A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
“ Upon my first viewing, I was warped into a 1970's post-war New York City finely created by the fantastic Martin Scorsese (Director). The film is driven by a chilling performance by Robert De Niro, portraying a Vietnam War veteran trying to find his place in a peace-time society. Throughout his journey, he finds himself in a dark hole that many of us find ourselves in: hopeless, cynical, and alone. Taxi Driver is a heartbreaking film in it's realism, but it also sustains a vast amount of beauty in it's poetic delivery. ” - samlnhrd
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ I grew up being a huge wrestling fan. There were so many things to admire about professional wrestlers. Some of my favorite superstars were portrayed as athletic, witty, and confident. Behind the curtains, however, their lives aren't as great as they're portrayed.
Darren Aronofsky (Director/Writer) focuses on Ricky "The Ram" Robinson, a former wrestling superstar who can now be described as a "has been". While his life in the 80's was filled with prosperity, the current world isn't treating him so well. Ricky is faced with the same problems that any normal human being is faced with: poverty, poor health, family problems, and loneliness. It's a cold world for Ricky, and The Wrestler is successful in turning this character's story into a tear-jerker (yes, I cried like a baby).
The Wrestler is led by one of the greatest lead performances of all time by Micky Rourke. I've never seen an actor so dedicated to a role, and I'm convinced that Rourke must have had to dig deep to a real place to put on his performance. ” - samlnhrd
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
“ Fargo is an extremely fun film, and is perhaps the finest example of the Coen brothers' talent. Once again, their directorial and writing skills result in a film that shows no shortage of wit, humor, suspense, and all-around fun. A large contributing factor to my love for this movie is the excellent acting. Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, and Francis McNormand all put together Oscar-worthy performances. I love dark-comedies, and Fargo is one of the best of all time. ” - samlnhrd