Title: Taxi Driver (1976)
Why it’s lazy: Because there’s a complexity and depth to Scorsese’s impressionistic take on the woozy neon of New York that isn’t done justice by the pop-up picture book simplicity of, uh, ‘Taxi Driver’.
It leaves you half expecting a Manhattan-set Postman Pat. ‘Traa-vis Bickle, Traa-vis Bickle, Traa-vis Bickle with his Mohawk and gun, eaaarly in the morning…’
Where the name came from: Taxi Driver was, as far as we know, always the name of Paul Schrader’s original script.
But the story itself is heavily influenced by 'An Assassin’s Diary', the published journal of loner Arthur Bremer who shot and paralysed Senator George McGovern in 1967.
What they should have called it: Praying For Rain, Be Nice To Vietnam Vets Or They Will Shoot You In The Cheek.
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