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Men, Women, & Exorcisms: The New American Ghost Cinema

Monday, April 21, 2014
By james.cooper
Men, Women, & Exorcisms: The New American Ghost Cinema

If popularity alone warrants academic study, and if box office receipts measure popularity, then surely The Conjuring and contemporary ghost films like it qualify. »

Best Films of 2013

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By james.cooper
Best Films of 2013

Here are the 2013 films that caught my attention and that you, too, might find worth a watch. »

Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Names “Her” Best Film of 2013

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By james.cooper
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Names “Her” Best Film of 2013

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, a statewide group of professional film critics, announced its eighth annual list of awards for achievement in cinema, giving top honors to Spike Jonze’s perceptive and emotional near-future story about a lonely man who falls deeply in love with his computer operating system. “Her” also earned an additional win... »

25 Best Films of 2012

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
By james.cooper
25 Best Films of 2012

"Ten," the number typically associated with annual year-end "best of" lists, feels arbitrary in trying to note the films that made watching movies in 2012 such an exceptionally badass treat. »

Two Average Dicks

Friday, December 28, 2012
By james.cooper
Two Average Dicks

no film essay this week. instead, just days before the sandy hook school shooting, i had an opportunity to sit with robby and jake for their podcast to discuss movies (both adult and non-adult), video game violence, drug addiction, gang violence, local news silliness, obama’s reelection, and what’s next for the GOP. »

Life of Pi

Thursday, November 29, 2012
By james.cooper
Life of Pi

Ang Lee's film is akin to watching the Cain and Abel story or the Book of Job play out on screen, the director's camerawork so enthralling that it’s something of a cathartic mind trip to gaze up at the screen through ones 3D specs. »

Lincoln

Friday, November 16, 2012
By james.cooper
Lincoln

To say that actor Daniel Day Lewis disappears into the role of America’s 16th president is to state the obvious about Steven Spielberg’s powerful new film, Lincoln. »

GL Sierrans Take Downtown History Walk

Sunday, September 16, 2012
By james.cooper
GL Sierrans Take Downtown History Walk

The Gay and Lesbian Sierra Club of Oklahoma City will take a history walk downtown on October 20, at 6:00 PM. »

Two Average Dicks

Thursday, June 7, 2012
By james.cooper
Two Average Dicks

no film essay this week. instead, i sat with robby r. harris, jr. and jake barrow for their podcast to discuss contemporary country music, guns in oklahoma, religious fundamentalism, technology, and my recent gazette piece on okc's gay history. »

Men in Black III

Friday, May 25, 2012
By james.cooper
Men in Black III

In its weird way, then, Men in Black III is something of a character-driven summer blockbuster, that rare film that puts its characters, rather than its CG inventory, center stage. »

Battleship

Thursday, May 17, 2012
By james.cooper
Battleship

Since the basic concept of the Hasbro board game requires maybe two minutes to explain, Battleship's 131 minute running time feels like a cruel joke or some sort of horrible misunderstanding. »

Bully

Thursday, April 19, 2012
By james.cooper
Bully

The documentary is, in its problematic earnestness, an activist’s call to arms, an attempt to bring attention to the violence that confronts kids with perceived “differences” in our nation’s schools. »

Oklahoma film critics group names “The Artist” Best Film of 2011

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
By james.cooper
Oklahoma film critics group names “The Artist” Best Film of 2011

  The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the statewide group of professional film critics, has announced its sixth annual list of awards for achievement in cinema, giving top honors to the “The Artist,” a black-and-white, silent film that speaks volumes about movies and the people who make and watch them. It also earned two additional... »

Dear Oklahoma, It Gets Better

Sunday, November 13, 2011
By james.cooper
Dear Oklahoma, It Gets Better

Today, I would like to speak directly and briefly to the all the young people in this city and around this great state who face bullying or harassment because you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender—or, really to any young person out there confronted with teasing or taunts because people think you're different... »

Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Honors Sterlin Harjo With Award for Achievement in Film

Thursday, November 3, 2011
By james.cooper
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Honors Sterlin Harjo With Award for Achievement in Film

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle has honored filmmaker Sterlin Harjo with the 2011 Tilghman Award celebrating achievement in cinema in the state. »