Movie Review by Kristin: A STAR IS BORN | Starring Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

IMG_2249Happy Saturday, movie lovers!

I just got back from an early morning showing of A STAR IS BORN and I am absolutely blown away. It was even better than I expected and seeing it in Dolby (thanks, AMC) made it even more incredible.

In case you were unaware of the plot:

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

Let me start by saying that I listened to the soundtrack for A STAR IS BORN yesterday while I was at work and was pleasantly surprised by the vocals on Bradley Cooper! The music itself was fantastic, but his vocals really proved how versatile and talented he truly is. The tracks with him and Lady Gaga made me want a full album of just them singing with each other. It was really that good! With that being said, here is my warning for those of you that decide to listen to the soundtrack before watching the movie:

YOU WILL KNOW THE ENDING.

IMG_2250Between each track is a dialogue track pulled straight from the movie. As I was listening to each track, I could almost feel the tone of their relationship changing. Once it got to the last three tracks, I called my co-worker and asked if the soundtrack just ruined the ending of the movie for me lol. Update: It did. However, with that being said, nothing could prepare you for the incredible performances given by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in this movie.

Consider the fact that this was her first (major) acting role and this was his first time actually singing and “becoming” a musician. They were both kind of walking in the other’s shoes and did so perfectly. I’m convinced that Bradley Cooper, not only as an actor/performer, but as a filmmaker is an absolute genius. This was his directorial debut and he nailed it, in my opinion. The shots were beautiful & there were moments where there was no dialogue, but you knew exactly what they were saying just by looking at each other. The trust between him and Lady Gaga as actors was evident throughout the whole thing. You felt what the characters were feeling. You were invested in their relationship and you rooted for them to succeed. Even the performances by the supporting cast was great. Ally’s friend Ramon (Anthony Ramos) didn’t get much air time, but played a pivotal role in her life and the relationship with Jack. Bobby (Sam Elliott) was great as Jack’s brother and really played a part in breaking my heart throughout the movie.

I love movies and I love music, so any time that they can be combined into one incredible piece of art — I’m there for it. There was no exception here and I am highly recommending it to anyone reading this review. It’s gritty, it’s important, it’s beautiful, it’s tragic. Bradley Cooper allowed the movie to breathe without us feeling like they were shoving dialogue and a fake story down our throats. It felt real and I might need convincing that there isn’t an actual Jack Maine & Ally out there on tour together right now lol. Side Note: Can Sam Elliott lend his voice to a meditating app or something? Let’s make that happen, people!

The only “complaint” I can muster is that there are a few scenes in the trailer (see below) that don’t appear in the movie and I wish they had, but here’s to hoping for an extended version once it’s released on Blu-ray.

So go out and see it now that it’s in theaters! Let me know your thoughts when you do. Do you think this will be Oscar-nominated? I actually think it could be and it honestly couldn’t be more deserving. Great job by all!

In theaters now!

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Enter to Win! ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: SEASON 5 DVD | #oitnb

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IMG_0748A new state of chaos decends upon Litchfield Penitentiary in the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital June 12 from Lionsgate. From Emmy® Award-winner Jenji Kohan, the “Orange Is the New Black” fifth season “manages to feel more relevant than ever” (Sara Stewart, New York Post) as the inmates riot afer Poussey’s death and gain control of the prison. Nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy® Awards and winner of the 2017 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five features an all-star cast including:

  • Taylor Schilling – 2014 Emmy® Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black,” and nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards (2014, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama; 2015, Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy), “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Natasha Lyonne – 2014 Emmy® Nominee, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Laura Prepon (TV’s “That 70s Show,” The Girl on the Train)
  • Kate Mulgrew (TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager,” Star Trek: Nemesis)
  • Uzo Aduba  – 2014 Emmy® Winner, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, and 2015 Primetime Emmy® Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “Orange Is the New Black”; Golden Globe® Nominee in 2015 and 2016, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Orange Is the New Black”; Winner, 2015 and 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Michael Harney (TV’s “True Detective” and “Weeds”)
  • Nick Sandow (In the Blind)
  • Jessica Pimentel (TV’s “Person of Interest”)
  • Taryn Manning (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”)
  • Yael Stone (TV’s “Spirited”)
  • Danielle Brooks (The Angry Brids Movie)

    Guest stars:

  • Lori Petty (A League of Their Own)
  • Laverne Cox (TV’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” and “The Mindy Project”)
  • Samira Wiley (TV’s “You’re the Worst” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”).

The power dynamics at Litchfield shift dramatically as the inmates react to tragedy in the explosive fifth season of “Orange Is the New Black.” When the standoff at the prison turns into a full-blown riot, the inmates take advantage of the confusion by conducting séances, holding prisoner auctions, and preening for the morning news. But with relationships tested and friendships starting to fray, will life at Litchfield ever return to normal?

The “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five Blu-ray and DVD include a hilarious, never-before-seen gag reel; a “72 Hours in 6 Months: Stories of the Season” featurette, which includes personal anecdotes from cast about what it was like to film the season; and audio commentaries, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.97 and $34.98, respectively. Also available is “Orange Is the New Black”: Seasons One – Four, available on DVD June 12 for the suggested retail price of $49.98.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Gag Reel
  • “72 Hours In 6 Months: Stories of the Season” Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries (on Episodes “Tattoo You” and “Storm-y Weather)

I have 3 copies to give away and here’s what you have to do to enter…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2Koitnb

Hint: The more places you follow, the better your chances at winning!  😉

As a bonus entry, feel free to answer the following:

Tell me the funniest story you told the police to get off the hook

Yes, that’s all you have to do!

 

This promotion will end June 15 at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Winners will be contacted via email. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.


 

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK | The Shocking Fifth Season of the Award-Winning Hit Series Breaks Out on Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 12 from Lionsgate

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SEASON FIVE

The Shocking Fifth Season of the Award-Winning Hit Series
Breaks Out on Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 12 from Lionsgate

OITNB_SSN5_3D_BD_O-CARDA new state of chaos decends upon Litchfield Penitentiary in the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital June 12 from Lionsgate. From Emmy® Award-winner Jenji Kohan, the “Orange Is the New Black” fifth season “manages to feel more relevant than ever” (Sara Stewart, New York Post) as the inmates riot afer Poussey’s death and gain control of the prison.

Nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy® Awards and winner of the 2017 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five features an all-star cast including:

  • Taylor Schilling – 2014 Emmy® Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black,” and nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards (2014, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama; 2015, Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy), “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Natasha Lyonne – 2014 Emmy® Nominee, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Laura Prepon (TV’s “That 70s Show,” The Girl on the Train)
  • Kate Mulgrew (TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager,” Star Trek: Nemesis)
  • Uzo Aduba – 2014 Emmy® Winner, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, and 2015 Primetime Emmy® Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “Orange Is the New Black”; Golden Globe® Nominee in 2015 and 2016, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Orange Is the New Black”; Winner, 2015 and 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, “Orange Is the New Black”
  • Michael Harney (TV’s “True Detective” and “Weeds”)
  • Nick Sandow (In the Blind)
  • Jessica Pimentel (TV’s “Person of Interest”)
  • Taryn Manning (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”)
  • Yael Stone (TV’s “Spirited”)
  • Danielle Brooks (The Angry Brids Movie)

Guest stars:

  • Lori Petty (A League of Their Own)
  • Laverne Cox (TV’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” and “The Mindy Project”)
  • Samira Wiley (TV’s “You’re the Worst” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”).

 

The power dynamics at Litchfield shift dramatically as the inmates react to tragedy in the explosive fifth season of “Orange Is the New Black.” When the standoff at the prison turns into a full-blown riot, the inmates take advantage of the confusion by conducting séances, holding prisoner auctions, and preening for the morning news. But with relationships tested and friendships starting to fray, will life at Litchfield ever return to normal?

The “Orange Is the New Black”: Season Five Blu-ray and DVD include a hilarious, never-before-seen gag reel; a “72 Hours in 6 Months: Stories of the Season” featurette, which includes personal anecdotes from cast about what it was like to film the season; and audio commentaries, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.97 and $34.98, respectively. Also available is “Orange Is the New Black”: Seasons One – Four, available on DVD June 12 for the suggested retail price of $49.98.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Gag Reel
  • “72 Hours In 6 Months: Stories of the Season” Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries (on Episodes “Tattoo You” and “Storm-y Weather)