Paul Schrader

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Review: Watchmen

Watchmen 's brutal alternative history
As a reimagining of the past, Watchmen is at times jaw-dropping.
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  March 03, 2009

Paul Schrader at the HFA

"I'm not sure what happened to me," says Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, one of the least reliable of the director's succession of unreliable narrators, in the film named for her.
American contradictions
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 26, 2009

Darkness visible

Welcome to the dark territories again, the republic of bitterness and bile known as noir.
The HFA’s ‘Unseen Noir’ unveils America’s post-war gloom
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  May 19, 2008


Not quite a neo-noir, still less a martial-arts movie, David Mamet’s taut, dank drama has a foot in each camp.
Pleasingly nuts
By GRAHAM FULLER  |  May 07, 2008

Glee and venom

Of the great modernist playwrights, Harold Pinter has had the most intimate relationship with film.
Lacerating Harold Pinter at the Harvard Film Archive
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  May 08, 2007

Here’s to you

“Hey there, Mr. Jason Simon. My name is Melanie Fiander, and this is my film.”
Melanie Fiander’s “One Minute Introduction”
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  March 28, 2007


Horror scope

When watching a serial-killer movie, I always suspect the person investigating the case is the culprit. Doing time: Fincher kills it without frills in Zodiac. By Peter Keough
Robert Graysmith’s Zodiac obsession
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2007

Dirty rotten scoundrels

According to Fearing, American success consists of mediocrity, corruption, ruthlessness that’s so second nature it’s business as usual, paranoia that’s actually a sensible determination to watch your back.
Kenneth Fearing’s prescient creeps
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 05, 2006


As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 25, 2006