First Reformed

The film stars Ethan Hawke, with Amanda Seyfried and Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ Antonio Kyles, and is written and directed by Paul Schrader who has a lengthy filmography but is well know for his screenplays directed by Martin Scorsese – Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ.

Hope, despair, forgiveness – deep issues at the heart of this film which I discuss with guests Dominic Laing (@Dominic_Laing writer, editor, director and co-host of the podcast What Exactly am I Watching Here?) and Bob Jackson (@JacksonRobert02 self-described serial idealist and currently working on his MFT). 

In the podcast I reference quotes from a couple of resources: a Paul Schrader interview in SlashFilm by Steven Prokopy, and a Q&A following the Chicago premiere.

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