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NEVER BACK DOWN (2008) *** review capsule by COOP

Posted on June 8th, 2008
NEVER BACK DOWN (2008) *** review capsule by COOP

I can imagine the pitch for this. Some writer walks into a producers office and says, “Let’s redo ‘Karate Kid’ with some excessively attractive stars, current pop music and set it in the ultra-popular world of mixed martial arts (MMA)!” Jake (Sean Faris), a tough-yet-honorable kid with a troubled past, moves to Orlando with his […]

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FOOT FIST WAY (2008) **1/2 film capsule by COOP

Posted on June 5th, 2008
FOOT FIST WAY (2008) **1/2 film capsule by COOP

A knuckleheaded Tae Kwon Do instructor, Fred Simmons (Danny McBride), battles his white-trash wife’s infidelity, his own ineptness and a boozed-up Chuck Norris-style villain in search to find some dignity in his sad, miserable life. This one showed promise, but only managed to elicit some chuckles and mild amusement. It tried to be a martial […]

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ROMEO MUST DIE (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on May 14th, 2008
ROMEO MUST DIE (2000) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Romeo and Juliet has to be one of the most used formulas ever within and without of the Hollywood system. Now, producer Joel Silver has decided to take this story and modernize it… yet again. But can this hybrid of black hip-hop and Asian action mix well into a workable story? Not exactly, but it […]

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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 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

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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