'Looper' needs your help, and we've got a mission for you
One of the things I'll be doing at the Toronto Film Festival this year is catching up with "Looper," the Rian Johnson film I first saw last year in a rough state. I'm excited to see the finished movie and to sit down with the cast for some interviews.
Today, though, came a firm reminder that my vacation is over. As much as I've loved having time off with my kids as I recharged the battery for what is going to be a very busy month ahead, I was aware that the flurry of work was going to begin the moment I returned. Sure enough, there was a knock on the door this morning and a guy who looked suspiciously like a young Bruce Willis was standing there. He handed me an envelope and said, "You've got a mission. Get to it."
Oddly, he hopped on what looked like a NY bike messenger's bike and took off down my driveway, leaving me to head back inside and look to see what it was he'd brought me and what explanation there was for his actions.
There were two silver bars. Large. Heavy. Both carved in a strange manner. As soon as I saw them, I understood that I had been conscripted into the Looper Network, and sure enough, once I made contact with them, I was told that HitFix is indeed the home of Looper Network Mission 3.
Sure, I've heard it described as a "viral campaign," but I wouldn't want to treat this like a joke. The future could depend on what happens once I post my clue. If you've been participating so far, then you're probably more qualified to figure out what my silver bars mean. I'm depending on you to find the 4-digit code hidden in this image:
Look closely, and you might just close your loop.
"Looper" is in theaters September 28th.
2015 | Comedy | NRSummary: Music, comedy, adventure and romance come to life as the knight Galavant seeks revenge against the evil King who stole away his true love Madalena.Director: Dan Fogelman (creator)
Cast: Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones
1990 | Thriller | NRSummary: An ex-boxer gets involved in a scheme with a widow in this gritty thriller based on the novel by crime master Jim Thompson; Jason Patric is perfectly coiled as the boxer.Director: James Foley
Cast: Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, Bruce Dern
1987 | Comedy | NRSummary: Early Fox TV sitcom that drops a nuke on the TV myth of the perfect American family by focusing on the uncouth and decidedly unrefined Bundys.Director: Ron Leavitt, Michael G. Moye (creators)
Cast: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal
2001 | Documentary | NRSummary: Heartfelt documentary about three players on a high-school football team in a blue-collar Ohio town, which acts as a great follow-up to Friday Night Lights.Director: Kenneth A. Carlson
Cast: Dave Irwin, Ellery Moore, Joe Paterno
1984 | Comedy | NRSummary: An alien slave crashes lands in New York city while being pursued by two Men in Black bounty hunters. His attempt to find a place for himself on earth parallels that of the immigrant experience.Director: John Sayles
Cast: Joe Morton, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez, Yves Rene
1994 | Drama | NRSummary: Terrific under-the-radar story of a pre-teen chess player who supports himself and his family by working for local drug dealers, until a murder changes his approach to surviving in his neighborhood. Samuel L. Jackson and Giancarlo Esposito give solid support to the young star Sean Nelson.Director: Boaz Yakin
Cast: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson
2000 | Drama | RSummary: Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu hinges three stories on an awful car accident, and explores the most difficult, and the most uplifting moments in life. Featuring Gael Garcia Bernal in a breakout role.Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
1931 | Comedy | GSummary: Charlie Chaplin’s last silent film as the Little Tramp sees the Tramp befriending both a millionaire, and a blind and impoverished flower girl, and finds Chaplin blending impressive pantomime comedy and heartfelt sentiment as he explores their economic differences.Director: Charlie Chaplin
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
2013 | Action | PG-13Summary: Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent ...Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Robert Redford
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