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Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #8: The American Astronaut (2001)

May 12, 2011

The Director of the Animated Comedy Series Lunki and Sika Janne the Director8. The American Astronaut (2001)

If you ask me they don’t make enough western science fictions. Sure, it’s nice that Jon Favreau got Cowboys & Aliens coming up and I even produced one myself almost 10 years ago; No Law 4000. But all of them are missing one important ingredient… singing and dancing!

This lowbudget masterpiece made by the Billy Nayer Show is in beautiful black and white and tells us the story of…  ehm… some guy that looks like Hugh Jackman that sings but still manages to remain manly.

He is on a mission to deliver something to somewhere and on his way he meets… old dudes who tells the best “Hertz Donut”-joke ever, The Boy Who Actually Saw A Woman’s Breast and The Blueberry Pirate of course.

The music is great within the film but it’s nothing I would really listen to at home. But a great score doesn’t have to mean “great music”. It’s not BAD – it’s just too quirky for my sensitive music ears. But, as I said; within the film = genius. It’s probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen but it’s weird enough to suit everybody.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: . Chopper [2000]

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2011 10:59

    I really liked that movie a lot. The “hertz donut” joke was told by none other than the old guy who played Carmela Soprano’s dad on “The Sopranos”.

    My favorite part was the song about the girl with the vagina made of glass.

    • May 12, 2011 10:59


      I think my favorite part is when the Hugh Jackman looking lead is walking from his spaceship to the… space bar. Jumping his way in low gravity in a spotlight while the music is bombastic and simplistic at the same time.

  2. May 12, 2011 10:59

    While I’m at it:

    Everyone should check out John’s blog! Click his name and jump into the rabbit hole. There will be droids.

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