September 23rd, 2019

overthehedge

Movies: Old and New

This weekend we went to go see "Ad Astra" because I heard it was an intellectual sci-fi on par with "Gravity" or "Interstellar." Some went as far to call it a new "2001." There was also Oscar buzz that Brad Pitt could get 2 nominations this year; one for this film and one for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." He was great in both. I enjoyed the film. I see how sci-fi is presented in this film and then I see a commercial for "The Last Skywalker" and definitely prefer the former. We saw "Captain Marvel" last week and, even though it was fairly well done, I'm really getting to the saturation point on super hero movies.

I'm also continuing my quest to see Oscar-nominated movies. This week it was "Love Story" from 1970. Sure, I knew the theme music (it won Best Score) but I had never actually sat down and watched the whole movie. It seemed so cliche'. Then I realized that it WAS the cliche'. 50 years of romance movies got their start with this one. It was the biggest box office draw in 1970. It probably got the nomination because it was so popular. Like I said, overall it was pretty "meh" but it was a part of movie history.

Of note was an actor who had a very small part. He looked so familiar to me. I went to IMDB and discovered that he was a very young Tommy Lee Jones in his first movie. So now the circle was complete. I then saw him in "Ad Astra" in his latest movie.

I should also add a note about "They Shall Not Grow Old" which was a documentary that came out to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. It was done by Peter Jackson who digitally restored battlefield footage and colorized some. The dialogue was recordings made by veterans as part of a documentation of the war. What you end up with is a documentary that looks like a movie as they go from the start of war, to training, to fighting, to counting the dead. That's why I liked the show "Peaky Blinders" because it takes place in the years just after the war as men deal with the trauma they endured during the war.