best films I have seen in the last decade.

Mr. Controversy said...

I swear any time I watch Brick I get sucked into the fucking thing all over again. To do a detective story that smart with high schoolers, and to make it believably intelligent, is a high mark for anyone in the business. That said, Brothers Bloom looks awesome and it has my money when it comes out.

MataHari said...

I've been looking forward to The Brothers Bloom since it was announced. Thanks for the post Chez.