The Card Counter Shuffles Paul Schrader’s Classic Deck

click to enlarge COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES/FOCUS FEATURES Oscar Issac stars as brooding gambler William Tell in The Card Counter. Tormented male protagonist? Implacable moral quandary? Scenes of neurotic journaling in stunningly elegant script? You could be forgiven for mistaking The Card Counter, Paul Schrader’s recent crime drama, for a handful of the films he’s … Read more

‘The Card Counter’ Examines the War on Terror’s Legacies

In The Card Counter, William Tell is a poker player living a carefully controlled life. He’s also tortured by memories of his past as a prison guard in Iraq. Focus Features In The Card Counter, William Tell (played by Oscar Isaac) keeps his emotions under strict control. He’s a poker player, and the slightest facial … Read more