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Lloyd Christmas Is About To Lose His Mind Again

The Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy-led ‘First Man’ from 2018 revisited the historic Apollo 11 mission that culminated in the United States landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. The film’s director Damien Chazelle and his set crew beautifully recreated the moon’s surface and chronicled the first step by Neil Armstrong as well as a surprise, deeply reflective walk that personalized a grand moment that is now–impressively–more awe-inspiring.

Hollywood can dramatize and expertly recreate historic events. And yet a documentary tells a true story in masterful, artistic ways that are, at times, indescribable.

‘Apollo 11’ is one of these realities.

Director Todd Douglas Miller and major motion picture distributor Neon aims to do just that with its recent official trailer.

An exact release date has not been determined for ‘Apollo 11.’ Although it’s fair to say that people will surely mark their calendars when this exciting and informative documentary finally takes off into a theater near you.

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The Sounds of Space Aren’t Silent

What did space sound like in 1969? ‘First Man’ composer Justin Hurwitz thinks he knows…

With ‘First Man’ in theaters, the highly-anticipated cinematic adventure that chronicles the Appollo 11 mission to the moon, has been receiving rave reviews. Perhaps this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the same director, lead actor and composer from the smash hit ‘La La Land’–Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling and Justin Hurwitz–have returned to showcase the epic story–with new sub-stories–from this groundbreaking moment (well, decade) that changed human history forever.

Speaking of ‘La La Land’ and composer Justin Hurwitz, the soundtrack of a film is a powerful force and can even define the movie itself. We all know music’s starring role in ‘La La Land.’ With any other music, movies wouldn’t be the same. The same story, feeling, and impact of a spectacular soundtrack would not be projected onto the silver screen and then into our imaginations.

While I will be seeing ‘First Man’ in the very near future, it’s now commonplace for major studios to release a couple songs early. In doing so, it surely gets fans excited. But it also provides a glimpse into the heartbeat of a movie. Since Jimmy’s Daily Planet is a spoiler-free blog, I’ve purposely chosen a non-essential song from the soundtrack.

But it’s a fascinating sneak peek sneak listen nonetheless.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “Contingency Statement” by Justin Hurwitz from the ‘First Man’ soundtrack.

Eerie and unfamiliar yet hypnotizing.

Just like space.

That Famous Moon Shot

The United States won the “space race” against the Soviets on July 20, 1969. This long, dedicated pursuit and historic flight to space–through the lens of Neil Armstrong–is the focus of the film ‘First Man.’

Seems straightforward, right?

And yet there has been controversy recently surrounding the forthcoming film ‘First Man’ because there isn’t a scene that depicts the American flag literally being planted on the moon. While I will withhold final judgment until after seeing this movie, it seems like a bad call by a director–Damien Chazelle–who has made so many right calls in his young, burgeoning filmmaking career.

Without getting into the weeds here, the moon landing was an American achievement that inspired this country and the world.

That’s just reality.

Another reality is that the third trailer for ‘First Man’ is the best one yet.

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, but he did so with the help and support of an entire nation back on earth.

That fact can’t be omitted from history.

‘First Man’ Gets a Second Loop

‘First Man’ will not have a surprise ending–though conspiracy theorists may buy tickets just in case–yet the forthcoming film starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy looks every bit as engaging as the real events involving America’s successful landing on the moon back on July 20, 1969.

In preparation for the launch of the Damien Chazelle-directed movie that opens in theaters on October 12 (including IMAX), Universal Pictures premiered the second official trailer for ‘First Man’ today.

Seeing ‘First Man’ on the biggest screen possible will serve as a great reminder of what that risky, inspirational mission represented for our world nearly 50 years ago.