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PIXELS is nostalgic, watchable and really stupid…

Posted on August 3rd, 2015
PIXELS is nostalgic, watchable and really stupid…

by Coop Cooper

“Pixels” was a neat idea born of a fantastic 2010 short film by Patrick Jean in which New York City is invaded by classic arcade game characters. Screaming to be made into a feature film, the concept was picked up by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company and developed into a 2015 Sandler summer blockbuster vehicle.

Sandler plays Sam Brenner, a has-been arcade game wizard who was defeated in a 1982 video game tournament by the cocky Eddie ‘Fireblaster’ Plant (Peter Dinklage). Brenner faded into obscurity and became an on-call tech support ‘Nerd’ while his illiterate, uncool friend, Will Cooper (Kevin James), somehow became President of the United States. When an alien intelligence comes across these video games, they create the characters in the games – like Centipede, Space Invaders and even Pac-Man – in real life and send them down to challenge humans to a winner-takes-all contest for Earth…

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ANT-MAN is a deceptively large Marvel Comics movie…

Posted on August 3rd, 2015
ANT-MAN is a deceptively large Marvel Comics movie…

by Coop Cooper

Like “Guardians of the Galaxy” before it, Marvel attempts to introduce viewers to one of its more obscure properties with “Ant-Man” and although it sounds just as silly as movie starring a gun-toting, wisecracking raccoon, it’s also just as fun.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a former electrical engineer turned criminal for exposing a company’s unethical practices, is released from prison and immediately runs into trouble after stealing a mysterious superhero suit from inventor and former S.H.I.E.LD. agent Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). The suit has the power to shrink its user to the size of an insect and the ability to control all species of ants…

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SCREAM and MR. ROBOT… One of these TV shows is something you’ve never seen before

Posted on August 3rd, 2015
SCREAM and MR. ROBOT…  One of these TV shows is something you’ve never seen before

by Coop Cooper

“Scream” (MTV Tuesdays at 10/9C) – Based off of the hit 1996 horror film, this series brings the “Scream” franchise into the episodic world of TV and the internet. When a clique of high school teens maliciously leaks an embarrassing video on the internet, it goes viral and soon after, members of the clique and those around them start dying off under grisly circumstances. When the good girl of the group, Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), starts snooping, she learns the deaths might be connected to a murder spree in which her own mother was the sole survivor. As her friends die off, the list of suspects narrows and the situation becomes more deadly…

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WAYWARD PINES > THE WHISPERS but both still need to prove themselves worthy…

Posted on June 12th, 2015
WAYWARD PINES > THE WHISPERS but both still need to prove themselves worthy…

by Coop Cooper
Summer is almost upon us and TV networks are firing up two new supernatural-themed series for the season. Both of these shows, “The Whispers” (Mondays 10/9c on ABC) and “Wayward Pines” (Thursdays 9/8c on FOX) have already begun their series run.

“The Whispers” – After a little girl sets up a nearly fatal [...]

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BARELY LETHAL is mediocre teen fodder, but Steinfeld is great…

Posted on June 5th, 2015
BARELY  LETHAL is mediocre teen fodder, but Steinfeld is great…

by Coop Cooper

Good ‘Teen Movies’ are in short supply. The worst of them are overproduced, vapid studio films or sloppy, saccharine indies. “Barely Lethal” aims high by trying to channel some of the big studio films, but doesn’t quite rise to the challenge, even though its charismatic lead makes it enjoyable to watch.

Number 83 (Hailee Steinfeld) is a teen government assassin who yearns for a normal, teenage high school experience, but her handler, Hardman (Samuel L. Jackson), keeps a tight reign on his proteges. While apprehending the traitorous terrorist, Victoria Knox (Jessica Alba), 83 is lost during the mission and presumed dead. Taking advantage of the situation, 83 goes AWOL, changes her name to Megan Walsh and joins a student exchange program as a Canadian assigned to America…

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TOMORROWLAND is one big Disney commercial and I’m not okay with that…

Posted on May 29th, 2015
TOMORROWLAND is one big Disney commercial and I’m not okay with that…

by Coop Cooper

As a kid growing up in the 80’s, I remember very clearly some of the move/TV content created for my viewing pleasure was designed to encourage me to buy toys. “He-Man”, “Transformers”, “G.I. Joe”, even the “Star Wars” films had a hand in me writing up my Christmas list for Santa Claus. I can forgive “Star Wars” since it invented the whole concept and made getting new toys exciting, but most of these shows were unapologetic cash grabs. “Tomorrowland” feels like a throwback to that shady old practice…

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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD wins the early summer releases for 2015…

Posted on May 22nd, 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD wins the early summer releases for 2015…

by Coop Cooper

The first “Mad Max” film premiered in 1979, starring a very young Mel Gibson and the film went on to become a cult classic. Two sequels followed, the critically revered “The Road Warrior” (1981) and the less respected, yet highly entertaining “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” (1985). Now for the first time in thirty years, we finally have a new Mad Max film… and the result is spectacular.

Taking place sometime long after the original “Mad Max” film, Max (Tom Hardy) and his suped-up Ford Falcon are immediately caught out in the open, captured by the War Boys and taken prisoner. The War Boys are young, radiation-stricken mutants who live only half a life and must rely on constant blood transfusions to live. Unfortunately, Max is a universal donor and is used by the ambitiously suicidal War Boy named Nux (Nicholas Hoult) as a rejuvenating ‘blood bag’…

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MAGGIE shows you a Schwarzenegger you’ve never seen before…

Posted on May 15th, 2015
MAGGIE shows you a Schwarzenegger you’ve never seen before…

by Coop Cooper

I once joked many years ago that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career would have another shot in the arm if he ever took a role as a transvestite prostitute in an indie drama. I didn’t say that to insult the guy, I just meant he’s never taken a risk to try a starring role outside the bombastic action film genre (and the occasional high-budget, goofy comedy) he worked so hard to define in the 80’s and 90’s. Now, after 46 years of working in the film industry, ‘The Governator’ has finally taken that risk with the minimalist zombie indie tearjerker, “Maggie”…

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MR. TURNER is slow, long, sometimes beautiful and it’s on DVD…

Posted on May 8th, 2015
MR. TURNER is slow, long, sometimes beautiful and it’s on DVD…

by Coop Cooper

Arriving this week to DVD is an Academy Award-nominated film which did not get as much hype as the rest. “Mr. Turner”, a biographical drama directed by Mike Leigh, received nominations for cinematography, costume design, original score and production design, although it won none of these categories. With the exception of the score, I’d say it could’ve been a strong contender in three of those categories, but the film simply couldn’t compete with the more interesting of last year’s nominees…

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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is a fun mess of a superhero film…

Posted on May 1st, 2015
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is a fun mess of a superhero film…

by Coop Cooper

The Avengers, now a full-fledged cooperative team, assaults the base of the evil Hydra scientist Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) and discovers he has been experimenting with alien technology. Worried that another alien invasion could catch the world off guard, Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce “Hulk” Banner (Mark Ruffalo), create Ultron (voiced by James Spader), a super-intelligent computer program designed to strategize and out think any adversary. Apparently neither scientist has seen a “Terminator” movie because Ultron immediately revolts and builds a robot army with the intent on wiping out humanity. Ultron is aided by the super-powered twins, Wanda “The Scarlet Witch” (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro “Quicksilver” Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who have a personal grudge against Tony Stark…

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HBO’s GAME OF THRONES Season 5 is poised to surpass the novels…

Posted on April 24th, 2015
HBO’s GAME OF THRONES Season 5 is poised to surpass the novels…

by Coop Cooper

Fans of the “Game of Thrones” books are in for quite a shock as Season 5 of the adapted show for HBO has begun to depart from the original source materials. Two episodes in and I have already noticed some big changes which will have long-lasting repercussions for the series and could ultimately change the course of the original storylines.

Author George R. R. Martin is famous for dragging out the paths of his main characters who seem to get further and further away from each other with no chance for reunion in sight and he shows no indications of tying up all of the many loose ends introduced in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels on which the TV series is based…

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DAREDEVIL is Netflix’s new binge-watching sensation…

Posted on April 17th, 2015
DAREDEVIL is Netflix’s new binge-watching sensation…

by Coop Cooper

The son of a down-on-his-luck boxer in Hell’s Kitchen, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), has his childhood shattered when he saves an elderly man from a getting hit by a truck and the accident renders Murdock blind. Worse than the blindness, Murdock’s other senses become heightened to the point of torture, but a mysterious blind vagabond named Stick (Scott Glenn) trains him to use his other senses to surpass those of other humans, giving him superhuman awareness of his surroundings and rapid healing. Murdock becomes a master of acrobatic hand-to-hand combat and his enhanced senses make him nearly unbeatable in a fight. By day he is an altruistic defense lawyer with his trusty partner, Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), but by night he prowls the neighborhood as a masked vigilante known to some as “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”. As Murdock escalates his assault on organized crime, he gains the unwanted attention from the hulking criminal mastermind, Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), who secretly rules the borough…

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Does America need FURIOUS 7? Apparently so…

Posted on April 10th, 2015
Does America need FURIOUS 7?  Apparently so…

by Coop Cooper

Who needs another “Fast and Furious” movie? Apparently America does. “Furious 7” is already a box office blockbuster and has the sad distinction of being actor Paul Walker’s final film appearance. Could this be the end of the series? I don’t buy that for a second.

After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in the previous film, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) must reassemble his team of mercenary drivers when Shaw’s vindictive brother, Deckard (Jason Statham) attempts to assassinate them all. Turns out a shadowy government agent calling himself ‘Mr. Nobody’ (Kurt Russell) also has it out for Deckard and makes a deal with Dom to take him down. The catch is that Dom and his crew must rescue a hacker (Nathalie Emmanuel) with the key to a dangerous cyber weapon called the ‘God’s Eye’ in order to get Mr. Nobody’s help. Apparently this mission involves parachuting muscle cars out of airplanes…

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IT FOLLOWS is the new HALLOWEEN

Posted on April 3rd, 2015
IT FOLLOWS is the new HALLOWEEN

by Coop Cooper

In 1978, director John Carpenter and producer Debra Hill set out to make a low-budget horror film called “The Babysitter Murders” which had a very simple, yet chilling premise. The movie was eventually re-titled “Halloween” and became a cult phenomenon. “It Follows” may have achieved something similar to the magic of the original “Halloween” by mixing the old style with the new, but it runs the risk of getting lost in the poorly-managed sprawl of low budget horror…

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Millennials, Generation Z and technology…

Posted on March 27th, 2015
Millennials, Generation Z and technology…

by Coop Cooper

Kids today are growing up in a much different entertainment/social culture than my friends and I did back in Generation X. If we wanted to see a movie, we would have to go to the theater in groups, go rent a tape at a video store and meet up and someones house or sit around the TV and hope something good was on MTV. Now entertainment is as easily accessible and as instantaneous as making a call or typing a text. Here are a few of the trends I’m noticing that indicate how entertainment and interaction has changed for ‘Millennials’ and the up-and-coming group known as ‘Generation Z’…

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Most anticipated films of summer 2015…

Posted on March 20th, 2015
Most anticipated films of summer 2015…

by Coop Cooper

The summer movie season is nearly upon us and here are a few of the most anticipated films that could rake in the big box office bucks…

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (May 1) – In this sequel the superhero team fights Ultron, an omnipotent robot villain born from Tony Stark’s technology. This film will greatly expand the Marvel mythology and introduce some new heroes and villains who are sure to appear in future films.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” (May 15) – This will be the first “Mad Max” movie in thirty years and according to the spectacularly chaotic trailer, this franchise rebooting may be worth the wait. Tom Hardy plays the new Max who faces off against two warring clans of survivors, one of which is lead by a one-armed Charlize Theron…

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt… Netflix’s next cult hit?

Posted on March 13th, 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt…  Netflix’s next cult hit?

by Coop Cooper

Netflix once again challenges network and cable TV with a potential new cult classic, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and all thirteen episodes have been released at once through the Netflix Instant online service.

After being saved from a doomsday cult which has been living in an underground bunker for fifteen years, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) attempts to adjust to her new life on the outside. After a humiliating Today Show interview, she has an epiphany that she should start over, live in New York City and learn the ways of the modern world. She uses her settlement money to find an apartment tended by a sleazy, yet goodhearted landlord (Carol Kane) and moves in with a black, gay, desperate Broadway wannabe (Tituss Burgess). Through happenstance she gets a job as a nanny for the spoiled rotten kids of a clueless and vapid Manhattan socialite (Jane Krakowski), all while trying to keep her past as a ‘Mole Woman’ cultist a secret…

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Net Neutrality is good for movie streaming… Not?

Posted on March 6th, 2015
Net Neutrality is good for movie streaming…  Not?

by Coop Cooper

As I finish watching the third season of the Netflix Instant series “House of Cards”, I can’t help but think how powerful and great the internet has become that it can stream shows and movies instantly from the cloud to your TV, tablet or cell phone. Now that the U.S. Government will begin policing the internet in about six weeks, it begs the question… Is the internet about to be changed for better or for worse?…

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10 things I learned from this year’s (2015) Academy Awards…

Posted on February 27th, 2015
10 things I learned from this year’s (2015) Academy Awards…

by Coop Cooper

1. Funny actors don’t always make the best hosts. Just because Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony and had a hit TV sitcom doesn’t mean his jokes or timing are going to work. His racial references were clumsy. Even more cringe-worthy was an ill-timed joke about an award-winner’s dress after she dedicated her win to her son who committed suicide.

2. There will be an upset or two. I thought for sure Eddie Redmayne was the last actor in the category who would win Best Actor but I was sorely mistaken. Likewise did I underestimate the Academy’s love for “Birdman” which won best picture, nearly shutting out “Boyhood” from all other categories except for Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, I was very pleased “Whiplash” won Editing and Sound Mixing along with a well deserved win for J. K. Simmons as Best Supporting Actor…

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2015 (87th) Academy Award predictions…

Posted on February 20th, 2015
2015 (87th) Academy Award predictions…

by Coop Cooper

The 2015 Academy Awards will air this Sunday on ABC at 6pm (Central). Here are my predictions (potential winners are underlined)…

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Coop’s latest! The teaser for the upcoming short GOD MAKER…


Northern Mississippi 1932:
In a cabin in the woods, a blind blues guitarist will discover his destiny from a lovesick goddess who seeks to corrupt his soul.

GOD MAKER is Coop's latest, most ambitious short film and will be ready for a late 2013 festival season.

Coop’s award-winning 48 hour short film trailer for REGRESS…


Told in reverse, this experimental made-in-48-hours film begins with a shocking murder then backtracks (like a viewer rewinding a VHS tape) to reveal the chilling origins of this tragedy.

WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM at the 2013 Clarksdale Film Festival...
NOMINATED: BEST DIRECTING by the 2012 48hr. Guerrilla Film Challenge (international contest)...
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Crossroads Film Festival

Watch the teaser for Coop’s 1970’s grindhouse movie spoof…


I'm not even going to mention the freaky-deaky title of this film on the blog. Watch it to find out.

Watch Coop’s award-winning short film THE BEST DAY…


WINNER: 2012 MAGNOLIA FILM FESTIVAL "Best Homegrown Film"
WINNER: 2012 SEATTLE TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL "Best Scream"

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
2012 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL
2012 NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI FILM FESTIVAL
2012 ATLANTA INDIE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
2012 OTHERFEST
2012 MISSISSIPPI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2012 SUN AND SAND FILM FESTIVAL

Morgan Freeman asks Coop a question at THE BEST DAY premiere! Video below…


My short film THE BEST DAY premiered in October 2011 at the Delta Cinema in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Little did I know I had a special guest in the audience who was about to ask me a question during the Q&A. Yep, I got a little flustered when I saw who it was.

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