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DEFIANCE (2009) **1/2 ADVANCED SCREENING review by COOP

Posted on January 14th, 2009
DEFIANCE (2009) **1/2 ADVANCED SCREENING review by COOP

Jewish resistance fighters during WWII, surviving and fighting despite insurmountable odds. You couldn’t ask for a higher profile property for a producer to latch on to. Add 007 Daniel Craig to the cast and you can’t lose. Or can you? How can a reliable Hollywood powerhouse like Edward Zwick blow such a procedural slam-dunk? Probably […]

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VALKYRIE (2008) *** movie review by COOP

Posted on December 31st, 2008
VALKYRIE (2008) *** movie review by COOP

In every scene in this film Tom Cruise’s character wears a uniform with a swastika on the lapel. One might think he’s taking a risky career move with his role in “Valkyrie.” In fact, he’s not. Here he plays a character so morally incorruptible and so zealously anti-Nazi, you can’t mistake him for one of […]

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CHANGELING (2008) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on November 5th, 2008
CHANGELING (2008) **1/2 movie review by COOP

If it hadn’t actually happened, many would dismiss this story as unbelievable. “Changling” is a California tragedy that turned into an epic battle for justice during the “Roaring 1920’s.” Few people remember the story that gave the Los Angeles Police Department one of the worst black eyes in its history, but director Clint Eastwood and […]

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THE GREAT DEBATERS (2008) ** DVD review by COOP

Posted on July 14th, 2008
THE GREAT DEBATERS (2008) ** DVD review by COOP

I have an affinity for underdog stories. I also like films where those some underdogs succeed despite their race, gender or oppressive circumstances. “The Great Debaters” fits this category, yet I consider it a lesser effort despite the high profile celebrities involved. Oprah produced it. Denzel Washington directed and starred in it. Forrest Whitaker co-starred. […]

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THE PERFECT STORM (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008
THE PERFECT STORM (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Adapted from the best selling book and based on a true story, “The Perfect Storm” proved to be one of the most anticipated movies of the summer season. The harrowing tale of a fishing boat, caught in the “Storm of the Century,” may have been fascinating as a book, but the story doesn’t hold water […]

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THE PATRIOT (2000) ** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008
THE PATRIOT (2000) ** movie review by COOP

“Braveheart” set during the Revolutionary War. That’s what the creators of “The Patriot” seem to be associating their new summer blockbuster with… and it’s no mistake. Mel Gibson’s on board as another larger-than-life man, motivated by revenge and ultimately, fighting for freedom. It may be exciting, but falls short on originality and genuine sentiment. Gibson […]

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GLADIATOR (2000) **** movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008
GLADIATOR (2000) **** movie review by COOP

There hasn’t been a good Roman Empire/gladiator movie in awhile and Hollywood does take advantage of a good opportunity when it sees it. “Gladiator” is a prime example of good marketing and timing, making it the first entertaining epic of the 21st century. “Gladiator” seems much like a remake of the 1964 film, “The Fall […]

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MY DOG SKIP (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008
MY DOG SKIP (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

Everyone remembers their childhood dogs and the impact they’ve had on their life. Perhaps one dog in particular sticks out in your mind… A special dog that was there for you in the toughest or best years of your life. That is what this screen adaptation of Willie Morris’ “My Dog Skip” conveys in a […]

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THE INSIDER (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008
THE INSIDER (2000) ****1/2 movie review by COOP

Can a film depicting the true-story events of a tobacco industry snitch and the producer of the TV news/magazine, “60 Minutes”, be more exciting than it sounds? Definitely in the case of the “The Insider”, a powerful docudrama adapted from the Vanity Fair article, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”. This film has grabbed up […]

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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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