I was way too friendly to Paul Schrader‘s 2017 picture, First Reformed, in my review of it. After seeing it a second time, I was bothered by how truly derivative and implausible it is. To me, it is a bad film. I began watching his 1979 Hardcore—about a Christian man searching for his porn-involved daughter—hoping it would be better. Maybe it is, but I got bored with the film and called it quits. I’d like to think it is more commendable than Schrader’s crummy Light of Day (1987). The Michigan-born moviemaker is far from untalented, but is a frequently dissatisfying writer.