Monday, July 14, 2014

LAMBcast #226: Taxi Driver

Jess, JD and Movie of the Month champion Will joined Jay and me for a discussion about Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese's classic film about a mentally unstable taxi driver named Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) who sets out to clean up the streets of New York. He's just gotta eat some apple pie with cheese first.

Some notes/highlights!

  • Do you think the ending (post shootout) was real or some sort of death/dream? 
  • We talked quite a bit about Travis' diet. Apple pie with cheese and liquor poured over bread (was he trying to make bread pudding or something?) are just a few of Travis' favorite snacks.
  • Here's that "Rorschach Meets Travis Bickle" thing Will talks about. It's from "Before Watchmen", a series of prequel comics that came out a few years back. As far as I know, "Watchmen" writer Alan Moore wasn't involved with those comics at all. 
Bleeding Cool

  • My Travis Bickle impression does kind of suck. But did Jess do one? No!!! Someday she will. Oh yes, someday.


  1. Enjoyed listening to the Taxi Driver discussion. The film is in my top 10. You make a good point about the contradictions. How Travis claims the city is ugly, yet can also be perceived as beautiful. And how he appears to be the sensible one who takes in the crazy talk from mad passenger(Scorsese) in cab, while Travis is maybe just as crazy.

    His unusual eating habits you guys mention in the lambcast I think is another sign that he's losing it mentally, and behaving in an illogical manner. Travis really is a walking contradiction, I wrote about that in my review:

  2. Thanks for the great comment, Chris. Good point about the food. It's definitely a weird aspect of the film. Can't wait to read your review!