50 – Taxi Driver (1976)

I LOL'ed at this.

I LOL’ed at this.

As famous as Taxi Driver is I’ve never seen it before.It’s about an ex marine and Vietnam vet who works the night shift driving a taxi in New York. The isolation and loneliness get to be too much for him and he cracks up.He definitely has some sort of post traumatic stress disorder too from the war.In the beginning he’s stuck in a rut and is boozing it up and taking pills.But half way through the film he formulates a plan to get rid of the scum in the city by buying some guns and shooting them.It’s this idea that fills his life with a sense of purpose and he gets into shape and gets off the booze and that.Taxi Driver is a bit of a weird film.Travis is a bit of tough one to work out.In parts he seems like he socially inept but in others he seems really confident and put his point across easily.But it swings back and forth so much you don’t know how he’s going to react.Travis strikes up a relationship with a teenage twelve year old hooker and he tries to do 1 good thing with his life;get her out of the game and back with her family.Which he does in his own blood-lust filled way.Good film overall,there was a few scenes i would have lobbed a few minutes off them and sometimes the trumpet,or whatever the fuck instrument was, was a little over bearing.I checked the credits and Scorsese was a part in it.The massive douche who’s watching his cheating wife.Keep an eye out for him.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  A GOOD INSIGHT INTO THE HUMAN CONDITION.TRAVIS IS DESCENT ANTI-HERO.

 

148 – Casino (1995)

Al Pacino is great in this

Al Pacino is great in this

This is third film on the trot to have a voice over narrative.While it works for some films(Trainspotting) and doesn’t for others(Kill Bill Vol 1) i think casino could have done without it,or maybe just less of it.It felt like it was an additional feature on a dvd at one point.The films not too bad,Scorsese knows what he’s at.There was few scenes that i did have beef with.Namely the car explosion scene.In the beginning we clearly see De Nero (a mannequin) explode in the car and the hood goes flying up about 15 feet.Then later on it shows a different shot and then another one.That peeved me off.Casino is about some Italian gangsters from Kansas who move to vegas to manage a casino as he’s knows his shit about betting.More riff raff from Kansas moves to Vegas,Joe Pesci,and he’s a loose cannon and not a very likable character.I won’t spoil it but he does get his comeuppance in the end.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –    7.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  IT’S A LONG ONE SO POP THE KETTLE ON FIRST.