August 28, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Drama Film, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS | 1 Comment |

'I'm surrounded by Jesus Freaks and Candy Asses!"

Nothing like a bit of home dentistry

Nothing like a bit of home dentistry

(Dir. Paul Schrader) (1998)

Wade Whitehouse, the local sheriff, gets increasingly out of his depth, paranoid and lethal.  On a downward spiral, in full view of the whole town, he realizes that when one is “nothing any more”, there’s not much to lose.  We all beware the pointless violent denouement in American films (e.g. the otherwise morbidly compelling Taxi Driver), but this bleak masterpiece contains nothing gratuitous (including its finale) and it features superb performances, particularly from Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, and a devastating turn by James Coburn as Wade’s monstrous Dad.

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