By: Henry J. Fromage –
Back to work in earnest, and back to an eclectic mix of films, most of the A Star is Born-related. Okay, two of the three are A Star is Borns.
Another Lord & Miller-produced animated film in the vein of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Storks, this is similarly the right amount of kooky and fun while delivering an intriguingly complex message about thinking critically. The song mix is pretty dire, though. Three Beers.
154. A Star is Born
And here we are. Oscar Season has come, and I’m happy to report that rookie director Bradley Cooper delivers amazingly both behind and in front of the camera (and has a pretty quality singing voice to boot, turns out). However, this is Lady Gaga’s movie, and as much as I am mixed on her music, I have to admit that she belts it both in front of the microphone and the camera. Oscar’s coming knocking for her, too. Two Beers.
155. A Star is Born (1976)
Watching this forebear of the Cooper/Gaga phenomenon (the first one to focus on the music biz- the other two are Hollywood starlet stories) really helps underline everything they got right. Kris Kristofferson plays the entitled wild-child rock star as childishly as possible and Streisand is the same schmaltzy Babs that played so well in Funny Girl, but which doesn’t really fit the template here. Really a quite strange film to watch in the year 2018. Five Beers.