With its story set "in the near future", meaning at least 60-70 years from now, Ad Astra's protagonist is an astronaut named Roy McBride (Brad Pitt). After a mysterious space anomaly causes a global power surge that kills thousands of people across Earth, Roy is called into a top secret meeting at Space Command – think of it as NASA… read more!
Movies Directed by James Gray (in alphabetical order)
Armageddon Time gets my vote for most disingenuous movie title of 2022. For those of you expecting a disaster picture, this is actually an intimately-scaled memory piece specifically set in Queens, NY in the autumn of 1980; its title is a riff on the Clash song "Armagideon Time", released a year earlier and played on the soundtrack but not especially… read more!
In 2009, I read David Grann's The Lost City of Z on a friend's recommendation. An account of early 20th century British explorer Percy Fawcett and his attempts to find proof of an advanced prehistoric civilization in the Amazon rainforest, it's a real page-turner. With its depictions of personal obsession and colonialist folly, the story seemed a perfect fit for Werner Herzog, who had already covered similar territory,… read more!