The first documentary I ever saw was “March of the Penguins”, back in 2005. It’s so good I saw it twice!
Now I’ve seen my second. This new one is called “In the Shadow of the Moon”, and it’s the story of the nine American astronauts who have gone to the moon. The movie was produced by Ron Howard and it includes the original footage from the Apollo space missions of the late 1960’s, some that no one has ever seen until now. And we get to meet most of the astronauts as they are today and hear their stories of what it was like to orbit the moon or actually walk on it.
“In the Shadow of the Moon” will be interesting to you if you remember watching these space missions when you were a kid (like my Dad), OR if this is the first time you are learning about them (like me).
The movie is rated PG for a few bad words. It’s a must-see for students and teachers studying space travel and for anyone interested in this period of American’s history. It’s not in many theaters around the country so you’re going to have to search for it. Trust me, you’ll be happy that you did.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “In the Shadow of the Moon” rockets to a B! To sum it up: It’s a blast!
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities since he was 6 years old. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest appeared in the first. Seacrest was a VIP guest at a local telethon. Jackson, a big fan of “Idol”, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since then Jackson’s collection of photos with stars from film, TV, stage and sports has grown to over 400. Every one represents a special moment in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson and includes its own unique backstory.