is Rian Johnson’s debut as a director, and it’s an audacious one.
Johnson, who also wrote the dense script, took a noir story and set it
in a Southern California high school – and didn’t make a joke out of
it. he makes the genre mash-up actually work, and he makes a really
good movie out of it. Also, Rian is a regular reader of the site, so
you know that he must be some sort of cinematic supergenius.

have two exclusive images from the film, hitting at the end of the
month, to share with you. First up is this scene, featuring Lucas Haas
in the creepy, clubfooted goth drug kingpin role he was born to play,
facing off against his angry muscleheaded right hand man – played by
Sam from Josh & S.A.M. (Noah Fleiss)!

The next is the criminally sexy Meagen Good, playing
Kara the wicked vamp, backstage at the high school play. It’s amazing
how Johnson took noir character types and seamlessly integrated them
into high school, and Kara is a perfect example.

Of course note star Joseph Gordon-Levitt in both shots. Look for an exclusive interview with Rian Johnson soon!