With this fractured story of singer-songwriter Blaze Foley, Ethan Hawke battles the clichés of the musical biopic.
Jesse Peretz’s film is loaded with inconsequential detours and questionable character psychology.
Its scattershot structure gets at the truth of pop culture as an ineffable chimera that defines much of the world.
The film is, even by Paul Schrader’s standards, a bleak endeavor, concerned with the durability of spirituality.
Brian Smrz never contrasts the film’s violence with stillness, allowing us to enjoy a sense of foreboding escalation.
The cinematic touchstone throughout Paul Schrader’s First Reformed is the Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer.
The difference between the film and its equally expensive contemporaries is Luc Besson’s playful, childlike naïveté.
Maud Lewis herself couldn’t paint a hurricane that would blow the film’s overburdened narrative off course.
Richard Linklater’s The Before Trilogy receive stunning 2K transfers and a comprehensive compilation of bonus materials from Criterion.
The film conveys a sense of pastiche unpredictably giving way to a raw and primordially intimate emotional realm.