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PUSH (2009)*** movie review by COOP

Posted on February 11th, 2009
PUSH (2009)*** movie review by COOP

For those keeping up with recent comic book films/franchises like “X-Men” and “Heroes,” the concept of “Push” will ring a familiar bell. A story about teams of super-powered underdogs fighting for justice won’t win any awards for originality. What separates “Push” from the regular genre ilk is its visual style and a strong desire to create a clear and fascinating mythology.

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HULK vs. WOLVERINE vs. THOR = comic book perfection? Actually… it DOES! by COOP

Posted on February 9th, 2009
HULK vs. WOLVERINE vs. THOR = comic book perfection? Actually… it DOES! by COOP

LIONSGATE… What have you done? Have you suddenly been infected with a terminal case of… coolness? I cried during both of these 45 min. animated shorts. No foolin’. Grow up in my generation, loving Marvel Comics as I did and you’ll understand why. Never in my life (besides the live-action “Iron Man” film) have I […]

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WATCHMEN!!! More pre-release propaganda “Public Service Messages” available! by COOP

Posted on February 5th, 2009
WATCHMEN!!! More pre-release propaganda “Public Service Messages” available! by COOP

One good thing about the much-delayed release of the “Watchmen” comic book film (March 6th!) is the quality of viral entertainment the filmmakers have had time to prepare and unleash on the unsuspecting public. Days ago, the creators released a faux news-release on the origin of Dr. Manhattan and how grateful we all are (and […]

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Yo Joe! New SuperBowl Spot rocks!! by SEBASTIAN

Posted on February 1st, 2009
Yo Joe! New SuperBowl Spot rocks!! by SEBASTIAN

Coming Soon.Net has the low down on the new “G.I. Joe” movie. I swear I had this idea along time ago, except mine wouldn’t have been directed by Stephen Sommers. This still looks pretty cool. I love the look of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow! Let’s hope they have some of Larry Hama’s cool story […]

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WATCHMEN!!! Update… Dr. Manhattan origin revealed on a retro newscast!!! by COOP (PLUS… The Small Town Critic needs YOUR HELP!!!)

Posted on January 26th, 2009
WATCHMEN!!! Update… Dr. Manhattan origin revealed on a retro newscast!!! by COOP (PLUS… The Small Town Critic needs YOUR HELP!!!)

Okay, so I got this up a few days late, but gimme a break. It’s been a historic week… for THE SMALL TOWN CRITIC (thought I was gonna say something about Obama, right?). The hits to this site are escalating fast… faster each day, prompting me to increase the regularity of articles and reviews. I’ve […]

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THE PUNISHER: WAR ZONE (2008) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on December 9th, 2008
THE PUNISHER: WAR ZONE (2008) *** movie review by COOP

As I write this, I’m thumbing through my old “Punisher” comic books. I have some pretty valuable ones here: “Punisher #2,” “Punisher Limited Series #5,” “Punisher War Journal #1.” To say I’m a casual fan of the character is a bit of an understatement. “The Punisher” began as a minor-league villain of “Spider-Man,” quickly becoming […]

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WANTED **** (2008) DVD Review by SEBASTIAN

Posted on December 4th, 2008
WANTED **** (2008) DVD Review by SEBASTIAN

Is “Wanted” starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie the new “Matrix”. The answer is no. But I don’t think that filmmaker Bekmambetov was really trying to do that. Sure he rips it off and plenty of other genre and non-genre films to boot, but that’s not what this movie is all about. Its about having […]

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008) **** DVD review by SEBASTIAN

Posted on November 2nd, 2008
THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008) **** DVD review by SEBASTIAN

I have to say before anything else that I am a fan of Ang Lee’s “Hulk”. Its dark and brooding storyline, while occasionally failing to deliver satisfying action (mutated poodles?!!) , delivered on so many different levels that I was thoroughly intrigued and engaged, if not wowed. So when I heard of a new reboot […]

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SPEED RACER (2008) **1/2 DVD review by SEBASTIAN

Posted on September 21st, 2008
SPEED RACER (2008) **1/2 DVD review by SEBASTIAN

Perhaps I would have liked “Speed Racer” better if I had been a fan of the animated series or really intoxicated. I can imagine that its insanely hyper action sequences and uber-psychedelic pallet of colors would appeal to those seeking to expand their minds, if you know what I mean. Ahem. “Speed Racer” is the […]

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For superhero fans only!… by COOP

Posted on September 12th, 2008
For superhero fans only!… by COOP

This hilarious fan-made video involves toy Batman and Iron Man figures talkin’ smack at each other about their movies, differences and similarities. Fans of the movies and the characters will find this uproarious. Non-fans won’t get it. Watch it anyway to see Iron Man zap Spider-Man just for the hell of it…

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THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on July 23rd, 2008
THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) ***1/2 movie review by COOP

I gave 2005’s “Batman Begins” my highest rating and consider it nearly flawless. It elevated the venerable franchise into a level of gritty reality I never imagined it could attain on film, and it made the 1989 “Batman” look like the 1966 “Batman.” As someone fairly familiar with Batman mythology, I found every reworked aspect […]

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The WATCHMEN trailer arrives!! by COOP

Posted on July 21st, 2008
The WATCHMEN trailer arrives!! by COOP

I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SINCE THE 1980’S. I always thought the “Watchmen” limited series/graphic novel was one of the most edgy, complex comic book stories ever written. Seeing this come to life has been a dream of comic fans for over twenty years and now it’s finally happening. I don’t expect non-comic fans (at […]

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HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on July 18th, 2008
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008) *** movie review by COOP

The first “Hellboy” film changed the way the modern, general audience looked at traditional comic book heroes. Adapted from Mike Mignola’s cult comic book series, the story follows the adventures of the Son of Satan who grows up amongst humans and feels an obligation to protect them, despite his dark destiny. Armed with a massive […]

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HANCOCK (2008) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on July 10th, 2008
HANCOCK (2008) *** movie review by COOP

With all the hype of the established comic book franchises assaulting the screens this summer, “Hancock” nearly flew under the radar. Although “Hancock” is not adapted from a comic book, its creators came up with a simple, yet interesting premise to sell it to the studios: What if the world’s only superhero was an alcoholic […]

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WANTED (2008)** movie review by COOP

Posted on July 4th, 2008
WANTED (2008)** movie review by COOP

After seeing the trailers for “Wanted,” I thought: “Okay, here comes another ‘Matrix’ ripoff.” Never mind that it stars Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie and one of my favorite newcomers, James McAvoy. Then I found out it was adapted from a comic book. Funny, because I know comics and I had never heard of this one. […]

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008) **1/2 Movie Review by COOP

Posted on June 13th, 2008
THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008) **1/2 Movie Review by COOP

Too soon. That was the general consensus when a new “Hulk” movie was announced to release only five years after Ang Lee’s now-reviled bomb. I don’t remember hating Ang Lee’s film that much. It showed flashes of brilliance, but imagine the powers that be, only five years later saying, “We’ve done it again, started all […]

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IRON MAN (2008) ***** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 28th, 2008
IRON MAN (2008) ***** movie review by COOP

I have been waiting for this movie for over twenty years. That’s not an exaggeration. “Iron Man” was my favorite comic book growing up. Heck, it was the only comic book I ever had a subscription to. Why? I’ve been trying to lock down the appeal. Could be Tony Stark had neater gadgets than other […]

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X-MEN (2000) **** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008
X-MEN (2000) **** movie review by COOP

The X-Men have been around for awhile. The first X-Men comic book debuted in 1963 and, in time, became a Marvel Comics phenomenon. It was long surmised that Hollywood would never be able to pull off this film version of one of the most recognized comic titles of all time. It appears Hollywood was wrong […]

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Trailer for the award-winning short PRISMA…


A corporate promotional VHS tape from 1984 conceals a brain-altering signal which is said to grant increased health, longevity and psychic powers to those who watch it. View at your own risk...

WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, 2017 Oxford Film Festival

WINNER: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

SEMI-FINALIST: 2017 NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival

NOMINEE: BEST ANIMATION, 2017 End of Days Film Festival

NOMINEE: BEST GRAPHICS, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
2017 Nightmares Film Festival
2017 A Night of Horror Film Festival
2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
2017 Oxford Film Festival
2017 Crossroads Film Festival
2017 Clarksdale Film Festival
2017 Twisted Dreams Film Festival
2017 Tupelo Film Festival
2017 NanoCon International Sci-Fi Film Festival
2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival
2017 End of Days Film Festival
2017 Grenada Afterglow Film Festival
2017 Shiver International Film Festival
2017 Southern States Indie FanFilmFest

Trailer for the lost short GOD MAKER…


Northern Mississippi 1932:
In a cabin in the woods, a blind blues guitarist will discover his destiny from a lovesick goddess who seeks to corrupt his soul.

GOD MAKER remains unfinished and in limbo for now, but the trailer expresses the mood and imagery intended for the project...

Coop’s award-winning 48 hour short film trailer for REGRESS…


Told in reverse, this experimental made-in-48-hours film begins with a shocking murder then backtracks (like a viewer rewinding a VHS tape) to reveal the chilling origins of this tragedy.

WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM at the 2013 Clarksdale Film Festival...
NOMINATED: BEST DIRECTING by the 2012 48hr. Guerrilla Film Challenge (international contest)...
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Crossroads Film Festival

Watch Coop’s award-winning short film THE BEST DAY…


WINNER: 2012 MAGNOLIA FILM FESTIVAL "Best Homegrown Film"
WINNER: 2012 SEATTLE TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL "Best Scream"

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
2012 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL
2012 NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI FILM FESTIVAL
2012 ATLANTA INDIE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
2012 OTHERFEST
2012 MISSISSIPPI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2012 SUN AND SAND FILM FESTIVAL

Morgan Freeman asks Coop a question at THE BEST DAY premiere! Video below…


My short film THE BEST DAY premiered in October 2011 at the Delta Cinema in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Little did I know I had a special guest in the audience who was about to ask me a question during the Q&A. Yep, I got a little flustered when I saw who it was.

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