Paul Schrader

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First Reformed

4 Jun 20184 stars

Sundance London 2018: A never-better Ethan Hawke is the star of Paul Schrader's incendiary drama

The screenwriter of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Paul Schrader, makes a triumphant return to form following notorious travesty The Canyons and a couple of ignominious Nic Cage vehicles. With First Reformed, which he writes and directs, he once again…

Dog Eat Dog

14 Nov 20163 stars

Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe have room to do their thing in Paul Schrader's lurid crime yarn

Paul Schrader turned 70 earlier this year but shows little signs of embracing his status as an elder statesman of the 'Movie Brat' generation. He may have written Taxi Driver and directed American Gigolo, but the low-budget, independently made Dog Eat…

Dying of the Light

29 Dec 20142 stars

Nicolas Cage and writer-director Paul Schrader reteam for a forgettable spy thriller

The ridiculously prolific Nicolas Cage has films lining up for release like circling planes waiting for a safe landing slot. On paper, spy thriller Dying of the Light is one of his more promising recent ventures. Originally set to be directed by Nicolas…

The Canyons

9 May 20142 stars

Lindsay Lohan stars in this seedy noir plagued by cardboard characters and flimsy dialogue

It seemed like such a good idea at the time: the author of American Psycho meets the writer of Taxi Driver for a Kickstarter-funded Los Angeles tale of sex, murder and intrigue. But The Canyons is largely set to go down as an embarrassing footnote in…

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

27 Aug 2009

One of the key American films of the 1980s

Paul Schrader’s brilliant overlooked 1985 biopic of the mad life and times of one of Japan’s most brilliant and troubled souls, Poet and novelist Yukio Mishima, gets a very rare outing on a new print in Glasgow while in Edinburgh they are showing the…

Porn in the movies

13 Nov 2008

Platonic friends Zack and Miri one day decide that in the current economic climate the only way to diminish their respective personal debts is to make a pornographic film together, but the world of amateur porno filmmaking is not as easy as it seems. So…

The Walker

9 Aug 20074 stars

(15) 109min

‘I’m not naive, I’m superficial’, smiles Carter Page III (Woody Harrelson), the latest in a memorable line of existential loners created by Paul Schrader.