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DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974) **** DVD review capsule by COOP

DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974) **** DVD review capsule by COOP

Posted on May 31st, 2008

FOUND!!!: One of the films I only saw parts of as a kid, yet the images I saw haunted me far into adulthood. I’ve been looking for this film for a long time, yet didn’t know the title. Every time I’d find a film with a similar premise, I’d get my hopes up, thinking I […]

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INSIDE (France 2007) ***** DVD capsule by COOP

INSIDE (France 2007) ***** DVD capsule by COOP

Posted on May 29th, 2008

I hereby declare “Inside” the most brutal horror film I’ve ever seen. I don’t say that lightly. I’ve seen more horror films than most critics, but this one takes the cake. Once it begins, it doesn’t let up until the shocking, final five minutes that had me squirming and covering my eyes. I won’t say […]

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MEMORIES OF MURDER (Korea) ***1/2 film capsule by COOP

MEMORIES OF MURDER (Korea) ***1/2 film capsule by COOP

Posted on May 29th, 2008

Available on DVD from Netflix: This entertaining South Korean flick is based on the true-story of the first recorded serial killer in the country’s known history (back in the 1970’s). When the police find the bodies of young women brutally strangled along rural routes of a small town, they capture, torture and beat confessions out […]

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THE STRANGERS (2008) ** film capsule by COOP

THE STRANGERS (2008) ** film capsule by COOP

Posted on May 28th, 2008

This film, while a huge disappointment for me, will find a solid audience with those who find “supposed true stories” and “home invasion” films a thrill. I’m gonna be harsh and sharped-tongued here… This was a blatant rip-off of a French film I saw on DVD a few weeks ago called “Them.” The French film […]

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IRON MAN (2008) ***** movie review by COOP

IRON MAN (2008) ***** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 28th, 2008

I have been waiting for this movie for over twenty years. That’s not an exaggeration. “Iron Man” was my favorite comic book growing up. Heck, it was the only comic book I ever had a subscription to. Why? I’ve been trying to lock down the appeal. Could be Tony Stark had neater gadgets than other […]

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ARCHIVED REVIEWS…

ARCHIVED REVIEWS…

Posted on May 14th, 2008

That’s all the old published reviews/articles I can find for now. I will post others once they resurface from the Batcave (or an old, lost document file). Now, on to the new reviews… -Coop

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ACADEMY AWARDS PREVIEW (2002) by COOP

ACADEMY AWARDS PREVIEW (2002) by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Academy Awards 2002 by: Coop Cooper 2001 proved to be an extremely competitive year for films. Many worthy, potential nominees flooded causing an unprecedented amount of snubs and controversy. Did some studios resort to sabotage in order to further the chances for an Academy Award? The fingers point and the predictions fly but who really […]

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TOP 10 OF 2001 (very short) LIST by COOP

TOP 10 OF 2001 (very short) LIST by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Coop’s Top 10 movies of 2001 list: 1. Mulholland Drive 2. Donnie Darko 3. Memento 4. Blackhawk Down 5. The Royal Tenenbaums 6. Lord of the Rings 7. Training Day 8. A.I. 9. From Hell 10. Harry Potter

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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

(*Author’s note: This review generated my first piece of “hate mail.” so I cherish it deeply) One of the most anticipated films of the year has arrived, and with it an almost guaranteed blockbuster. Breaking records already with its first weekend returns, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” fills in a very difficult market for […]

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A.I. (2001) **** movie review by COOP

A.I. (2001) **** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Very rarely does a movie come along that invokes such a strong reaction in viewers. Good or bad, it’s very hard to ignore a film that even its detractors can’t stop talking about, even days after seeing it. “A.I.” is certainly one of these films. Director Steven Spielberg resurrects the late Stanley Kubrick’s long-awaited project […]

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ACADEMY AWARDS PREVIEW (2001) by COOP

ACADEMY AWARDS PREVIEW (2001) by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

It’s that time of the year again. The 73rd Annual Academy Awards air on Sunday night, March 25th on ABC. Think you can pick the winners? Here is a bit of info that might help you make a few educated guesses and impress your friends… First of all, here is how the nominations and final […]

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BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS (2000) ** movie review by COOP

BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS (2000) ** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

“Blair Witch Project”… These three words sent the media into a frenzy in 1999. Before its release, much of the public fell under the false impression that the independent, pseudo-documentary was an actual occurrence. Audiences flocked to see the movie hailed as the scariest film since “The Exorcist”, making it one of the most successful […]

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THE CELL (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

THE CELL (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Looking for a teen/slasher/horror movie to end your summer, movie-going experience? This isn’t it. Instead of going for the usual, “killer in a mask” flick or a serial killer thriller, try this unique movie on for size. “The Cell” will definitely stimulate the most jaded of imaginations, while still causing moviegoers to leave the theater […]

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HOLLOW MAN (2000) *** movie review by COOP

HOLLOW MAN (2000) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

A “teaser trailer” is usually the first thing that the general audience sees of a feature motion picture. Coming out far before the film ever hits the silver screen, the teaser either shows a few attention-grabbing frames of the film or sometimes, nothing of the film at all. I particularly like these trailers due to […]

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NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS (2000) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS (2000) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Anyone that saw the first remake of “The Nutty Professor” with Eddie Murphy, fondly remembers two segments of the film… the two scenes surrounding the Klump family at the dinner table. Universal Studios quickly realized the comic potential of the Klump family and decided to make them the focus of the sequel, “Nutty Professor II: […]

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THE PERFECT STORM (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

THE PERFECT STORM (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Adapted from the best selling book and based on a true story, “The Perfect Storm” proved to be one of the most anticipated movies of the summer season. The harrowing tale of a fishing boat, caught in the “Storm of the Century,” may have been fascinating as a book, but the story doesn’t hold water […]

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X-MEN (2000) **** movie review by COOP

X-MEN (2000) **** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

The X-Men have been around for awhile. The first X-Men comic book debuted in 1963 and, in time, became a Marvel Comics phenomenon. It was long surmised that Hollywood would never be able to pull off this film version of one of the most recognized comic titles of all time. It appears Hollywood was wrong […]

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THE PATRIOT (2000) ** movie review by COOP

THE PATRIOT (2000) ** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

“Braveheart” set during the Revolutionary War. That’s what the creators of “The Patriot” seem to be associating their new summer blockbuster with… and it’s no mistake. Mel Gibson’s on board as another larger-than-life man, motivated by revenge and ultimately, fighting for freedom. It may be exciting, but falls short on originality and genuine sentiment. Gibson […]

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CHICKEN RUN (2000) ***** movie review by COOP

CHICKEN RUN (2000) ***** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

As a kid, one film that I fondly remember seeing was “Clash of the Titans” back in 1981. I remembered wondering how they made those scary-looking monsters look alive. It was years before I leaned it was a technique called “claymation”, the art of moving a clay figure a fraction for every film frame in […]

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SHAFT (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

SHAFT (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Shaft is back. It’s been 29 years since the original film debuted. Followed by two sequels, “Shaft’s Big Score” and “Shaft in Africa”, plus a short-lived TV series, “Shaft” became a groundbreaking phenomenon. Now Hollywood intends to create a new Shaft franchise with this sequel/remake, but the filmmakers may have to update it a bit […]

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