James Gray's "inward-looking" sci-fi film AD ASTRA starring Brad Pitt

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yeah I am excited about this

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:20 (two weeks ago) link

Gray is one of my favorite journeyman directors. Didn't this get delayed a lot? From what little they give away in the trailers it seems to have some Interstellar vibes.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:28 (two weeks ago) link

how do you define "journeyman"?

I have my screening next week.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:08 (two weeks ago) link

I mean that every one of his films is very different from the one before it, like a classic studio system director.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:11 (two weeks ago) link

Like here, which I just found:

http://collider.com/journeyman-directors-explained/

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:11 (two weeks ago) link

he's not a 'journeyman' to me; not even in the auteurist Allan Dwan sense

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:31 (two weeks ago) link

I read "journeyman" and think, I dunno, Henry Hathaway or something

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:32 (two weeks ago) link

more like Jack Smight

p sure the guy who wrote the Collider thing has not seen any pre-Jaws movies

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:34 (two weeks ago) link

every one of his films is very different from the one before it, like a classic studio system director.

the difference is I believe Gray originates all his projects. Also a lot of commonalities in the ones before (or even through) The Immigrant.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:39 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, I guess that's a distinction. No one is bringing him projects.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:53 (two weeks ago) link

Like, Curtis Hanson, that's the type of director I'm thinking of.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:58 (two weeks ago) link

ughhh

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 01:00 (two weeks ago) link

I like Hanson.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 01:01 (two weeks ago) link

It’s very interesting, because they have found that it’s a very different thing for the astronauts that go up 200 miles up in the ISS, where the Earth is still most of your vision when you look out the window.... And it’s a very different psychological effect, apparently. They don’t know for sure what would happen the further you go out, but they’re anticipating that it has potentially serious consequences. When the Earth is just a blue dot, what does that mean?

So, this certainly went into the kind of thought process that Brad and I had discussed about the character. It became very important to us, this idea that the Earth all of a sudden gets smaller and smaller, and the sun gets smaller and smaller. All the things that we know—all the things that are tangible and beautiful—seem further and further away. We thought this was an excellent context for something....

You know, I have huge admiration for Alfonso Cuarón, because I don’t know how he made that movie Gravity, knowing now what it is. What we tried to do, as much as we could, was go old school. We built two sets; a horizontal set, and then a vertical one. On the horizontal set, you would put the actor on a moving rig. And then the vertical, you’re shooting from the bottom looking up, and you hang the actor on wires. Usually, they’re blocking the wires. When they’re not, you paint them out. It’s a very effective effect when you combine the two sets, and the wides and the close-ups....

It’s basically like making a kind of semi 3D painting. You have pre- and post-vis, but it doesn’t really approximate what the thing is going to look like, and you have to get it right. If you make a mistake in judging the animation, they turn to you and they say, “What are you talking about? That’s rendered. You did that with the animation you chose.” So, I realize I really have to be so specific about the animation on a very basic level. And that was painstaking. That took forever.

https://deadline.com/2019/08/ad-astra-james-gray-interview-sci-fi-future-fox-venice-1202705879/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 September 2019 18:21 (one week ago) link

“There’s a level of bullshit that the culture is now embracing,” Gray said. “The other day, the doctor is poking around my pancreas, and he’s, like, ‘You see “The Avengers 2”?’ I’m, like, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Why not?’ I’m, like, ‘I’m not nine!’ ” Gray thought that public reporting of movies’ gross profits, a practice that took off in the eighties, changed the popular conception of what a successful film looked like. (“My dad will say, ‘That was a very big hit!’ I’ll be, like, ‘I don’t think you’re a stockholder in Time Warner!’ ”)

johnny crunch, Monday, 9 September 2019 21:00 (one week ago) link

uh oh he's flirting with getting an old man gif ILX'd at him

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 September 2019 21:09 (one week ago) link

I’m, like, ‘I’m not nine!’

lol these movies aren't for 9yos, they're for manbabies

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 September 2019 21:35 (one week ago) link

“They rate everything according to Francis Ford Coppola movies,” Ali Gray explained. A superb meal on Gross’s scale is a “Godfather.” A meal better than superb is a “Godfather II.” One that’s rewarding but an acquired taste (such as Gray’s lemon fettuccine with jalapeños) is an “Apocalypse Now.” Once, there was a “Jack” meal, but they don’t talk about it.

Fuck this dude; he can fall under a bus.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 9 September 2019 22:18 (one week ago) link

I'm seeing this on thursday :) Quite excited, and I'm not really the biggest Gray-fan anyway.

Frederik B, Monday, 9 September 2019 22:46 (one week ago) link

I'm a fan (less so of Brad Pitt), and I'll be there Thursday.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 September 2019 22:52 (one week ago) link

I've seen two, maybe three of his movies (Little Odessa, We Own The Night, and I might have seen The Immigrant, I don't remember). Zero interest in the others, this one included.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 9 September 2019 23:01 (one week ago) link

Two Lovers and Lost City of Z flirt with greatness often.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 September 2019 23:05 (one week ago) link

haven't seen his other films but I liked The Lost City of Z

Dan S, Monday, 9 September 2019 23:07 (one week ago) link

We Own the Night is such a weird clunky obvious movie that I feel it's almost a commentary on something. I thought it looked great but felt very stupid.

omar little, Monday, 9 September 2019 23:08 (one week ago) link

Oh, I'm seeing this thing! But had to bail on that New Yorker profile 1/3 of the way in. Excruciating, and not because Gray himself is a ludicrous human being.

Lactose Shaolin Wanker (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 9 September 2019 23:09 (one week ago) link

I even liked large bits of We Own the Night. He has a gravity that never turns to camp.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 September 2019 23:15 (one week ago) link

the weirdness of WOtN is in its total sincerity in presenting absurd material, which isn't necessarily a demerit...

omar little, Monday, 9 September 2019 23:22 (one week ago) link

now u know how I feel about u, unp

Tommy Lee Jones is plying Pitt's father here... he is a mere 17 years younger than Brad

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 September 2019 23:28 (one week ago) link

Wow how does that work

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:10 (one week ago) link

lol

WmC, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:46 (one week ago) link

relativity.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 02:09 (one week ago) link

Love all this guy's movies and I'm really excited about this.

ryan, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 02:58 (one week ago) link

otm

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 03:14 (one week ago) link

i'm starting to really hate every fucking thread in this fucking middle-aged asylum

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 05:28 (one week ago) link


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