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THE HOUSE BUNNY (2008) **1/2 movie review by COOP

THE HOUSE BUNNY (2008) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on August 28th, 2008

Fairy tales allow for the audience to feel uplifted when presented with a story where everything goes according to plan and everyone lives happily ever after. While cinema constantly evolves, this particular formula rarely changes. “The House Bunny” is no exception to this predictable pattern, but one can enjoy the pattern; no matter how cliché, […]

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THE RUINS (2008) ** DVD capsule by COOP

THE RUINS (2008) ** DVD capsule by COOP

Posted on August 21st, 2008

A generic story from a generic book. College kids vacationing in Cancun take a side trip to a newly discovered Mayan temple only to get trapped there when the locals surround the temple with weapons, killing anyone who tries to escape. Turns out the locals are the guardians of a very carnivorous plant that covers […]

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TROPIC THUNDER (2008) ** movie review by COOP

TROPIC THUNDER (2008) ** movie review by COOP

Posted on August 18th, 2008

One overwhelming thought occupied my mind while watching “Tropic Thunder:” The future of Tom Cruise’s career now officially terrifies me. Many viewers won’t recognize Cruise right away as layers of latex make his mug, and even his body, ugly. Perhaps for the sake of his career, you’re better off not recognizing him at all. “Tropic […]

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ROADSIDE PROPHETS (1992) ***1/2 long lost classic review by COOP

ROADSIDE PROPHETS (1992) ***1/2 long lost classic review by COOP

Posted on August 18th, 2008

I’m so glad I came across this one again on the Independent Film Channel. I never have been able to find a copy of it on DVD, although I understand its available now. I have fond memories of watching this on video in high school. John Doe (frontman of the band X) plays Joe, a […]

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JUMPER (2008) ***1/2 DVD capsule by COOP

JUMPER (2008) ***1/2 DVD capsule by COOP

Posted on August 13th, 2008

This movie got shafted. I heard some reviews saying it was lame so I skipped it. Catching it on DVD I realized it was a far more satisfying superhero film than most. David Rice’s (Hayden Christensen) mother leaves and his father turns abusive, fueling his desire to run away from it all. A near-fatal accident […]

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PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008) **1/2 movie review by COOP

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on August 12th, 2008

“Stoner” comedies usually have a limited appeal. They feature comedians who seem comfortable in pot-smoking roles, delivering political messages to “legalize it” while they entertain with their red-eyed antics. Propaganda and politics aside, the comedic moments stem completely from the mistakes the characters make while high on weed. No, it’s not the most intelligent of […]

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DOOMSDAY (2008) *** DVD capsule by COOP

DOOMSDAY (2008) *** DVD capsule by COOP

Posted on August 8th, 2008

“28 Days Later,” “Escape from New York,” and “The Road Warrior.” If you can imagine that amalgamation of those three sci-fi films, then you’ve already seen “Doomsday.” I planned to see this one in the theater, but I’m actually glad I waited for the “Unrated” DVD. This is one of the goriest, wide-release movie of […]

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PAPER MOON (1973) ***** classic film capsule by COOP

PAPER MOON (1973) ***** classic film capsule by COOP

Posted on August 6th, 2008

Right after watching “Swing Vote,” I discovered a film on Turner Classic Movies that I had heard about and seen clips of but had yet to experience. “Paper Moon” starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal is a film old enough to fly under the radar of this generation of movie goers and the black and white […]

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SWING VOTE (2008) ** movie reivew by COOP

SWING VOTE (2008) ** movie reivew by COOP

Posted on August 5th, 2008

Imagine if one person had the burden of deciding the next President of the United States. Now imagine that person was a lazy, alcoholic, unemployed, 50-something single father who constantly neglects his 10 year-old daughter yet can’t find his socks without her. Yes, this is supposed to be a comedy but it plays more like […]

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