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June 18, 2018   Jules   'Blaze', Press / Article Be first to comment

Hollywood star Ethan Hawke says he wanted to make a film about someone “nobody’s heard of” when he wrote and directed Blaze — a biopic on the life of musician Blaze Foley. “The subtext of it is you’re celebrating regular life — that’s a beautiful thing — and a lot of what makes biopics TV movies is they are constantly tipping their hat to the trope of the famous person,” Hawke said. “So what I try to do is take this beautiful poet-singer-songwriter, Blaze Foley, who never made it and make a meaningful work of art for you … about his life.”

June 18, 2018   Jules   'First Reformed' Be first to comment

The title of First Reformed, Paul Schrader’s best film in a very long time, refers to an old abolitionist church in upstate New York, a metaphor for Christianity’s neglected values. The First Reformed has no congregation to speak of, only visitors and tourists, and its care has fallen into the hands of a lost soul, the gentle, hollow-cheeked Rev. Toller (Ethan Hawke, in one of his most moving performances). He is God’s clinically depressed man—a former military chaplain, an alcoholic haunted by his son’s death in the Iraq War, privately humiliated by the example of Christ and the stern Dutch ministers who once hid runaway slaves under the floorboards of this small clapboard church. Read More here

Actor and filmmaker Ethan Hawke boasts a long and storied career in television, film and theater. This year, Hawke has once again stepped onto the big screen for not just one, but three movies: a romantic comedy called “Juliet, Naked”; a music biography called “Blaze”; and the drama, “First Reformed.” “First Reformed,” directed by Paul Schrader, stars Hawke as a former military chaplain. Read More here

June 18, 2018   Jules   'First Reformed' Be first to comment

In a summer movie season dominated by superhero and sci-fi extravaganzas, First Reformed is that rare release — an austere and complex tale about a pious man’s mounting crisis of faith. It’s also, more crucially still, on the shortlist of the year’s best films, a challenging masterwork about anguish and salvation from one of the medium’s most celebrated artists: Paul Schrader, famed for penning Taxi Driver and The Last Temptation of Christ, and for writing and directing (among others) Hardcore, American Gigolo, Cat People, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Affliction, and Auto Focus. Formally rigorous and deeply felt, it’s an exceptional Ethan Hawke-headlined drama that plays like both a tribute to the movies that have long inspired him (by Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, and modern Ida auteur Pawel Pawlikowski) and a companion piece to his own oeuvre — something that, Schrader readily admits, is intentional. Read More here