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Why negative movie reviews really don’t matter

Why negative movie reviews really don’t matter

Posted on August 19th, 2011

Why negative movie reviews really don’t matter

Article by: Coop Cooper

Energized by the power and fantastic performances of “The Help,” this weekend I ventured online to see what my fellow American movie critics thought. The website Rottentomatoes.com averages the positive and negative reviews from critics of major print publications and assigns a percentage value. Anything under 60% is considered “rotten” and anything over that number is deemed “fresh.” While “The Help” gained a respectable 73% average, compared to the averages of “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (76%), Captain America: The First Avenger” (79%) and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (82%), its average seemed rather low. Considering the film’s box office and awards potential, I wondered where most of the negativity was coming from…

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“The Help” will win Oscars and prestige for Mississippi

“The Help” will win Oscars and prestige for Mississippi

Posted on August 11th, 2011

by Coop Cooper

There is so much to talk about regarding the film adaptation of the bestselling book “The Help,” I won’t waste time reminding everyone of the setup or plot. In full disclosure, I helped the director and producers secure locations within Clarksdale, Mississippi in order to make sure the production filmed here. Although I helped “The Help,” I always intended on writing a non-partial review of the finished product. The short: It’s a glowing review. The long: My (possibly biased) opinions will be vindicated on the day of the 2012 Academy Awards nominations. I believe “The Help” will emerge as one of the most important and highly decorated films of the year.

Director Tate Taylor (a Mississippi native) and the rest of the principle crew have a lot to celebrate. They took an unpublished novel and elevated it to A-list standards in a matter of months. Secondly, they succeeded far beyond the expectations of myself and fans of the book…






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“Cowboys and Aliens” is not as silly as it sounds

“Cowboys and Aliens” is not as silly as it sounds

Posted on August 11th, 2011

by Coop Cooper

The setup is nothing new. Set in 1873, A man with no name (Daniel Craig) wakes up in a wild west desert with amnesia and a strange bracelet. He runs afoul of an honorable lawman (Keith Carradine) and a ruthless cattle baron (Harrison Ford) who wants his head. Then the aliens attack. Cowboys get blasted and abducted and the Man-With-No-Name suddenly discovers the bracelet on his arm is an alien ray gun. The man teams up with his former enemies and a strange woman (Olivia Wilde) to save the abducted town folk.

Since this seemed like a goofy, high-concept gimmick, I was curious as to why it had attracted A-list heavy hitters like Craig, Ford and “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau…






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“Captain America:  The First Avenger” is the best superhero film of the summer

“Captain America: The First Avenger” is the best superhero film of the summer

Posted on August 11th, 2011

by Coop Cooper

After 67 years, we finally have a “Captain America” film that not only does justice to the Marvel franchise that created it, but also a worthy bridge film that leads directly into the “Avengers” feature film which will premiere next year.
Taking place in 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants nothing more than to volunteer for the U.S. Army to serve his country on the front lines in Europe. His 4 ft, 90 lb frame and a long list of ailments result in rejection after rejection until Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) witnesses Steve’s pure hearted determination. After a long battery of tests, he offers Steve a chance to become America’s first “Super Soldier.” Steve accepts and is transformed into the superhero Captain America. Cap must face off against Hitler’s own renegade super soldier, the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) who plans to take over the world using a mystical energy source called the Cosmic Cube…






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Last “Harry Potter” movie skillfully brings a franchise to a close

Last “Harry Potter” movie skillfully brings a franchise to a close

Posted on August 11th, 2011

by: Coop Cooper
I have a vested interest in the “Harry Potter” films – not only because “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was one of my first movie reviews – but because I’ve read every book and seen every film since. Throughout all those years I anticipated the end of the wildly successful franchise, and now the moment has arrived. This film marks the conclusion of Harry Potter and the end of a worldwide phenomenon.
As Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) mourns the loss of his fallen friends, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) celebrates his acquisition of the Elder Wand, the most powerful and deadly wand in the world. In order to stop him, Harry and his travelling companions return to Hogwarts in an attempt to destroy the last of the magical “horcruxes,” items that give Voldemort his power. At Hogwarts, Voldemort’s Death Eaters prepare to lay siege to the school, forcing Harry and his allies into a final showdown that will lead Harry to his ultimate destiny…






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