Dad Don’t Impress Me Much: Ad Astra (James Gray, 2019) / The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)

Little boy blue, the man in the moon, etc.

I don’t know how Brad Pitt got to be the avatar of wounded American masculinity, but I don’t mind. Pitt is an actor who plays “regular guys,” or, more specifically, the kind of guy regular guys wish they were; dignified yet folksy, strong but not heartless or bullying, just enough swagger to be hot while also humble and approachable enough that you thin…

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