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Amazon challenges Netflix in the digital content market

Amazon challenges Netflix in the digital content market

Posted on April 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Amazon.com is taking a cue from Netflix and has launched over a dozen of their own TV show pilots exclusively online. They plan to utilize user ratings and comments to determine which shows they will produce full seasons of which will air on the Amazon.com website.

Paired with the ‘Amazon Prime’ service, the first episode of each of these shows is free for all users, but subsequent episodes will be available only to Amazon Prime subscribers. Like Netflix, Amazon Prime also offers many free online movies to watch, but nowhere near as many as Netflix. It does however come with free 2-day shipping on anything ordered from Amazon.com which is a huge bonus for frequent online shoppers (and frankly, the only reason I have a subscription). As an added bonus you can rent some ebooks for free instead of buying them, but Amazon intentionally makes this perk difficult and confusing to execute as they would rather you buy them.

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THE COMPANY YOU KEEP glorifies some bad company…

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP glorifies some bad company…

Posted on April 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

“People make mistakes.” Those are the words of Robert Redford’s character, Sloan, in “The Company You Keep.” Sloan is a fictional member of the real-life Vietnam War era group the Weather Underground. Dissatisfied with peaceful protesting, this radical group decided to ‘officially’ declare war on the U.S. Government by bombing government buildings and attacking domestic targets. Normally they would warn of an imminent bombing in order to facilitate the evacuations of citizens, but it didn’t always work out that way. The “mistake” in question is the murder of two police officers and a security guard when the organization robbed an armored truck in 1981. This actually happened and serves as the catalyst for the characters in this story…

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EVIL DEAD is as evil as original, not as cool…

EVIL DEAD is as evil as original, not as cool…

Posted on April 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

The original “The Evil Dead” (1981) was a little horror picture that could. Despite its ultra low budget and goofy acting, it earned rave reviews from Stephen King and achieved cult status for its relentless carnage, groundbreaking camerawork and sly comedic touches. It’s official sequel “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn” (1987) – which was actually more of a remake – topped the original in every way and is considered one of the greatest horror comedies ever made. Its final sequel “Army of Darkness” (1992) eclipsed the cult status of the first two as a fantasy action comedy that owed just as much to “The Three Stooges” as it did to the horror genre…

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G. I. JOE: RETALIATION is a bad example of ‘Extreme Action’

G. I. JOE: RETALIATION is a bad example of ‘Extreme Action’

Posted on April 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

One of my favorite sections in Blockbuster Video when I was growing up was the ‘Extreme Action’ shelf. Sort of a mixture between superhero stories and shoot-em-up action blockbusters, extreme action films are usually R-rated ‘B’ movies or big-budget PG-13 popcorn films. With a heavy emphasis on martial arts and/or sci-fi, they feature over-the-top scenes which escalate in intensity over the course of the film. The Asian market perfected this type of film in the 90’s after America invented it in the 80’s. “G. I. Joe: Retaliation” fits squarely in that category and after seeing it, I had two thoughts: 1. It was a horrible movie. 2. I may have outgrown the extreme action genre…

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OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN is ‘meh’, might get whooped by WHITE HOUSE DOWN

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN is ‘meh’, might get whooped by WHITE HOUSE DOWN

Posted on April 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

I haven’t seen a good, original ‘Go America!’ movie in a long time. They were such Hollywood staples during the 80’s and 90’s, but they eventually gave way to superhero films, tepid remakes and R-rated comedies. The best, recent example of this sub-genre done right was “Battle: Los Angeles” in 2011, but it was eviscerated by critics, much to my dismay and many other movie-goers who liked it and made it a minor box office success. Can an ultra-patriotic action film like “Olympus Has Fallen” succeed where “Battle” did not?

Disgraced Secret Service agent turned cop, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) watches the White House from afar after losing a member of the First Family to a tragic accident under his watch.

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PBS boosts programming quality with DOWNTON ABBEY

PBS boosts programming quality with DOWNTON ABBEY

Posted on April 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

I never thought I would care about “Masterpiece Theater” on PBS, but it seems even stuffy British period TV dramas can be compelling under the right talent. With three seasons completed, “Downtown Abbey” has slowly but surely become the talk of the internet and entertainment circles.

“Abbey” follows the lives of the Crawley family, lead by the Earl of Grantham and their servants at a wealthy English estate in the early 1900’s. The highborn family follows strict traditions and the servants work hard to maintain their positions until word comes down the family heir has been killed during the sinking of the Titanic. This throws years of tradition to question as both family and servants are subjected to modernism, social changes and World War I…

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HOUSE OF CARDS is keeping Netflix on top

HOUSE OF CARDS is keeping Netflix on top

Posted on April 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Can a high-budget TV series produced exclusively for a streaming web service like Netflix become a huge success and a model for TV/internet entertainment to come? If the original web series “House of Cards” is any indication, we may be looking at the end of traditional TV as we know it.

Based on a popular British series, “Cards” stars Kevin Spacey as Francis “Frank” Underwood, a South Carolina Rep. and Majority Whip who is passed over for a promised Secretary of State appointment by a new president he helped get elected. Enraged, Underwood concocts a plan to manipulate and usurp power using an ambitious young reporter (Kate Mara) and a disgraced a freshman Congressman (Corey Stoll) to game the system…

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IDENTITIY THIEF steals your precious time

IDENTITIY THIEF steals your precious time

Posted on April 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

The thought of having your identity stolen is a frightening and all-too-real possibility for any honest citizen. With the sprawling bureaucracy that goes hand in hand with modern life, it’s surprisingly easy for an opportunistic sociopath to steal someone’s personal information and go on a shopping spree, doing damage that is difficult to reverse. This type of crime can ruin reputations and lives. Strange that someone would think that kind of scenario it would make a passable mean-spirited, R-rated comedy…

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STRANGE MOVIE FACTS!

STRANGE MOVIE FACTS!

Posted on April 30th, 2013

By Coop Cooper Vince Vaughn, Matthew Perry, Harold Lloyd, Daryl Hannah, Telly Savalas, Christian Bale, Buster Keaton, Lee Van Cleef, James Doohan, Danny Thomas, Denzel Washington and Megan Fox all have something in common… They went through great pains to disguise their missing or deformed fingers from their fans. In order to film the famous […]

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