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48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge completed!  Watch “REGRESS”…

48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge completed! Watch “REGRESS”…

Posted on May 22nd, 2012

by Coop Cooper

My colleagues and I have a new short film created in 48 hours for this contest: The Guerrilla Film Challenge

Our film: “Regress”

Logline: Told in reverse, “Regress” is about a woman who murders her husband and the bizarre sequence of events that lead up to the violent incident.

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– Coop

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WHITE DOG (1982) is a sad, disturbing, unreleased film about racism

WHITE DOG (1982) is a sad, disturbing, unreleased film about racism

Posted on May 21st, 2012

Every now and again Hollywood produces a film that has merit, yet never makes it into mainstream theaters. The film could have big actors, a high-concept premise and critical acclaim, but something scares distributors from releasing it widely or at all. Such is the case of the 1982 Sam Fuller film “White Dog” which offers a disturbing allegory on racism that is flawed, upsetting and compelling.

On the way home one night, a Los Angeles actress, Julie (Kristy McNichol), accidentally hits a stray white German Shepherd with her car. She rushes the dog to a vet who manages to save him but after learning the dog may be put down at a shelter, Julie reluctantly brings him home. Soon, Julie becomes attached to the dog after he saves her from a serial rapist…

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BATTLESHIP is board game bonanza boffo buffoonery

BATTLESHIP is board game bonanza boffo buffoonery

Posted on May 17th, 2012

Hollywood has recently begun mining venerable board games… not video games mind you but actual tabletop board games as motion picture properties. The first of these films is “Battleship” based off of the popular Hasbro game which made “You sunk my battleship!” an American catch phrase.

The story takes place off the coast of modern day Hawaii as the U.S. Navy is engaged in war games with the Japanese naval fleet. Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) might remind you of Maverick in “Top Gun.” He is a screw-up who was brow-beaten by his brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgard), into joining the Navy after his arrest for stealing a burrito from a convenience store to impress the daughter (Brooklyn Decker) of the fleet admiral (Liam Neeson). After screwing up one time too many, Hopper faces the possibility of a court martial after the war games. Luckily for him, a scouting alien invasion force is attracted to Earth by high-tech radio waves meant to contact extraterrestrial life… oops. Soon Hopper is off the hook when the aliens crash land in the water near his fleet and erect a force field, trapping the Earth ships inside with them…

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Texting in movie theaters:  It could get worse…

Texting in movie theaters: It could get worse…

Posted on May 4th, 2012

Modern movie theaters have done a lot in order to attract viewers. Many now advertise full meals, gourmet coffee, frozen treats, state of the art digital projection, stadium seating, Dolby 7.1 sound, 3-D films and many other amenities to make spending a couple of hours at the theater more attractive. Not all of them work.

Even now, big Hollywood theater chains are considering a move that might send many traditional movie patrons running from the aisles. In a terribly misguided effort to keep the younger generation in movie seats, AMC Regal theaters and other chains are considering allowing viewers to freely text on their cellphones during movies…

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Mississippi Filmmaker Spotlight:  Kenny Cook and “Bitter Shoes”

Mississippi Filmmaker Spotlight: Kenny Cook and “Bitter Shoes”

Posted on May 1st, 2012

If you’ve ever been to a Mississippi film festival in the past few years then you’ve probably seen Kenny Cook. The prolific actor has been a go-to artist for their short films for awhile now. Cook has been in many award-winning films playing leads and character actors alike.

Now the actor makes his directorial debut with “Bitter Shoes”, the story of a broken man (played by Cook) who resorts to kidnapping in order to relive the memories of his dead son. It’s a heartbreaking story that features a fine performance by Cook and co-star Julie Sampley as his grade school-aged hostage…

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