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GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS (2000) ** movie review by COOP

GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS (2000) ** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

“The French Connection”, “Ronin”, “The Blues Brothers”, all contained outstanding chase scenes, but with a difference… They were chases with a solid story built around them. “Gone in Sixty Seconds”, is the exact opposite and it still doesn’t deliver the goods. Arch-Producer Jerry Bruckheimer hopes to have another “The Rock” or “Top Gun” on his […]

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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW (2000) by COOP

SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW (2000) by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

The summer movie season is upon us and Hollywood has already pulled out some big guns. “Gladiator” and “Dinosaur” are still doing well. “Mission Impossible 2” seems to be a huge early success. So why does Hollywood put out so many of their “summer movies” out before summer? It’s a race like any other actually. […]

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 (2000) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 (2000) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Very rarely does a sequel surpass the quality of the original, but it looks like, despite its shortcomings, “Mission Impossible 2” succeeded in this aspect. Tom Cruise returns as indestructible IMF agent, Ethan Hunt. Swanbeck (Anthony Hopkins) appears briefly as Cruise’s boss to send him on a new mission… to stop a rouge agent, Sean […]

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GLADIATOR (2000) **** movie review by COOP

GLADIATOR (2000) **** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

There hasn’t been a good Roman Empire/gladiator movie in awhile and Hollywood does take advantage of a good opportunity when it sees it. “Gladiator” is a prime example of good marketing and timing, making it the first entertaining epic of the 21st century. “Gladiator” seems much like a remake of the 1964 film, “The Fall […]

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AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

One of the unwritten rules in creating a Hollywood-style film is that the main character must be likable. I’ve found that there are exceptions in certain cases, including experimental and horror films. “American Psycho”, adapted from the notorious novel by Bret Easton Ellis, is both experimental and horror. Because of this, many will hate the […]

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U-571 (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

U-571 (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

“U-571” is definitely a concept that looks good on paper. You have a great cast, a great WWII submarine story and an exciting trailer that is sure to sell many tickets at the box office. Consequently, all of these promising aspects make it even more disappointing when the effort ultimately fails. I personally enjoy deep-sea […]

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ROMEO MUST DIE (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

ROMEO MUST DIE (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Romeo and Juliet has to be one of the most used formulas ever within and without of the Hollywood system. Now, producer Joel Silver has decided to take this story and modernize it… yet again. But can this hybrid of black hip-hop and Asian action mix well into a workable story? Not exactly, but it […]

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FINAL DESTINATION (2000) **** movie review by COOP

FINAL DESTINATION (2000) **** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

The problem with most of the films in the teen-horror genre is that most of them are derivative of earlier films. The modern horror film started with “Halloween” in 1978, spawning the slasher franchises of “Friday the 13th” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” respectively. This genre became increasingly stale until “Scream” became the standard […]

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ACADEMY AWARDS RESULTS (2000) by COOP

ACADEMY AWARDS RESULTS (2000) by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Well the Academy Awards are over and the winners were announced. Instead of posting a disclaimer saying… “So maybe I wasn’t so right about my predictions,” I decided to add a few observations about what happened on March 26th. Oh what the heck… I did make some decent predictions. Better than the Wall Street Journal […]

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MISSION TO MARS (2000) ** movie review by COOP

MISSION TO MARS (2000) ** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Twenty years ago, I’m sure we had lots of grandiose ideas of what the year 2000 would be like. In 1980, I turned five so naturally, I thought we would all have “light sabers” and flying cars by now. Needless to say, I was disappointed. Now that it’s 2000, what will life be like in […]

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ACADEMY AWARDS PREVIEW (2000) by COOP

ACADEMY AWARDS PREVIEW (2000) by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

The Academy Awards… Literally the “Superbowl” of the entertainment industry. Even Las Vegas is taking bets on who will win each category. On March 26th, those in Hollywood not attending will surely be glued to the television to watch the glamorous receive their awards. Now many things about the night will be predictable. Roberto Benigni […]

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MY DOG SKIP (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

MY DOG SKIP (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Everyone remembers their childhood dogs and the impact they’ve had on their life. Perhaps one dog in particular sticks out in your mind… A special dog that was there for you in the toughest or best years of your life. That is what this screen adaptation of Willie Morris’ “My Dog Skip” conveys in a […]

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

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

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Can a film depicting the true-story events of a tobacco industry snitch and the producer of the TV news/magazine, “60 Minutes”, be more exciting than it sounds? Definitely in the case of the “The Insider”, a powerful docudrama adapted from the Vanity Fair article, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”. This film has grabbed up […]

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ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (2000) *** movie review by COOP

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (2000) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008

Oliver Stone’s newest film, “Any Given Sunday”, closely resembles an overly long MTV music video, inter-cut with scenes from the current ESPN football coverage. That’s what you see on the surface. Underneath lies a good script, great performances and a story that actually holds up to the bombardment of flashy images. The story follows a […]

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Launch!

Launch!

Posted on May 13th, 2008

This will be my website until I get things further along. I plan to post movie reviews (one week after their projected print publication), archived reviews, features, contact info, ect… Standby for more content. Small Town Critic, out. -Coop Cooper

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