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MINDHUNTER on Netflix has a terrible title, but is fit to binge…

MINDHUNTER on Netflix has a terrible title, but is fit to binge…

Posted on October 16th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Based on the nonfiction book about the life of FBI agent John E. Douglas, “Mindhunter” follows Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), an FBI agent in the the ‘Behavioral Science Unit’ in the late 1970’s. Having difficulty predicting and stopping violent serial killers, Ford teams up with Special Agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) who is stuck traveling to local law enforcement precincts to train police and sheriff deputies how to recognize and handle criminals with abnormal psychology profiles. With the help of psychology professor Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), Ford and Tench begin to unlock the secrets behind the minds of violent murderers by interviewing infamous killers such as Edmund Kemper (Cameron Britton), Jerry Brudos (Happy Anderson) and Richard Speck (Jack Erdie). However, the ethical implications and psychological stress the job inflicts upon the unit may be too much for some of them to handle…

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a worthy predecessor to the original because it is original while paying homage to its roots…

BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a worthy predecessor to the original because it is original while paying homage to its roots…

Posted on October 9th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Considered one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, the original “Blade Runner” (1982) starred Harrison Ford as a policeman in 2019 Los Angeles assigned to seek and gun down fugitive ‘replicant’ androids who are nearly undetectable from humans besides their superior strength, intelligence and lack of emotions. The film was heralded for its stunning visual style and film noir detective story transplanted in a sci-fi setting. Despite being a box office bomb, the film gained cult status and is considered one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time. Now it finally has a sequel after thirty five years. Although it isn’t perfect, I’m glad to say the sequel does honor to the original by once again showing the audience something they’ve never seen before…






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The INHUMANS series on ABC might be Marvel’s most costly fiasco…

The INHUMANS series on ABC might be Marvel’s most costly fiasco…

Posted on September 30th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Before I can even explain the wacky plot of “Inhumans”, I need to go into who they are and how they fit into the Marvel Universe… Sometime in the distant past, highly evolved humans with powers known as ‘Inhumans’ decided the only way to survive was to isolate themselves from normal humans and erase any knowledge of their existence. With vast powers and superior intellect, they colonized the moon and developed a strange, totalitarian monarchy with a caste system of of upper-class royals/military and lower-level Inhumans with less useful powers and ‘freak’ humans born from other Inhumans who are forced into manual labor roles…






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Is THE ORVILLE more “Trek” than STAR TREK: DISCOVERY?…

Is THE ORVILLE more “Trek” than STAR TREK: DISCOVERY?…

Posted on September 24th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

“Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS All-Access, Sundays at 8:30 Central) – One decade before the Kirk/Spock era of “Trek”, First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) finds herself in the middle of a galactic incident when an investigation into a malfunctioning beacon puts her ship, the U.S.S. Shenzhou, into a conflict with the Klingons. Orphaned as a child by a Klingon attack and raised by the Vulcan Ambassador, Sarek (James Frain), Burnham’s rash behavior escalates the conflict, putting her at odds with her captain, Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) that could lead her onto a path to mutiny. At some point Burnham will become first officer on the U.S.S. Discovery under Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) but that doesn’t happen within the first two episodes of the series…






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AMERICAN VANDAL on Netflix is a clever satire about invasive serial documentaries…

AMERICAN VANDAL on Netflix is a clever satire about invasive serial documentaries…

Posted on September 18th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Even with its outrageous premise, “American Vandal” might fool a few people – at first – into thinking its actually a documentary thriller such as “Making a Murderer” or the hit podcast “Serial”. This fictional witty satire from Netflix takes the serialized documentary approach in order to shine a mildly comedic light on high school social classes, school board politics and the damage caused by airing everyone’s dirty laundry in public…






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“It: Chapter One” will go down as one of the best Stephen King adaptations…

“It: Chapter One” will go down as one of the best Stephen King adaptations…

Posted on September 11th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

I never thought Stephen King’s infamous novel “It” needed a second screen adaptation since the 1990 TV miniseries was sufficiently entertaining and scary. However, this new adaptation arrives during a perfect storm with the growing popularity of the similarly-constructed “Stranger Things” on Netflix and the collective coulrophobia (a fear of clowns) gripping the public due to recent sightings of ‘creepy clowns’ reported around the country. Luckily, “It” hits all the right marks and could rank amongst the best cinematic Stephen King adaptations of all time…






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TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, When your favorite TV show leaves you with no resolution…

TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, When your favorite TV show leaves you with no resolution…

Posted on September 4th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

I was dreading watching the series finale of “Twin Peaks: The Return” on Sunday night. Not because I didn’t want to see what would happen, but because I was deathly afraid of what MIGHT happen. I had decided this was the worst-case scenario for how things could end: Very few of the plot threads would wrap up and yet again the main characters would be stuck in some sort of dream nightmarish alternate reality. And then the show would end, forever… and it would appear that is exactly what happened…






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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD won’t resurrect an antiquated genre…

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD won’t resurrect an antiquated genre…

Posted on August 28th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Here’s a movie genre you don’t see much anymore these days: The action buddy comedy. In the 80’s and 90’s, this was one of the highest-grossing genres in Hollywood. Franchises like “Lethal Weapon”, “48 Hrs.” and “Beverly Hills Cop” used to bring fans running to the theater. If “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is any indication, this genre is currently on the outs… but hopefully not dead…






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Is MoviePass worth it for you?…

Is MoviePass worth it for you?…

Posted on August 21st, 2017

by Coop Cooper

It sounds too good to be true, having the option to watch unlimited movies at at theater for only $9.95 a month. That’s exactly what Mitch Lowe, one of the founders of Netflix, is peddling to the masses. Founded in 2011, the services immediately felt resistance from theater chains over the concept. After a long ‘beta-trial’ process which included testing different price options which ranged from $20 low-price options to $99 a month in some locations. Two weeks ago, MoviePass announced the new $10 a month pricing option and consumers scrambled to sign up, crashing the MoviePass website and opening the discussion as to how this was going to work for consumers and how MoviePass, and theater chains, were going to make money off of this risky venture…






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Most anticipated films of the 2nd half of 2017…

Most anticipated films of the 2nd half of 2017…

Posted on August 14th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

1. “It” (Sept. 8) – Based off of the notoriously frightening Stephen King novel, a group of teenage friends are targeted by a monster disguised as a sinister clown (Bill Skarsgard) who is responsible for making local children disappear. This is the first film in a two-part series which will focus on the characters as children in this installment, then as adults returning home to put an end to the evil in the second film. “It” was previously adapted into a TV miniseries in 1990…






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ATOMIC BLONDE is below average, so does that mean “Deadpool 2” is in trouble?…

ATOMIC BLONDE is below average, so does that mean “Deadpool 2” is in trouble?…

Posted on August 8th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

In 1989 right before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the British secret service tasks agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) to secure a list of the names of Soviet double agents in East Berlin from a KGB turncoat named Spyglass (Eddie Marsan). Her maverick company contact in West Berlin, Percival (James McAvoy), seems to have his own agenda and she finds reason to suspect her own people of double crossing her. When the entire operation goes south, she suspects she has become expendable and must discover the truth before assassins on both sides track her down…






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Should ‘fan films’ be illegal?…

Should ‘fan films’ be illegal?…

Posted on August 1st, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Fan films – or films based on popular established film and TV franchise properties – have been around a lot longer than the internet. For example, in the early 80’s a group of teenage friends in Biloxi, Mississippi took a videocamera and painstakingly made a shot-for-shot remake of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in their backyards and basements. Years later, their film was rediscovered by film festival programmers and the boys (now men) have become a worldwide sensation, even garnering praise from “Raiders” director Steven Spielberg himself.

Now in the age of instantaneous internet video, fan films have become a hobby, a passion and a source of opportunity for many budding filmmakers around the world.






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OZARK is Netflix’s answer to BREAKING BAD and it’s a winner…

OZARK is Netflix’s answer to BREAKING BAD and it’s a winner…

Posted on July 24th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Once again, Netflix has proven its dominance with yet another outstanding original TV series called “Ozark” that will appeal to a wide audience and may pick up a few awards along the way.

Jason Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a genius financial advisor with a wife, Wendy (Laura Linney), two teen kids and a successful business. He also launders money for the largest drug cartel in Mexico. When someone in the operation is caught skimming money, cartel underboss Del (Esai Morales) shows up and begins to clean house. Minutes for certain death, Marty pitches Del an idea that could make the cartel significantly more money than before. The catch is, Marty and his family will have to immediately drop everything and move to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Del grants Marty a temporary reprieve and presents him with a near-impossible deadline to launder 8 million through local, small-town businesses. If Marty wants his family to survive, he must work fast to lie, cheat and steal his way to his goal while dealing with local cops, petty crooks, clueless partners, the Dixie Mafia and a vengeful FBI agent…






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Is Blomkamp’s ‘Oats Studios’ the next big change in film?

Is Blomkamp’s ‘Oats Studios’ the next big change in film?

Posted on July 17th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

In the new internet age of media, professional filmmakers have been trying new ideas in order to take advantage of the fact that anyone can post a high-quality video online almost instantly.

South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp recently launched ‘Oats Studios: Volume 1’ as an experiment in seeing which of his cinematic ideas would stick if thrown at a wall. His plan was to take some of his favorite story concepts, fund, shoot and release high-quality short film versions of them on YouTube for free. He could then aggregate feedback from viewers to help him decide which shorts to make into features, series, webseries or into whatever format might fit. This idea isn’t new to Blomkamp since one of his first short films, “Alive in Joburg” was eventually developed into his Oscar-nominated feature sci-fi film “District 9”. However, after his last two features, “Elysium” and “Chappie”, didn’t perform as well as planned, Blomkamp engineered this new approach. All of these shorts are cinema-quality, sci-fi/horror hybrids with unflinching violence and gore (very R-rated), and they are currently free to view on YouTube…






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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is fun, different and fully integrated into the Marvel Universe…

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is fun, different and fully integrated into the Marvel Universe…

Posted on July 10th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (Now in theaters) – After helping Iron Man tip the scales in “Captain America: Civil War”, 15 year-old Peter Parker (Tom Holland) expects to be immediately thrust into service with The Avengers. Instead, he is sent back to his hometown of Queens, NY and instructed by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to lay low, stay in high school and stick to dealing with street-level crime for the time being. Frustrated, he follows orders until he stops a gang of bank robbers using stolen alien weaponry left over from the first “Avengers” film.






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BABY DRIVER, best movie of the year so far?…

BABY DRIVER, best movie of the year so far?…

Posted on July 10th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a savant genius at driving cars. Orphaned at a young age, he boosted the car of the dangerous gangster, Doc (Kevin Spacey), who recognized his special talent. Now Baby is Doc’s top getaway driver, although his talents and strangeness causes distrust and resentment from his fellow criminals. However, unlike his colleagues, Baby has a deaf foster father (CJ Jones) and a new girlfriend (Lily James) to worry about. Nearly done paying his debt to Doc, Baby has plans to get out, but an unstable, trigger-happy bank robber named Bats (Jamie Foxx) could put everybody Baby cares about in danger…






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THE MIST television remake pilot stumbles, but GLOW on Netflix is a sensation worth binging…

THE MIST television remake pilot stumbles, but GLOW on Netflix is a sensation worth binging…

Posted on June 26th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

“The Mist” (Thursdays @ 9pm Central on Spike) – Based on the novella by Stephen King, “The Mist” tells the story of a traditional small town in Maine enveloped by an ominous fog full of gigantic murderous monsters. While the townspeople try to survive the horrors within the mist, they turn on each other when the situation becomes increasingly hopeless.

A 2007 feature film-adaptation of the novel directed by “The Walking Dead” TV series creator Frank Darabont, received both critical and popular acclaim. While it was considered faithful to the original source material, it contained a different, shockingly bleak ending that fans and even King himself hailed as an improvement over the novella. The movie adaptation also featured some fantastic, grotesque monster designs…






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If THE MUMMY (2017) is any indication, Universal’s ‘DARK UNIVERSE’ will fail…

If THE MUMMY (2017) is any indication, Universal’s ‘DARK UNIVERSE’ will fail…

Posted on June 13th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

A remake of “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise… When I first heard about this, I was certain it had to be a false story. Universal Studios owns the rights to many of the classic cinematic monsters: Dracula, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc. Universal has been sitting on these properties for decades trying to figure out how profit off of them in the 21st Century. With “The Mummy”, they are kicking off an interconnected franchise called “Dark Universe” in order to bring all of these classic monsters together for big-budget blockbuster films, kind of like Marvel with “The Avengers” and DC Comics with “Justice League”. After seeing “The Mummy”, I’m afraid they may end up with a disastrous string of bombs on their hands…






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WONDER WOMAN doesn’t measure up, no matter its cultural relevance…

WONDER WOMAN doesn’t measure up, no matter its cultural relevance…

Posted on June 6th, 2017

by Coop Cooper

Considering Wonder Woman is one of the biggest superhero icons of all time, it makes little sense as to why it has taken so long to make a feature film about the character. Many attempts have been made only to see the projects die in early development. There was even a TV pilot starring Adrianne Palicki in 2011 that was never aired because it was deemed too terrible. It seemed the property was cursed and even studio execs at Warner Bros said the character was unfilmable. However, when “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” introduced Gal Gadot as the Amazonian princess, Wonder Woman proved that she is too important to ignore. Too bad the film couldn’t solve the problems everyone was worried about…






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TWIN PEAKS 2017 PILOT:  Is David Lynch trying to merge the “Twin Peaks” universe with “Mulholland Dr.” and “Lost Highway”?

TWIN PEAKS 2017 PILOT: Is David Lynch trying to merge the “Twin Peaks” universe with “Mulholland Dr.” and “Lost Highway”?

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

by Coop Cooper

In April of 1990, I stumbled upon one of the strangest, most fascinating shows I had ever seen. “Twin Peaks” begins in Washington state near the Canadian border with the murder of a high school teenager named Laura Palmer and the arrival of an FBI agent assigned to investigate the case. The story quickly spirals off into a quirky, supernatural mystery with a bizarre cast of characters in a soap opera-style format. The original “Twin Peaks” series was a cultural phenomenon lasting only two seasons (30 episodes) but inspired countless other films and shows, most notably “The X-Files” and “Lost”. Before “Peaks” ended, the spectre of murder victim Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) made an ominous statement to Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan) in the final episode that she would see him again in twenty-five years. It actually took twenty-six but “Peaks” is finally back with a new one-season-only series on Showtime.

The last season of “Twin Peaks” left a few unresolved cliffhangers…






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