Ryan Gosling in 'First Man' (Photo credit: Daniel McFadden - © 2018 Universal Studios)

Ryan Gosling in 'First Man' (Photo credit: Daniel McFadden - © 2018 Universal Studios)

Jan Wahl Review: 'First Man' and 'The Happy Prince'

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Jan Wahl
October 12, 2018 - 8:54 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - One man explores the moon, while the other was a pioneer of literature and love. KCBS Radio's Entertainment Reporter John Wahl tells us about two films that try to read between the lines of history.

First Man is the story of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. We know him as a father in this film, a husband and an amazing astronaut. His space mission is detailed. Ryan Gosling underplays Armstrong and that's a problem. But it is worth seeing for the information, the story, and The Crown's Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong. I learned about these years from this film with these astronauts so I recommend it. It will take you out of this world.

FIRST MAN (PG-13) 141 min
Studio: Universal Pictures
Screenplay: Josh Singer and Nicole Perlman
Based On The Book By: James R. Hansen
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Jon Bernthal, Kyle Chandler, Lukas Haas, and Ethan Embry

About The Movie:
On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. (UNIVERSAL PICTURES)


His name was Oscar Wilde. He wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and so many others. But he also was sent to prison for the love that dare not say it's name. In The Happy Prince, we get Rupert Everett's look at the dark side of genius. How it was at the end of his life. I would recommend Stephen Fry's 'Wild' and then this one. One does not get too much "wild" and this is for adults only.

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Written by: Rupert Everett
Director: Rupert Everett
Starring: Rupert Everett, Emily Watson, Colin Firth

About The Movie:
In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive and Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintances, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories - his incomparable wit still sharp. The Happy Prince is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love in the last days of the nineteenth century. (SONY PICTURES CLASSICS)


Other Movies To See: Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians and Pick of The Litter

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