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Friday, September 20, 2019

Ad Astra: A Review 🚀

A thoughtful and serious movie. Written and directed by James Gray. A rather bleak one in many ways--but optimistic too. Themes such as the relationship of God and man, fathers and sons, and loneliness are explored (the cold enormous emptiness of space is an excellent setting for all those issues). There is also a big Heart of Darkness influence to this film (or maybe Apocalypse Now). 

The story is far from perfect, but overall it did make me think. There are a few scenes, apparently added by the studio over the objection of the director, that should have been left out. Still it is beautifully filmed and the production quality is top notch--which lends itself to the big screen. I do not want to give the ending away. Brad Pitt's performance is very good. Tommy Lee Jones is ok (but not as good as Brad's). 

If you are into serious science issues go see it (it was better than 2010: The Year We Make Contact and Interstellar) and if that is not what you are into--there's always Downton Abbey. Ok--go see Rambo: Last Blood

Many may not like it (the audience score from Rotten Tomatoes reflects that). I read some of the reviews and they also don't seem to capture what I saw. Different people will likely have very different takes on this film. 

These ladies are not in the film that much (it is mostly Brad Pitt) but here they are (and what they are in is good): 

Rule 5 and FMJRA

Goodstuff : 93rd Ed. 

Woodsterman: Grand

Bacon Time: Sun Links

Wired Right: Ilhan Omar 

Daily Gator: Sunday Faces

Lem's Place : Small Mouths

Hogewash: Exoplanet K2-18b

Proof Positive: Best of the Web

Right Way: Rule 5 Link-O-Rama

AoSHQ: Morning Report 09.16.19

American Elephants: Fake Al Gore

A View From The Beach: Stika Visit

Raised on Hoecakes: Never Forget It 

Don Surber: No One Cares About Mitt

American Power: The Nordic Type is popular

Mark Steyn: Vinyl Score, Venetian Blind Spot, Ending of the Peer Show (Mann gets his hockey stick where it belongs), and A Return of Biden's Mojo

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