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Movie Review – A Star is Born (2018)

Fame can’t fix all your problems.

BQB here with a review of A Star is Born.

Every man dreams of having a trick to win a woman’s heart.  Maybe it’s a card trick or a magic trick or that special pickup line.  For troubled alcoholic rock star Jackson Mane (Bradley Cooper), a chance meeting leads to him dating aspiring singer Ally (Lady Gaga).  When he calls Ally on stage to achieve her dream of singing before a large audience, a star (wait for it) is born.

You’d think this would all lead to a great, happy life but alas, a lifetime of addiction has its claws sunk into Jackson.  While his help leads Ally to find super stardom in the pop world, he sees his own star start to dim.  Years of abusing his body with drugs and alcohol lead to hearing loss which spells trouble for his career.  Unable to think straight or even hold himself up, he becomes the joke of Tinsel Town, while Ally becomes the toast.

Will true love prevail or will jealousy and bitterness take control?  I won’t answer that and spoil the movie for you.

Overall, the film is boring and drones on.  There’s a lot of talking.  A lot.  It’s almost like a scripted documentary.  Cameos from comedians Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Eddie Griffin break up the monotony but ultimately you end up wanting to yell at the screen for this couple to either fix it or break up because holy crap, it’s getting late and the theater isn’t going to stay open all night.

Bradley Cooper does an impression of the surly voiced Sam Shepard, ironic since Sam plays Jackson’s brother/manager.  Gaga shines in her singing abilities but other than the part where a man builds her career, her character is basically a copy of herself.

Bonus points for a brief, very brief (don’t blink or you’ll miss it) gratuitous shot of Gaga’s boobs and vag.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy.  Boring.  Depressing.  It is emotional and does have some heart.  It wins as a warning about how one should never submit to addiction as it is nearly impossible to escape.  It also has a good message about how there are many people who can sing, dance, act or have some kind of talent but only the most talented performers find fame because they have something to say through their art that people want to hear.  Also, a message about how fame is fickle and how stars suffer when the public loses interest.

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Where Can I Watch the Lady Gaga Half Time Super Bowl Performance?

Hey 3.5 readers.

Video Game Rack Fighter here.  Did you miss Lady Gaga’s Halftime show at the Super Bowl?

Don’t worry.  The fine folks at Pepsi have posted the entire thing on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

My thoughts:

She did a great job.  I can’t imagine all the time, money and effort that goes along with putting on a show that has that moving parts.  I mean, literally, there are so many moving parts.  The crew had to assemble a stage and break it down all in time for the Super Bowl to continue.

I give her applause, applause, applause (get it?) for being willing to leap off of the stadium and then fly down to the platform using wires.  I’m not sure I’d trust those wires myself.  I worry a little that all these pop stars are being put in danger for our visual pleasure.  I mean, they had Katy Perry riding some kind of giant animal contraption at the 2015 Super Bowl.

Good on Gaga, I don’t think I’m even in good enough shape to be transported by wires.  I’d be too heavy for the wires and they’d snap and I’d land on a dancer and crush him/her.

The best part was that I didn’t have to watch it with BQB and be interrupted by his various gaseous emissions.

What say you, 3.5?

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Pop Culture Mini Mysteries with Informant Zero – Mr. T’s Real Name Revealed/What Does Lady Gaga Live For?

Salutations 3.5 readers.

Informant Zero

Informant Zero

Informant Zero here, returning once again with another pop culture mini mystery.

LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: What is Mr. T’s real name?

ANSWER: Lawrence Tureaud.  Word has it that Lawrence began wearing gold chains and jewelry while working as a bouncer. Unruly patrons would get into fights, cause trouble, and be ejected. Whenever they accidentally left jewelry behind, Mr. T would wear the items so he could give them to said difficult patrons when they’d inevitably return for them, thus preventing them from entering the club where they would most likely cause trouble again.

See Mr. T’s Wikipedia Page for more info.

Next week’s question:  Lady Gaga lives for something.  What is it?

Tweet your guesses to @bookshelfbattle or leave them in the comments.

And remember, 3.5.

A lost truth can always be found.

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