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    Taxi Driver

    Just watched this classic for the first time. Looking at life through this very flawed man's perspective is a skewed experience. The fact he's a taxi driver going through New York gives a lot of filth to see, but the greatest filth may be the internal look we keep getting of him. Damn good look at this anti-hero.

    What a great film; they captured this man's toxic loneliness, masterfully.
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    Surprised you'd never seen it before! A classic for sure. The new Joker successfully borrowed a lot from the film. Think he really did save Jodie Foster at the end, or was it just another lonely fantasy?

    If you like Scorsese and have never seen the Aviator, I highly recommend it!

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    Yeah, when it comes to film, I have a lot to see. I think the Joker is what got me on to Taxi. As far as if he saved her or not, I may need to see it more but from my first watch I think he did. Because she expressed some horror when he “saved” her. Though, I think he meant to kill and just happened upon the right place.

    I think it’s more of his delusional perspective of reality than it is of him having out right hallucinations . He seems to have a toxic ego that needs to be rescuing damsels. I think after failing at a woman who has things figured out, he preyed on a more vulnerable target.

    As far as your recommendation, I’m taking any and all, and may soon watch it.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    Surprised you'd never seen it before! A classic for sure. The new Joker successfully borrowed a lot from the film. Think he really did save Jodie Foster at the end, or was it just another lonely fantasy?

    If you like Scorsese and have never seen the Aviator, I highly recommend it!
    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin Button View Post
    Yeah, when it comes to film, I have a lot to see. I think the Joker is what got me on to Taxi. As far as if he saved her or not, I may need to see it more but from my first watch I think he did. Because she expressed some horror when he “saved” her. Though, I think he meant to kill and just happened upon the right place.

    I think it’s more of his delusional perspective of reality than it is of him having out right hallucinations . He seems to have a toxic ego that needs to be rescuing damsels. I think after failing at a woman who has things figured out, he preyed on a more vulnerable target.

    As far as your recommendation, I’m taking any and all, and may soon watch it.

    Thanks!
    I was hoping that no one went there. But since you did, I feel morally responsible to reply. The F'N bullshit movie called The Joker is terrible. I am not going to go into a long explanation of why, but go read my posts in the DCEU thread for that, but The Joker is a terrible and poorly made attempt of a reboot this brilliant movie called Taxi Driver.

    Taxi Driver, as I said is brilliant, and the Joker is a thinly veiled attempt on a social commentary about mental illness told through the utter destruction and blasphemous treatment of the best comic book villain, and possible best villain in the history of fiction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin Button View Post
    Yeah, when it comes to film, I have a lot to see. I think the Joker is what got me on to Taxi. As far as if he saved her or not, I may need to see it more but from my first watch I think he did. Because she expressed some horror when he “saved” her. Though, I think he meant to kill and just happened upon the right place.

    I think it’s more of his delusional perspective of reality than it is of him having out right hallucinations . He seems to have a toxic ego that needs to be rescuing damsels. I think after failing at a woman who has things figured out, he preyed on a more vulnerable target.

    As far as your recommendation, I’m taking any and all, and may soon watch it.

    Thanks!
    I like that take... I'm always up to give recommendations! Did you see Birdman a few years back? Loved that movie intensely!

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    I did. Was off the hook! Just a great world and a great way to tell the story.
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    Absolutely great, love the strangeness. How about Death Proof? Criminally underlooked Tarantino film, one of my favorites.

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    I've seen some Tarantino movies but not that one. Gotta add it to my list.
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    Watched five easy pieces tonight. Man, Nicholson was awesome. The movie compares to Taxi Driver in your really left thinking of the psyche of the main character and trying to understand his flaws.
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    I never forgot the end of that movie. Haunting, in a very lonely way.

    You've seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, of course?

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    Yes sir, great great movie. Had some Shaw Shank Redemption elements to it but was much more disturbing and sad. Jack Nicholson killed it in the 70s, but it was an era where there were a lot of anti heroes and those movies leave us studying these characters and events. Thatís where taxi driver comes in and the movie Joker got me on to these films

    I donít see Joker as a copy of taxi driver but rather paying homage to these kinds of movies when adding one of their own. As a stand alone I like the movie a lot, but not sure if that Joker could be a leader of a successful organized crime group. Then again I havenít read the comics.
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