Rian Johnson Movies rated | The cinema magazine

Rian Johnson can best be described as a postmodern filmmaker, someone who takes established form and well-worn genre tropes and deftly reshapes and experiments with them on film.

From making low-budget shorts as a college student to his independent breakthrough (with actor friend Noah Segan and songwriter cousin Nathan Johnson accompanying him in almost all of his films) to directing “Breaking Bad” and more recent huge mainstream Hollywood success, Rian Johnson always built on what came before him, but never followed a precisely mapped or predictable career path.

As Johnson’s film budgets grew, so did his level of critical acclaim and the number of nominations received. He may have played in star wars Toy Box, may have worked lucratively with big stars like Daniel Craig and Emily Blunt, and he currently has a $450 million deal with Netflix, but his work has always remained original, surprising, and memorable.

In this edition of Classus at The cinema magazine ordered Rian Johnson’s five feature films from worst to best based on critical reception, audience popularity and pop cultural impact.

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5. The Bloom Brothers (2008)

The Bloom Brothers is Rian Johnson’s intentionally convoluted comedy film.

Two scam brothers (Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody) and their selectively mute accomplice (Rinko Kikuchi), after a life of petty scams, plan their biggest heist involving counterfeit art. They do just as young Bloom (Brody) tries to leave the life of crime behind once and for all. and one of their potential victims (Rachel Weisz) becomes a new addition to their team.

The Bloom Brothers the film relies almost entirely on the charisma of its stars (especially Ruffalo and Weisz), and that goes a long way to smoothing out anything that doesn’t quite work. The character chemistry crackles positively and provides the core around which all superfluous plot shenanigans can revolve.

The script is gnarly and entertaining and convoluted and witty, but perhaps loses focus at times, missing where the characters are and what they’re going through in favor of throwing you off with clever twists, not to mention having a wacky tone that won isn’t to everyone’s taste.

If an open-ended style of narrative storytelling that leaves dangling threads at the end isn’t for you, you probably won’t make it. The Bloom Brothers. It’s a unique and bizarre experience that allows you to think differently about telling (or not telling) a story and the power the narrator wields. If you’re happy to take the tour, there’s plenty of fun to be had. It’s a curiosity, but nowhere near as successful as Johnson’s films before and after.

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