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First Reformed (2018) Movie Review

Paul Schrader first came into prominence with the screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. There are shades of Taxi Driver in Schrader’s latest. The protagonist of First Reformed, Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke), lives a mostly solitary life as the pastor of a small church—funded by a larger televangelist church—in Snowbridge, New York. He has begun a test of self by setting out to write a journal of his thoughts for 12 months.


We hear journal entries in voiceover, as we hear Travis Bickle’s increasingly violent thoughts in Taxi Driver. Both characters share a Continue reading First Reformed (2018) Movie Review

The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966) Movie Review

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film The Hawks and the Sparrows begins in one of the most extravagant and astounding ways possible: with the opening credits being song triumphantly by singer Domenico Modugno. The film is a religio-political comedy, but this opening song sets it up, quite tongue-in-cheek, as a travel epic.


The film follows a father (played by famed clown Toto) and his son (Ninetto Davoli), who are laborers on their family farm. The film immediately feels like a sibling film to Pasolini’s Accattone, as both contemplate Continue reading The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966) Movie Review

The Philosophy of Battle Royale: The Moral Suicide

Note: This article contains an in-depth analysis of one scene of the film Battle Royale. As such, spoiler alert. If you want to watch Battle Royale, you can find it on Amazon Video to rent and buy here.


Battle Royale is an intriguing film about a class of Japanese students who are sent to an island and forced by the government to murder each other until only one remains. Many extend comparisons between this film and the popular Western Hunger Games franchise. I guess, wherever you are in the world, you can find movies about kids killing each other entertaining.


The most fascinating part of Battle Royale for me is the Continue reading The Philosophy of Battle Royale: The Moral Suicide