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BLUE JASMINE and HER…  Two reviews

BLUE JASMINE and HER… Two reviews

Posted on January 31st, 2014

by Coop Cooper

It’s easy for critics to miss even the most important films during their theatrical runs. Now that the Oscars are fast approaching, here are a couple of 2013 films I have recently seen and are worth mentioning….

“Her” – Taking place in the near future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) upgrades his new all-in-one operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) that is so human-like, it is indistinguishable from the personality of a real human. As Theodore interacts with the A.I. (artificial intelligence) it enriches his life as both a personal assistant and friend. As their relationship grows it turns into something romantic, but a sudden evolution in the operating system could put a stop to it…

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The 2014 Clarksdale Film Fest was a hit!

The 2014 Clarksdale Film Fest was a hit!

Posted on January 27th, 2014

Definitely a blast had by all with the award-winning documentary “Muscle Shoals” taking the primetime Saturday spot. It was one of my favorites at the Oxford Film Fest last year and it was a pleasure to see it again. Also great was “Cheesehead Blues”, a documentary starring Clarksdale’s own Dutch transplant Theo Dasbach as he goes around town and meets the various musical personalities here in town. It’s a work in progress and I am impressed with director Jon Doense for his dedication to the project (and the fact that hew flew all the way to Mississippi from the Netherlands for the premiere)…






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Movies to anticipate in 2014 (part 1)…

Movies to anticipate in 2014 (part 1)…

Posted on January 24th, 2014

by Coop Cooper

The slate of films releasing into theaters in 2014 is more crowded than ever. Here are the ones I think have most potential to either be critically-acclaimed blockbusters or disappointing flops…

“The Monuments Men” (Feb. 7) – With a stellar cast, this film about academics sent into Nazi Germany to save works of art from becoming casualties of war could be a big hit as long director George Clooney doesn’t drop the ball.

“RoboCop” (Feb. 12) – It was a bad idea in the first place to try to remake one of the most iconic and beloved sci-fi movies of the 1980’s but with this version jettisoning much of the source material and R-rated content, I predict this could be one of the worst remakes ever…






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Coop lists the Top 10 Performances of 2013

Coop lists the Top 10 Performances of 2013

Posted on January 17th, 2014

by Coop Cooper

2013 was a strong year for performances and of the films I saw, these were the ones that affected me the most…

10. Moises Arias in “Kings of the Summer” – This living cartoon of a human being gave the breakout comedic performance of the year as a weird Italian kid who tags along with two teen runaways to build a clubhouse out in the woods to escape their crazy parents. Although he gave an excellent, serious performance in “Ender’s Game”, in “Summer” Arias provokes laughs every time he appears on screen. He stands a good chance at growing into a memorable adult comedic actor…






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Coop’s Top 10 movies of 2013

Coop’s Top 10 movies of 2013

Posted on January 13th, 2014

by Coop Cooper

Many critics are claiming that 2013 was an exceptionally strong year for film with many “best of” lists showing a wide variety of favorites with no clear winners agreed upon. Here is my list for “Best Films of 2013”…

10. “Dallas Buyer’s Club” – This true life story about a Texas roughneck/AIDS victim who becomes a drug smuggler and activist to legalize non-FDA approved anti-AIDS drugs was one of the surprises of the year. McConaughey should get a Best Actor nomination and Jarred Leto should get a Best Supporting Actor nomination for their powerful, chameleon-like performances…






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AMERICAN HUSTLE review…  It’s going to win a bunch of awards it doesn’t really deserve

AMERICAN HUSTLE review… It’s going to win a bunch of awards it doesn’t really deserve

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

by Coop Cooper

In 1970’s New York, con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) discovers a new partner in the alluring and ambitious Sydney (Amy Adams). While they pull off scores and form a romantic relationship, Rosenfeld strains his relationship with his irresponsible wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) who uses their young son to keep Rosenfeld under her thumb. When FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) busts Sydney and Rosenfeld in a sting, he strong-arms the couple into a series of undercover cons to entrap some corrupt political figures as part of the infamous ABSCAM operation. They inadvertently become involved with some frightening underworld figures and get in over their heads. Meanwhile, Rosalyn’s loose lips threaten to ruin everything…






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THE INTERVIEW has a lot in common with ISHTAR (and that is never a good thing)…

THE INTERVIEW has a lot in common with ISHTAR (and that is never a good thing)…

Posted on January 2nd, 2014

by Coop Cooper

The most controversial film of the 21st Century has been released. Was it worth all that fuss? Of course not.
Cheesy entertainment talk show host, Dave Skylark (James Franco), and his producer, Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen), suddenly find their meager show getting a lot of attention when rapper Eminem spontaneously comes out of the closet, live on their show. With their sudden boost in ratings, celebrities begin to come onto their show to air out their darkest secrets. When they find out that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a big fan of the show, they land an interview with ‘The Supreme Leader’ who has recently detonated the country’s first nuclear bomb. The CIA sends Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) to Skylark and Rapaport to convince them to assassinate Un (Randall Park) for them which they reluctantly accept…






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