Recommended Movies #04

Taxi Driver (1976)

All the animals come out at night" – and one of them is a cabby about to snap. In Martin Scorsese’s classic 1970s drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-‘70s New York City, wishing for a “real rain” to wash the “scum” off the neon-lit streets. Chronically alone, Travis cannot connect with anyone, not even with such other cabbies as blowhard Wizard (Peter Boyle). He becomes infatuated with vapid blonde presidential campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), who agrees to a date and then spurns Travis when he cluelessly takes her to a porno movie. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by Scorsese), the increasingly paranoid Travis begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating Betsy’s candidate, Charles Palatine (Leonard Harris), to violently “saving” teen hooker Iris (Jodie Foster) from her pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel). Travis’ bloodbath turns him into a media hero; but has it truly calmed his mind? Written by Paul Schrader, Taxi Driver is an homage to and reworking of cinematic influences, a study of individual psychosis, and an acute diagnosis of the latently violent, media-fixated Vietnam era.

Genre: Crime, Suspense, Drama
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Written By: Paul Schrader
Runtime: 1 hr. 52 min.


He just shot this dude point blank in the head for trying to rob this mom and pop store and then the owner starts beating the shit out of the dude with a lead pipe. 

But all you hear about this movie is that stupid “you talkin to me shit” 

And Jodie Foster is a prostitute. 

Don’t y’all ever believe a movie is a classic just because a bunch of white people said it was okay.

As part of De Niro’s meticulous preparation for Taxi Driver, he obtained a cab driver’s license, and when on break would pick up a cab and drive around New York for a couple of weeks. On one occasion, a passenger recognized him and asked him if he was Robert De Niro. The passenger, who also happened to be an actor, then quipped: “Well, that’s acting. One year the Oscar, the next you’re driving a cab!”


René Cément’s Plein Soleil,  Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, François Truffaut’s Jules et Jim, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull and Taxi Driver by Tony Stella.