Blast from the past

Rian Johnson’s movies leading up to Last Jedi


You’ve probably heard the news. The second installment from the latest Star wars trilogy –The Last Jedi…. is a real winner.

Stylish, and brilliant is the consensus for the Last Jedi, just days before the official screening of the movie (worldwide), and great part of that praise can be aimed at the latest director.

Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm and Disney

Rian Johnson is the successor of JJ Abrahams (in the Star Wars franchise) and this month he delivers his latest piece of work. The Last Jedi. It is also the last movie in which Carrie Fisher plays the role of general Lea Organa and so far the movie with the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes EVER!

It stars Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Gwendoline Christie in returning roles, with Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro joining the cast.

But while I count the hours to go to the theater and see The Last Jedi, let’s turn back the years and look back at the previous works of Rian.

Starting from his directorial debut in 2005 and leading up to The Last Jedi.

Brick – 2005

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin….
Fun fact about the movie: According to the review in “The New Yorker,” this film was edited on a home computer.

The Brothers Bloom – 2008

Stars: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo…
Fun fact about the movie: The card trick performed by Rachel Weisz took her a month to learn, practicing every day. The shot itself took eleven takes.

Looper – 2012

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt….
Fun fact about the movie: The second of three films that star Emily Blunt, which involve characters trying to change the future: the first was The Adjustment Bureau (2011), and the third was Edge of Tomorrow (2014).


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