Taxi Driver / Episode 11

Dear Father and Mother:

November is the month which brings Macintosh & Maud to an undeniably great movie, Taxi Driver, watching a man who would not take it any more slowly descend into utter paranoid madness. We take a deep dive on the film, which deals with issues of violence, toxic masculinity, loneliness, mental health, vigilantism and the fear of the seedier side of life. So, you know, it's not an uplifting film. But it does earn some VERY high ratings. And also, where else could you hear that Burt Reynolds was seriously considered for a role that cemented Robert DeNiro's career?

Then, after the break, we rave about this weekend's newest superhero blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok. By itself, it's an amazingly fun intergalactic adventure. As a tie-in to the Marvel universe, it helps fill in some gaps in the story without sacrificing lots of humor. Go. See. It.


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Music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.