Tagged: Drama

Summary:

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Year: 2018

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th October 2018

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Damien Chazelle

Screenwriter: Josh Singer, James R. Hansen (based on the book by)

Cast: Christopher Abbott (Dave Scott), Mark Armstrong (Paul Haney), Chandler Barron (Scott Carpenter), Skyler Bible (Richard Gordon), Connor Colton Blodgett (Mark Armstrong), Leon Bridges (Gil Scott-Heron), Callie Brown (Young Bonnie White), Kyle Chandler (Deke Slayton), Jason Clarke (Ed White), Steve Coulter (Guenter Wendt), Ethan Embry (Pete Conrad), J.D. Evermore (Chris Kraft), Ryan Clay Forbes (Bill Anders), Claire Foy (Janet Armstrong), Patrick Fugit (Eliott See), Matthew Glave (Chuck Yaeger), Ryan Gosling (Neil Armstong), Edmund Grant (Older Ed White Jnr.), Choppy Guillotte (John Young), Lukas Haas (Mike Collins), Oliver Hamilton (Pat White), James R. Hansen (Dr. Kurt Debus), Robert Hatch (Joe Schmitt), Braydyn Nash Helms (Young Eddie White Jnr.), Ciaran Hinds (Bob Gilruth), Helen S. Jackson (Louise Sheron), Brian d’Arcy James (Joe Walker), Shaun Eric Jones (Wally Schirra), Jonathon Kankolenski (Young Edward Higgins II), John F. Kennedy (himself – archive), Michael Lee Kimel (Bill Moon), William Gregory Lee (Gordon Cooper), Dutin Lewis (Ralph Morse), George Linkenback (Col. Frank Borman), Ben Owen (John Hodge), Greg Puckett (Charles Berry), Willie Repoley (Jim Fucci), Kermit Rolison (George Mueller), Pablo Schreiber (Jim Lovell), Margo Schroeder (June Hoffman Armstrong), Brady Smith (Butch Butchart), Claire Smith (Older Bonnie White), Corey Michael Smith (Roger Chaffee), Lucy Brooke Stafford (Karen Armstrong), Andrew Stahl (Ken Mattingly), Jim Stearns (David Hammock), Corey Stoll (Buzz Aldrin), Kris Swanberg (Marilyn See), William G. Tomek (Donald Babbitt), Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (himself – archive), Kent Wagner (Fred Haise), Gavin Warren (Young Rick Armstrong), John David Whalen (John Glenn), Shea Whigham (Gus Grissom), Luke Winters (Older Rick Armstrong), Perry Zulu Jnr. (Robert Lawrence)

Runtime: 141 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR FIRST MAN REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths Review:

 

When you think of space exploration we now days think of the romanticised Hollywood version of space travel. Unless you can think back to realistic movies like Apollo 13 it is easy to forget that it only takes a second for space exploration to become a nightmare for all involved. Sure we have sci-fi movies like Aliens that enhance the extra-terrestrial horror that many believe might be out there, somewhere, but very few films capture the horrors of the unknown and the impact it had on its first explorers like First Man does.

Director Damian Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) doesn’t have to develop scary looking aliens in order to create horror for intrepid test pilot and engineer Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling – Drive, Blue Valentine) and his wife Janet (Claire Foy – Season Of The Witch, Vampire Academy). Like he did with Whiplash Chazelle just shows human life in its purest form… which for this family provided more horror than most couples could withstand. From the loss of their daughter which led to Armstrong joining the NASA Space Program in the first place, dangerous test missions that place Neil’s life in danger nearly every day through to the anguish that Janet endures on the days she knows that her husband is doing such tests. Chazelle just stirs the pot and lets the human emotions in the film bubble and boil until they explode.

Neil and Janet’s solace come from their best friends Ed White (Jason Clarke – Zero Dark Thirty, Terminator Genisys), his wife Pat (Olivia Hamilton – Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, The Last Tycoon) and Neil’s immediate boss the caring yet determined Deke Slayton (Kyle Chandler – Friday Night Lights, Argo). Even so Pat and Janet’s ‘talking’ is normally disguised as children’s play dates, Neil seems happy to talk to Ed about the mission but pushes him away when the talk turns personal and while Deke does what he can to help his test pilots at the same time he is the man who has to make tough calls like switching off intercoms so wives can’t hear their husbands in peril and writing death announcements for missions he has to appear to be ‘confident’ for.

First Man could have easily suffered from Titanic-syndrome, a film where the audience knows the ultimate outcome and therefore just sits on the edge of their seat waiting for the expected finale but here Chazelle, who is aided brilliantly by his screenwriter Josh Singer (The West Wing, The Post), takes the audience on a different kind of journey. He captures moments they never told us about during our High School science classes. The raw, claustrophobic feel a test pilot feels as he hurled into orbit in what seems like a sardine can that they aren’t even sure will make the journey, the moments that wives find out that their husbands haven’t returned from a flight and the protests that occurred in America when the loss of life made people realise that these test pilots were really guinea pigs in what seemed like a cruel experiment. Then of course there is the tension an astronaut’s job puts on his family life and here we see painful moments such as the one where Janet has to plead with Neil to tell his children that he may not come back from his moon mission.

Just like he did with Whiplash Chazelle also brings out the best in his cast and helps them bring their character’s pain and anguish to the fore. Claire Foy delivers her best role to date and if she doesn’t at least receive an Oscar nomination for this performance then something is seriously wrong. As an actress she delivers on every level as Janet is put through an emotional ringer and these are the kinds of performances that the Academy should be applauding – ones that test an actress and her acting abilities. Equally good is Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. When cast as an All-American hero, a real life Captain America if you will, you wouldn’t expect an actor to have to become emotional dark and foreboding, but that is exactly what is expected of Gosling here. Forget his pretty boy looks because here Gosling calls on the acting skills that saw him create memorable characters in films like Drive or The Place Beyond The Pines… he is absolutely brilliant.

First Man is the first film of 2018 that I have seen where my thought throughout was ‘this needs to be an Oscar film.’ From start to finish it felt like the film was taking me on a claustrophobic ride with its characters. The sequences in which the pilots are conducting test flights are moments of sheer cinematic masterpiece, where visuals and sound effects come together in a way that creates a horror that you never expected. This combined by outstanding dramatic acting performances from its leads and again I find myself putting the five stars down on a Damian Chazelle film. First Man is sheer brilliance, a lesson in dramatic filmmaking.

 

 

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): 

 

 

IMDB Rating: First Man (2018) on IMDb

 

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Trailer:

 

Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, American Sniper) returns as an actor and director in new crime drama The Mule and Roadshow have just released the trailer for it… so take a look right here.

Also starring in the film are audience favourites Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring, Anna), Michael Pena (End Of Watch, Shooter) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Mystic River). The film is relesed on December 14th.

We all know Paul Dano as an actor who has done amazing work in films like Prisoners and Love & Mercy but now Dano takes the director’s chair with the new film Wildlife. The film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Nightcrawler) , Carey Mulligan (Shame, Never Let Me Go) and Aussie Ed Oxenbould (Better Watch Out, The Visit) today had its trailer released to the public.

 

The cast of the new powerful crime drama The Hate U Give has given us a behind the scenes look of thef film that is due to hit cinemas in October. Starring Amandla Stenberg (The Darkest Minds, The Hunger Games), Regina Hall (Scary Movie, Girls Trip), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain AMerica: Civil War) and Common (Wanted, Suicide Squad) the film is also directed by George Tillman Jnr (Faster, Notorious).

 

Stan has announced that it will premiere the new limited SHOWTIME series ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA on November 19, with new episodes weekly, same day as the U.S.

Directed and executive produced by Emmy winner Ben StillerESCAPE AT DANNEMORA is an eight-hour limited series starring Academy Award winners Benicio del Toro and Patricia Arquette and Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano.

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA is based on the stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 which spawned a state-wide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men. Del Toro plays convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Arquette plays Tilly Mitchell, a working class wife and mother who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both men, ultimately agreeing to hide hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to help them get out. Dano plays David Sweat, a convicted cop-killer who may have genuine feelings for Tilly and becomes a reluctant partner in Richard Matt’s plot.

The cast also features Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bonnie Hunt, acclaimed actor Eric Lange and Emmy nominee David Morse. Produced by SHOWTIME, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA is written and executive produced by Brett Johnson (Mad Men) and Oscar nominee Michael Tolkin (The Player), who met while working as writers on Ray Donovan. In addition to Stiller, Johnson and Tolkin, Bryan Zuriff (Steve Jobs, Ray Donovan), Bill Carraro (Blade Runner 2049Terminator: Genisys),  three-time Academy Award nominee, Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Fifty Shades of Grey) via Michael De Luca Productions, and Nicky Weinstock for Red Hour Productions serve as executive producers.

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA comes exclusively to Stan as part of its long-term partnership with SHOWTIME. Other shows include WHO IS AMERICA, currently streaming, Jim Carrey’s KIDDING which will premiere soon and political docu-series THE CIRCUS, which returns September 17.

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA will premiere exclusively on Stan November 19 with new episodes weekly, same day as the U.S

Jirga, the new film from award-winning filmmaker, author and paramedic Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion, Paramedico) has been selected to make its International Premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in the section dedicated to showcasing first or second features, Discovery.  Gilmour will be joined in Toronto by lead actor Sam Smith.

Jirga was the only Australian film In Competition at Sydney Film Festival, and screens In Competition at Cinefest Oz this week after sold-out screenings at MIFF. Following TIFF, Footprint Films presents Q&A screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth ahead of the film’s September 27 release date, with other states to follow.  

Set and shot in Afghanistan in extraordinary circumstances, Jirga stars Sam Smith as a former Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga. 

Benjamin Gilmour said “We’re so thrilled to have Jirga at Toronto, such an important festival. I think audiences are really craving films like this, stories of reconciliation and peace.”

Jirga is directed and written by Benjamin Gilmour, produced by John Maynard. Executive producers are Bridget Ikin and David Gross. Jirga is a Felix Media production. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Definition Films.

 

JIRGA Q&A TOUR

 

Sydney

Thursday 20 September

6.30pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard, hosted by Sydney Morning Herald’s Garry Maddox

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
- 380 Military Road,
Cremorne

Buy tickets:  http://www.orpheum.com.au/wp-cinema/movie/OJIRGAQA/JIRGA+-+QA+PREVIEW/

 

Sunday 23 September

3pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Dendy Newtown261-263 King St, Newtown

Buy tickets https://www.dendy.com.au/events/q-and-a-screening-jirga-422

 

Friday 28 September

7pm screening JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Casula Powerhouse

 

Wednesday 3 October 

7pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard 

Parramatta Riverside Theatre

 

Canberra

Friday 21 September

7pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith 

Dendy Canberra – Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St, Canberra

Buy tix: https://www.dendy.com.au/events/q-and-a-screening-jirga

 

Melbourne

Tuesday 25 September

6.45pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith hosted by The Guardian’s Luke Buckmaster

Cinema Nova – 380 Lygon St Carlton

Buy tix: : https://www.cinemanova.com.au/films/jirga

 

Perth

Thursday 27 September

6.30pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith 

Luna Leederville155 Oxford St, Leederville 

Buy tix: http://lunapalace.com.au/special-events+2681+jirga-qa-screening-with-director-lead-actor

eOne Entertainment has just launched the trailer for the eagerly anticipated Green Book. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, GREEN BOOK is the uplifting true story of a friendship that defied the odds. Set in 1962, the film follows Italian-American Tony Lip (Mortensen), who is hired to chauffer African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) on a concert tour through the Deep South. GREEN BOOK will have its World Premiere as a Gala Presentation at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It will premiere in Australia on the 24th January, 2019.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick  take a look at new release films ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,’ ‘Perfect Strangers,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Live By Night,’ and ‘Split’.

This episode also contains interviews with Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, M. Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy, Sophie Mathieson (Drama) and Steve Bastoni (Peninsula Short Film Festival).

Also make sure you listen to this week’s show as we have a very special Blood Father pack to giveaway thanks to our friends at Icon Entertainment. The pack contains a copy of Blood Father on DVD and a limited edition Blood Father T-Shirt. To enter simply listen to this week’s show and then send us a private message with the answer to Dave’s question on either Facebook or Twitter.

You can listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show or download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.