Tag: Religion

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.”

Inherited Trauma and Jewish Themes in ‘Ghost Stories’

“Finally facing the ghost actually releases the tension. And so, it is only by facing a trauma like the Holocaust that future generations can begin to relieve its effects.”

Review: Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s ‘Ghost Stories’

“Nyman and Dyson’s film is so full-bloodedly cinematic that it leaves one wondering how on earth they captured this on the stage.”

Small Tokens of Faith in John Ford’s ‘The Fugitive’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

“In between Ford’s wide shots and Scorsese’s close-ups, there is an effort by each filmmaker to make faith real.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Marshall Shaffer on Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Silence of God’ Trilogy

“I’m convinced that understanding the progression is a crucial bridge in any attempt to understand how the two distinct portions of Bergman’s filmography interact.”

‘A Serious Man,’ the Goy’s Teeth and the Coenesque

“When we watch the films, we can be Larry — agonising over ‘feeling the question’ — or we can be Sussman, content not to know but still enjoying the experience.”

Uncovering the Mysteries of Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’

“‘Stalker’ is less concerned about the actual plight of these men and more about the philosophical questions their journey brings to the forefront.”

Losses Made in Heaven: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Casino’

“In Scorsese’s inversion of the downfall, paradise isn’t the origin and its loss doesn’t mean moral decrepitude, only mediocrity.”

Capitolo 20: Mani in Alto / Marco Bellocchio’s ‘Fists in the Pocket’

A Series on Italian Cinema by Q.V. Hough

Devil in the Details: On Guillermo del Toro and ‘Crimson Peak’

“Perhaps he is finding a way to explore the realm of the fantastic in a new way, a more honest way. Honest, but even more horrifying.”

Of Love and Other Demons: Nigel Wingrove’s ‘Visions of Ecstasy’ and Perverted Desire

A Weekly Column on Love and Erotica in Cinema by Justine A. Smith