Mark Asch

I could never take the place of your man.

Favorite films

  • News from Home
  • It's Always Fair Weather
  • Dust in the Wind
  • Miami Vice

Recent activity

  • Licorice Pizza


  • House of Gucci


  • The French Dispatch


  • The French Dispatch


Recent reviews


Popular reviews

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter


    Gambling as the Western myth of America as the open road and the promise of reinvention—just drive and drive until you’re someone new—vs gambling as the latter-day Western reality of tribal gaming licenses: 

    “Washa Casino, what kinda name is that?”
    “It’s indigenous.”
    “Then where’s all the Indian shit?”

    Where indeed? America’s got debts no honest man can pay. Paul Schrader’s guilt-ridden men in rooms—Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle; semi-reformed druggie John LeTour; Toller; Tell—live monastic existences but keep diaries in which they…

  • The Comfort of Strangers

    The Comfort of Strangers


    as with all top-tier Schrader, if you told me this movie was directed by a virgin, i would believe you