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      Paul Schrader

      Paul Schrader

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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      Easy Rider (1969) Easy Rider deals with the most important issues facing America -- and for that reason its superficiality is the more deplorable. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jul 01, 2020
      The Wild Bunch (1969) The result is one of the strongest emotional kickbacks of any film. The Wild Bunch does for the emotions what Shane did for the intellect. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jul 01, 2020
      Les Biches (1968) It passes over us with the full weight of its two hours. Les Biches is a sleeper, that is, it's soporific. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jul 01, 2020
      Belle de Jour (1967) Belle de Jour ranks with L'Age D'Or and Los Olvidados as a landmark not only of Luis Bunuel's career, but of the history of motion pictures. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jul 01, 2020
      The Sergeant (1968) The failure of the Sergeant rests on Steiger. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      The Rise of Louis XIV (1966) Rossellini has created a monument to Louis in a film which stands as great as Versailles in architecture. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) Mindless Entertainment Department: veteran screenwriter William Bowers has written a funny script for a film with the suspiciously corny title of Support Your Local Sheriff. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Baby Love (1969) It is well photograped and at least three scenes stand in the memory as being very well cut. But after one trims away the peripheral elements... there is nothing left but a cheesecake film. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      The Learning Tree (1969) The Learning Tree gives the viewer breathing room, an opportunity to both take it in and leave it. And considering the film's subject matter, that is a sizable achievement. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Midnight Cowboy (1969) Schlesinger is forced to fall back on Voight and Hoffman's performances, the only cards in Schlesinger's deck which don't seem phony. Yet neither is Schlesinger blameless in this matter. - Cinema
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      If... (1968) The is an acute sense of disappointment about If, not only over the great film Anderson failed to create, but also the lesser film he passed by. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Sisters (1973) By injecting his wry humor into Guignol De Palma makes it grand again. He's walking a tightrope and I hope he stays on it. - L.A.
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Herostratus (1968) Herostratus represents not only an enormous effort (five penny-scraping years in the making), but also a great deal of thought, passion, and ingenuity, and I only wish I could say it deserved a better fate. - L.A.
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) The faults of Space Odyssey are attributable to the fact that Kubrick is unwilling to give structure to his emotions, or to put in philosophical context ideas which have metaphysical connotations. There are three plots in Space Odyssey and they never mix. - Spectacle
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Brandy in the Wilderness (1971) Brandy In The Wilderness stands alone as a unique work of art; it establishes its own rules, and makes them work. - Cinema
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Women in Love (1969) The most successful adaptation of a Lawrence novel to the screen. - Cinema
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Alice's Restaurant (1969) When a great director is given his freedom, the least we can expect is a great failure, with pretentiousness, banality, and brilliance all fighting for precedence. But the overriding failure of Alice's Restaurant is its lackluster quality. - The Los Angeles Image
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Gimme Shelter (1970) In the end, Gimme Shelter remains a film of shallow intentions; its aesthetics seem those of possibility and opportunism rather than necessity and moral commitment. - Cinema
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Unholy Rollers (1972) It's hard, fast, and vulgar, full of life and personality. - Film Quarterly
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) The reasons that Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice comes alive are also the reasons it becomes lifeless. - Coast FM & Fine Arts
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Lions Love (1969) In Lion's Love Agnes Varda goes from the intellectual coldness of the French school to the dull, cold films of Warhol. - Coast FM & Fine Arts
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) The cynicism of Willie Boy is inorganic and self-consciously anti-romantic. The principals do not arise ingenuously from their environment, but seem set consciously upon it, like the clowns in Waiting For Godot. - Coast FM & Fine Arts
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      Z (1969) The film-makers' sense of immediacy transforms itself into style. Z is a film in a hurry, always trying to get ahead of itself, to explore itself. - Coast FM & Fine Arts
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
      The Arrangement (1969) The final result of Kazan's dark night of the soul is, tragically, pure american kitsch. - Coast FM & Fine Arts
      Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
      Black on White (1968) It does offer one of the rarest of film delights, an intimate sense of style, that is, a way of perceiving life which seems immediate and infectuous. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
      To Ingrid, My Love, Lisa (1968) A reassuring film because it demonstrates that a 26-year-old New Yorker with no talent can still scrape up enough money to make a dirty movie in Sweden and get major distribution in the States. It's the American Dream. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
      Faces (1968) The result is a film with a confused on-screen life, but with a rich cocktail party life-span. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
      The Rules of the Game (1939) A truly complex film -- and an entertaining one. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
      The Magus (1968) The Magus not only suffers from [director Guy] Green's lack of intuition and precision (that is, everything that separates a didacticist from an artist), but also from Fowles' directly transcribed literary illusions. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
      Shame (1968) It is a masterpiece of war and art. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
      Tell Me Lies (1968) The pity is that Tell Me Lies is such a timely film and suffers out of context. It was made in the heat of battle and sought no more audience or influence than was immediately available. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
      Hell in the Pacific (1969) Hell in the Pacific, for all its good intentions, is boring. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
      Joanna (1968) Just because [director] Michael Sarne is young, hip, and sincere, doesn't mean Joanna isn't an exploitation film. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
      Stolen Kisses (1968) Francoise Truffaut's Stolen Kisses is so good, so impeccably crafted, that it catches us by surprise. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      Isadora (1968) In Isadora Vanessa Redgrave finds the role she was made to create. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      War and Peace (1966) Bondarchuk's greatest achievement in adapting War and Peace was surprisingly enough, the style. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      Boudu Saved From Drowning (1932) It is a tribute to the permanence of the cinema and the art of Jean Renoir that [Boudu Saved From Drowning] is today, dollar for dollar, one of the best movie investments in Los Angeles. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Miss [Maggie] Smith's performance is in the best English tradition of such elocutionary actresses as Beatrice Lilly and Edith Evans. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      Model Shop (1969) Model Shop doesn't look like the failure of an accomplished film-maker, but like the work of a hippie-come-lately hack. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      (undefined) As much as I dread another picture about a still photographer, I would still like to see justice done to that metaphor. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      The Illustrated Man (1969) The Illustrated Man substitutes ostentatious techniques for good storytelling. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      Goodbye, Columbus (1969) It is rich and wonderful; and although flawed and far from being the best film of the year, I think it will deeply touch more people than any other film this year. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      The Firemen's Ball (1967) A showcase for [director Milos] Forman's unique talents. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
      Pickpocket (1959) [Robert] Bresson always choses the most realistic settings and situations. He makes a great use of two of film's most credible devices: the narration and the printed word. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
      Monterey Pop (1969) All that is left of the original Pennebaker method is the shell of technique. But anyone can emulate cinema-verite's shakey, grainy style. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
      Come Play With Me (1967) Grazie, Ziea is the sort of film a 17-year old would write. It is also the sort of film a 17-year old should have abandoned by the time he has reached 24, in lieu of something more tough-minded and honest. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
      Popi (1969) A highly contrived, yet potentially powerful plot. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
      Greetings (1968) The funniest and most contemporary American comedy since Dr. Strangelove... DePalma blends the comic styles of Godard and The Committee. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
      Teorema (1968) Tedious, jejune, and silly. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
      Naked Angels (1969) [Bruce] Clark, like many university filmmakers, has very little sense of acting or actors. Clark may say that acting is unimportant, as he has, but it certainly makes his film boring. - Los Angeles Free Press
      Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
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