Thursday, August 21 2008
Death and sex were verboten, and Mishima took it upon himself to be a virtuosic provocateur; part passionate expressive modernist, part fervent traditionalist.
Monday, January 20 2014
Cat People plays somewhere between exploitation and a fever dream, with the additional gore and extra-additional sexuality that couldn't be depicted 40 years earlier.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
The first movie for the "post-theatrical era", The Canyons vividly illustrates a despairing, nymphomaniac generation run amok.
Friday, August 9 2013
Paul Schrader’s and Brett Easton Ellis' wickedly unnerving satire offers the usual Southern California power games, and also shows how soul-sapping this constant contesting can be.
Monday, October 13 2008
Taxi Driver is pioneering especially in relation to its unflinchingly contradictory anti-hero Travis Bickle, the character Schrader conceived who can perform noble deeds as well as insane violence.
Sunday, December 9 2007
Like the heroes of several of Paul Schrader's other films -- American Gigolo, Light Sleeper, and, to an extent, Auto Focus -- Carter moves among women as if visiting an alien planet.