“No matter how far or how fast you run, you don’t outrun your childhood,” writer-director Paul Schrader told Venice magazine in 2005. “And if you’re raised in an environment of good and evil, a very real hell, moral consequences, that stays with you your whole life.” This palpable sense of guilt, rooted in the fear of eternal damnation, has been central to Schrader’s films, for better and for worse. An uncommonly serious figure in American movies, he’s confronted the darkest reaches of spiritual transgression more often than any of his peers from the 1970s. He’s also responsible for some of the most heavy-handed and joyless movies ever made in this country. Continue reading>>