First Man

The second film on the plane was this one about Neil Armstrong, and it was also another brillo film.

It told the story of how Neil got into the space program, his training and testing programs, and of course the trip to the moon. It also looked at his home life, or as the film would have you believe, his lack of interest in family life and his obsession of doing spacey things.

The direction was superb, and the acting just as good, although Ryan Gosling just had to look po-faced and serious all the time. The moon landing sequence was great.

As with Bohemian Rhapsody I can’t really fault this one, but it is not quite as gripping. Still, it is a very worthwhile watch.

Date watched: March 19th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2019: 6

The Place Beyond The Pines

Right from the opening scene I could tell that this was maybe going to be a rather good film, and indeed it was, although maybe a tad long.

Ryan Gosling was absolutely fabs in his third of the film, followed by Bradley Cooper in his third, then the two younger actors in the last third. Ray Liotta, a fave actor of mine, was also incredibly good and played the kind of character he often does: dirty and corrupt. There was one scene where his face was partly covered as he looked into a car at Bradley Cooper, you could just see one eye but it was chilling.

The story took some different twists in it’s three acts, and while it was dealing with deep human topics it didn’t get too heavy-handed.

The whole film was just worth watching for Ryan and Ray.

Date watched: September 9th
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2015: 118