Ad Astra review “I feel like I’ve seen this before”

Ad Astra posterAbout half way through director James Gray’s sixth feature film Ad Astra, I began to find myself thinking, ‘hang on, haven’t I seen this bit before?’ ‘In that other film about space?’ ‘And haven’t I heard this voice over before?’ In that film by Terence Malick about the tree?’

This feeling of déjà vu never quite left me as I ploughed my way through Gray’s self-indulgent space epic/Brad Pitt Oscar vehicle, bitterly disappointed as the film revealed itself to be no more than a style-over-substance space odyssey full of threadbare cliches.

Ad Astra is a film of two halves. One is a visually breath-taking science fiction adventure brimming with seamless visual effects, The other is a tepid father/son melodrama that tries it’s damnedest to drag the rest of the film down to it’s yawn-inducing level. Ad Astra looks poised to kick-start the age old debate of substance over style, and I imagine audiences watching the film will find that which camp they fall in will determine how much they agree with critical opinion. Continue reading

Die Hard Rip Offs: Top 5

Die Hard Rip OffsWith the newly released Skyscraper out in cinemas now being labelled as just another Die Hard rip off, it got me thinking.

What if we lived in a world where Die Hard the most iconic action movie of all time (and Christmas movie but we won’t get into that,) had never existed and we were left with the Die Hard Rip-offs?

So follow me as we rank the top 5 movies to watch if Die Hard was no longer an option. Just to clarify what a Die Hard rip off is, it’s got to follow one man’s struggle as he fends off a number of adversaries in an enclosed location throughout the majority of the film. Continue reading