Monday, November 14, 2011

Top 10 Paul Schrader

My 10 Favorite Films of Maverick Writer/Director Paul Schrader, a man who really knows how to tap into the darker, grittier parts of human nature.

1. American Gigolo (also writer) (1980)
2. Light Sleeper (also writer) (1992)
3. Cat People (also co-writer) (1982)
4. Affliction (also writer) (1997)
5. The Comfort Of Strangers (1990)
6. Hardcore (also writer) (1979)
7. Blue Collar (also writer) (1978)
8. Auto Focus (2002)
9. Patty Hearst (1988) 
10. Light Of Day (also writer) (1987)

The Rest:

11. Witch Hunt (1994)
12. The Walker (also writer) (2007)
13. Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters (also writer) (1985)
14. Touch (also writer) (1996)
15. Forever Mine (also writer) (1999)
16. Adam Resurrected (2008)
17. Dominion: The Prequel To The Exorcist (2005)

Solely as a Screenwriter: 

1. Taxi Driver (1976)
2. Raging Bull (1980)
3. Obsession (1976)
4. Rolling Thunder (1977)
5. Old Boyfriends (1979)
6. The Yakuza (1974)
7. The Mosquito Coast (1986)
8. The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)
9. Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
10. City Hall (1996)

Paul Schrader's career in both Writing and Directing Films is pretty unique. He often stays true to his themes and ideas, even when the Films dip into other genres. He walks a dark path, and often the leading men who populate his Pictures are very flawed characters, sometimes desperately searching for some form of redemption. We can't help but identify with them to varying degrees.

Hopefully this Great Filmmaker, who has worked within the mainstream and on the outside, will get more opportunities to have his incomparable point of view come across in future projects.


Pussy Goes Grrr said...

This really makes me want to get deeper into Schrader's filmography -- especially to see The Comfort of Strangers, which I'd never heard of before.

I seriously appreciate Klimt references and the casting of Christopher Walken.

Cinema Du Meep said...

PGG-- I bet you'll really like it. It's a very offbeat film. Good times!

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