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The directing is first class and deservedly made path for Scorsese as a
world renowned violent artist. Some techniques he used here are unusual
for American cinema, like focusing on details for a few seconds. The
movie is enhanced by an excellent music soundtrack by jazz composer
Bernard Herrman who died before the picture was even released.
Two of the actors also deservedly made it to stardom. Robert de Niro plays a very unglamorous character, but his presence on screen is so intense that it's no wonder it made such an impression. As for Jodie Foster, she already appeared in films as a child, but playing a teenage prostitute was certainly not an easy challenge, and probably it was that role that really turned her into a major actress.
"Taxi Driver" was a big hit when it came out, both for the public and the critics. It won the Palme d'Or in Cannes, and served as a trend setter for many later films, like for instance Quentin Tarantino's and Abel Ferrara's. But even today, the original model seems difficult to emulate, probably because achieving a masterpiece is a rare thing, by definition.
Most people who comment on this film seem to indicate that they saw it
at a very young age and have grown up with it. I can honestly say I
wasn't given the opportunity to ever see it until recently, when I
finally managed to watch it on USA Networks, completely uninterrupted.
Although it is not consistently laugh-out-loud, tears-in-your-eyes hilarious, "Fakin' Da Funk" is very funny - and not quite as outrageous as I had expected. There's a lot going on here, aside from silly physical humor.
Margaret Cho and Duane Martin are great as usual and Dante Basco steals the show.
Ultimately if you've never seen this, you need to go rent it out right now. If you have seen it, you already know how great it is and why it deserves its reputation as one of the most beloved comedies ever made.
In "East of Eden" he delivers an intense performance as,
unsurprisingly, an enigma; an individual too sensitive for life in his
own world. It sounds from this as if it could well be similar territory
to "Rebel Without a Cause", and given the events it's also perhaps not
too far away from the real person - but nevertheless it's a striking
portrayal that shows unmistakable 'fire' and talent.
James Dean is not one of those people who've come to be mythologised due to outside circumstances entirely beyond their control; for the consummate skill in his craft and the posthumous Oscar recognition brings something just as weighty to the table. About as far removed from the Orlando Bloom poster boy of his generation as it's possible to be, my expectations were completely trumped. There was real depth present, too.
All else is at least good, but it's the memory of a sobbing Cal all at once being transformed into a creature of hidden menace that I will take away with me. A riveting display from a fine actor, and undoubtedly a lasting testament to a lamentably short career. 9/10.