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by John McLean

A major daytime shake up happened earlier this month at The View when longtime cohost Joy Behar declared she would be leaving the daytime staple after sixteen years. And then rumors continued to spin out of control when reports that creator and cohost Barbara Walters would be retiring and cohost for almost a decade Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be kicked out of her chair because of her right wing ideology. Both of those reports turned out to be false.

But now all of the “who’s in, who’s out” drama has switched to the late night circuit. After Jimmy Kimmel Live! moved forward in its time slot to 11:30 p.m. on ABC, it is reported that NBC,who repeatedly garners low ratings, was becoming increasingly concerned about how Jay Leno, the host of The Tonight Show, would be able to hold up in the ratings war against Kimmel, who has a younger audience. Somebody who does have a younger audience and is reported to be replacing Leno in 2014 is the acclaimed SNL vet Jimmy Fallon, the host of his own show on NBC after Leno.

Could Leno be out, and could Fallon be in? Reports are unclear, and NBC executives are staying silent on the subject. Every day a new report comes out, and nobody is doing anything to put the rumors to rest.

Leno isn’t helping himself because he has been making a series of jokes about his bosses at NBC, which aren’t sitting well with the executives.

If the rumors are true, NBC could finally start becoming a contender in the late night circuit once more. Fallon is young and brings a more diverse audience. Placing him at an earlier time slot would only widen the number of viewers who tune in to see him host. Also Fallen is more irreverent than Leno, but he is also able to stay clean as far as his jokes are concerned. When Fallon takes Leno’s chair, Kimmel better watch out.

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by Alexa Duplisea

Sometimes high school can be tough, but imagine if you went to Degrassi. Degrassi, which airs on Friday nights at 9 p.m. on Teennick, focuses on a group of teens that all go to Degrassi High. Everything that could possibly happen to teens in high school, happens in this show. There are pregnancies , people coming out, couples having to deal with bad relationships and hard breakups, students commiting suicide and much more. Since it is based around teens, a lot of kids can relate to it.

Each character has something in their life they are dealing with. Whenever something happens in the show, they make it a really big deal involving many of the characters.

Recently a boy named Campbell Saunders committed suicide at school. He could not handle the separation from his family and the pressure to be the best on his hockey team. Campbell played hockey for the Ice Hounds and attended Degrassi, but he had to live with another family because his real family lived too far from the school and ice rink.

Even though this show is fiction, it’s so relatable that it makes me cry, not lying. All the problems in the show that the students deal with are real tear jerkers. Like the problems that Eli is dealing with.

This event especially affected Eli Goldsworthy. Eli has had past troubles with bipolar illness, but after being the person to find Campbell’s dead body at the school, he has been having trouble concentrating and staying calm. To cope with his problems, he turns to drugs. Munro Chambers, the actor who plays Eli, does an amazing job showing his rough-edged, dark personality and the life that he has.

Each actor or actress in the show does an outstanding job playing their character. Sometimes, when I hear about the actors in real life, all I can picture is their character in this show.

Fun fact: Degrassi has been airing TV shows for 25 years! Besides maybe Spongebob Squarepants, I have never heard of a show that’s been on television for that long. Throughout the years this show has changed; characters have come and gone. The school has been through so much, but it is still focused around the lives of the kids that attend Degrassi. Only a great show can last that long and still be a favored by teens all over the U.S.

This show deserves nothing less than five stars. Degrassi may not be made for adults or young kids, but it is a great show for teenagers.

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by Alexa Duplisea


Before I watched the show, I was hesitant to believe what people say about liking it. First off, I do not get the title of the show. What does suburgatory mean? I do not understand the title except for the fact that it is based in the suburbs. What does “suburgatory” mean, and how does it tie to the show? Is it a mix of suburbia and purgatory, a place of suffering and hell in the suburbs? They should explain that, so people like me will understand it. If the title is unclear and not understandable would the show be too? That was a concern of mine.

But that is why people say not to be so quick to judge, and they are right. After watching the show I actually enjoyed it a lot. Even though the show’s idea about living in the suburbs wasn’t too funny, the characters in the show were. Suburgatory was just about regular people’s lives, specifically the main characters Tessa and George, and in their daily lives something new always happens and that’s what each show is about. Besides the fact that someone dies in the show, what is supposed to grab the viewer’s attention? I did not find much to be honest.

While watching, there was not one story going on but two, and it was frustrating to watch at points. This show switched back and forth between Tessa and George Altman’s lives, and throughout the whole episode they never came in contact with each other, which I found strange because they live together. Throughout the show Tessa narrates it even when George’s day is being shown. Maybe she narrates the show because it’s about her view on her life in the suburbs and her family.

There was, however, one part in the show that grabbed my attention. At the beginning of the show George and his friend Noah are at a country club in a sauna with a 90-year-old man named Marty. George gets to know him a little bit; then irony hits. Marty explains that he has never been outside of the suburbs of Chatswin and that he has plans to travel soon. “The best years of my life are ahead of me,” he says. Then he dies in the sauna from a stroke.

Not only is George having a rough day, but so is Tessa. She has recently found out that her boyfriend Ryan has been lying to her about what he has been up to. Wow, how original! A boyfriend lying. After freaking out on Ryan because she thought he was cheating on her, Tessa finds out that colleges are pursuing him. Her mind set instantly changes, and she is no longer mad at him but sad that he has been thinking about a future without her.

Throughout the show Tessa worries about the future she may or may not have with Ryan, but what she doesn’t know is that Ryan is worrying about the same thing. When Ryan confronts her about the situation, he tells Tessa he has a plan to stay with her and not go to college, and Tessa really starts to worry, “Ryan did you do something stupid?” Ryan responds, “I think we both know the answer to that.” The show portrays Ryan as a really dumb, but hot kid, and he thinks that too. Luckily Tessa fixes the issue and tells Ryan to go to college, and they will be fine. Even though Tessa and Ryan are okay, George is still having trouble with the death of Marty, even though he barely knew him.

George decides to go to Marty’s funeral along with eight other people from the club. At the end of the funeral, a country club employee gives George Marty’s ashes. This man tells George, “Of all people that didn’t know Marty, you didn’t know him the least.” It is sad but funny that nobody knew this man, and they gave his ashes to George who just met him. Luckily, George did find out that Marty wanted to travel outside Chatswin and decided to spread his ashes right beyond the border of that town.

My favorite characters in the show were Ryan and George’s friend, Noah. They were the funniest characters in the show, since Ryan is a complete dunce, thinking his hot body is a curse. Also when Noah, George’s best friend, was trying to give a speech at Marty’s funeral, he started describing events at the country club’s pool, and then he abruptly announced, “Speaking of strokes, Marty’s dead.”

This show deserves a three out of five stars. While watching the show I really enjoyed it, but when it ended I wasn’t like “OMG I have to watch this again!” This show will not be going on my regular television schedule.

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Modern Family

by Alexa Duplisea

The show focuses on three families, each with a different lifestyle but all odd. In this show the main focus is on the first family Claire, Phil, Luke, Alex and Hailey. Gloria, Jay, Manny and new baby boy are the second family, and lastly Mitchell, Cameron and their adopted daughter Lily are the third family. When I watched the show Modern Family, airing on ABC at 9 p.m. on Wednesday nights, I spent that half hour of my life laughing at their personalities and their quirks.

This show has won an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy Series” three years in a row now. The award is well deserved because this show is beyond funny. It won that award because it makes it seem like the “Modern Family” is awkward and odd.

With the first family, Phil completes that group; he is a hilarious, lively character. He thinks of himself as a “cool dad” or a “sexually appealing” man and thinks he can always woo his wife. During this episode he tries to woo his wife Claire by using some pick up lines on her. When they are at dinner, he walks in to see Claire, and he asks, “‘Question, did it hurt when you fell from heaven cuz you fell’………I’m gonna come in again.” While trying to say the pick up line, he messes it up, making a fool of himself. He is always funny when he tries to be serious. Then at one point Claire passed out as he was getting excited for their plan packed night. When Phil brings Claire to the hospital, he feels that he was the reason she passed out. “Doctor, this might have been my fault. I think I might have been too sexy.”

In the Valentine’s Day special so much happened that kept the show funny and entertaining. Most characters tried to turn on the charm. They thought they had but ended up acting or saying something to make a fool of themselves. Especially Phil who is so certain his “sexiness” is a problem.

This show is definitely not for younger kids; it contains a lot of adult humor. For this Valentine’s Day special, most of the show was located in bedrooms before bed, as the couples tried to be romantic. Though it was really funny, the title “Modern Family” should not give the impression that this is a family show.

This is one of those shows that as long as someone knows the characters and the idea of the show, they do not have to follow along every week. The shows do not continue on and link together much, so if a viewer misses a show or a few shows he or she can still start watching it again and be able to enjoy it and its comedy. I would rate this show a 4 out of 5 because I really did enjoy watching it, and I do think I will watch it again. One problem that I had though is it is only a 20 minute show if all commercials were taken out.

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by Joe Frias

Audience Age/Rating: Rated R for violence and language

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Director: John Moore

A Good Day to Die Hard is the fifth movie in the beloved Die Hard series. Bruce Willis once again takes the role of John McClane, the main protagonist. However, this movie seems to fall short of expectations compared to the previous four  movies.

In this movie, John McClane (Willis) learns that his son Jack (Courtney), whom he hasn’t spoken to in years, has been arrested for killing someone. McClane also learns that his son is a  highly trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapon heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.

For starters, the movie has no big stars, other than Bruce Willis, which is unlike all the other movies. The Die Hard series has featured the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, among others. Also, this is the first Die Hard movie not to take place in the US. This one takes place in Russia.

One of the bigger problems I have had with this movie is major plot holes. In one scene, McClane and his son survive a gas explosion, unscathed, merely by ducking behind some stone pillars. Also, the enemies had all this high tech equipment and armor while John and Jack McClane were in just everyday clothes.

At one point, the father-son duo go to Chernobyl. The director could have used this famous setting to create a sense of eeriness. Chernobyl is home to the worst nuclear disaster in history. When I was watching this movie, to me it didn’t feel like that was Chernobyl. Chernobyl today is still largely off-limits, not to mention extremely dangerous, and I didn’t get that dangerous feeling in the film. The characters could have gotten radiation poisoning, and I feel that they really missed out on a great opportunity by not putting something of that nature into the film, especially since the protagonists are just walking around in shirt and pants while the antagonists have high tech equipment and armor, as I said above.

With that being said, this movie has great action scenes. With explosions, shots being fired, and high speed car chases, this movie will not keep you bored. And for a little trivia about the movie, this is the fourth of the five movies to feature an exploding helicopter. All five, however, have an exploding aircraft.

If you are a fan of the series, or if you like a good action movie, I do recommend going to see this movie. However, do not expect to see a great Die Hard film.

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by John McLean


The SAG Awards: Best Actress

Once again Jennifer Lawrence (or as her fans have lovingly started calling her J. Law) continued to gain critical praise for her role as Tiffany in The Silver Linings Playbook, which in in theaters now. She costars with Bradley Cooper. The starlet gave a light and comical acceptance speech in which she mentioned a series of commercials she filmed when she was fourteen for MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen.

In case you haven’t made your way to the theater to see Silver Linings, you must do so ASAP! The film deals with the complex and often dramatic subject of mental illness in a lighthearted comedy that never feels forced, dishonest, or sappy. Cooper and Lawrence have an undeniable chemistry as two people who have both struggled and are now trying to reclaim control and find the silver linings in their lives. I’m willing to predict the actress will win her first Academy Award. The depth to which Lawrence takes her role is more than just the quirky and typical dysfunction we see actresses bring to film screens every day. Lawrence’s realism as Tiffany is one that has been missing from mainstream Hollywood flicks for a long time.

Killing Me Softly with Tina Fey….

Four for Glenn Coco and none for Mean Girls: The Musical! Tina Fey, who wrote, directed and acted in Mean Girls, is now working with her husband, the composer of 30 Rock, Fey’s television show, to create a musical version of the pop culture phenomenon Mean Girls. Why? That is the only thing that I have to say. Mean Girls has become a modern day classic. Everybody knows the film. Making a musical will only taint the legacy of the film. To me it seems that all Mean Girls: The Musical is to Fey is a quick way to make cheap cash with the fact that 30 Rock is going off the air and Fey is now unemployed.

Sugar Spice and Everything Nice, The Powerpuff Girls are back!

Talk about childhood nostalgia. The pint-sized superheroes are coming back to Cartoon Network – reportedly later this year – and all of the original voice actors are set to return. The girls will also reunite with a former Beatle. Ringo Starr will be singing an original song for the special “I Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl.” Sophomore Leia Owen felt that “it’s kind of gross. It’s bizarre that Ringo Starr would even involve himself in it!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. The show has become an icon in animated television, and I don’t see why they would try to recreate a series that has already ended. After all, the Powerpuff Girls didn’t end because of low viewership. Let’s hope that for the sake of our childhoods we can come out of this event saying, “And once again the day was saved, thanks to the POWERPUFF GIRLS!”

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by John McLean

The world’s biggest stars will walk the red carpet at the 85th Annual Academy Awards hoping to walk away with a golden Oscar on February 24, 2013. Lincoln remains the front runner with 12 nominations, followed by Life of Pi with 11, along with Les Miserables and The Silver Linings Playbook with eight each.

Being nominated gives each film a legacy that will last forever, but winning the beloved Oscar will give the recipient a golden career for as long as he or she may live.

Best Picture: The Biggest and the Best

Who Will Win: Argo. Although the film, directed by Ben Affleck, received scathing reviews, its liberal message may be enough to sway votes from members of the Academy.(It also doesn’t hurt that Affleck starred, wrote and produced the film as well as leading it as director.)

Who Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty. The Kathryn Bigelow flick, which follows the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden and the women behind the operation, is easily one of the most ambitious of the nominated films. However the film does focus on torture, which is sure not to sit well with the liberal Academy.

Who I Want to Win: The Silver Linings Playbook. The touching comedy about mental illness tells the story of Pat Peoples, a man with bipolar disorder who is trying to recreate himself in order to reconnect with his ex-wife. You will laugh, you’ll cry, you will find a crazy desire to learn the entire soundtrack. Silver Linings is simply put, amazing!

Best Actress:

Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence will win the Oscar for two reasons, one being her versatility as an actress. As many know she played Katniss Everdeen in 2012 as well as costarring in X-Men: First Class and then as Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence created a stunning portrayal of crazy behavior mixed with honesty. Lawrence has solidified herself as one of Hollywood’s most skilled thespians, and her career has only begun.

Who Should Win: Although Lawrence’s acting is superb, the red headed starlet Jessica Chastain from Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty should be given some sort of acknowledgement for her role as a CIA agent who was in charge of finding Osama Bin Laden. She is likely to be ignored. The Academy is liberal, and Zero Dark Thirty practically justifies the Republican Party’s stance on torture as an technique to gain information from potential terrorists.

Who I Want to Win: Jennifer Lawrence, the girl is on fire, duh!

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis… do the rest even matter?

Daniel Day-Lewis was the only interesting part of Lincoln. People are too afraid to say that the film wasn’t even that good! It was too long and filled with speeches that could be more entertaining to read than hear spoken in yet another close up!

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by Alexa Duplisea

The Bachelor

Before I even started to watch the show The Bachelor, I already knew that I was not going to like it. Who thinks finding love on a television show is a good idea? This season’s Bachelor, a 29-year-old fitness model from Dallas, Texas, named Sean Lowe, apparently thinks it is a good idea to choose between 25 good looking girls that auditioned to be his wife. Look at it like this, Sean decides to have girls that he barely knows compete in a show to be his wife. This show could not be more fake, and I never plan on watching it again.

The plot is stupid and unrealistic. Girls should not have to complete to gain love. It definitely should not be broadcasted on television. Anyway each girl acts the same towards Sean. They always act so sweet and innocent but crazy and battling each other, when not with him.

Sean is not honest himself; he never gives an honest opinion about each girl. It is always, “She is great, I love spending time with her.” He should being saying the truth about these girls, that they are psycho, trying to find love in a matter of a few months.

The only reason that I could think of why these girls would try to find love on TV is that they are so unsuccessful with finding real love that they think auditioning to find love seems like a good idea. Or they are so camera obsessed that they are willing to look pathetic on TV, just to be on TV.

This week was episode 5 in the 17th season of the show, and it was a two night special, playing on ABC, Monday and Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eighteen girls are left on the show, and in the end it will only be one who gets to be with Sean. In this episode, Sean and the remaining girls went on a trip to Whitefish, Montana, where Sean spent time to get to know each girl better. The fact that it is the fifth episode, and he is still getting to know each girl baffles me. It’s unbelievable that one of these girls is going to be his wife, and when that time comes he will only know what the girl told him about herself, what she wants him to know.

While they were in Montana, eight girls were chosen to go on a group date with Sean, but first they had to do a relay race to actually be able to go on the date with him. Only the team that won would be able to go out with him. In the relay race, they had to row a canoe, cut wood, buck hay, and milk and drink goat’s milk. How much more stupid can this show get? Having to win a race to spend time with Sean seems just so dumb. At the end of it all, all the girls got to go on the group date.

After the group date, Lindsay whom he had a one-on-one date with, and Daniella who was part of the group date, both got roses. When a girl is given a rose, it means she is safe and still on the show until the next week.

Following those two dates was the two-on-one date where two girls go on a date with Sean at the same time, which is super awkward because someone is going to be the third wheel. When the two-on-one date ended, Sean had to choose between two girls, Tierra and Jackie, and he went with Tierra and sent Jackie home for good. If there was one thing I learned from watching this episode, it is that Tierra is fake, and she acts differently around Sean than she does around everyone else. The girls in the show see that too, and it causes drama in the house among Tierra and all the other girls. The drama leads Robyn to be the second person of the episode to be sent home, and all the girls were upset because they wanted Tierra gone even though she already had a rose.

My final thoughts of this episode are that I will not spend any more time watching it, and I am not even going to bother watching the second part to this special two-part episode because I did not like it at all. The concept of the show and what goes on during the show is so stupid that it should be cancelled. If I were to rate it, this show would get a 2 out of 5 stars because the only good part was when the girls got in each other’s faces, which probably happens every episode because this show is so overly dramatic.

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by Alexa Duplisea


Pretty Little Liars

Rosewood is not an ordinary town. Everyone is struggling to find the criminal(s) behind the murder of townie Allison De Laurentis. In Pretty Little Liars, the hit teen drama show on ABC Family, a group of girls (Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, Spencer Hastings and Emily Fields) investigate the murder of their “friend” Allison, but the more secrets they find out, the more danger they put themselves into. Pretty Little Liars is a good show with a few minor flaws.

I found it challenging to follow along. They switch back and forth among the girls’ individual lives making it hard to understand what is happening to each girl separately. Each girl is hiding her own secret, and while watching I struggled sometimes remembering which girl is hiding which secret.

They want to make this show seem creepy and to keep the viewer chewing her fingernails the whole time, but the amount of creepy background music they play is a little too much. It makes it seem like there is a man playing the piano around every corner, “DA DA DOOM.” Not only is the background music played too much, but the darkness and mysterious look they are going for is not mirrored in the girls’ emotions.

The girls hide secrets and put on a front to do so, but they show no emotion for the first few minutes. Spencer is an example of this disappointing acting. She is so emotionless to everyone at the beginning of the show. In most shows she is smart and confident, but that isn’t really being portrayed in the beginning of this episode. Then near the end of the show it changes instantly. Despite these flaws, the show succeeds in many ways.

The events that happen are quite interesting. When they uncover the story behind Allison’s old school journal, it puts an interesting twist into the show. The four girls are surprised to see what is written, and it helps them understand Allison’s past and about her murder. The flashback in the episode shows Emily and Allison’s old friend talking. Seeing Allison in a state of anxiety about being pregnant is the first big shock. Also the flashback reveals that one of the suspects for her murder is possibly her child’s father, which is an even bigger shock.

The relationships in Pretty Little Liars seem very real. Some shows you can tell when an actor is having trouble showing love or hate to another. In this show though and especially in Hanna and her mom’s relationship, they make it seem like they have a real mother/daughter relationship. When Hanna’s mom is trying to figure out what Hanna is hiding from her, she tries to get Hanna to spill her secrets by asking Hanna so many questions. Hanna gets annoyed and strikes back at her with attitude (like most teenage girls with their moms) and walks away from her without telling her anything.

My final view of this show is that it is a real attraction to dramatic teenage girls, but if you are not in that category, then do not waste your Tuesday nights at 8  p.m. watching it. Out of five stars this show would be a 4 because I consider myself a dramatic teenage girl, and I also enjoy mysteries. This show has a good plot, but they can drag out the mystery of who “A” is (also known as the murderer) until the audience no longer cares. Each episode is a new story with new secrets, and the only way to find out what happens is to keep watching!

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by Braden Rendano

Audience Age/Rating: Rated R  for drug content, strong violence, language, and some sexuality/nudity

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Director: Rian Johnson

Looper is a decent movie with good actors; however, the plot and perspective could leave room for improvement. In the year 2044, America has a  high percentage of the population living in poverty. America has lots of crime as well. An organization of criminal assassins,  called Loopers, are men who assassinate people from the future, so they do not exist. The victims are sent back into present time from the future, and the Looper shoots them and gets rid of the body. The body contains silver plates which are used as money.

Loopers are paid well and live a good life of partying and fun. Their job is pretty easy, and the people who are sent back in time to be killed come with silver plates, which can be used as money that they can spend or keep.

Due to the powerful man in the future, known as the Rainmaker, lots of Loopers have been closing their loop.  This is when a Looper has to kill his future self, and he only has a certain time till he will be killed. They have thirty years after closing their loop, till they will be taken out.

Soon, the main character Joe, portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is in the same situation, but he hesitates to shoot his loop (Bruce Willis) and he escapes. Now Joe is pursued by the Looper organization for not closing his loop, and he is also hunting the future Joe to finish him off.

Joe’s future self has other problems. He wants revenge on a man in the future called  the Rainmaker for killing his wife. However, since this is in present time, the future Joe is basically hunting little kids that he thinks may be the Rainmaker, so they don’t kill his wife in the future.

Future America is interesting to see, the massive poverty rate, new drugs that are taken via eye drops, and flying vehicles. There are also people who are TK (telekinetic) , which allows them to move things without touching them.

First off, the director did a good job with multiple scenes of showing how the present Joe ages and becomes the future Joe. It is unique to see the aging process, and it also gives a glimpse into his life and what he does in the future. They even changed Joseph-Gordon-Levitt’s appearance, so he would more closely resemble Joe’s future self, Bruce Willis.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a good actor, and he does a good job portraying Joe’s character. He is young, and he has the laid back personality that a Looper could have. He also seems like a guy that could easily be rich and a party man involved in crime.

I feel like they could have explained time travel a bit better. If viewers knew how the time travel worked, then it would add details to help viewers better understand what was going on. The movie was rather complex, which made it a bit confusing at times. It was a movie that I had to think about to understand. For this reason, I feel like some people may find it confusing and hard to follow.

One thing that could have been improved was the perspective of the story. The man known as the Rainmaker was confusing to me. There should have been more details and background information with this character, so it could help the story flow better and get a better understanding about what was going on.

In the movie, there is a scene talking about the gun that Loopers use and how it is very accurate and will hit someone within a certain distance, and once the Looper kills their target all they have to do is get rid of the body. This seems like a fairly easy job, that a lot of people may be capable of doing, so why were only certain people picked as Loopers, and why do they get paid so much? I know that the Looper Organization is working for the mob, so it could be the fact that what they are doing is illegal, so they may get extra money for doing it, but are there other reasons?

Overall, Looper is a decent movie, but it is definitely not perfect.


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by Levi Maclean Walking into the school, you see hallways covered with themed decorations from floor to ceiling; with streamers, signs, and props to show...