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Taxi Driver

5. Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver is the kind of movie that comes out once every few decades. It turns the world of cinema upside down with it's brilliance. This film introduced a genius actor Robert DeNiro and legendary crime and thriller director Martin Scorsese. And the film which brought the two to spotlight is the one I consider the best.

I don't have much to add, or anything at all, to add about what's been said about Taxi Driver. First of all, the acting by DeNiro is a damn good masterpiece by itself. Just make DeNiro's character Travis Bickle walk down the streets or driving, wandering around for an hour and a half and it's already a great film. Taxi Driver takes the study of a wandering, misfit and lonely character and takes it to a whole new level.

The way the film creates a new level is the mood and atmosphere of the film. I had never seen anything like it before. The minimalist score is perfectly matched with dreamy shots of taxi cab mirrors and windows that show the dark, dirty, but equally beautiful view of New York City. It sucks you into everything around you in a way that touches your heart and makes it memorable for a lot of time even after you finish watching.

Before I saw Taxi Driver I thought it was DeNiro being a cool gangsta killing a bunch of people. I was wrong, thankfully. I was hit hard on my senses with something totally new and wonderful. It got me into looking at the atmosphere, background, and inner emotion of characters of films instead of the action and words shoved directly at your face to give you fun, but very shallow experience of film-watching. The killing I expected only happens at the very end in not such a cool and stylish way but it was better than all the cool mass shootouts I'd seen, and lasted with me longer.