I am proud and happy with my review for the movie First Man and would love to hear what you think of the review and the film. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend a preview screening two weeks ago for Scenestr magazine and I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of the review to see how it would go.

The Oscar race is amongst us and I’m not sure how First Man will fare as the race goes on and more contenders are released. The appeal of the film is tough to market too and may explain that the film opened this weekend below expectations box office wise. So I feel its important to get the word out in my own small corner of the internet that this film is good, damn good. You can read my review here http://scenestr.com.au/movies-and-tv/first-man-review-20181011 and if you like it please feel free to give it some social media love. God when did I become such a shill? But people sometimes tell me to be more confident so let me say with confidence I’m pretty happy with this one, yeah I was pretty happy with the Cher review too but that doesn’t always happen so let me know what you think.

Produced by Eyeball Media Enterprises Scenestr is an online national magazine with local offices around Australia. Celebrating 25 years in 2018 of publishing history they’ve excelled at moving into the digital realm but they remain at heart from the streets. They still publish magazines in print for Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and now Victoria! every month too.

-Lloyd Marken


  1. An accomplished review indeed, Lloyd, and you obviously liked the film, and rate it highly.
    I don’t really care for ‘true life’ space films. Perhaps because I grew up watching these things happen live on the news, and to be honest, even doubted that they were actually on the Moon, as it looked so ‘artificial’.
    I have also tried and tried with Ryan Gosling. It is all but sacrilege to speak against him, but I will. He plays EVERY part the same. EVERY SINGLE PART. Whether he is a bad guy, a driver, a good guy, a lover, whatever. He is like a good-looking totem pole; devoid of emotion, and any acting skill I can glean from watching him.
    So will I be watching this? Answers on a postcard to R. Gosling esq, 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. We can agree to disagree about Ryan but I think I know where you’re coming from and you are not alone and it is not sacrilege. British actress Claire Foy is also quite good in the film by the way. I will admit having watched Apollo 13 as a teenager I wondered what would be the point of the telling of a more successful straight forward mission but I was very impressed by it indeed. I’ve watched Neil Armstrong in documentaries since and in old age he was very charming and relaxed in a way that Gosling does not portray him and yet everything I suspected was exaggerated in the film all turned out to be true according to recounts from those closest to him and historical record. Regardless of how Neil was in real life and how Gosling plays him I found it very involving and first rate filmmaking so I will continue to champion it but it will not be for everyone. I’m really proud of this review so I’m glad you like it, in particular I think I did a good job with the last paragraph and closing with “This is one of the year’s best.” like the great film critic Roger Ebert. My little nod to him that I do on occasion. A fragment that I was worried would not passed muster with my critic but was actually used as the quote on the link.

      1. We should arrange that. “Lloyd Marken Reads His Favourite Reviews for Beetley Pete.” He’s the only fool who asked for that pompous windbag to do this. 🙂

  2. A very good review with all of the relevant areas covered and all of the reader’s questions answered. One constructive criticism would be that you could perhaps look at the length of the sentences. Very often a long sentence can be two shorter ones. This makes it a lot easier for the reader who is tired after work and reading it in the bus or in the train. Overall, though, a good review and keep it up!

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