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Uplifting films

DeNiro you-talkin-to-me

Some classics to review: Taxi Driver and All About Eve.  These two are NYC movies, totally different on the surface and in content, but both study human psychology and isolation– and are disturbing.

The highlight of Taxi Driver (1976) is DeNiro’s famous scene talking to himself in the mirror, which according to IMDB is ad-libbed. 

Another trivia nugget I wouldn’t have known without IMDB is that director Martin Scorsese plays a small role: the angry husband.  As a passenger in DeNiro’s cab, his rant about wanting to shoot his unfaithful wife spurs DeNiro’s character, an unstable Viet Nam vet, onto his own psychotic assassination plans. Clever, because in this way Scorsese “directs” DeNiro both on-screen and off.  And confirms that he too is crazy!

In All About Eve (1950), Anne Baxter poses as an ingenue to become stage star Bette Davis’ s protege and then steal the show (steal the show literally– a role written for her, as well as her fame, her man, her mannerisms and style– creepy.).

"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

With these two movies I’m at a loss for words as far as giving you my overall recommendation.  Which question do I answer?  Was it good? That is, well-made, compelling, creative, well-acted, thought-provoking, poignant?  OR, Was it enjoyable? (Answer to the latter: Not really.) It’s nice to find movies that are both.

Much more enjoyable (and not on the not critically acclaimed side of things), we saw I Love You, Man at the Arlington Cinema N’ Drafthouse.  I love Paul Rudd, and I thought it was hilarious.  Also, that theater is just a great atmosphere whether the movie is wicked-cool or lame. (Did you notice the influence there of our new Canadian Bachelorette!? Clearly, I’m leaning toward what’s enjoyable.)

Again, I may have no critical integrity (shout out to Mere Ham!), but there you have it.


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