Everyone loves a story about an up and coming, out of nowhere artist who fights and claws their way to the spotlight. A Star is Born is a tried and true formula and it works here as well. Bradley Cooper plays Jack, a seasoned musician with a drinking problem who discovers Lady Gaga’s Ally in the unlikeliest of places. Together the talented duo create music that brings them to new heights, and some lows.
Entertainment: 9/10. I was thoroughly entertained throughout this movie. I never wanted to check my phone or do anything else, but watch the story unfold.
Story: 7/10. It’s not original and it’s cliched, but it is well made and solid.
Acting: 8.5/10. Bradley Cooper plays an excellent drunk musician. It may have even been a little over the top, but it tows that line perfectly. He truly shines in this. Lady Gaga was great as well, but not a stand-out. Together they have great chemistry and everything was very believable and real.
Cinematography: 6/10. Nothing too special here, but nothing was jarring or out of place. I did like how the movie goes from bright to dark and felt very polished at the end. Just like the characters. Bradley Cooper as a first time director did a great job.
Overall: 8/10. I highly recommend this movie to people who like this type of genre, but it’s enjoyable even if normally isn’t your cup of tea.
While walking through the UC-Davis arboretum I saw many beautiful trees, shrubs, bushes, and plants. The landscaping was immaculate and flowed around the creek. The water was so still it was like a mirror. I wanted to show a different perspective, a tree growing “down” from top to bottom, with this reflected photo.
Photo taken on January 3rd, 2019 at the UC-Davis Arboretum in Davis, California. Full gallery of that day can be found HERE.
Canon 5D mark IV with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM. 70mm, f/2.8, 1/50s, ISO-400.
This Western Bluebird was posing for me on that branch when it suddenly jumped down and flew away. I barely caught this striking bird as it took off. One of my favorites from that day. Links to the gallery and video below.
Photo taken on February 7th, 2019 at Putah Creek in Davis, California. Full HQ gallery can be found HERE. Video of this trip can be found HERE.
Canon 5D mark IV with Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. 600mm, f/8, 1/2500s, ISO-3200.
After taking the photo of the silhouetted tree, I was watching these hawks fly back and forth over the parking lot. It was far too dark to get a proper exposure of them, so I tried to capture a silhouette with the sunrise color behind them. It turned out very well! One of my favorites from this day.
Photo was taken February 7th, 2019 at the Putah Creek in Davis, California. Gallery can be found HERE in higher quality.
Canon 5D mark IV, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. 600mm, f/8, 1/1600s, ISO-6400.
This was the first photo I took on that morning. The sunrise was so cool, but I had no vantage point or way to see more. This tree was silhouetted so nicely I had to take a photo. The colors and contrast really made it shine.
I had a lucky morning in early February. I was able to observe and photograph at least one, possibly two Snowy Egrets. This one was very early in the morning with some beautiful golden light reflecting off the creek. The egret was making these waves which was just perfect in the calm morning water.