Years back, I saw a movie at Sundance called Brick, by a first-time director named Rian Johnson. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lukas Haas, Brick cast the traditional roles of a film noir in a high school setting, hard-boiled dialogue and all. Of the many movies I saw that year, Brick was among the most memorable for its intriguing conceit, one which the director committed to fully. It was no surprise that it won a special mention or award during the festival for uniqueness of voice or vision, something of the sort.
Back then, I made a mental checkmark next to Rian Johnson as a talented young director to watch. And soon I will have the chance. Hulu has an exclusive on the first seven minutes of his next movie, The Brothers Bloom.