We finally have a trailer for James Gray’s “Ad Astra,” a long-delayed artsy sci-fi epic in space. I have been an advocate of Gray’s classicist style for quite some years now, or ever since I saw his excellent 2007 family saga “We Own the Night,” but, more importantly, the immaculate 2009 romance “Two Lovers.” He followed those up with “The Immigrant” and “Lost City of Z,” both critically acclaimed works. However, “Ad Astra” is a whole other monster. The just-released trailer has parallels to Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Cuaron’s “Gravity.”Read More
What exactly is going on with James Gray’s “Ad Astra”?Read More
We are just two weeks away from the unveiling of the Cannes lineup. And so, we are in complete overdrive to bring you the latest news concerning this most prestigious of festivals. Take for example, the latest rumor that James Gray’s “Ad Astra” will most likely NOT make it to Cannes. Shocking? Yes and no. We’ve been assuming that, if ready, Gray’s sci-fi film, starring Brad Pitt, would make it to the croisette but it looks like it just isn’t able to make the cutoff date, at least according to Cédric Succivalli’s Twitter page. Again, I must mention, Cédric should be trusted, he’s very much in the know with these sort of things. The problem with the the Gray seems to be its special effects, which are still in post-production.Read More
Cannes 2019 is still two months away but rumors are swirling about the lineup.Read More
Director James Gray ("Two Lovers," "The Immigrant"), currently serving as jury president at the 2018 Marrakech Film Festival, thinks critics should not be given as much power at film festivals to criticize movies because, quite frankly, they are bad judges of movie quality:Read More
Maybe we can scratch off James Gray's films being selected in the future for the Cannes Film Festival.
The writer-director of "Two Lovers" recently told Variety “The critical establishment [of Cannes] is stuck in 1968. (…) They are protectors of the status quo.” And yet, Gray had the luxury of premiering his 2013 film “The Immigrant” during the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.Read More