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The internet is winning the film market…

The internet is winning the film market…

Posted on July 26th, 2013

Indie underground Memphis filmmaker Mike McCarthy had mentioned Black Lodge Video in Midtown Memphis to me more than once. He said it was one of the best cult film and out-of-print video stores he had ever seen, so this past weekend I had an opportunity to drop in and browse their stock. I had been to similar independent movie rental stores in Dallas and Los Angeles that cater to fans of obscure and hard-to-find films and Black Lodge had a better selection than all of them. However, when I left the store I was a little dismayed. Nearly every film in the store I was interested in watching was already available online.

Not long ago I predicted things would eventually go this way but it would appear it is escalating more quickly than I imagined. I figured poor internet speeds, lack of connectability/infrastructure and worrisome overage fees would keep internet domination at bay. A few things have come to my attention that convinced me otherwise…

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PACIFIC RIM:  Dumb fun but that’s about it

PACIFIC RIM: Dumb fun but that’s about it

Posted on July 22nd, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Giant robots smashing Godzilla-sized monsters. It’s a summer movie combo made in heaven and “Pacific Rim” delivers, but in a strange twist, it also got critics excited. Not because the giant robot/monster thing hadn’t been done before (critics including me really hated the increasingly poor “Transformers” films), but this project had an acclaimed director, Guillermo del Toro (the “Hellboy” films, “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Devil’s Backbone”) who has a knack for pleasing both critics and audiences. Does he succeed with “Pacific Rim?” Almost…

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WHITE HOUSE DOWN…  new contender for ‘worst movie of the year’

WHITE HOUSE DOWN… new contender for ‘worst movie of the year’

Posted on July 22nd, 2013

I was definitely too hard on “Olympus Has Fallen.” At least it was watchable despite being far-fetched and full of plot holes. “White House Down,” while having a near identical plot, makes “Olympus Has Fallen” look like an Oscar contender. “White House Down” is reprehensible, dumb cinema that thumbs its nose at the audience then demands that we like it. Already it has usurped “World War Z” in my book as the worst film of 2013 so far.

A war veteran and Capitol City cop, Cale (Channing Tatum) arrives at the White House with his history-obsessed daughter to interview for a job with the Secret Service. Unqualified, he mumbles through the interview and is rejected while his daughter takes the tour…

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Mississippi Filmmakers:  Johnson Thomasson

Mississippi Filmmakers: Johnson Thomasson

Posted on July 4th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Johnson Thomasson is a young and enterprising Mississippi filmmaker based in Starkville (with roots in the Delta) whose film career is taking off. He directed his first festival-bound short film “Blood Feud” in 2010 and just completed his latest film “Headrush,” an ambitious and wonderfully shot short that questions the morals of cutting-edge science. He was recently a guest-speaker at the Tupelo Film Alliance meeting in June and has been accepted to the graduate Directing Program at University of Southern California – one of the top three film schools in the world – for this upcoming fall semester. Thomasson is a gifted Mississippi filmmaker who has a knack for production value and direction, and is an inspiration for other Mississippi natives looking to break into the business. Here is my brief interview with him…

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