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Most anticipated films of the 2nd half of 2017…

Posted on August 14th, 2017
Most anticipated films of the 2nd half of 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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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is a fine story about a relationship and a disability (but light on the ‘theory’)

Posted on December 5th, 2014
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is a fine story about a relationship and a disability (but light on the ‘theory’)

by Coop Cooper

Preeminent physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) attends Cambridge as a graduate student in Cosmology and falls madly in love with Romance Languages student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Hawking proves himself as an intimidatingly brilliant scholar and he wows his instructors with his theories on how a black hole created the universe. Soon after he has an accident on campus and learns he has ALS or ‘Lou Gehrig’s Disease’ which is a degenerative motor-neuron condition that doctors predict will give Hawkins only two years to live. Crushed, Hawking pushes Jane away but her love for him only strengthens their connection. After a quick wedding, Jane cares for the increasingly debilitated Hawking as he tries to prove a ‘Unified Theory’ while they raise a family amidst the strain of his deteriorating physical condition. A kindly church organist (Charlie Cox) with a crush on Jane and a spirited new nurse (Maxine Peake) for Hawking further complicates the relationship…






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Coop lists the Top 10 Performances of 2013

Posted on January 17th, 2014
Coop lists the Top 10 Performances of 2013

by Coop Cooper

2013 was a strong year for performances and of the films I saw, these were the ones that affected me the most…

10. Moises Arias in “Kings of the Summer” – This living cartoon of a human being gave the breakout comedic performance of the year as a weird Italian kid who tags along with two teen runaways to build a clubhouse out in the woods to escape their crazy parents. Although he gave an excellent, serious performance in “Ender’s Game”, in “Summer” Arias provokes laughs every time he appears on screen. He stands a good chance at growing into a memorable adult comedic actor…






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FLIGHT review… See the crash, leave the rest

Posted on November 30th, 2012
FLIGHT review…  See the crash, leave the rest

by Coop Cooper

“Flight”: Commercial pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) pulls off a major miracle by crash-landing a badly damaged jetliner and saving the majority of its passengers. The following investigation reveals Whitaker was legally drunk at the time of the crash. Because of this, he is targeted by Federal investigators who seek to make him a scapegoat, but we soon learn that Whip’s substance abuse goes far beyond what the investigators suspect.

What started off as a tense, exciting plane crash drama suddenly becomes a long-winded substance abuse dramedy that reaches epic levels of sleaze and product-placement hypocrisy. I haven’t seen a movie about alcoholism and drug abuse this depressing since “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Requiem for a Dream.” While those films kept the tone consistent, “Flight” can’t decided what kind of movie it wants to be…






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TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN part 2… Why the whole series was a big success

Posted on November 23rd, 2012
TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN part 2…  Why the whole series was a big success

by Coop Cooper

It’s difficult to do a review on the film adaptation of the final installment of a popular teen novel series, especially when you have no significant interest in it. No matter what you say about it, the target audience will still see it – and probably adore it – even if non-fans held captive in the theater would sooner watch paint dry. Since this is the case with “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” I’ll forgo the traditional review and rating in favor of offering a theory of how the series became such a phenomenon both in young adult literature and in film.

For those counting, “Breaking Dawn Part 2” picks up after Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) near death experience while giving birth to her half-vampire daughter with the benevolent vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). In an effort to save her, Edward converts Bella into a vampire at the last moment, thus bringing her fully into the fold. Other vampires, especially the ancient and despotic Volturi Clan, see the child as a threat and conspire to destroy her. Bella, Edward and the child’s bound werewolf protector, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) attempt to assemble enough sympathizing vampires and wolves to defend the child from the imminent attack.

If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the above synopsis might sound absolutely ridiculous…






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THE LORAX review

Posted on November 6th, 2012
THE LORAX review

Ted (Zac Efron) lives in a fantastical utopian society called Thneedville which is entirely made out of plastic. The citizens live in blissful ignorance, unaware of their resource consumption while they foolishly pay for fresh air provided as a utility by the wealthy entrepreneur, Mr. O’Hare. Ted has a crush on his friend Audrey (Taylor Swift) who is fascinated by stories of mythical trees which used to grow in the city. When Audrey expresses her wish to have a tree, Ted makes it his mission to find her one and exits the enclosed city. He locates an old hermit called Once-ler (Ed Helms) who knows the secret behind the disappearance of the forests. The Once-ler tells Ted his story about meeting a creature called the Lorax (Danny DeVito), the appointed guardian of the forest who does not take kindly to tree theft and pollution. It soon becomes clear to Ted that the remorseful Once-ler may have had something to do with the destruction of the trees…






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48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge completed! Watch “REGRESS”…

Posted on May 22nd, 2012
48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge completed!  Watch “REGRESS”…

by Coop Cooper

My colleagues and I have a new short film created in 48 hours for this contest: The Guerrilla Film Challenge

Our film: “Regress”

Logline: Told in reverse, “Regress” is about a woman who murders her husband and the bizarre sequence of events that lead up to the violent incident.

Click HERE to watch

Password: pattern

– Coop






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WHITE DOG (1982) is a sad, disturbing, unreleased film about racism

Posted on May 21st, 2012
WHITE DOG (1982) is a sad, disturbing, unreleased film about racism

Every now and again Hollywood produces a film that has merit, yet never makes it into mainstream theaters. The film could have big actors, a high-concept premise and critical acclaim, but something scares distributors from releasing it widely or at all. Such is the case of the 1982 Sam Fuller film “White Dog” which offers a disturbing allegory on racism that is flawed, upsetting and compelling.

On the way home one night, a Los Angeles actress, Julie (Kristy McNichol), accidentally hits a stray white German Shepherd with her car. She rushes the dog to a vet who manages to save him but after learning the dog may be put down at a shelter, Julie reluctantly brings him home. Soon, Julie becomes attached to the dog after he saves her from a serial rapist…






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Catch up with some great TV shows on demand/DVD

Posted on March 20th, 2012
Catch up with some great TV shows on demand/DVD

Many consumers know that nearly every popular TV show ever created can be found on DVD or online, but some do not take advantage of this opportunity. They may prefer to catch the more current shows on the networks as we have always watched them, or recorded from a service like Tivo. Unfortunately, many people are missing out on some great shows simply because they don’t have cable stations like HBO or Showtime. Some foreign shows are only available on DVD or a service like Netflix or Hulu +. Here are some reasons why you might want to try to catch these older series online or on DVD/Blu Ray…






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Why negative movie reviews really don’t matter

Posted on August 19th, 2011
Why negative movie reviews really don’t matter

Why negative movie reviews really don’t matter

Article by: Coop Cooper

Energized by the power and fantastic performances of “The Help,” this weekend I ventured online to see what my fellow American movie critics thought. The website Rottentomatoes.com averages the positive and negative reviews from critics of major print publications and assigns a percentage value. Anything under 60% is considered “rotten” and anything over that number is deemed “fresh.” While “The Help” gained a respectable 73% average, compared to the averages of “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (76%), Captain America: The First Avenger” (79%) and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (82%), its average seemed rather low. Considering the film’s box office and awards potential, I wondered where most of the negativity was coming from…






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“The Help” will win Oscars and prestige for Mississippi

Posted on August 11th, 2011
“The Help” will win Oscars and prestige for Mississippi

by Coop Cooper

There is so much to talk about regarding the film adaptation of the bestselling book “The Help,” I won’t waste time reminding everyone of the setup or plot. In full disclosure, I helped the director and producers secure locations within Clarksdale, Mississippi in order to make sure the production filmed here. Although I helped “The Help,” I always intended on writing a non-partial review of the finished product. The short: It’s a glowing review. The long: My (possibly biased) opinions will be vindicated on the day of the 2012 Academy Awards nominations. I believe “The Help” will emerge as one of the most important and highly decorated films of the year.

Director Tate Taylor (a Mississippi native) and the rest of the principle crew have a lot to celebrate. They took an unpublished novel and elevated it to A-list standards in a matter of months. Secondly, they succeeded far beyond the expectations of myself and fans of the book…






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MICRO REVIEWS (via Twitter!): MOTHER, MONSTERS, THE KILLER INSIDE ME, INTRUDER, DRILLBIT TAYLOR, THE TOWN, CENTURION…

Posted on September 27th, 2010
MICRO REVIEWS (via Twitter!):  MOTHER, MONSTERS, THE KILLER INSIDE ME, INTRUDER, DRILLBIT TAYLOR, THE TOWN, CENTURION…

Got a slew of them here. MONSTERS is currently available as a $10.oo rent on iTunes and THE KILLER INSIDE ME will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray tomorrow (Sept. 28)…

MOTHER – Poor Korean mom turns detective in an attempt to free her alleged murdering, simple-minded son. Powerful cinema. 5 out of 5 stars.

MONSTERS – Immigration statement thinly disguised as arthouse sci-fi. Watchable for critics, unsatisfying for mainstream. 3 out of 5 stars

THE KILLER INSIDE ME – C. Affleck plays a psycho lawman in 1960’s TX. Brilliant, brutal and one of the best of the year. 5 out of 5 stars

INTRUDER – Sam Raimi & crew try to survive a slasher attack in a supermarket. Nice camerawork but lame considering the talent. 2 – 5 stars

DRILLBIT TAYLOR – Innocuous comedy where 3 nerds hire a homeless buffoon to protect them from a bully. Cute but hollow. 2&1/2 out of 5 stars

THE TOWN – A guilt-ridden Boston bank robber falls in love with a former hostage. Affleck remakes HEAT with kick-ass results. 4 out of 5 stars

CENTURION – Spec fiction about what may have happened to the 9th Roman Legion. Sloppy pacing/high watchability. Bloody brutal! 3 out of 5

Thy Twitter has spoken…

-Coop

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MICRO REVIEWS (via Twitter!): The best of the FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL by COOP

Posted on August 18th, 2010
MICRO REVIEWS (via Twitter!):  The best of the FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL by COOP

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I got to conduct some great Q & A’s for some terrific films at the FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL this past weekend. I met some truly gifted filmmakers and inspirational people.

I’d like to thank these special guests for affecting me the most: Cheryl Hines for her big intro, Shirley Jones for classing up the joint with her presence, Marty Ingles for reminding us what this festival is really about, Leeza Gibbons for singling me out with a nice compliment, writer/director Lexi Alexander for the lively discussion, producer/actor Googy Gress for his sincere enthusiasm, the League of S.T.E.A.M. for entertaining us all weekend and motivational speaker/actor Nick Vujicic for the sheer inspiration he gave to us all with his fantastic short film The Butterfly Circus (watch here!).

I’d also like to give big high-fives to all of the coordinators and volunteers for making the festival such a fun and engaging experience. I had a great time bonding with you all.

Finally a big congratulations to producer/actor Joe Russell and writer/actress Casey Strand from the short film “Strawberries” whose engagement I helped orchestrate during one of the more memorable Q & A’s.

I wish I had seen them all but of the ones I did see, here are the films that I felt were the best (in no particular order)…






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PRECIOUS (2009) ***** movie review by COOP

Posted on December 3rd, 2009
PRECIOUS (2009) ***** movie review by COOP

While many moviegoers enjoyed the inspiring, true-life story of Michael Oher in “The Blind Side” over the past few weekends, many skipped the similarly-themed “Precious.” Perhaps they thought it would be a bit of a downer… and they would be right. “Precious” is a melancholy tale in which the main character seems doomed from beginning to end, but this compelling tearjerker delivers some of the…






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NEW MOON (2009) **1/2 movie review by COOP

Posted on November 23rd, 2009
NEW MOON (2009) **1/2 movie review by COOP

I gave last year’s “Twilight” a fair pass because it pulled off some original and compelling storytelling despite the backlash by non-fans who found the whole phenomenon silly and far too juvenile for mainstream audiences. I went so far as to read the New Moon novel and while I found it uneven, soapy and poorly structured, I understood and enjoyed the way it made a cliché subject readable. I also respected the direction it was heading and was looking forward to seeing the film adaptation and the next sequel (“Eclipse”). That good will has expired because…






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THE MUD DOG BLUES movie shoot at Ground Zero Blues Club, by COOP

Posted on September 18th, 2009
THE MUD DOG BLUES movie shoot at Ground Zero Blues Club, by COOP

One very welcome side effect to blues music tourism in Clarksdale, Mississippi is that it attracts filmmakers to the area. Locals may have noticed an increasing amount of camera jockeys and boom mics wandering around downtown and the nearby tourist attractions. Get used to it, because if Tuesday night’s filming of “The Mud Dog Blues” feature promo trailer at Ground Zero Blues Club is any indication, Clarksdale may become one of the most filmed cities in the state.






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Hollywood Green or “Everything Old is New Again” by JAY

Posted on August 28th, 2009
Hollywood Green or “Everything Old is New Again” by JAY

Recycling is all the rage these days. In my neighborhood up in the Pacific Northwest, it’s almost a religion. In Michigan it’s actually mandatory – but at 10¢ a can, who’s complaining? Yep, taking a discarded resource and reshaping it into a usable commodity for a fraction of the cost of producing new materials is nothing new. In fact Hollywood has been doing just that for decades…






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THE BLIND SIDE movie trailer will bring tears to the eyes of Ole Miss fans and non-believers alike. by COOP

Posted on August 5th, 2009
THE BLIND SIDE movie trailer will bring tears to the eyes of Ole Miss fans and non-believers alike. by COOP

Michael Oher, former star offensive lineman for the Ole Miss football team, could become a household name across America on November 20th. Less than a month after he begins his first regular season game in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens, Oher’s life story will premiere in movie theaters across the country. For all of us Ole Miss fans who’ve been cheering for Oher since 2004, this film will mark yet another victorious event…






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THE ROAD trailer looks different than I imagined… by COOP

Posted on May 15th, 2009
THE ROAD trailer looks different than I imagined… by COOP

I read this book over a year ago and it still has an emotional resonance with me. It’s a grim and depressing story about a father and son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Sounds like the usual, gritty sci-fi fare but what you may not know is this work gained notoriety as a famed Oprah “Book of the Month” Club book. Shocking, I know. Written by Cormac McCarthy (of “No Country for Old Men” fame), this book is now considered the pinnacle of literature. Students are studying it at universities, critics are singing it’s genius and people who hate sci-fi are loving it. Now the trailer for the film version is upon us. What shocks me is…






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SEVEN POUNDS (2008) **** movie review by COOP

Posted on December 27th, 2008
SEVEN POUNDS (2008) **** movie review by COOP

“Seven Pounds” isn’t the same feel good holiday movie like Will Smith’s previous melodrama “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Instead, he and “Happyness” director Gabriele Muccino deliver a dark, brooding think-piece that will probably divide critics and audiences alike. “Seven Pounds” qualifies as memorable cinema, even if no one considers it a great film. Smith stars […]

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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 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

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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