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Six Mississippi-themed films you haven’t seen…

Six Mississippi-themed films you haven’t seen…

Posted on August 30th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Most people are aware of the more famous, feel-good Mississippi films such as “The Help” and “O’ Brother Where Art Thou?” as well as the infamous, not-so-feel-good ones like “Mississippi Burning” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” However, there are a few Mississippi-themed films (and some that take place on the Big River) that have flown under the radar and are definitely worth a look…

“Mud” (2013) – Recently released on video, “Mud” tells the story of a young teen Ellis and his friend Neckbone who run across the charismatic fugitive Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River. Mud convinces them to help him fix a derelict boat and get word to his girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon) so the two can make a fast getaway, but little does Ellis know the magnitude of the trouble Mud could be getting him into…

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ELYSIUM has epic sci-fi politics…

ELYSIUM has epic sci-fi politics…

Posted on August 16th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Hollywood often plays politics but in the past decade or so it has had a tough time profiting from films that take a hardline partisan stance on a hot-button issue. In the case of “Elysium,” there is more than one political issue at play. In fact, one could argue it’s a fiercely unapologetic socialist propaganda film. One could also argue that it’s a visually masterful and exciting sci-fi film that upstages every single summer blockbuster of 2013.

150 years in the future where overpopulation, disease and poverty has turned Earth into one giant third-world slum. The wealthy live on the luxurious space station Elysium where all is provided for, including cures for all diseases and even death. Max (Matt Damon) is a blue collar ex-thief turned straight who catches a fatal dose of radiation while on the job at a factory that builds Earth’s brutal robotic police force…

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OBLIVION…  one of the best movies of the year that nobody saw is now on video

OBLIVION… one of the best movies of the year that nobody saw is now on video

Posted on August 9th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

I’ve been waiting since April for this film to release on video so I could give it the review it deserved. Sometimes when I catch a great film too late in the theaters it makes little sense to write a review at that point because the film will be out of theaters before readers get a chance to watch it. Now “Oblivion” is available on VOD/Blu Ray/DVD and I’m happy to finally review it since it’s my favorite film of 2013 (so far).

The film takes place in the future long after a war against aliens rendered the Earth uninhabitable. Jack (Tom Cruise) works as a technician, repairing defense drones and giant collectors which suck up the remaining ocean water to convert it into nuclear fuel. The drones help protect him and the collectors from remnants of the alien invaders known as ‘Scavs.’ Jack awaits discharge so he can return to the ‘Tet’, a massive orbital space station, which will soon depart for a base on the Saturn moon of Titan where the last surviving humans now live…

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THE WOLVERINE…  A robot Silver Samurai?  Seriously?

THE WOLVERINE… A robot Silver Samurai? Seriously?

Posted on August 2nd, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Logan a.k.a ‘Wolverine’ (Hugh Jackman) has been hiding out in the Yukon wilderness after being forced to kill his lover Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) back in “X-Men 3.” He is tracked down by a mutant ninja named Yukio (Rila Fukushima) who was ordered to bring him to Tokyo meet Yashida, a man he saved from the atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki back in World War II. He reaches Yashida to learn he is the most powerful man in Asia, a pioneer in medicine and technology, but he is dying and claims to be able to grant the immortal Logan the gift of mortality. Yashida’s beautiful and wise daughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) stands to inherit the family fortune but her father (Hiroyuki Sanada) is plotting against her along with the Yakuza and a clan of ninjas known as ‘The Hand.’ Logan falls for Mariko and becomes embroiled in the family power struggle, but does not realize the forces working against Mariko have plans for him as well.

What a disappointment…

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