Movies: Ad Astra, Ms. Purple, Rojo

Movie 1: Ad Astra

What a remarkable film. It’s about space, an astronaut and his father, also an astronaut who is lost in space. It’s powerful, beautiful, challenging, occasionally confusing and arguable the best space film in quite some time. We saw it in a massive IMAX theater with a great Dolby sound system, well worth the extra cost.

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Ad Astra (September 17, 2019)

Release Date: September 17, 2019
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure
Runtime: 124 min
Original Title: Ad Astra
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: New Regency Productions, Keep Your Head, MadRiver Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, RT Features, Bona Film Group, Regency Enterprises, 20th Century Fox
An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Cast Ad Astra

  • Brad Pitt
  • Role: Roy McBride
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Role: Clifford McBride
  • Ruth Negga
  • Role: Hellen Lantos
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Role: Thomas Pruitt
  • Kimberly Elise
  • Role: Lorraine Deavers
  • Loren Dean
  • Role: Donald Stanford
  • Donnie Keshawarz
  • Role: Captain Lawrence Tanner
  • Sean Blakemore
  • Role: Willie Levant
  • Bobby Nish
  • Role: Franklin Yoshida
  • LisaGay Hamilton
  • Role: Adjutent General Amelia Vogel
  • John Finn
  • Role: Stroud
  • John Ortiz
  • Role: General Rivas
  • Freda Foh Shen
  • Role: Captain Lu
  • Kayla Adams
  • Role: Female Flight Attendant
  • Ravi Kapoor
  • Role: Arjun Dhariwal
  • Liv Tyler
  • Role: Eve
  • Elisa Perry
  • Role: Woman in White Pants / Shirt
  • Daniel Sauli
  • Role: Sal
  • Kimmy Shields
  • Role: Sergeant Romano
  • Kunal Dudheker
  • Role: Technician 1
  • Greg Bryk
  • Role: Chip Garnes
  • Alyson Reed
  • Role: Janice Collins
  • Sasha Compère
  • Role: Female Team Member
  • Justin Dray
  • Role: Male Team Member
  • Alexandria Rousset
  • Role: Woman on Screen
  • Natasha Lyonne
  • Role: Tanya Pincus
  • Zoro Saro Manuel Daghlian
  • Role: Spacecom Employee
  • Jacob Sandler
  • Role: Young Roy
  • Elizabeth Willaman
  • Role: Cepheus (voice)
  • Anne McDaniels
  • Role: Shunga Hologram

Crew Ad Astra

  • James Gray
  • Director
  • James Gray
  • Screenplay
  • Ethan Gross
  • Screenplay
  • Brad Pitt
  • Producer
  • Sophie Mas
  • Executive Producer
  • James Gray
  • Producer
  • Marc Butan
  • Executive Producer
  • John Axelrad
  • Editor
  • Lee Haugen
  • Editor
  • Douglas Aibel
  • Casting
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Production Design
  • Karen O'Hara
  • Set Decoration
  • Albert Wolsky
  • Costume Design
  • Erik Coutts
  • Driver
  • Dede Gardner
  • Producer
  • Anthony Katagas
  • Producer
  • Jeremy Kleiner
  • Producer
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Producer
  • Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Director of Photography
  • Max Richter
  • Original Music Composer
  • Bradley Parker
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Brian Adler
  • Visual Effects
  • Richard Friedlander
  • Visual Effects Producer
  • John Casey
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Yariv Milchan
  • Producer
  • Jeffrey Chan
  • Executive Producer
  • Paul Conway
  • Executive Producer
  • Anthony Mosawi
  • Executive Producer
  • Lourenço Sant'Anna
  • Executive Producer
  • Michael Schaefer
  • Executive Producer
  • Dong Yu
  • Executive Producer
  • Kevin Constant
  • Art Direction
  • Alison Sadler
  • Art Direction
  • David Scott
  • Art Direction
  • Gary Warshaw
  • Art Direction
  • Lorne Balfe
  • Original Music Composer
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Sound Designer
  • Gary Rydstrom
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Tom Johnson
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer


Movie 2: Ms. Purple

Set in Koreatown, Los Angeles, sister Kasie and brother Carey come together and struggle to care for their dying father.

Both under employed and struggling under weighty demands as caretakers, the two manage to keep their heads above water. It’s a unique story and a hit at both Sundance and the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. English and Korean with English subtitles.

Bonus! Our screening included a Q & A with the lead actress Tiffany Chu.

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Ms. Purple (September 6, 2019)

Release Date: September 6, 2019
Starring: Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, Sonny Kang
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 88 min
Original Title: Ms. Purple
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Plan Zero Productions
Kasie, stuck in LA’s Koreatown, works as a karaoke hostess getting paid for her companionship by drunken men. When her dad’s hospice nurse quits she reconnects with her estranged brother, Carey, forcing them to enter a period of intense self-reflection as their single father who raised them nears death.

Cast Ms. Purple

  • Tiffany Chu
  • Role: Kasie
  • Teddy Lee
  • Role: Carey
  • Octavio Pizano
  • Role: Octavio
  • Sonny Kang
  • Role: Young-Il
  • Jake Choi
  • Role: Johnny
  • Crystal Lee
  • Role: Sora
  • Alma Martinez
  • Role: Juanita
  • Courtney Bandeko
  • Role: Priscilla
  • Dayoung Lee
  • Role: Doumi
  • Josiah D. Lee
  • Role: Josiah
  • Trinecia Moore-Pernell
  • Role: Nurse Joyce
  • Ronnie Kim
  • Role: Tony
  • Cathy Kim
  • Role: Cathy
  • Chris Yejin
  • Role: Esther

Crew Ms. Purple

  • Justin Chon
  • Director
  • Justin Chon
  • Writer
  • Chris Dinh
  • Writer
  • Roger Suen
  • Original Music Composer
  • Reynolds Barney
  • Editor
  • Ante Cheng
  • Director of Photography
  • Eunice Jera Lee
  • Costume Design
  • Alex Chi
  • Producer
  • Justin Chon
  • Producer
  • Alan Pao
  • Producer
  • James J. Yi
  • Producer
  • Gabriel Napora
  • Executive Producer
  • Yas Taalat
  • Executive Producer
  • Yipeng Ben Lu
  • Executive Producer
  • Jon Berry
  • Editor
  • Michael Beaudry
  • Casting Director
  • Bo Koung Shin
  • Production Design
  • Min Jeong Chai
  • Art Direction
  • Pierre Delachaux
  • Executive Producer

Movie 3: Rojo

It was a unique view of pre-coup Argentina in the 1970s. South America of the era was struggling with establishing a ‘new world’ society.

It delivers its story as an unraveled thriller. It’s also a bio on the corruption and chaos of the time. Spanish with English subtitles.

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Rojo (October 26, 2018)

Release Date: October 26, 2018
Starring: Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro, Laura Grandinetti
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Runtime: 106 min
Original Title: Rojo
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: PUCARA CINE, Bord Cadre Films, Desvia, Ecce Films, Sutor Kolonko, Le Tiró, Cine Jempsa
A small town in an Argentinian province, 1975. The life of Claudio, a successful lawyer, gets complicated when he has a stupid quarrel with a stranger in a crowded restaurant.

Cast Rojo

  • Darío Grandinetti
  • Role: Claudio
  • Andrea Frigerio
  • Role: Susana
  • Alfredo Castro
  • Role: Detective Sinclair
  • Laura Grandinetti
  • Role: Paula
  • Claudio Martínez Bel
  • Role: Vivas
  • Susana Pampín
  • Role: Professor
  • Rafael Federman
  • Role: Santiago
  • Diego Cremonesi
  • Role: The Hippie / Dieguito
  • Rudy Chernicoff
  • Role: Mago
  • Mara Bestelli
  • Role: Mabel

Crew Rojo

  • Benjamín Naishtat
  • Director
  • Pedro Sotero
  • Director of Photography
  • Andrés Quaranta
  • Editor
  • Benjamín Naishtat
  • Screenplay
  • Vincent van Warmerdam
  • Original Music Composer
  • Pedro Sá Earp
  • Sound Recordist
  • Julieta Dolinsky
  • Art Direction
  • Florencia González Rogani
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Simon Apostolou
  • Sound Mixer
  • Fernando Ribero
  • Sound Director
  • Barbara Sarasola-Day
  • Producer
  • Federico Eibuszyc
  • Producer

Special note: A hearty HELLO to all our viewers! First, we so appreciate your support. We value your comments and feedback.

Our big news of the day is…tomorrow we depart for London and destinations beyond. We will explore much of Europe for the next 5 weeks, including visiting long time friends in Switzerland.

When and if we are able to view films, we will send reviews. If possible we will send pictures along the way. Love to all and cheers! J&J

4 thoughts on “Movies: Ad Astra, Ms. Purple, Rojo”

  1. I arrived home last night and now you will be gone for five weeks!! Have a super vacation.

    All of these movies sound interesting. Thanks. Xoxoxo

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