The Top 10 Breakthroughs Of 2012
#9: Rian Johnson
Film geeks already loved Johnson for one or both of his first two films, the tiny-budgeted Sundance hit Brick or the underseen romp The Brothers Bloom. But this year he made that leap that every director waits for: he made a hit. Looper, the intricately plotted and head-spinningly-detailed time travel thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, has made $166 million worldwide and has appeared on critics top 10 lists these last few weeks. Whatever Johnson does next, it's clear he'll be operating on a much bigger scale than he could have even a year ago.
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