Tag: Ethan Hawke

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.”

Review: Robert Budreau’s ‘Born to Be Blue’

“Budreau is smart enough to illuminate the non-existent divide between the master performer and the man who sticks a needle in his arms, as Baker knows that he needs to stay clean to keep working, but only heroin can numb the pain.”