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A STAR IS BORN (2018): The Things I Liked…

A Star Is Born (2018), Bradley Cooper
A Star Is Born (2018), Bradley Cooper

A Star Is Born stars Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine, an ageing, alcoholic musician in a downward spiral, whilst Lady Gaga plays the talented young singer he helps find fame.

I’ll start by saying that I definitely misread the film’s duration of ‘one hundred and thirty six minutes’ as ‘one hour thirty-six minutes.’ Luckily though, in the end the longer than average two hours 16 minutes total length barely proved punishing.

As for why this movie appealed, I had to watch it if just to see how well Cooper faired in the dual leading actor / director role. The good news is, A Star Is Born is a well executed story that’s heartbreaking, funny, layered, well captured and it features some rather memorable music. In fact, my favourite song on the soundtrack is called Shallow and I’ve played it many and I mean MANY times since.

There’s no denying that I absolutely bought Cooper’s tortured character’s emotional journey. I also believed him as a rock star because of the good music in the film and how his character presented physically – including the way he moved – both on and off the stage. I especially enjoyed the first time Shallow is performed on stage; a pretty glorious experience very well captured..

Besides Cooper’s well executed dual roles, other highlights include the deep bass in Cooper and co-star Sam Elliott’s voices. There’s also a memorable perfectly executed funny moment that involves one of the two / three times Frank Sinatra is mentioned.

My suspension of disbelief was briefly interrupted by the uncomfortable closeups near the beginning of the movie. Closeups that luckily either eased off as the film went on, or they somehow bothered me less. There were also one or two moments of dialogue that felt quite awkward during Cooper and Gaga’s early interactions. Thankfully though, that awkwardness also eased off as the film continued.

I say watch A Star Is Born because it’s layered, handles well themes linked to different kinds of relationships, familial, business, healthy, unhealthy, poisonous, etc. Lastly, if you’re not already in love, there’s a reasonable chance that A Star Is Born will make you want to be, and likely with a musician. So good luck!

Happy Film Loving

G

HERE AND NOW (2018): New Trailer From Renée Zellweger, Sarah Jessica Parker, Simon Baker…

Here And Now (2018), Sarah Jessica Parker
Here And Now (2018), Sarah Jessica Parker

Directer Fabien Constant’s Here and Now stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a singer in New York who finds a new perspective on her life and dreams following grim diagnosis.

Other key cast includes Renée Zellweger, Simon Baker, Common, Taylor Kinney, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Potts…

Seems like the kind of interesting human story I could enjoy. The mix of acting talent is kind of  unexpected whilst holding some promise.

Lastly, I find curious about Parker’s singing voice – assuming that we’ll get to here it in the movie.

Here & Now Release Dates: November 9th, 2018 (US)…

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TEEN SPIRIT (2018): New Trailer From Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Millie Brady…

Teen Spirit (2018), Elle Fanning
Teen Spirit (2018), Elle Fanning

Teen Spirit is the story of a shy teenager who who dreams of leaving behind her small town life in exchange for pop stardom. Her chance finally arrives in the shape of an unlikely mentor and a talent, integrity and ambition testing international singing competition.

Directed by Max Minghella; Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall and Millie Brady star…

I’m curious about Elle Fanning’s British accent and I want to find out how much Teen Spirit will remind me of Beyond The Lights (2014)if at all.

Elizabeth Berrington, Zlatko Buric, Jordan Atephens and Archie Madekwe also star.

Teen Spirit Release Dates

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A STAR IS BORN (2018): New Trailer From Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott…

A Star Is Born (2018), Lady Gaga
A Star Is Born (2018), Lady Gaga

In A Star Is Born, an ageing and alcoholic musician in a downward spiral helps a young singer and actress find fame.

Bradley Cooper (also the director) stars along with Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott…

First thoughts as this trailer began to play included ‘Welcome back Mr. Cooper! I sure did notice your absence.’

I’m in for all the different talents involved, including cooper in both actor  and director roles.

Anthony Ramos, Bonnie Somerville, Andrew Dice Clay, D.J. ‘Shangela’ Pierce and Willam Belli also star.

A Star Is Born Release Dates: October 5th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (2018): New Trailer For Queen Documentary Starring Rami Malek, Mike Myers…

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Rami Malek
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Rami Malek

Bohemian Rhapsody is the name of one of Queen’s most popular songs. It’s now also a film starring Rami Malek as late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher and Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of the years leading up to Queen‘s legendary appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert…

I’m so very in for Malek’s performance. I also want to re-live the Queen experience I’m familiar and that that I’m not. So far so good. Though I don’t remember Mercury’s teeth being quite that way.

Bohemian Rhapsody Release Dates: October 24th, 2018 (UK); November 2nd, 2018 (US)…

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WHITNEY (2018): New Trailer For Whitney Houston Documentary…

Whitney (2018), Whitney Houston
Whitney (2018), Whitney Houston

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, Whitney is a new documentary that offers an in depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

Shedding a new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston’s life, we’re exposed to Houston’s family life beyond the tabloid headlines…

I’m really interested in this one as a Whitney Houston fan and as someone who’s ever curious about the things that lead to what people become – great and otherwise.

Whitney Release Dates: July 6th 2018 (US & UK)…

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G

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (2017): New Trailer From Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Alex Sharp…

How To Talk to Girls At Parties (2017), Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp
How To Talk to Girls At Parties (2017), Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp

Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson and Alex Sharp are the stars of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a John Cameron Mitchell directed comedy / romance about an alien. An alien that’s touring the galaxy but breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe – the London suburb of Croydon…

I’m in for the alien activity and the costumes. I also can’t say that I didn’t find the line in the official synopsis about Croydon amusing.

How To Talk To Girls At Parties Release Dates: May 18th, 2018 (UK)…

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GAGA – FIVE FOOT TWO (2017): New Trailer For Lady Gaga Documentary…

Gaga - Five Foot Two (2017), Lady Gaga
Gaga – Five Foot Two (2017), Lady Gaga

Gaga – Five Foot Two is a new documentary about pop provocateur Lady Gaga. Directed by Chris Moukarbel, the film takes us behind the scenes as the pop sensation releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show…

I’m watching this one to find out what Gaga has been up to since her second album. I kind of lost track of her after then. therefore, I don’t even know which Super Bowl halftime show the above synopsis is referring to.

Gaga – Five Foot Two Release Dates: September 22nd, 2017 (US)…

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