Our examination of Paul Schrader’s fixation with “God’s Lonely Man” continues with the critic-turned-screenwriter-turned-director’s 20th film, the searing and excellent FIRST REFORMED, which shares more in common with the Schrader-scripted TAXI DRIVER than just a lonely male protagonist. After examining our reactions to FIRST REFORMED — including its bold ending — we look at how these two films make use of their female characters and the idea of the male savior, what they have to say about societal values and decline, and their conspicuous use of voiceover. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.
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Your Next Picture Show:
• Genevieve: Alex Richanbach’s IBIZA
• Scott: Baltasar Kormakur’s ADRIFT
• Keith: THE ATOMIC CAFE and THE VALLEY OF GWANGI
Works cited: “Let’s talk about the ending of First Reformed,” by Kevin Lincoln (Vulture.com)
Outro Music: Iris Dement, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
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