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We can’t stop thinking about A Star is Born—2018's remake of the 1976 remake of the 1954 remake of the 1937 film (itself conspicuously similar to a 1932 film), but fortunately, there’s a lot to explore.

On this week’s episode of DirtCast, Maddie and Megan are joined by friend of the podcast Lindsey Weber, co-host of “Who? Weekly,” to discuss this birth of a star. A Star Is Born has thankfully lived up to the widespread hype (perpetuated in no small part by Lindsey herself), and we just wanted to take another look.

When is this movie supposed to be set, and who are the characters’ real world contemporaries? Is Ally supposed to terrible, and just how much of a jerk is Jackson? How does this movie compare to previous iterations, and how does it interact with them? If you can’t be bothered watching the days-long Barbara Streisand version, we have answers for you. We’re still grappling, however, with how much credit we begrudgingly owe Bradley Cooper, auteur.

This conversation contains spoilers for the remake’s fairly familiar ending.

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This episode was produced by Rachel Withers. Mandana Mofidi is our Executive Director of Audio. Our theme music is by Stuart Wood. This episode was mixed by Jamie Collazzo.