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FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep. 80 – You Talkin’ to Me? (My Favorite Film #2 - TAXI DRIVER (1976)

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Well who else are you talkin’ to? I’m the only one here!

Kick off your Memorial Day weekend in style with the latest episode of YOUR favorite movie podcast, FORCED PERSPECTIVE! Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with special guest HEADCASE, as they add another entry into their MY FAVORITE FILM series with a discussion of Headcase’s favorite film – celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this year – Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. PLUS:

-A film that many people profoundly misunderstand

-The “socially irresponsible” aspect of the original script that had to be changed

-Why Taxi Driver is still embraced after 40 years

-New York in the 1970s…simply fascinating

-Adolfo wants to know why they even sell CANDY at the porn theater…

-A possible misprint on the Taxi Driver Criterion Collection commentary track – was it really recorded in 1986?

-Travis Bickle – “the walking contradiction”

-Filmmaker interpretations vs. audience interpretations

-Bernard Hermann’s score – a hint of romance among hell on…

RETRO Essential Film Awards: 2009

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The Essential Films was first started in 2009, with only a small number of posts. Since then, the site has expanded to include Top 100 countdowns, a podcast and the site's own version of the Oscars: The Essential Film Awards. The first Essential Film Awards celebrated the films of 2010, with Inception sweeping earning Best Film of the Year and most technical awards like Visual Effects and Editing.  In this series, the RETRO Essential Film Awards, we will take a look back at the best films of the years before this site's existence, starting with 2009.  Enjoy.

Celebrating the cinematic achievements of 2009
Official 2009 Selections






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Best Film of the Year

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Quentin Tarantino 153 Minutes • 2.35:1 • United States, Germany Color • English, French, German, Italian • Universal
Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent, BJ Novak Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino Producer: Lawrence Be…

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.79 – My Favorite Film Series: "The World is Yours" (Scarface - 1983)

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Say hello to my little friend!
On this VERY SPECIAL episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, SportsGuy515 and Adolfo begin a brand-new mini-series known simply as MY FAVORITE FILM. For this first entry into the mini-series, the duo are joined by special guest BIG D as they thoroughly discuss and dissect SportsGuy’s all-time favorite film – from 1983, the gangster classic, Scarface. PLUS:
-The appeal of not only the story of Scarface, but the character of TONY MONTANA himself.
-How this film saw the birth of the phenomenon known as “Loud Al Pacino.”
-Let’s not forget that this is a remake of the Howard Hawks’ 1932 Scarface film…
-The film’s reception among the Hispanic/Latino community, and the “accuracy” of Pacino’s accent.
-How the opening interrogation scene is one of the most perfect intros for a character in film history.
-The infamous CHAINSAW SCENE, and what you think you see vs. what you actually see.
-The incredibly fun SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS video game.
-The (seemingly apparent) …