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Harold Walls
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Posted: 03 October 2019 at 2:12pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

AD ASTRA - hated it
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Posted: 07 October 2019 at 10:02pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Ad Astra...

hmmm... I found it pretentious... and long..
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David Miller
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Ad Astra

I hated it, too. Long, slow, boring. There were some amusing surprises like the moon pirates and the face-eating space monkeys, but the second hour was just tedium.
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I think I saw the Moon Pirates open for the Face-Eating Space Monkeys back in '97.
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David Miller
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Gemini Man: predictable and predictably terrible, but also very entertaining. It teeters on being so-bad-it's-good but doesn't quite commit. It's like someone challenged Ang Lee to make as preposterous a film as possible while still phoning it in. (Although it's... interesting how Lee constructed an action movie around camera angles that look like they were framed by film students -- lots of close two-shots and over-the-shoulder dialogue.) There's a third act un-twist so lame and uninspired it's almost ballsy:
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In a movie about cloning, it's hard to get less surprising than... another clone.



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Michael Roberts
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Hey, you guys realize that putting text in white doesn’t actually make it unreadable? I can still see this. Use the actual INVISO tag. 

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David Miller
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Sorry, man. Fixed it. Thanks for the tip. 
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Michael Roberts
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Thanks David!
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David Miller
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JOJO RABBIT: Props to Taika Waititi. He could have done anything after directing a movie that grossed $850 million, and he chose to godfather a tv show for his friends and direct a comedy about Adolph Hitler. Waititi mostly plays Hitler as a buffoon, yet at times unleashes a scarily precise and studied simulacration. The movie flies by, so much so that like the main character, I didn't realize it stopped being a comedy until about ten minutes too late. It's very imperfect -- think Wes Anderson directing LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL-- but worth seeing.
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Me, again.

THE IRISHMAN: I journeyed 18 miles to worship at the altar of cinema with Martin Scorsese one last time. Worth it. The expensive digital de-aging didn't bother me, partially because it transformed Robert De Niro from old as hell to just old. The cinematography is wonderfully composed, but not beautiful, and the film itself lacks the cocaine-inspired intensity of Goodfellas, or the literal cocaine-fueled intensity of Scorsese's New Hollywood classics, but it's a film about an old man, by an old man, so it works. The only time it dragged was the last 15 minutes, because at that point it had been 3 frickin hours already, man. It was great to see the so much of the gang together again, including Joe Pesci and the babysitter from Goodfellas. This is foremost a movie about friendship, and there's so much good stuff between De Niro and Al Pacino. And it was funny. I recommend. 
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