For a film about a historical event which looks ahead to a future where we move past partisan politics into a world of discovery, First Man has turned out to be surprisingly political and controversial.
Perhaps this was inevitable. Very little that emerges, culturally, from the American sphere right now isn’t loaded with some level of subtext, be it a coded sideswipe at the alt-right or pointed rejection of the liberal left. Everything has to be ‘relevant’. You almost want First Man to run and hide from such analysis.
If you listen to my podcast The X-Cast regularly, you’ll have heard the name Carl Sweeney.
Having cut his podcasting teeth on my X-Files show, Carl this year has broken out to develop The Movie Palace, a podcast which looks every week at a brand new film from Classic Hollywood. This week, it was my turn to guest for the first time, discussing my choice – Charles Laughton’s one and only film as director, 1955’s The Night of the Hunter.
This was a great discussion, and the film was incredibly fun to watch again with one eye on the research. If you’re a classic film buff, you’ll enjoy this, and you’ll definitely dig Carl’s top drawer show. I’ll be back on it again in December all going to plan talking about a film we tease at the end of this…