Week 2! We took a look at 7 more films this week (some for the first time, some for the second or third, or tenth time)!
Day 8: Taxi Driver
- We started the week off with one of my favorites, by the legend Martin Scorsese. ‘Taxi Driver’ follows Robert DeNiro in his iconic portrayal of Travis Bickle, a fed up taxi driver who decides to clean up the streets of New York himself.
Day 9: Witness
- Australian director Peter Weir directs Harrison Ford in this jarring 80’s thriller about a hard-nosed cop (Ford) who is forced protect a young amish boy and his mother after the young boy witnessed a murder at a train station.
Day 10: Dressed to Kill
- If you’ve looked ahead or have been following the Film of the Day on our Instagram, you know that this week was filled with pictures by Brian De Palma, and ‘Dressed to Kill’ is what kicked it off for us! ‘Dressed to Kill’ is about as close you can get to remaking ‘Psycho’, but De Palma does it with a more modern take.
Day 11: The Wedding Party
- We threw it back to one of both De Palma and DeNiro’s earliest works. Robert DeNiro makes his first on-screen appearance as a friend of a groom who spends his entire wedding weekend trying to talk hm out of getting married, before eventually trying to keep his fleeting friend together with his soon-to-be wife as he gets the jitters the morning of the wedding.
Day 12: Blow Out
- Went back and gave ‘Blow Out’ another rewatch. I’ve actually only seen it one time prior but god damn did I sleep on this. Travolta snaps under De Palma’s direction as a movie sound effects guy who accidentally happens to record the audio of a car accident involving the governor, that turns out might not have been so “accidental.”
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Day 13: Obsession
- While we were riding high on our De Palma train we found our way to ‘Obsession’ which is De Palma’s turn at doing what he did with Dressed to Kill, but instead chooses to re-work Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo.’ It’s incredibly unsubtle (said better by Roger Ebert) and implausible, but it’s fun and the 70’s cheese almost works in it’s favor. Cliff Robertson plays a man in Italy on business and comes across an exact look-a-like of his late wife, before becoming completely (you guessed it), OBSESSED with her.
Day 14: Hi, Mom!
- Yet another De Palma film (maybe we’ll switch it up next week, maybe we won’t). Hi, Mom! is an incredibly fast paced and exciting film that still has me at a loss when I try to think of what it’s about. Let’s just say it’s like watching young De Niro in a Godard film.