At first I was very resistant to Paul Schrader
He seemed to me to represent the tried and true, conventional approach to filmmaking. Great at what he did to be sure, but still stuck in the past.
Than I was drawn in through his work with Scorsese, it was magical to me. Moods and feelings of a different era captured so perfectly on screen. His films have a way of evoking American culture in such a raw, yet prophetic way.
This film fully solidifies that feeling for me. Paul Schrader is not merely a cinematic record keeper of American culture, he is American Culture, and his films are transcendant now, and will be for years to come.