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STRUCK BY LIGHTNING review

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING review

Posted on December 27th, 2012

by Coop Cooper
Smart coming-of-age films are few and far between. When they aren’t right out inane, the good ones range from light and silly to pitch dark. Chris Colfer, the very young star/writer of “Struck by Lightning,” has deftly avoided these clichés to deliver an inspiring and very funny coming-of-age flick.
Chris Colfer (award-winning actor on the hit TV show “Glee”) stars as Carson Phillips, an outspoken overachiever who exasperates his classmates and the adults around him by challenging their apathy toward the injustices and mediocrity they choose to ignore on a daily basis. His basket case mom (Allison Janney) drinks and medicates herself into a stupor while mourning her dead relationship with Carson’s deadbeat dad (Dermot Mulroney) who has not told his pregnant fiance (Christina Hendricks) about the family he abandoned. Aided by his odd, video camera-obsessed friend, Malerie (Rebel Wilson), Carson blackmails his most adversarial classmates into writing for his startup literary magazine which he hopes will clench his chances for acceptance into Northwestern University…

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“The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” review

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” review

Posted on December 27th, 2012

It’s been nearly ten years since New Zealand director Peter Jackson completed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and released them to great international success. Now he has done the same for the prequel book “The Hobbit” which has been split into three movies and will be released yearly as was “Rings.” “An Unexpected Journey” is the first of these installments and has just been released in time for the holiday season.

The film begins during the first “Lord of the Rings” film “The Fellowship of the Ring” as Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) is about have his birthday party in which he secretly plans to leave the Shire for one last adventure. Before he leaves, he prepares his memoirs for his nephew Frodo (Elijah Wood) which chronicles his adventure 60 years before when he was a young man (Martin Freeman)…






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Coop’s top 10 indie films of 2012…

Coop’s top 10 indie films of 2012…

Posted on December 27th, 2012

by Coop Cooper
10. “Absentia” – Without any recognizable actors, “Absentia” is the most solidly effective direct-to-DVD horror film I’ve seen all year. It tells the story of a recovering junkie, Callie, who goes to live with her sister who is filing to have her husband declared “dead in absentia” after a lengthy disappearance. As her sister tries to cope with this development, Callie suspects the strange pedestrian tunnel within view of the house has something to do with the string of disappearances in the area.
9. “God Bless America” – This extremely dark comedy by former comedian Bobcat Goldthwait follows a sad sack (Joel Murray) who decides to assassinate a particularly nasty reality TV star before offing himself…






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Coop’s top 10 Big-release movies of the year

Coop’s top 10 Big-release movies of the year

Posted on December 7th, 2012

by Coop Cooper

Minus “Life of Pi,” “Les Miserables,” “The Hobbit” and a few others, I’ve seen enough movies this year to determine a list of the best films of the year. While I always miss some I can recommend later, I feel these best represent the pinnacle of big-release, Hollywood cinema for 2012… So far.






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