A Star Is BornstarsBradley 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 that’s very beautifully shot.
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 timed funny momentthat involves one of the two / three times Frank Sinatra is mentioned.
As for the not quite great things about A Star Is Born, 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.
Watch A Star Is Born because it’s good, 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 with that!
Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, there’s plenty to love about the The Hangover. In fact, the Todd Phillips directed comedy is one of those movies that left me with nothing bad to say.
Just to be clear though, the above statement is reserved only for this 2009 movie and not the two embarrassing ‘get as much money out of this as possible whilst we still can’ sequels that shamelessly followed. Moving on…
The reasons I love the hangover are obvious. The story is great, I saw exactly none of the surprising twists and turns coming, excellent casting, writing and soundtrack. The music in the movie really fits. There’s the great chemistry between the four main characters. Their depiction of a realistic bromance / brotherhood really went a long way.
Everything that happened in The Hangover felt so real to me. So much so that the brilliant Inbetweeners comedy series (the UK original version) came to mind because, it too has that combination of the believable male friendship dynamic and comedy.
There are too many great moments in The Hangover for me to pick just one. However, who after seeing this movie has been able to say the word ‘retard’ in just one way?
I haven’t watched all the movies of this genre but I’m committing to calling The Hangover one of, if not the most epic ‘bachelor party shenanigans’ movie ever made. The Hangover also helped wake me up to the charms of Bradley Cooper. By ‘charms’ I mean his acting talents. And yes, that suit in the hotel room scene when he and Justin Bartha’s character walk into Stu’s room definitely contributed to my charmed state. Looking that good combined with such evident swagger seldom goes unnoticed. You see, the typos on my blog aside, attention to detail has never been my problem.
Watch The Hangover again and again for an entertaining ride from beginning to glorious end.
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller’s new movie has a certain Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) and 21 Jump Street (2012) vibe. So if you loved those movies, chances are…
I wonder if this story would be as intriguing if it wasn’t based on real people. Namely David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli – the two young men who were hired to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.
I’m really hoping that the characters in this movie are not as annoying as the trailer music. War Dogs is directed and co-writen by Todd Phillips of The Hangover (2009). So perhaps I ought to be more hopeful.
A determined woman taking charge of her destiny and going after her dreams – especially when no one else believes, that for me is the subject matter of David O. Russell’s Joy; the movie that just got Jennifer Lawrence another Best Actress Golden Globe win.
In Lawrence’s third movie with Oscar Winning director, Russell, she’s joined by his other two favourite actors, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. There’s also Isabella Rossellini, Virginia Madsen, Elizabeth Rohm and Edgar Ramirez, all of whom deliver notable performances. I found Rossellinni and Madsen’s characters particularly entertaining
The journey you get to go on in the story of Joy will make you laugh, cry and cheer. As you do at least two of the above, you may also notice the beauty in the cinematography, filming style, dialogue and perfect pace of the movie. All of these elements come together and make Joy a lot of fun to watch. Another plus is the many useful lessons for aspiring business people with big lofty ideas / dreams.
Watch it because it’s good and because you know that making it in life and business can be hard but do you really know just how hard? Joy, who comes in the shape of a seriously badass Jennifer Lawrence is happy to show you, as well as remind you that it’s never really over until you decide.
Burnt stars Bradley Cooper and it’s a film about a talented chef’s journey to get his life back on track following one huge misstep. After watching the Burnt trailer a few months ago, I found myself unsure about how good I may end up finding the finished product.
The expectation was that I would fall in love with the food in the movie whilst enjoying learning about Cooper’s Adam Jones. What I found is that I didn’t fall in love with the food nor did I connect very much with Bradley Cooper’s character.
The lack of connection with the protagonist may have something to do with Adam Jones not being particularly likeable. It could also be the film’s seemingly odd structure and the feeling that the musical score didn’t fit especially comfortably.
In short, Burnt isn’t in the top ten of my favourite Bradley Cooper movies. However, there are one or two things I did like. For example, Uma Thurman’s performance stood out and I liked the way the story had me thinking about teamwork, friendship and redemption. I really enjoyed the interesting information about the Michelin Guide and how the establishment goes about awarding stars to superior hotels and restaurants in Europe. That I really loved.
If you’re after a good movie for food lovers, the kind that will make you wish you could reach into the screen to grab a piece of what the characters are eating, I recommend Chef (2014) and Julie & Julia (2009). Burnt is probably more for rather serious Bradley Cooper fans and those curious about the experience of a successful Chef.
American Sniper (2014)remains my favourite of Bradley Cooper’s performances. I’m not sure that 2015 was his year, though I did love his work in director David O. Russell’s Joy (2015), a great movie.