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WORLD WAR Z…  The worst movie of the year (so far)

WORLD WAR Z… The worst movie of the year (so far)

Posted on June 27th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

One of my favorite online comic strips theoatmeal.com released a humorous Venn diagram this week called “What the ‘World War Z’ movie has in common with the book.” The answer: “It’s titled ‘World War Z’.” That’s a pretty fair assessment and although I think the film is rotten on its own merits, I cannot write this review without explaining why the book is important in this case.

Max Brooks (son of the legendary Mel Brooks) wrote an in-depth analysis of what a post-zombie apocalypse world would look like if humans had survived it. It features a journalist who trots around the globe collecting stories – a chapter per-story – from people who survived the outbreak and how they may have contributed to saving the world. It also explains how the world had to change in order to live in a post-zombie world should it ever happen again. It was a brilliant, compelling best-seller and would’ve made a great episodic HBO series.

In the film version…

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MAN OF STEEL has flaws but it’s my favorite Superman film so far

MAN OF STEEL has flaws but it’s my favorite Superman film so far

Posted on June 21st, 2013

by Coop Cooper

As the doomed alien planet Krypton self-destructs due to the arrogance of its inhabitants, the military attempts to take over the parliament through a bloody coup led by General Zod (Michael Shannon) who believes he can save the people by seizing control. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) is a scientist who understands the gravity of this disaster and evacuates his infant son and an item called the ‘codex’ before Zod can reach him. Years later, Jor-El’s son Kal-El (Henry Cavill), now relocated on Earth and named Clark Kent, wanders the planet, hiding his immense power from humans as he is constantly put in the position of saving them. After discovering his origins, he inadvertently alerts Zod who has been wandering the galaxy aimlessly with his army looking for him. Zod arrives and threatens the entire world with destruction if Clark does not surrender himself and the codex. Now Clark must reveal himself to the world in order to save his adopted home.

It’s difficult to write a synopsis of this film without revealing what makes it so unique to previous Superman films…






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THE PURGE could one day be a great horror franchise… but not today

THE PURGE could one day be a great horror franchise… but not today

Posted on June 14th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

The story takes place in near future America that is now virtually crime and poverty free. The credit for this golden age is given to the annual “Purge” in which for one 12 hour period out of the year, all crime – including murder – is legal. This cathartic moral hiatus allows citizens to release pent up rage, frustration and perceived revenge upon society so that the survivors might live the rest of the year in peace. Security salesman James Sandlin (Ethan Hawke) provides protection systems for his entire neighborhood and with his business booming, he is at ease with the annual event, especially since the system on his house is top-notch. His wife (Lena Heady), son and daughter become less at ease as the beginning of the Purge grows closer. When James’ naïve son witnesses a homeless man (Edwin Hodge) being chased by a bloodthirsty mob, he puts his entire family at risk to let him in. The dangerous gang tears through the house’s security measures to get at them while James and his family fight to survive the night.

It’s a preposterous, yet fascinatingly simple premise that begs for analysis on a ‘what would you do in this situation?’ kind of level…






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AFTER EARTH… I didn’t hate it, but Shyamalan’s H’wood career may be over

AFTER EARTH… I didn’t hate it, but Shyamalan’s H’wood career may be over

Posted on June 7th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

M. Night Shyamalan has been one of the most celebrated and reviled filmmakers in the last 15 years. While his first three Hollywood-caliber films (“The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs”) gained high critical and popular praise, his last four have been disastrous box-office flops. If the box office returns from the past weekend are any indication, you can add “After Earth” to his growing list of flops. However, while Shyamalan bears the brunt of the burden of these failures, I believe he is still a misunderstood, if not highly flawed cinematic savant.






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