Sunday, September 7, 2008

I don't know what it is right now about me watching old movies late at night, but Taxi Driver, man, that is a real classic. Scorsese and De Niro baby. You talkin' to me?

There is a thing though about watching older movies like this, and Dog Day Afternoon, and American Graffiti, and others like it from the seventies, and the first thing that strikes you is the age of the actors; by God they were so young! Another thing is the usage of a soundtrack; more often than not they are very thematic, and are based on a single song or composition. This is really obvious in Taxi Driver, with the jazz arrangement by Bernard Herrmann. It sticks with you long after the movie ends, and it captures the image of 20th century New York, with water-slicked streets and seedy night life.

Travis Bickle is the perfect film misanthrope - the movie could have taken on a completely different ending if things had gone just a little bit differently, and by the end you don't really know whether or not he came out of the whole experience as a better person or as a more messed up one. You should watch this if you haven't; after all, The Departed, while excellent, doesn't really give you the best idea of what a Scorsese movie is like.

Cybill Shepherd, 1976. It's so creepy, the whole time I was reminded of someone I knew who looked just like her in this movie. I doubt she'd realize the resemblance though. Shame.

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