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TV might be surpassing the movie industry…

TV might be surpassing the movie industry…

Posted on February 28th, 2014

by Coop Cooper

This past weekend, a friend of mine mentioned how they rarely go to the movies anymore. This is a common remark I hear when the topic of my movie reviews come up. The interesting part of this particular remark was that she claimed there was now so much good fictional programming on TV that she had all the entertainment she needed right at home. As the discussion progressed, I realized that not only was she right, but that I myself was looking more forward to watching my favorite shows on a weekly basis rather than the most anticipated summer blockbusters set to release this year.

It appears that television might be finally catching up, or possibly surpassing, the movie industry in terms of quality entertainment…

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ROBOCOP remake omits everything I loved about the original…

ROBOCOP remake omits everything I loved about the original…

Posted on February 21st, 2014

by Coop Cooper

The new “RoboCop” film is a textbook example of how Hollywood can mix all of the right elements together and still produce a vastly inferior remake when compared to the original.

Undercover Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) steps on the wrong toes and gets blown apart by a car bomb. Omni Consumer Products salvages enough of Murphy’s body to transform him into RoboCop, the next generation of robot technology merged with a human being. Designed to soften the image of the company’s militarized drone industry to make way for global expansion, Murphy is left with his free will intact. As he tries to come to terms with the loss of his organic body and his endangered relationship with his family, OCP has become concerned with his human-like hesitation and occasional panic attacks. They fiddle with his circuitry resulting in the loss of his humanity, turning him into an uncompromising, fascist drone. However, while solving his own attempted murder, Murphy begins to regain his humanity and take down those responsible, much to the chagrin of the corporation’s CEO (Michael Keaton)…

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The State of the Union: Hollywood edition

The State of the Union: Hollywood edition

Posted on February 14th, 2014

by Coop Cooper

Now that we have heard a State of the Union address from our president, here is the Small Town Critic State of Hollywood address for 2014…

Micro-budget indie films are increasing in quantity and quality. Expect to hear more rags-to-riches stories in 2014 of successful indie films (in the vein of “Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity”) made by very young filmmakers for almost no money…

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2014 Academy Award controversies…

2014 Academy Award controversies…

Posted on February 7th, 2014

by Coop Cooper

At this time each year the Academy voters cast their ballots to determine which nominees will win the coveted gold statue and each year controversies threaten to factor into that process. Here are a couple of famous examples: In 1999, only half of the award attendees stood and clapped for producer Elia Kazan when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award due to his turning over names of colleagues to the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952 resulting in many of them being ‘blacklisted’ as suspected communists. In 2002, Roman Polanski won an Oscar for Best Director for “The Pianist” despite being wanted in America for a statutory rape charge dating back to 1977, discouraging him from entering the country to attend the ceremony.

This year, new controversies could once again overshadow the awards themselves…

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