Film Notes

Safety & HR Lessons from Movies – First Man and Apollo 11

◾Both movies are superbly edited and the soundtracks are brilliant. In the Apollo 11 Documentary, even though you know how the story ends, the soundtrack is one of the reasons that you stay on the edge of your seat.
◾As my film critic son would say, the sound in First Man “is off the chain.” I had no idea about how terrifying the noise of a giant rocket was in takeoff.
◾Unfairly, some right-leaning commentators accused First Man of being unpatriotic because it did not show Armstrong planting the flag. The whole movie is a love letter to the USA space effort! The Director spent little time focusing on the moon activities because he had clear goals of what he wanted to show about Armstrong and how he, in some ways, finally made peace with his daughter’s death as he stared at the amazing majesty of the moon surface with Earth handing above. You’ll tear up.
◾The movie was pre-OSHA and operated with a get-it-done, we’ll-pay-the-cost mentality. A fascinating side story is how NASA turned around safety (and efficiency) after the loss of the Space shuttle.
◾After again seeing what the wives endured, I can now see why my wife loved the book, The Astronauts’ Wives.
◾Astonishingly, First Man built sets and did NOT use much green screen/CGI as do most similar movies!
◾Texans and indie movie fans should be proud that Neon bought the Apollo 11 Documentary and several outstanding Sundance Films such as Monos. Neon is the Film Company co-founded by Tim League, who owns the legendary Alamo Drafthouse.

Workplace Lessons from Film – Untouchable.

◾Some critics believe that the accomplished documentarian rushed Untouchable so as to be the first documentary on Weinstein and to achieve a symbolic release at the Sundance Film Festival, where Weinstein was a larger than life player. The movie has problems.
◾The worst extreme of Hollywood’s culture is illustrated by Karina Longworth’s Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes Hollywood, which painfully describes how a culture demeaning to women began in the California film industry.
◾Set it Up surprised people and was called one of the best creative romantic comedies of the last 10 years. See, Reviews at Rotten Tomatoes and Variety review. The movie is a Netflix product.
Late Night has been picked up by Amazon and even gathered a bit of early Oscar talk for Emma Thompson.