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AMERICAN ASTRONAUT
AMERICAN ASTRONAUT
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals & Performing Arts
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Written, directed, and starring Cory McAbee of The Billy Nayer Show, this space western musical uses flinty black-and-white photography, rugged Lo-Fi sets and the spirit of the final frontier to bring the film, set in the ...  more »

     
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Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals
Format: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)

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Movie Reviews

Guy Maddin meets early David Lynch...in outer space!
Cubist | United States | 03/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The American Astronaut is the missing link between Guy Maddin and the early films of David Lynch. Cory McAbee's movie is shot in glorious black and white film stock with unabashedly lo-tech special effects that reside at the opposite end of the spectrum of another retro-SF film, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. The American Astronaut has the same grungy, industrial look and feel as Lynch's Eraserhead with the same fierce, independent spirit.

Writer-director-star Cory McAbee has created a unique movie quite unlike anything else out there. While he shares the lo-tech retro look of Guy Maddin's films he isn't interested in recreating the silent era of cinema. McAbee does share a fascination with industrial machinery and the `50s with David Lynch, but he isn't interested in exploring the dark underbelly. McAbee is far more optimistic. The American Astronaut is a fun, off-beat film for people who like something a little different. It has more energy and inventiveness than most of the big budget Hollywood films out there proving yet again that a lot of money can't make up for a lack of ideas and how necessity truly is the mother of invention.

There are several galleries that include a series of cool, sidewalk artwork promoting the movie on various city streets all over the country by Cory McAbee; on-the-set pictures; storyboards and the corresponding stills from the movie; a collection of movie posters; and production artwork.

"Ceres Jump Test Footage" is a brief clip of McAbee hopping around a city street trying to mimic the lo-gravity depicted in the movie.

There is an audio commentary by McAbee that was shot live at a screening in a Brooklyn bar. McAbee enthusiastically answers questions and recounts production anecdotes in this engaging, entertaining track.

Finally, there is a theatrical trailer."
In space, EVERYONE should see this movie!
Devin T. Quin | Brooklyn, Ny United States | 02/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"American Astronaut is brilliantly imaginative. If you need to read reviews or watch clips then please do, but don't find out TOO much; You'll be constantly and pleasantly amazed by the strange and nuanced ideas packed into every well composed shot.
I like eccentric films but I have never seen a movie reinvent what movies can offer in order to create its own engaging world...not to get stodgy: It's still full of Rock and Roll, Space barns, ray guns, shaving and dance contests. Unreal.
Some movies off the beaten track are cheap vehicles for bizarre humor or gimmicks. This is just simply the most Original, Innovative and Imaginative movie I saw in 2004."
Spectacular
Andrew MacDonald | Allentown, PA | 02/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this for the first time at the Southside Film Festival, and I loved it right away. It was so refreshingly different from the typical movies that get cranked out by the dozens every year. I just got the DVD, and I still like it just as much if not more than the first time I saw it. The humor sort of reminds me of Vonnegut's black humor. People who like the boring, unimaginitive dribble that is so typical of hollywood will hate this movie, anyone with even a tiny redeeming spark of imagination will love it to death."
Gloriously bizzare
D. De Valeria | Phoenix, AZ | 07/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Do not believe any of the reviews that state this movie is bad. This is one of the most gloriously bizzare movies you will ever see; a combination of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and a spaghetti western, with the "7 Lives of Dr Lao" thrown in for good measure. No matter how many times you see this film, it always seems like you came in at the middle of a different movie. The camera work is as done by someone with ADD, sometimes obsessive, sometimes wandering but always mesmerizing. The plot is ... well ... loose. The acting reminds me of walking into a karioke bar. The combination will put a smile on your face and a thought in your head ... unless you are just a "spoil sport.""