So I got roped-into watching the new remake of A Star is Born yesterday, and this story kind of sat prominently in my mind throughout. A story of an abusive ghoul and their vulnerable protege goes from scandal to heart-warming Oscar-bait depending on how successful the protege ends up in the end, it seems. The whole "tormented musician given infinite latitude because he is creative" trope needs to die. Bradley Cooper might have mumbled & stumbled his way to an Oscar for it. It cannot be any more played-out than it is now, can it?