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  • Chris Beachum
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    Continue the discussions here.

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    chanelmoviestar
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    Just saw it. Gaga and Cooper deserve all the hype, imo. I’m excited to see the other contenders to see how it stacks up.

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    nicholas27
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    Cooper definitely outperformed Gaga, but during those musical performances Gaga was otherworldly, vocals and acting. I also liked the camerawork a lot. Overall, the movie was very well done, but they rushed through a lot and while I don’t know how else they could’ve approached the large time span that they wanted to cover, it was jarring many times. Very impressed though

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    Marcus.H
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    Really impressive and touching

    The soundtrack is like treasure filled with amazing ballads. I love “Always Remember Us this Way” the most.

    One of my favorite films for sure (cuz there will be many other works coming in the winter. ) and it definitely will get into those awards’ shortlists.

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    I never one wavered in believing that Bradley Cooper from Philly was the real-deal, authentic country singer battling demons and booze. It’s his greatest performance to date, and the idea that he directed himself to this level of greatness is staggering. How did he direct this with such a high level of confidence right out of the gate? Like I said before, Christian Bale should be sweating quite a bit after this past weekend. The soundtrack is thrilling, with “Shallow” possibly being one of the best film moments of the year so far. Lady Gaga managed to reach heights that I didn’t think she could achieve. Vocally, she’s never sounded more alive and vital. This is the folk/neo-country/pop sound that she tried to sell so hard to the masses with “Joanne” and failed at miserably. Redemption, bitches! It was hard to buy the whole pink hat deal and calling herself her dead aunt’s name. Just bizarre, really. But I could totally see Ally writing “Million Reasons” in her songwriting journal. I think where the screenplay failed Gaga was not cataloging her ascent better or realistically detailing the life of a female pop star in current times. Sometimes the film felt time-logged in the 70s/80/s/90s/00s, which as an homage worked in some stretches, I guess, but overall didn’t really cohere well. Jackson’s decline was done movingly and convincingly, but with Ally, the passage of time from single, album, tour, Grammy nominations, “SNL,” Best New Artist, etc., was all done too fast. I couldn’t figure out what kind of artist Ally wanted to be, and I don’t think she knew either. Beyond that awful and one-dimensional manager’s vision of her, I don’t think the folk/rock Ally matched with the later pop Ally. In that pivotal bathtub scene with Jackson, it was like she was defending singing vapid pop songs when Jackson was right that all an artist has is a brief amount of time to say something that counts. Supporting cast was stellar. Just adored Sam Elliott. He’s getting Oscar-nominated finally, which will be amazing. But can we talk about Andrew Dice Clay, please? Or Dave Chappelle? Both would be in the conversation in less competitive years. And I have to give a shout-out to my Ru gurls Shangela and Willam for stealing their early scenes handily and making the audience erupt with laughter in my screening. The songs! The melodrama! The tragedy! I’m sort of in awe right now despite the screenplay’s flaws and clichés. From whatever troubled production woes this film had to reach completion, you wouldn’t know it from a stylistic perspective, at least. I’m seeing it again this weekend, BTW, which is something I rarely, if ever, do.

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    First act was perfection, second act a little draggy, third act fine with an absolutely perfect final shot of a damaged yet triumphant Ally. As impressive as Gaga was, Cooper was even more so. He’s going to be right in the mix for Best Actor. As for the Oscars overall–sometimes it’s hard to parse through which producers are eligible for the award, but would he be the first person to be nominated for Picture, Actor, Director, and Screenplay since Orson Welles for Citizen Kane? As far as I can tell, Woody Allen didn’t share in Annie Hall‘s BP Oscar, Kevin Costner didn’t write Dances With Wolves, and Clint Eastwood didn’t write M$B or Unforgiven. Who am I forgetting?

    The musical moments are more than enough to transcend the few times the picture threatens to become too campy or melodramatic; we’ll have to hear what Shaiman and Wittman come up with for Mary Poppins Returns, but it’s hard to imagine Gaga not winning for whichever of her original songs they decide to push. I vote for “Shallow”, which I’ve been humming since I saw this Saturday night.

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    Outstanding. I just finished watching it. I am completely blown away.

    I am just 18 years old and I haven’t really gotten around to the former versions of this movie, so I knew nothing about the story going in. Where to start? Let’s start with the two powerhouses: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Their chemistry was amazing, wow. Both of them were absolutely powerhouses in this movie. After I was half-way through the movie, I didn’t think Cooper would be able to win lead actor because his performance was still quite understated in the first half, but oh boy that second half. That was a real gut punch and I hope he wins this. And Lady Gaga blew me away, completely. Her very first scene already struck a chord with me and she kept outdoing herself one scene after another. I hope people can put their bias aside and appreciate this performance, because it was exceptional.

    Sam Elliott was great and he gave the typical supporting actor type of performance. He really was only in like 10-15 minutes, but those were very powerful 10-15 minutes, he’ll get nominated.

    The direction and cinematography were STUNNING. Cooper deserves that nomination, absolutely. And the DP did such an amazing job, especially with all the colors in the movie!

    “Shallow” is absolutely my favorite song of the movie, I need this to win.

    Grade: A+

    FYC Oscars 2019: Viola Davis (Widows) - Best Actress

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    What are your thoughts on the editing? I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m curious whether it could happen. I feel like a snub here won’t be too surprising.

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    What are your thoughts on the editing? I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m curious whether it could happen. I feel like a snub here won’t be too surprising.

    The editing was amazing IMO but I am not sure whether it stands out, like e.g. the musical performances or the cinematography do. However, I could see people just checking this off everywhere, so it could definitely happen.

    You were asking me, right? I never know which comment is being responded to, haha.

    FYC Oscars 2019: Viola Davis (Widows) - Best Actress

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    Just asking everyone who’s seen it. Thanks for answering.

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    lovelylovely
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    Look What I Found video

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    Pulp
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    I’m seeing this is an hour. Besides Gaga, who I love but don’t stan for, I haven’t really been that interested in this movie. Now that I’m an hour away from seeing it I’m very excited and I really hope I love it. I’m keeping my expectations low so I’m not disappointed.

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    The chemistry was real, the acting was real, the emotions were real, the music was real, the tears in my eyes were real. The only thing that took me out of the movie was acting like getting a Grammy nom for Best New Artist was something worth getting worked up over

    JK I’m shook. Bradley better get his suits ready for awards season because he already stole my heart. And my stanning ass.

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    Saw this Sunday night and loved it. I had a few problems with the middle portion of the film and I thought it ran too long overall but Cooper and Elliot were both outstanding and awards worthy, imo. Gaga was good, nothing relevatory, and I think her performance was aided by her voice because it is just so good but she was still impressive. I wasn’t as hit emotionally by the ending as I expected but it was still moving. I absolutely loved when they cut to Cooper at the end singing to Gaga. The songs are amazing and have been on repeat all day. I definitely want/need to see this again soon.

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