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When people gripe about the impossibility of new cinematic stories, sometimes I wonder if that speaks more to uninspired filmmakers and writers, who are much more content to copy than adapt. While there are few, if any, stories that are truly new, there are always fresh ways to tell them, new ways to adapt them -- especially in the hands of Rian Johnson.
It started with Brick, where hard-boiled crime was pulled out of the retro darkness and thrust into the sunny halls of a So-Cal high school. That juxtaposition was then taken a step further with The Brothers Bloom. Where Johnson's first feature was daring and indie-unique, the second pushed that strange clashing of old and new into a flashy and engaging mainstream package. But at its heart is a story with so many layers that it would make the typical, copy-machine, Hollywood writer's head spin.