Directed by Martin Scorsese
After yet another mass shooting in the United States, I am reluctant to praise a film that seems to glorify this kind of violence. I am not one to point fingers at the media when it comes to tragedies like this (it has more to do with America's gun rights) but I think a lot of the monsters that commit crimes like this want to be seen as Travis Bickle's. Maybe that's a stretch, but it's how I feel right now in the wake of the Oregon shooting.
Let's still go through the motions with this one. Travis Bickle is a lonely veteran in New York City who drives cabs at night. With this job, he is exposed to all kinds of horror, including seeing child sex workers. He also tries to woo a campaign volunteer, but freaks her out a bit with his strange personality. I am pretty sure I have dated him at some point.
Robert De Niro is, of course, absolutely amazing in this film. Mostly, people want to discuss the ending of the film. Even if I didn't have a no spoiler rule, that would be the part that I want to skip right now. I will just go ahead and say that this is extremely well done movie and be done with it.
Robert De Niro would work for fifteen hours a day as a cab driver for a month in preparation of this role.
John Hinckley's attempt on the life of Ronald Reagan was supposedly triggered by this film.
De Niro improvised his character talking to the mirror.