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billyweeds
Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:49 pm Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
I have so little interest in Joker, I don't even want to know what it's about. How's that for hardcore non-particpation?


Totally agree.
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bartist
Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:09 pm Reply with quote
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billyweeds wrote:
bartist wrote:
Ad Astra is that rare gem in the sci-fi genre that succeeds as a psychological drama and doesn't get lost in its tech gadgets. Minor science gaffes didn't hurt it much, though the antimatter jabber reminded me of the fake science jabber on those old Next Gen episodes.


Hated it a lot. Like a meditation with Brad Pitt as the facilitator. "Picture yourself on a beach...." I had a nice snooze.


So I'm thinking the Frequency plot (son finds father) was also not your cup of tea. Generally, I think I'm more receptive to the "meditation" approach in movies. As far as plot goes, I wasn't sure if I was missing something or if the narrative just failed to really explain Tommy Lee Jones's misanthropy. It's all so driven by Pitt's POV that it seems to blot out any glimpse of dad's.

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billyweeds
Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:25 pm Reply with quote
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bartist wrote:
billyweeds wrote:
bartist wrote:
Ad Astra is that rare gem in the sci-fi genre that succeeds as a psychological drama and doesn't get lost in its tech gadgets. Minor science gaffes didn't hurt it much, though the antimatter jabber reminded me of the fake science jabber on those old Next Gen episodes.


Hated it a lot. Like a meditation with Brad Pitt as the facilitator. "Picture yourself on a beach...." I had a nice snooze.


So I'm thinking the Frequency plot (son finds father) was also not your cup of tea. Generally, I think I'm more receptive to the "meditation" approach in movies. As far as plot goes, I wasn't sure if I was missing something or if the narrative just failed to really explain Tommy Lee Jones's misanthropy. It's all so driven by Pitt's POV that it seems to blot out any glimpse of dad's.


I'm still 100% on Team Brad for the Oscar in "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood," in which he reaches his screen peak. Rumor has it they're trying for the supporting Oscar, which is inaccurate and disgraceful, but I guess better than nothing.
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knox
Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:21 am Reply with quote
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SPOILERY

Pitt was great in Once Upon. Did his best in Ad Astra, but that bit about his heart rate never going over 80 bpm sort of spills over onto the viewing audience. And, as Bart says, the crazy dad never really makes sense - especially given the premise that the psychological screening of astronauts (already pretty exhaustive ca. 1970) is so very thorough. "Hmm, secretly he was a misanthrope who wanted to kill anyone disagreeing with him - how did we miss that?"
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Befade
Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:08 pm Reply with quote
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I thought Ad Astra was worth seeing. Brad Pitt doesnít interest me but I like his new laid back style. I certainly thought he was perfect in Once Upon a Time. The movie jarred me into thinking about how scary it would be to be an astronaut. Why would anyone be comfortable traveling into the unknown like that?

And the update: stations on the moon and on Mars.....would that really be commonplace? It all seemed real to me.

I guess the simplistic moral of the story was: Look to the people who surround you for love. Donít go off looking for them on other planets. How interested are we in discovering if there is life on another planet?

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bartist
Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:05 am Reply with quote
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I'm interested, provided they liked that Chuck Berry record we sent them.

Tommy Lee Jones has to be grumpiest astronaut in the history of space travel. I wonder if the director talked with actual astronauts or read any astronaut memoirs beforehand.

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How has Syd not weighed in on Ad Astra here?

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That would make a good SNL sketch: grumpy, aging astronauts stuck on a space station.

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Too bad Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau aren't available--it could be a whole movie.
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Syd
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bartist wrote:
How has Syd not weighed in on Ad Astra here?


Haven't seen it.

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