A Star Is Venom (This Week’s Reviews)


Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga: A Star Is Born (courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

A Star Is Born. “Cooper’s leisurely approach builds no momentum, and the non-musical scenes meander as the actors (apparently) improvise in close-up. This isn’t storytelling as much as it is a work-shopped series of behaviors.” (Herald link here.)

Venom. “An absolute stiff, a monotonous slog through generic material.”

Hey, there’s a new German initiative, via the Goethe Institut, to place key German films on the free-streaming service Kanopy. It’s called – why not? – Wunderbar. I chimed in with a little introduction to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, as though that movie needed an introduction. It’s here.

For the Scarecrow Video blog, I put in another Seasoned Ticket post, this one about some of the Hammer horror sequels in the Dracula series. It’s here.