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  • Blue Collar

    Blue Collar

    ★★★★½

    After a month-long Paul Schrader complete retrospective in our home theatre, it occurs that from his first film as a director to his most recent (First Reformed), he got career-best performances from a few of his actors.  Richard Pryor is superb here, backed by Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto in among their finest turns as well. That Schrader made such a powerful and assured debut at the helm was not a shock; he’d written a handful of the best films…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    The film of 2018 so far for me, this return to the highest directorial form for Paul Schrader can’t seem to leave the mind weeks later.  A career best performance from Ethan Hawke is only one of the wonders of this unique piece of work from an American master who hasn’t had a turn like this in quite a long time.

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  • The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

    ★★★★★

    From CBS viewings as a child all chopped up and pan-and-scanned to recent showings in my home theater, this Sam Peckinpah masterpiece never fails to resonate.