First Man
First screened in October 2018 / Most recently screened in November 2018
Director: Damien Chazelle. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Ciarán Hinds, Patrick Fugit, Christopher Abbott, Corey Stoll, Shea Whigham, Olivia Hamilton, Brian d'Arcy James, Ethan Embry, Lukas Haas, Pablo Schreiber, Cory Michael Smith, Luke Winters, Lucy Stafford, Gavin Warren, Connor Blodgett. Screenplay: Josh Singer (based on the biography by James R. Hansen).

Twitter Capsule: One strong lap for studio cinema, one sidewinding path for its storytellers. Too ambitious and spread out? Amazing sound.

VOR:   The history it tells obeys a few well-worn limits, but its vantage on its subject is impressively demythologizing. Rethinks genre and style completely.



Photo © 2018 Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

(in October 2018: B)


Academy Award Nominations:
Best Production Design: Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas
Best Sound Mixing: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee, and Mary H. Ellis
Best Sound Editing: Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou
Best Visual Effects: Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Supporting Actress: Claire Foy
Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz

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