Sunday, March 22, 2009

8 Days 'til NYC: Taxi Driver

In anticipation for my trip to New York City I will be counting down with some of my NYC movies (and even some that I don't like just for a change of pace). Hope you all enjoy.

The first of two Martin Scorsese movies I am featuring, but the best of his entire career. One of the best ways, I feel, to judge a movie is to decide whether it would be better or worse if you took out certain elements. In the case of Taxi Driver you can't take a single thing out or else you rob it of some form of greatness. Everything from the jazz score by Bernard Herrmann to Michael Chapman's seedy cinematography to the actors and the violence that rockets through the movie in sudden bursts and even that mohawk. It all equals a masterpiece.

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