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STEPBROTHERS (2008) *** movie review by COOP

STEPBROTHERS (2008) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on July 30th, 2008

People who go to see a movie starring Will Ferrell usually know what they’re in for. Juvenile humor, gross-out jokes, a man acting like a child… all these aspects are considered standard in his presence. So when people go to see them and come out complaining, it baffles me. It’s a Will Ferrell-type comedy with […]

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THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on July 23rd, 2008

I gave 2005’s “Batman Begins” my highest rating and consider it nearly flawless. It elevated the venerable franchise into a level of gritty reality I never imagined it could attain on film, and it made the 1989 “Batman” look like the 1966 “Batman.” As someone fairly familiar with Batman mythology, I found every reworked aspect […]

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The WATCHMEN trailer arrives!! by COOP

The WATCHMEN trailer arrives!! by COOP

Posted on July 21st, 2008

I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SINCE THE 1980’S. I always thought the “Watchmen” limited series/graphic novel was one of the most edgy, complex comic book stories ever written. Seeing this come to life has been a dream of comic fans for over twenty years and now it’s finally happening. I don’t expect non-comic fans (at […]

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HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008) *** movie review by COOP

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on July 18th, 2008

The first “Hellboy” film changed the way the modern, general audience looked at traditional comic book heroes. Adapted from Mike Mignola’s cult comic book series, the story follows the adventures of the Son of Satan who grows up amongst humans and feels an obligation to protect them, despite his dark destiny. Armed with a massive […]

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THE GREAT DEBATERS (2008) ** DVD review by COOP

THE GREAT DEBATERS (2008) ** DVD review by COOP

Posted on July 14th, 2008

I have an affinity for underdog stories. I also like films where those some underdogs succeed despite their race, gender or oppressive circumstances. “The Great Debaters” fits this category, yet I consider it a lesser effort despite the high profile celebrities involved. Oprah produced it. Denzel Washington directed and starred in it. Forrest Whitaker co-starred. […]

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HANCOCK (2008) *** movie review by COOP

HANCOCK (2008) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on July 10th, 2008

With all the hype of the established comic book franchises assaulting the screens this summer, “Hancock” nearly flew under the radar. Although “Hancock” is not adapted from a comic book, its creators came up with a simple, yet interesting premise to sell it to the studios: What if the world’s only superhero was an alcoholic […]

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WANTED (2008)** movie review by COOP

WANTED (2008)** movie review by COOP

Posted on July 4th, 2008

After seeing the trailers for “Wanted,” I thought: “Okay, here comes another ‘Matrix’ ripoff.” Never mind that it stars Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie and one of my favorite newcomers, James McAvoy. Then I found out it was adapted from a comic book. Funny, because I know comics and I had never heard of this one. […]

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