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"A Star Is Born"--the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga version--lives up to all the raves; it's stunning in the performances and music, such wonderful songs! and really showcases Lady Gaga's singing and acting chops. I already suspected she could act by her winning a Golden Globe for "American Horror Show." I watched her and Cooper's "A Star is Born" twice in a row. Some reviews mentioned Bradley Cooper's star turn reminds them of Bridges in "Crazy Heart." It turns out  Cooper can sing and write songs and play guitar as well as act, and he looks sexy with his musician garb and hairstyles, a combination of Waylon Jennings and grunge rock. Gaga is tiny and very cute, with those big greenish expressive peepers--I like the old girl more, now, since this movie and ever since she trotted out a lovely soprano singing voice one year at the Oscars. {She has several different singing styles.)  An anti-drugs and excessive drinking sentiment is conveyed.  I loved the love story, the stirring romance, but the ending was always going to be depressing. One rather dreads knowing that's coming. (How it ends is still unexpected, in the manner it happens.) I admire the film's focus on showing the actual process of writing songs. Gaga's musical prowess is illuminated there, too, and on the piano. Jackson (Cooper)  encourages Ally (Gaga's character) to write sincere, meaningful lyrics.  Sam Elliott makes a huge impression as Jackson Maine's (Cooper's character) brother and Andrew Dice Clay is affecting as Ally's  Dad. The other supporting performances are all remarkable. Dave Chapelle, Anthony Ramos, et.al.  "Out West" is another star of the movie, its California and Arizona landscapes and city scenes. The music overwhelms all else. Lady Gaga and Cooper, too, had a strong hand in creating some terrific tunes. I crave this soundtrack!
It's kind of ironic they make a big thing out of Gaga's nose, made you harken back to Barb Striesand's "A Star Is Born." That kind of tickled me. Remarks about their big  Jewish and Italian noses. Although I don't recall if Striesand allowed hers to be noticed and talked about in her version.  Maybe she did. Cooper reassures Gaga's character that she's beautiful, though later on they have a tiff and he calls her "ugly" which was a bit jarring. He conveys sporadic undertones of jealousy  over her rapid ascent to stardom as his glory was going downhill in this classic show biz story. It's less campy and unbelievable as Striesand's "A Star is Born" in which Barbra tried to portray a "rock star," although hers was entertaining, and Kris Kristofferson such amazing eye candy though he can't act nearly as well as Cooper. Barb wore a short frizzy perm unbecoming on her.  The music is mostly superior in this new "A Star is Born" (I do like Striesand's hit "Evergreen," though) and the acting stands out more, from everyone. Judy Garland and James Mason's 1954 highly lauded version seems dated in some ways, but it is so well worth seeing as well. Jon Peters is a major player behind the scenes on this one, as he was on Barbra Streisand's take on the story, he's a producer. Bradley Cooper directed, also produced and co-wrote the screenplay and some of the excellent songs. His first time out as a director is very impressive. Oscar buzz ! Awards season glory !

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Great review, Pinkie. I was wondering whether this was worth seeing - I'm happy to know it is!
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Another Review that is very well done!
Thank you.

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Thanks for that.  I'm not a Gaga fan whatsoever but have heard excellent things about this.  Not a Streisand fan either but I did like her with KK so I might give this one a looksey.  I'm also wanting to see Bohemian Rhapsody as I love Freddie.  There could be a busy weekend coming up for me.
  

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I neglected to mention that Lucas Nelson wrote or co-wrote much of the music. He's Willie Nelson's son.
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"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone

"Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie
"Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting
"Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan
"I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani
"You can beat us with wires, you can beat us with chains;
You can make all your rules but you can't outrun the history train...I seen a glorious day"--Paul Simon
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