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SHOT IN THE DARK: The series that shows the compelling careers of Los Angeles stringers…

SHOT IN THE DARK: The series that shows the compelling careers of Los Angeles stringers…

Posted on December 11th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Ever since seeing the 2014 thriller “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, I’ve been fascinated with the careers of ‘stringers’ or freelance camera operators who roam the streets of major cities hoping to record footage of crimes, accidents and disasters in order to sell the footage to news outlets. It’s a seedy, dangerous business where the competition is fierce, but the rewards can be high. Netflix’s new documentary series “Shot in the Dark” chronicles the exploits of real-life stringers in Los Angeles as they capture tragedy on camera while trying to stay one step ahead of their cutthroat rivals. While this docu-series is compelling and exciting to watch, it does bring up ethical issues that highlight the grey-areas of the business and raises the question as to whether the stringers featured in the show are merely ambitious business men or parasitic sociopaths…

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GODLESS and DARK: two new Netflix series that are mildly compelling…

GODLESS and DARK: two new Netflix series that are mildly compelling…

Posted on December 5th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

“Godless” (all episodes now available on Netflix) – The small Wild West town of La Belle, New Mexico, populated almost entirely by women, struggles to come back after a mining accident kills most of the male population. It soon becomes the target of the genocidal outlaw Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) when his number one gunfighter, Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) turns on him and seeks refuge there, showing up wounded on a nearby ranch run by a widow, Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery). With Griffin bearing down on them and with no means of escape, the citizens of La Belle prepare to defend themselves from the imminent massacre…

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