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We list a number of movies recently released on Netflix. This week: Brad Pitt on air for the first time, the edited version of the third Godfather and ‘whitewashing’ in South America.
Astra ad (2019)
Actors: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: James Gray
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Following her the seafellow George Clooney (Solaris, attraction) and Matt Damon (Martian, Interstellar) Brad Pitt entered Astra ad for the first time in space. The film is also somewhat reminiscent Interstellar (both were shot by the Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and look very good), although Pitt’s psychological drama – perhaps due to its simple story and small acting – was received more divisively. Astra ad follows the journey into space of astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) who, after discovering a serious threat to our solar system, sets out on a journey to Neptune to track down his father (Tommy Lee Jones) – who has not been heard from for over fifteen years. The film was directed by James Gray (The Lost City of Z), whose latest directing work Armageddon time (2022) can be streamed on SkyShowtime from 22 June. Also read our previous review of Astra ad.
Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020)
Actors: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola saw the cracks The Godfather: Part III (a title he himself hated) never as a full sequel but more as an epilogue. In 2020, he took the opportunity to make a new version of the film, to which the original title was added. However, don’t expect scenes that have never been seen before reduceversion of Apocalypse Now: the difference is in the structure and the omitted objects. The revised version doesn’t make Sofia Coppola’s performance any better, and the loss of Robert Duvall can’t be dealt with anymore, but. principle it reduces – especially at the beginning – the extra fuel, so that thanks to the short playing time it goes ‘to the point’ a little faster and there is a little more tempo. Fortunately, the classic quotes (‘just when I thought I was out, they brought me back in’) remain intact. And so even those who hate the film can risk a careful rewatch.
House of Ghosts (1993)
Actors: Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons
Directed by: Bill August
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The controversy surrounding the ‘whitewashing’ phenomenon is very visible today thanks to social media, but it has undoubtedly been around for much longer. It was one of the reasons why the (American) public in 1993 had little interest in the epic House of Ghosts, despite all the talent (two-time Palme d’Or winner Bille August directed) behind the scenes. In the decades-long drama about a Chilean family, three women (whose names ironically refer to the color white) are played by Meryl Streep (Big Little LieGlenn Close (wife) and Winona Ryder (Stranger things) The mystery that existed in the novel that the film – which unfortunately did better in Europe – was based on, was also not missing in the adaptation, according to critics. Grace Gummer, Streep’s daughter who is known Mr. Robotmade her debut in a play as a younger version of her mother’s character.
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