Paul Schrader – Light Sleeper (1992)

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The movie … is filled with great weariness and sadness; the party has been over for a long time, and these old druggies, now approaching middle age, have been left behind. Because they were survivors, because they were more intelligent and honest than most, this is the thanks they get: They continue to work in the scene long after they should have been replaced by a new generation of losers.

This movie isn’t about plot, it’s about a style of life, and the difficulty of preserving self-respect and playing fair when your income depends on selling people stuff that will make them hate you. Continue reading

Paul Schrader – Dying of the Light (2014)

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Veteran CIA agent Evan Lake has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé uncovers evidence that Lake’s nemesis, the terrorist Banir, has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy. Continue reading

Paul Schrader – The Canyons (2013)

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The Canyons is a 2013 American erotic thriller film directed by Paul Schrader, written by Bret Easton Ellis, and produced by Braxton Pope. The film is set in Los Angeles and stars Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Gerard Funk, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Houston, and Gus Van Sant. The plot focuses on youth, glamour, sex, and surveillance.
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Paul Schrader – Patty Hearst (1988)

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A newspaper heiress is kidnapped, brainwashed, and forced to join a group of terrorist bank robbers in this docudrama, based on the saga of Patricia Hearst. In 1974, Hearst (Natasha Richardson), the granddaughter of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, was a student at the University of California. On February 4, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a radical political group, broke into the Berkeley home she shared with her boyfriend and kidnapped her. Hearst then allegedly spent 57 days locked in a closet as she was indoctrinated into the group’s revolutionary beliefs by their charismatic leader, Cinque (Ving Rhames). Eventually, Hearst joined (or at least pretended to join) the SLA, adopted the name Tania and participated in a number of high-profile bank robberies. After several SLA members died in a police fire storm, Hearst and fellow members Bill and Emily Harris (William Forsythe and Frances Fisher) went on the lam and were later arrested. Although she claimed her participation in the group was a ruse carried out to protect herself from further rape, torture, and mind control, Hearst eventually served several years in prison after her 1976 conviction for bank robbery. Based on the novel Every Secret Thing, Hearst’s own account of the events, Paul Schrader’s film tells the story from the heiress’ own viewpoint, with little in the way of conflicting evidence. After President Carter ordered her release from prison in 1979, Hearst went on to act in several films, including Cecil B. Demented, a John Waters spoof whose plot bears some resemblance to her own life story.
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Paul Schrader – The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

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An English couple holiday in Venice to sort out their relationship. There is some friction and distance between them, and we also sense they are being watched. One evening, they lose their way looking for a restaurant, and a stranger invites them to accompany him. He plies them with wine and grotesque stories from his childhood. They leave disoriented, physically ill, and morally repelled. But, next day, when the stranger sees them in the piazza, they accept an invitation to his sumptuous flat. After this visit, the pair find the depth to face questions about each other, only to be drawn back into the mysterious and menacing fantasies of the stranger and his mate. Written by jhailey Continue reading

Paul Schrader – The Walker (2007)

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Review From Times Online

Woody Harrelson’s lesson in The Walker: don’t cross a venomous Washington wife

By James Christopher

A scene in The Walker in which Woody Harrelson undresses himself for bed is one of the most telling strips of film Paul Schrader has shot. The gay hero is dismantling his smooth public image in front of an expensive dressing-room mirror. He presses chunky cufflinks into plush velvet cushions. He pins an immaculately folded tie to a white satin tray. The piece-de-resistance is a state-of-the-art hairpiece. Once this is peeled off, the rest of our hero’s beauty tips unravel in seconds.
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