Director: Paul Schrader
Producers: Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Victoria Hill, Gary Hamilton, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, and Frank Murray
Writer: Paul Schrader
Cinematography: Alexander Dynan
Editor: Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Budget: $3.5 million
Run-time: 113 minutes
FILM SYNOPSIS: Reverend Ernst Toller, the middle-aged pastor of a small church in upstate New York, grapples with the guilt and grief caused by past events. When a pregnant parishioner asks him to counsel her possibly suicidal husband, an environmental activist, Toller’s state of mind becomes even more precarious.
Some will argue that Ethan Hawke was robbed of his Best Actor in a Leading Role, and I would agree with that, but with such a strong Actor playing field this year, he probably would not have won any way. He was the critics darling throughout their award season and sometimes that has to be enough. Paul Schrader, on the other hand, seems to be lucky to have even gotten this nomination. He’s never been nominated before, for one thing, which seems like a crazy statistic, but with his recent comments in the press, it’s surprising he didn’t get shut out completely. That being said, he’s one of the writers that faces a pretty uphill climb if he wants to win, as all four of his competitors have Best Picture nominations, to which “First Reformed” does not. With strong contenders like “The Favourite” and “Roma” facing off against it, as well as “Green Book,” which has pulled in a few big wins thus far, “First Reformed” would really have to surprise to come out on top.
VIEWED: Sunday, February 3, 2019
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