A Star is Born

The 498th film I have seen in theaters…

The best version of the story so far…

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Jackson Maine is a hard drinking, drug abusing, superstar who discovers Ally, a lounge singer. Believing in her talent, he pushes her onstage and she catapults to stardom. They fall in love, but as she rises, his star fades, ending in tragedy.

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Lady Gaga makes her debut as a lead, and she delivers. I’ve been to her show, I know she can sing. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that she has the makings of an excellent actress as well. I ain’t saying she will win an Oscar, but she will be nominated.

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Give him the Oscar now. Not sure if it will be Best Actor or Director, but he’s getting at least one. This was his best performance to date.

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Goddamn, Sam Elliott is amazing. He might snag supporting actor for this. All of his scenes were heartbreakers.

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Andrew Dice Clay is fantastic as Ally’s father. Like, REALLY good.

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Dave Chapelle also has some beautiful scenes as Jackson’s friend. He gives us a glimpse of the life Jackson could have if he wants it.

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This movie was stunningly good. The acting was top notch, as was the direction and writing. The cinematography and sound design/editing were on point. The music though…man. It was excellent. Bradley Cooper is a phenomenal singer. If you have not seen it, make your way to the cinema. Be prepared to cry though, this one was emotional.

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