Tag: Amanda Seyfried

Hope and Despair: Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Screenplay

“For Paul Schrader, First Reformed’s visual style realizes ideas of transcendental style that he first theorized at the beginning of his career. But that style only works because it serves the story and character he crafted so carefully.”

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: On Transcendental Style and Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’

“The power of ‘First Reformed’ is rooted in Schrader’s ability to take a number of clear forbearers — Bresson, Dreyer, Pialat — and twist them into a style that feels wholly unique and rooted in a personal set of values and obsessions.”

On Familiar Ground: Paul Schrader and the Death Impulse

Michael J. Casey on Paul Schrader’s thematic links in ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters’ and ‘First Reformed’

New York Film Festival Review: Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’

“The multi-hyphenate filmmaker’s latest seems to anticipate dissection: its formal austerity belies a haphazard, literary-minded indulgence.”

Review: Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’

“A plethora of likable characters and tidy wrap-ups diminish the artistic potential of While We’re Young, as Baumbach doesn’t compromise the film’s abilities as a general crowdpleaser.”