Movie Review: FIRST MAN

FIRST MAN movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll Writer: Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen Director: Damien Chazelle Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 12, 2018 FIRST MAN refers not to early homo sapiens as an individual or group, but rather to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It is hoped that this isn’t a big spoiler, but the title gives it away, and it happened (to enormous, long-lasting publicity) forty years ago. Neil Armstrong is an impressive man, and what he and the NASA Apollo mission achieved […]Read On »

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2017 OSCARS: MOONLIGHT wins Best Picture after mistake

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the award show | © 2017 ABC/Jeff Lipsky

Here’s something you don’t see every year. The 89th Academy Awards presentation on ABC network on February 26, 2017, will go down in history. Yes, the Best Picture Oscar for MOONLIGHT, the low-budget drama about a young gay black man at three stages of his life, is unique in many ways. However, what a lot of Oscar viewers may remember most about the evening is that, for the first time ever, the wrong movie got announced as the winner before it got straightened out onstage. When the time came to present Best Picture, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read off […]Read On »

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WHIPLASH composers Justin Hurwitz and Tim Simonec keep a mean jazz beat – Interview

WHIPLASH soundtrack | ©2014 Varese Sarabande Records

In a cinema where wannabe musicians have their aspirations lifted through the very mild tribulations of crotchety, yet ultimately humane instructors, filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH  is FIGHT CLUB as opposed to FAME – the equivalent of a cymbal in the face, or a shower of blood splashed across a drum kit. While young percussion prodigy Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) gets out of the way of the first abuse-bomb, he’ll have plenty of blood, sweat and tears to give in his sadistic servant-master relationship to his instructor Terence Fletcher, a jazz drill sergeant who makes the scream-swear martinet in FULL METAL […]Read On »

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