the weird thing is not that robert downey jr. was nominated for an oscar for this but that no one else was
Bigger and more ridiculous than the average Hitchcock movie, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. In hindsight, though, I don't think this is quite as refined as his best — not as airtight, not as well constructed. I'm not sure I love Farley Granger's performance, though it might just be that a lot of his dialogue is a bit haphazard. I *do* love Robert Walker's, naturally. It's always fun to catch old movies with political undercurrents that would get them…
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I first saw this in my late teens/early twenties, and I didn't completely get it, but now? Scorsese and Schrader didn't just diagnose, they predicted. The portrait "Taxi Driver" paints of loneliness and isolation allowing an angry young man to self-radicalize could not be more relevant in an era where the Internet is allowing masses of people to do exactly that — to surround themselves only with the voices that confirm their darkest narratives. And our sensationalistic fascination with them…
Truly bummed that I didn't like this more than I did, though it's still thoroughly enjoyable. I spent most of it wondering when it was going to be something more than an unusually good teen sex comedy, but it wasn't until the last half hour or so that I started to see real greatness in it. One of the few post-Apatow comedies to actually really nail the more emotional third act, particularly given its devil-may-care attitude early on. It meets…