The Oberlin Review

Best Picture Countdown: A Star Is Born

Liz Stewart

February 8, 2019

In today’s cinematic era riddled with countless mediocre remakes and sequels, Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born has refreshed Hollywood’s current creative dry spell by subverting the standard remake. Cooper knows how to properly recreate a timely classic, adding even more purpose and heart to a screenplay that was already laden with emotion — A Star is Born is a necessary deviation from our tragic status quo. Cooper presents familiar material with a new twist, allowing the film to stand alone from its predecessors. It still tells the story of an impulsive rockstar, whose fame declines while his formerly working-class girlfriend ascends to stardom. However, 2018’s A Star is Born is more int...

I Live for the Applause

I Live for the Applause

February 10, 2017

‘Bad Romance’ to ‘Born This Way’: Why Lady Gaga Failed

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

April 13, 2012

Does anyone remember the last time they listened to Gaga? Madonna once called Lady Gaga’s single “Born This Way” reductive in comparison to her own 1989 single “Express Yourself” in terms of core progression and lyrical content. This statement is true, but more importantly, by last year, Gaga herself had already become reductive. Let’s take a look at the rise of Lady Gaga. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that her advent took place during Madonna’s absence. Hot on the heels of the Madonna’s international summer banger “Celebration,” Gaga rose to glory with “Bad Romance” back in October of 2009. This Gaga single was revolutionary for pop music and we all chanted “Rah-rah” gleefully....

Born this Woah: Going Gaga for New Video

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

March 4, 2011

Through a neon pink triangle emerges a unicorn of space and stars. The leitmotif from Hitchcock’s Vertigois playing in the background. Another pink triangle descends over the image of the unicorn, and this time we see a blond, masked figure. The camera turns over to reveal that the mask is the back of Lady Gaga’s head, and a voiceover drones, “This is the manifesto of Mother Monster.” Sitting in front of large crystal shards, Lady Gaga has a large, rising hairdo, small horns on her forehead, cheekbone and shoulder extensions and an eyeball over her chin. The image has the distinct feel of Fritz Lang’sMetropolis with Gaga a more human version of Ridley Scott’s Alien Queen. The chin-eye is a referenc...

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