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THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (2001)

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THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (2001)

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THE BUZZ

     The frontman of Billy Nayer Show (to quote Wikipedia, a New York musical group of questionable genre) made a truly bizarre monochrome quasi-space western musical noir comedy drama adventure. With original music by the band organically fit into the (for lack of a better word) movie, this flick provides viewers with a surreal, almost nonsensical, definitely unusual experience for those curious enough to watch it and lucky enough to find it. It’s currently on Netflix, but who knows how long that could be for. I’m a huge fan of strange movies; this is the weirdest fucking movie I’ve seen since Taxidermia. I’ll attempt to summarize, just so I can say I tried: Samuel Curtis (a guy who’s a lot like Lone Star from Space Balls) gets hired to take The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman’s Breast from Jupiter, the Planet of Men to Venus, the Planet of Women so that he can mate with them. All the while being chased by his arch-nemesis Professor Hess, a thrill-killer who can’t kill Curtis because Hess has an unspecified problem with Curtis. Yeah, that’s the best I can do. It’s so goddamned weird.

 

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

     I was entertained the entire duration of this movie. The music is awesome, the presentation is about thirty exits past “eccentric,” and the universe they build in it is actually kindof compelling. I’d never heard of Billy Nayer Show before I found this in the “random” list in Netflix, but I’m a huge fan now. It’s not quite a musical, because the music fits into the universe at really organic points. Well, as organic as a weird acid trip of a movie as this is going to get, anyway. I don’t frequently use the word “unique” to describe media, but I really don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like this. Maybe Firefly mixed with Renaissance mixed with a Dream Theater concert? That’s the best I’ve got.

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

     If you have been reading up to this point, you may have noticed that I mentioned that this is a sortof strange movie. If you’re not in the mood to artistically open your mind up a little bit (seriously, The American Astronaut is so bizarre, it can be off-putting), don’t watch this. I don’t know the last art film I watched without being recommended to me first, but I was not prepared. The music was also stellar, but this is somewhere between a musical and a high-concept concert DVD, and all of it was super experimental, so if that’s not your cup of tea, you’re likely not to dig it as much. However, the story is really simple even though strange, so unlike most artistic films, I’d say it actually holds up well for group viewing.

THE ATMOSPHERE: Casual Gathering, Large Party

     Okay, so yeah; I’ve spent this whole review talking about how strange and inaccessible this film is. But I’ll be frank; all of us here at Tanked Matinee are weirdos who like obtuse films. I’m assuming you may be the same, because there are tons of review sites out there, yet you’re reading this one. So if you’re looking for a healthy dose of highly entertaining offbeat media for your party, I really recommend this film. It’s artistic, but it’s not pretentious whatsoever. The music and imagery just fit together so well that it really comes together to make a one-of-a-kind viewing experience loaded with tons of “wat” and laughs. So put it on for your party of weird people and enjoy! I know I sure as hell did.

DRINK

Once when someone says a planet’s name

Once every time someone mentions The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman’s Breast

Once for each person Professor Hess kills (estimate if you aren’t sure)

(Hertz Donut Mode) One shot for each Hertz Donut

 

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