A Star Is Born (2018)

A Star Is Born
Director: Bradley Cooper
Writer: Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth, Will Fetters
Remake of: A Star Is Born (1937) (and 1954 and 1976)
Cast: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Rafi Gavron, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chappelle, Alec Baldwin, Marlon Williams, Brandi Carlile, Ron Rifkin, Barry Shabaka Henley
Seen on: 12.10.2018
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Content note: suicide

Plot:
Jack (Bradley Cooper) has seen his heyday as a musician and has made his home in a slump, saturated with a lot of alcohol. That’s when he meets Ally (Lady Gaga), talented, but unknown musician. Almost convinced that she has to give up on her dreams, Ally is convinced that she is not a singer, not made for the spotlight, but rather that she is a songwriter. But Jack gives her the leg up she needs to start her career as they fall in love with each other. But as Ally’s star rises, Jack’s keeps falling.

I admit, I was doubtful regarding A Star Is Born and whether I should see it at all. But then the critics kept falling over themselves with praise and I thought, I’d give it the benefit of the doubt. Having seen it, I am not convinced that I should have let myself be swayed. I mean, I have definitely seen worse films but that doesn’t mean it’s all that good either.

The film poster showing a black and white image of Jack (Bradley Cooper) playying the guitar and Ally (Lady Gaga) sitting in front of him, leaning in for a kiss.
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Snitch (2013)

Snitch
Director:  Ric Roman Waugh
Writer: Justin Haythe, Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Rafi GavronNadine Velazquez, Melina Kanakaredes, Benjamin Bratt, David Harbour, Harold Perrineau

Plot:
When Jason (Rafi Gavron) is arrested on drug charges that are not really called for, his father John (Dwayne Johnson) tries to bargain with the prosecution to get his sentence reduced. But the prosecution is quite unwilling to help. It’s only when John offers to basically go undercover for them and get some bigger fish arrested, that they agree to help. So John asks his employee and ex-con Daniel (Jon Bernthal) for an introduction into the drug world and soon finds himself a little in over his head.

Snitch isn’t a great movie. But it is quite ok and surprisingly full of social criticism.

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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is Peter Sollett‘s adaptation of Rachel Cohn‘s and David Levithan‘s novel, starring Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Aaron Yoo, Rafi Gavron, Ari Graynor, Alexis Dziena and Jay Baruchel (and a mini-role for John Cho).

Plot:
Nick (Michael Cera) plays in a Queer Core band “The Jerk-Offs” with his friends Thom (Aaron Yoo) and Dev (Rafi Gavron), but he happens to be straight. In fact, his girlfriend Tris (Alexis Dziena) just broke up with him and he’s pretty heart-broken, spending most of his times making break-up mix-CDs for her, which Tris throws away, only so that they be rescued by Norah (Kat Dennings).
Then one night it’s announced that famous publicity-shy band “Where’s Fluffy?” will put on a surprise performance, which gets Nick out of his stupor and into a show with his own band, where he meets Norah, who asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for a minute. But that’s only the start of a crazy night.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a sweet film that doesn’t do anything wrong. And yet, it remains kinda bloodless. I never really got into the story or Nick and Norah as a couple.

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Inkheart (2008)

Inkheart – the adaptation of the book by Cornelia Funke, which I reviewed here – left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it was inspired. On the other hand, it didn’t treat the original material very carefully and stood in its own way.

[This review contains SPOILERS!]

[Oh, and it kind of kept on growing, so it’s more of an in-depth analysis than a review.]

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