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10 things I learned from this year’s (2015) Academy Awards…

10 things I learned from this year’s (2015) Academy Awards…

Posted on February 27th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

1. Funny actors don’t always make the best hosts. Just because Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony and had a hit TV sitcom doesn’t mean his jokes or timing are going to work. His racial references were clumsy. Even more cringe-worthy was an ill-timed joke about an award-winner’s dress after she dedicated her win to her son who committed suicide.

2. There will be an upset or two. I thought for sure Eddie Redmayne was the last actor in the category who would win Best Actor but I was sorely mistaken. Likewise did I underestimate the Academy’s love for “Birdman” which won best picture, nearly shutting out “Boyhood” from all other categories except for Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, I was very pleased “Whiplash” won Editing and Sound Mixing along with a well deserved win for J. K. Simmons as Best Supporting Actor…

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2015 (87th) Academy Award predictions…

2015 (87th) Academy Award predictions…

Posted on February 20th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

The 2015 Academy Awards will air this Sunday on ABC at 6pm (Central). Here are my predictions (potential winners are underlined)…

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BETTER CALL SAUL is a worthy heir to BREAKING BAD and maybe then some…

BETTER CALL SAUL is a worthy heir to BREAKING BAD and maybe then some…

Posted on February 13th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

Anyone who regularly watched “Breaking Bad” through most of its run remembers how the shady ambulance-chasing lawyer character of Saul Goodman helped former chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) manage his crystal methamphetamine empire. While Saul was an amusingly good-natured and funny guy, he was a crook, but it was plain to see he had no stomach for the violence his job sometimes required. Now in a genius stroke, “Bad” creator Vince Gilligan has opted to tell Saul’s story which takes place before, during and after the timespan of “Breaking Bad” with the new series “Better Call Saul”…

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A “Paddington” Bear movie?  Yep, and it’s actually a lot of fun…

A “Paddington” Bear movie? Yep, and it’s actually a lot of fun…

Posted on February 6th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

I remember reading “Paddington Bear” picture books as a kid. I recall being mildly amused by the bear in the hat and overcoat but as an adult I couldn’t possibly imagine a live-action adaptation would be entertaining for both parents and children. Surprisingly, “Paddington” proved me wrong and I’m very pleased to say it surprised me nearly as much as “The Lego Movie” did last year…

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CAKE, FOXCATCHER, BIG EYES, WILD, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT, SELMA…

CAKE, FOXCATCHER, BIG EYES, WILD, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT, SELMA…

Posted on January 30th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

Here are reviews of seven more films that created a buzz in 2014…

“Cake” – Jennifer Aniston stars as Claire Bennett, a grieving woman suffering through long-term physical therapy after a car accident claimed the life of her child, spirals into substance abuse and self destruction. When her ‘chronic pain’ support group partner (Anna Kendrick) commits suicide, Claire drags her loyal, yet exasperated housekeeper Silvana (Adriana Barazza) around the city to discover why and to finally begin on her own road to recovery. Aniston’s performance is like nothing she has ever done before and keeps things light with deadpan humor despite the grim subject matter. Many believe she was snubbed for a ‘Best Actress’ nomination and sadly, they may be right. Barazza likewise deserved some recognition for her breakout performance as Silvana…

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Celebrity gaffes: Why they can’t shut up and stop offending everybody…

Celebrity gaffes: Why they can’t shut up and stop offending everybody…

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

by Coop Cooper

Becoming a celebrity is a double-edged sword. On one side you gain the admiration of the public, you are offered ample opportunities to obtain wealth and you receive special treatment due to your status. On the other side, you lose most of your privacy, people have unrealistic expectations of you and every word you speak (or type) in the public arena is scrutinized. While some celebrities bemoan this scrutiny, some use it as a platform to promote their beliefs and pet political causes, as well as expand their fame and influence. Some express these beliefs/causes thoughtfully and eloquently. Many do not…

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More exceptional films from 2014…

More exceptional films from 2014…

Posted on January 16th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

I’m still powering through many of the 2014 films that are up for awards and here are five more I think are exceptional and worthy of a watch…

“Birdman” – A washed up actor (Michael Keaton) tries to salvage a troubled play production that could revitalize his career, but a narcissistic, unhinged co-star (Edward Norton), a zany cast of misfits and his own psychosis could derail his comeback. Shot to look like it was filmed in one continuous shot (it wasn’t), “Birdman” is an actor’s dream film which will be most well known for singlehandedly – if not temporarily – resurrecting Michael Keaton’s career…

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Coop’s top 10 Movies of 2014 (so far)…

Coop’s top 10 Movies of 2014 (so far)…

Posted on January 9th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

Keeping in mind I haven’t seen several of the hyped filmed which may be up for awards (ex- “Unbroken”, “Birdman”, “American Sniper”, “Inherent Vice”, “Selma”, “Foxcatcher”, “The Imitation Game”, etc…), here are ten of my favorites so far from 2014…

10. “Guardians of the Galaxy” – Possibly the most re-watchable film of 2014, this obscure Marvel comic book became the surprise blockbuster of the year. With comic Chris Pratt reinvented as an action hero co-starring with a menagerie of weird aliens, this franchise could be the “Star Wars” of this generation…

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THE INTERVIEW…  Not even worth the international incident.

THE INTERVIEW… Not even worth the international incident.

Posted on January 4th, 2015

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 […]

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