“My fellow Republicans, my political platform’s emphasis will be on promoting goodwill to one and all real Americans. No one, not even those wood-headed, woke, elitist, rich, and famous liberals, will treat true American patriots like a doormat and walk all over them. A princely sum will be spent on protecting the rights of the innocent unborn, on promoting family values and that marriage is between one man and one woman, on combating the attempts by those promoting the teaching of Critical Race Theory to make Christian white Americans feel guilty about their bigotry and racism, on fighting illegal or even legal voting by minorities, on banning books in schools that we believe corrupt the impressionable minds of our children, on strengthening the Second Amendment, on reducing the tax burden on large corporations and the wealthiest among us, and on packing the courts with conservative justices.
“My name is [fill in the blank with any Republican politician’s name] and I approve this message.”
This sarcastic post was written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (emphasis), My Vivid Blog (wood), Ragtag Daily Prompt (doormat), Word of the Day Challenge (princely), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (spent), and E.M’s Random Word Prompt (bigotry)
For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “Taxi Driver.”
“Taxi Driver” was a 1976 American film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. It starred Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris, and Albert Brooks.
This chilling, disturbing film was a critical and commercial success, despite generating controversy for its graphic violence at the climactic ending, and casting of then 12-year-old Foster in the role of a child prostitute. Considered one of the greatest films ever made, the film received numerous accolades including the 1976 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, and four nominations at the 49th Academy Awards, including for Best Picture, Best Actor (for De Niro), and Best Supporting Actress (for Foster).
Di Niro plays Travis Bickle, an ex-Marine, veteran of Vietnam, composer of dutiful anniversary notes to his parents, taxi driver, and killer. Bickle takes to nocturnal cab-driving as a distraction from chronic insomnia. He is a casualty of the sex war as well as Vietnam, who is seeking to “rescue” first a presidential campaign worker, Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), and then a juvenile prostitute, Iris (Jodie Foster), from what he perceives as the cesspit of Manhattan.
In his job as a taxi driver, Bickle is constantly drawn to Times Square and the whores, street freaks, and porno houses. It’s a gritty part of the city known for the kind of sex involving the buying, selling, and using of people. His sexual frustration is channeled into a hatred for the creeps he is obsessed with. The city is populated with women he cannot have and with men who can have these women.
“Taxi Driver” is a brilliant nightmare of a movie with a cast that is close to perfect. Robert De Niro’s is outstanding as he moves Travis Brickle from being relatively normal to being eaten up from the inside out. His eventual implosion is impressive but it is only as impressive as the gradual slide from reality to moral insanity we witness during the course of the film. Cybill Shepherd, as the blonde goddess, is an ice queen who is strangely, if only briefly, attracted to the odd Bickle. And Jodie Foster is chillingly cast as a twelve-year-old prostitute whom Travis wants to “save.” Harvey Keitel is the tough, streetwise pimp who controls her.
Overall, the film is anything but uplifting. But it is chilling, engaging, and impressive. The clip I’m including, the official movie trailer, features just part of the classic scene where Di Niro does his “You talkin’ to me” line.
It’s April 23, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).
Today’s word is “spent.”
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