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The sheer feat of what Bradley Cooper pulled off with @starisbornmovie is, to me, breathtaking, and probably the most arresting thing about the film as a whole . Movie musicals have about a million booby traps set for filmmakers to get their movies totally screwed up by. They are fucking HARD to make well. There’s a reason for why they‘re such a divisive category of film. But I gotta say, I really think Bradley nailed it across the board: SUPERB directing, thoughtful writing, a grounded and compelling performance, solid songwriting, committed singing & playing- he did it ALL. I wasn’t surprised, but nonetheless deeply impressed. Funny story: I’ve been lucky enough to have a few interactions with this guy in the past, and they were all totally cool, relaxed encounters. However, upon seeing him RIGHT after seeing the film- man, I was so blown away by what he accomplished that I mutated into a full-blown Dorkasaurus Rex. It was pretty incredible. I kinda lost my composure and started talking like someone I didn’t know. I believe the phenomenon is called being “starstruck.” Boy was I ever. I was literally rendered speechless. As I was trying to tell him how much I was moved by the film, I stepped out of my own body thinking, dude, get it together. But that’s what happens when you’ve been gobsmacked by something truly awesome. The lines of communication between how you feel and how you’d like to articulate yourself get totally short-circuited, and that’s what happened by way of the rocknroll depth charge that Bradley’s talent set off in that movie theater for me. I even took this derpy-ass picture as an exit strategy from having to hear myself speak anymore 🤦🏻♂️ … but despite myself, it’s nice being reminded that none of us are impervious to being awestruck. Even with people we’ve met before! People can do marvelous things, and they can blow your mind into another experience of yourself. It’s honestly why I love going to the movies. It’s a wild and inspiring feeling. So thanks for that, Bradley. You’re a total MF'n force and a true artist. Bravo and thank you for your work.
It’s been about a month since I saw @starisbornmovie but it has still stayed with me. So in honor of its release this weekend I just wanted to post something saying how deeply moved and inspired I was by it. Everyone brought their A-Game. Of course @ladygaga is wonderful. No surprises there. And what a thrill it is to get to see a lead actress in a big blockbuster movie musical really really really sing her ass off. It makes a HELLUVA difference. I’m gonna post a separate ode to Bradley Cooper, but I’m gonna say on the record that the whole meet cute sequence is now one of my favorite film moments ever. I felt like I was watching a classic for the first time. Now regardless of how you end up feeling about the movie, whatever issues you might have with it- all I know is that it came out TODAY and right now, I can hear people somewhere outside my window singing the songs at the top of their lungs, having a GREAT time. If that’s not the sign of an instant classic I don’t know what else is. Bravo and congrats everyone involved in #astarisborn . Special shoutout to @iammarkronson & @killrossomando , and the venerable @jasonisbell for some excellent songwriting. I can’t wait to see it again … Who’s goin with me?
Today was a good morning in Toronto, a nice afternoon in New York, and a lovely night in Chicago. My kinda day. 🥂