Chandler’s Trailers: “The Card Counter” (2021)

cardcounter1“Card Counter, The” (2021) A haunted man roams a barren (both physically and morally) contemporary landscape in search of analytically intellectualized spiritual redemption: it must be a Paul Schrader film. Oscar Isaac expertly portrays the unfortunately named master card counter William Tell (a hint at Schrader’s lack of resistance at demonstrating his own ambiguous cleverness) whose restlessness of conscience the film fails to provide a convincing road map to enlightened redemption without the eventual wallowing in the all too foreseeable act of violence which seem to haunt much of Schrader’s ouevre, robbing his characters of…

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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1 Response to Chandler’s Trailers: “The Card Counter” (2021)

  1. beetleypete says:

    I didn’t know about this film, but I am a fan of Isaac, and usually like Schrader’s films or scripts. ‘Light Sleeper’ and ‘Bringing Out The Dead’ are two of my favourite American modern dramas.
    Best wishes, and seasonal greetings.
    M. Scorsese.

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