The First Word Podcast - James Gray's 'Ad Astra', feat. John Bleasdale

October 29, 2019

The First Word Podcast - Ad Astra

"I'm steady, calm. I slept well, no bad dreams. I am active and engaged…" On this episode of The First Word podcast we sit down for a full-on discussion about the meditative sci-fi thriller Ad Astra, directed by James Gray and starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut on a secret mission. This premiered at the Venice Film Festival (my review) and finally opened in theaters in September. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, we're joined by film writer John Bleasdale as our guest for a discussion about Ad Astra - critiquing and examining it in an attempt to figure out what it all means. What does Brad Pitt find out there? Nothing? Something? Listen in.

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Our guest: John Bleasdale (@drjonty) - visit his official website

Our topic: James Gray's Ad Astra
Read Alissa Wilkinson's review discussing an "absent God"

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Thank you AB!

DAVIDPD on Oct 29, 2019


I hated this film, and I am still angry I paid to see it! It was as slow as molassess and I actually fell asleep at one point.

Cam Colt on Oct 30, 2019

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