First Man (Featuring Brian Garth)

On the 32nd episode of Piecing It Together, returning co-host Brian Garth joins me to discuss First Man. Will Neil Armstrong overcome grief and make it to the moon? Will Damien Chazelle make three Oscar nominated, highly acclaimed films in a row with his first three features? Well yes, of course… but that doesn’t mean we loved it. Puzzle pieces include Dunkirk, Melancholia, The Right Stuff and Interstellar.

As always, SPOILER ALERT for First Man (and any other movies we discussed)!

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David Rosen is an award-winning music composer and producer who composes music for film and TV as well as his albums of instrumental music. He also hosts the Piecing It Together podcast and is the co-host of the Bird Road Podcast here on the All Points West Network.

2 comments on First Man (Featuring Brian Garth)

  1. Thomas Kroplinski says:

    I think the reason that they did that expansive scene of the moon without the ship in view is to try and give this moment some majesty. Most of the real historical footage of the lunar surface as seen from inside the Eagle is very tight field stuff that was shot through the lender’s tiny window. For that reason, the whole lunar landing generates a lot less “shock and awe.” Going back to that expansive scene, I think the director was trying to say ” holy shit, we’re landing on ANOTHER WORLD!!! ” It does seem strange that you don’t see the landed (except as a tiny dot right at the beginning of the shot). But I honestly think the idea was to lend some majesty to a moment in history that most people were not alive for (certainly not the largest demographic that goes to the movies). For me (an old fart who was 11 when this happened) I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up when I saw this scene, so maybe “you had to be there” in order to appreciate that.

    1. David Rosen says:

      I think that’s a pretty fair point but also goes back to what I think is the messiness of this movie… Not being able to decide what story to tell… If the movie is more about Neil Armstrong’s psyche, ignoring other aspects of the space race and mission, why bother? But yeah it is a huge moment 🙂

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