Everyone Is Talking About ‘A Star Is Born.’ Here’s What’s Worth Reading.


‘4 Stars, 4 Distinct Eras: Which Version of “A Star Is Born” Does It Best?’ [The New York Times]

In a side-by-side comparison among the four films titled “A Star Is Born,” Jake Kring-Schreifels judges each in categories like chemistry and face-touching. He notes “the challenge Bradley Cooper faced for his directorial debut, in which he and Lady Gaga reprise two already beloved roles: What can Cooper’s version — a remake of a remake of a remake — bring to audiences that feels fresh and compelling?”

‘A Meme Is Born: How Internet Jokes Turned “A Star Is Born” Into a Hit’ [The Ringer]

Alyssa Bereznak uses hard data to gain new insight on how a showbiz melodrama turned into a prefab viral sensation: “At The Ringer’s request, the social listening firm Crimson Hexagon analyzed the volume of social media posts for six major 2018 movies — ’Black Panther,’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Ocean’s 8,’ ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ — four weeks before each title’s release. With 771,935 posts, ‘ASIB’ was the fourth-most-talked-about film of the bunch.”

‘Is “A Star Is Born” Campy, or Have We Forgotten How to Feel?’ [The New York Times]

Kyle Buchanan expresses unsureness about the extent to which a person should laugh at Cooper’s film as opposed to with it. In a personal essay, he looks inward: “But is the movie itself a new camp classic, now that it can be viewed in full? I keep seeing reactions that treat ‘A Star Is Born’ that way, or that dismiss it as ‘schmaltzy,’ and I have to confess that I’m surprised.”

‘Lady Gaga’s Style Is Remarkably Unremarkable in “A Star Is Born”’ [The Cut]

Emilia Petrarca analyzes Ally’s dressed-down wardrobe, comparing it against Lady Gaga’s more outré fashion selections. She writes: “This isn’t to say the clothes in ‘A Star Is Born’ are great. They’re not. This is not a fashion movie, which you also probably knew. But Gaga’s — sorry, Ally’s — refusal to look stylish, or campy, or dress any part besides her own, is an extension of the makeup-wiping myth: It’s a way of asking us to focus on Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the talented American treasure, rather than Lady Gaga, the character.”

Anatomy of a Scene, With Bradley Cooper [The New York Times]

The director walks the viewer through an early scene during Ally and Jackson’s rocky meet-cute, shot by shot. He describes the import of their early romantic gestures: “This scene is the anchor for the rest of the film. As a filmmaker, if I don’t securely plant the audience in these two people and their relationship, the rest of the movie won’t work.”

‘73 Questions with Lady Gaga’ [Vogue]

Gaga sits for Vogue’s video interview series, in which celebrities are peppered with a battery of eclectic hot-seat questions. She offers her thoughts on fashion, her fans, her legacy, whether a person needs to be in love to write a good love song, the strangest rumors she’s heard about herself and the dream gig she has already booked.

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/movies/star-is-born-what-to-read-roundup.html