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NP Approved 10 Cloverfield Lane
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Enthusiasts of 2008’s wholly fascinating Cloverfield have spent years desperately waiting for news of a follow-up to surface. Back in January, their wishes were granted when a teaser for 10 Cloverfield Lane hit both the Internet and screens showing Michael Bay’s 13 Hours. Fans (like myself) instantly recognized this parallel to the…

SXSW 2016 hush 1
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I came to the horror genre late. There’s a story that involves Killer Klowns and a terrified little boy, but that’s a story for another time. The experience led me to miss out on years of genuine scares because once you become an adult, it gets a lot harder to be scared. Regardless of the frequency…

SXSW 2016 DEM_9502.psd
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Full disclosure, Jean-Marc Vallée has never really done anything for me as a filmmaker. I thought Dallas Buyers Club had some nice performances but was bland overall and Wild was frustratingly grating and I never understood the love that it received. His films struck me as…

NP Approved 4f8441ac3ec302a6006b0ad17a84f2a3
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For a humble critic like myself, there are few tasks as daunting than describing, let alone critiquing, an Apichatpong Weerasethakul film. His incredible body of work represents a deceptively simple bounty of riches, situated on an indistinct divide between woozy dreamscape and unfettered, at times brutal …

NP Approved Wings of Desire
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Wings of Desire starts with a man jotting down the story of a universal child who didn’t know it was a child. Titles come up as if they were scratched up on a blackboard. An eye looks up into the sky and the camera fades into a slowly moving aerial shot from above the tenements of Berlin. An angel with fading wings…

NP Approved Close Up
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It’s very rare that a movie itself will feel alive with some sense of self-awareness. Much of the time we read a film as a reflection of the actors, the screenwriters, the surrounding socio-political climate, or most often that of the director. Yet despite the indelible touch of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami on his 1990 masterpiece…

NP Approved 96fc73d87738e752e7c91b8102e9aae6
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Back in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, father and son musicologists John and Alan Lomax traveled the American South in search of previously unrecorded and undocumented music styles and songs for the Library of Congress. Their trips resulted in many new discoveries like Muddy Waters and many rediscoveries (locating of previously recorded artists …

NP Approved Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 9.35.17 AM
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Trees, shrubbery, betrayal, blood, black magic, love in disrepair, hopeless terror. Paint a picture of hell on Earth using these shades, and the ensuing portrait is a glimpse into a nightmare. Not just any old nightmare, the kind without a true exit, in which all doors lead to the same prison. You’re not in your right mind, you’re scared, you’re in danger and …

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