Browsing: NP Approved

NP Approved Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 3.25.10 PM
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Adaptations of comic books into movies has become serious business. Not only do they make an extraordinary amount of money, but their tone (with the exception with a rare few) are becoming increasingly dour, despite some quips and one-liners to break the tension. Then there is Deadpool, the adaptation of Marvel Comic’s Merc with a Mouth.

NP Approved The American Friend
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Stitched loosely together from the pages of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game and a few borrowed conventions from film noir, Wim Wenders’ The American Friend is a stylish and enigmatic thriller that acts as a superb demonstration of how atmospheric elements can be more vital than story. Character…

NP Approved Hail Caesar
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The Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan, have often been accused of mocking the characters and the topics they make comedies about, and it’s easy to make that leap if you don’t understand that poking fun at someone or something is often a form of affection. In every film they make, their love and appreciation for their characters and their…

NP Approved Hail Caesar
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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears (or really, your eyes and only for a few moments). We come here not to praise William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (it’s received no shortage of acclaim over the last five or six centuries), but to praise the Coen Brothers’ latest film, Hail, Caesar!, an utterly delightful, unapologetically…

NP Approved Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 9.47.17 AM
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With Hail, Caesar!, the Coen Brothers’ shared ability to arrange an extravagant basket of cinematic fruits, and unapologetically present that gift to their audience, proves to be undying. Here in particular those fruits are ripe as ever, making for one of the directing duo’s most chaotic films, and in turn one of their most interesting. Within, a …

NP Approved Kings of the Road
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Announcing its cinematic intentions in the first frames, the third and final installment of Wim Wenders’ “Road Movie Trilogy” (a series of films that started with Alice in the Cities in 1974 and continued with The Wrong Move in 1975) Kings of the Road (1976) is the work of a master filmmaker who chooses not only to work in black and…

NP Approved Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 9.51.57 PM
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The best movie epics offer different levels of storytelling as a way of maximizing their scale and sense of adventure. These mammoth films should transport the audience beyond the screen and allow it to experience many stabs, jolts and gusts of emotion, then leave us with the lingering feeling we just embarked on a wholesome, emotionally satisfying …

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