ABC Film Challenge – Best of 2018 – A – A Star is Born (2018)

Director: Bradley Cooper

Writer: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters (Screenplay) Moss Hart, John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion, Frank Pierson, Williams A Wellman, Robert Carson (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Rafi Gavron, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chappelle, Alec Baldwin


Plot: A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.


Runtime: 2 Hours 15 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Musical Enjoyment


Story: A Star is Born starts when rock star Jackson (Cooper) looking for another drink stumbles into a drag bar, he sees working class woman Ally (Gaga) perform on stage, instantly he knows she has talent and learns more about her, bring her on stage for his latest show.

When Ally becomes an overnight success story the two-start performing together which only attractions more record labels who come calling to make Ally the next biggest star in the music world which soon sees her become more famous than Jack whose own problems could bring an end to his fame.


Thoughts on A Star is Born


Characters – Ally is a hotel worker that performers in a local drag bar after being rejected by record labels before. She meets rock star Jack who encourages to perform, first with him and soon the world wants to see her become the biggest star in the music industry. Ally must learn about the world around her, one she has never stepped foot in before or become consumed by it. Jack is the rock star who sees Ally believing she could become a star, he offers her a chance to perform which sets her on her way, Jack however has his own problems with drinks and drugs would could finish his own career just as Ally’s is about to take off. These two characters do take centre stage for the most part, we do see family that support as well as friends who see their friend get to levels of fame they never thought they could.

PerformancesBradley Cooper gives one of his best performances of his career here, not just on front of the camera, but behind it too. He manages to make us feel like his problems are real, which are problem many musicians could be facing. Lady Gaga was always going to be a wonderful choice for the singing side of the film, it was the acting side people wanted to see if she could handle, she does a good job through the film managing to show the bond the two have throughout the film. the supporting cast are good without needing to be challenged to reach the levels of the lead two actors.

StoryThe story follows the rise of a musician after being discovered by an alcoholic rock star. We know this is a remake, so we know this had been modernised to tell an old story which deals with the modern problems of fame for musicians. We see how one side is taking every opportunity thrown her way and the other than has been watching his career fade away because of alcoholism and drug abuse. This is a great story of how important taking chances are and how success can ruin lives. The story does however become slightly slow paced because we just jump into a song to cover up anything that needs to be talked about more.

Music/RomanceThe music in the film is good with songs that Gaga performs with ease. The romance between the two shows how they can support each other through the lives they didn’t know they would be going through.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the journey that Ally takes from the small venue to awards ceremony showing here rise to fame.

Scene of the Movie –
First song.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The rise feels too fast.

Final ThoughtsThis is a great look at how the fame can affect lives in the music industry, we get strong performances from Cooper and Gaga who both shine through the film.


Overall: Great Music based movie.




Machete Kills (2013)

logoDirector: Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Kyle Ward (Screenplay) Robert Rodriguez, Marcel Rodriguez (Story)

Starring: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Carlos Estevez, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas


Plot: Machete (Trejo) gets a chance to make up for a bust that goes wrong. The President (Estevez) offers him a chance to go back to Mexico to stop a revolutionary Mendez (Bichir). When the plan goes wrong Machete must bring Mendez to Voz (Gibson) the mastermind behind everything to disarm the bomb while ever hit man in Mexico and America are hunting him down.


Verdict: A fun over the top action film

Story: What plays out as an over the top Bond film the term original story doesn’t come close to this. We have seen all of this before but maybe not to the extremes of this. We have an unlikely hero who lets actions speak louder than words and plenty of twists and turns. Cameos a plenty too, you will see a familiar leading performer in nearly every scene. In the end the story is easy to follow and just fun don’t expect anything serious or you will hate this. (8/10)


Actor Review: Danny Trejo – Machete the lone hit man who doesn’t’ seem to be able to die and will kill anyone who gets in his way with anything he can get his hands on. Trejo is a great fit for this role and continues what he started with the first Machete film. Action Star Award, Kick Ass Award (8/10)


Actor Review: Mel Gibson – Voz a criminal mastermind who claims he can see into the future and has planned to save the people who believe him but destroy the world. Gibson does great in this cold calculated criminal. (8/10)


Actor Review: Demian Bichir – Mendez a man with a split personality where one is a revolutionary while the other is a Cartel kingpin. Demian is brilliant in this role and clearly steals the show. Scene Stealer Award, Favourite Character Award (9/10)


Actor Review: Carlos Estevez – The president but the normal Charlie we are used to seeing. Using his real name adds to the comical idea of Charlie Sheen being the President. (8/10)


Director Review: Robert Rodriguez – We know Robert can give us action that is way over the top that you just have to sit and enjoy and this keeps up the trend. (9/10)


Action: Nearly every scene is action based, involving shoot out or fights. (9/10)

Special Effects: Great special effects for most of the death scenes. (10/10)

Believability: Way to over the top to be believable. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Many different settings between Mexico and America all work well for the story one of the highlight locations is Mendez hideout being an ancient pyramid.  (9/10)


Suggestion: I think this film really will only be for the people who are fans of the genre and anyone who goes to watch this with a serious hat on will be very disappointed. Just go and watch, enjoy and switch your brain off. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Machete kills are hilarious

Worst Part: Not Very serious.

Action Scene Of The Film: Machete versus the henchmen clones.

Kill Of The Film: A henchman and helicopter.

Trivia: The first film Charlie Sheen as used his real name and the first film Mel Gibson has played a villain.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: It is open for a sequel.

Similar Too: Machete


Overall: Fun, Over The Top Just Enjoy

Rating 75