When the calendar turned to 2012, the conversation turned to a pair of common topics: Summing up the year that was, and anticipating the year to come.

Of course, There are a lot of tentpole films that are cause for much excitement. However perhaps even more exciting than those are the movies coming from specific directors who tell somewhat smaller, and often weightier stories.

Enter Rian Johnson.

I count myself a huge fan of BRICK, and an admirer of the underrated BROTHERS BLOOM. So knowing that he has a new sci-fi film on the way is cause for much joy.

Knowing that it will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Gravy.