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De Niro Vs De Niro!!!!! I can't decide over his 2 best performances.
Argh! This is next to impossible. Might have to toss a coin. No...no, it's Raging Bull.
De Niro's performance is better in Raging Bull, but Taxi Driver is the better movie. I deferred to my icon for a last minute "Yes you're right" confirmation.
I can't decide between these two when side-by-side, but I would rather watch TAXI DRIVER at this particular moment, and, I suspect, almost always.
It's Taxi Driver for me. I just think it's a better movie.
Raging Bull never lets up. Taxi Driver, by comparison, seems to be more buildup than anything. Not that the buildup was not compelling. It was. But it was not until its conclusion that it struck me as anything special.
2 of the all time greats. Both observe lives of lonely people, one who finds an outlet valued by society, the other locked into a life of estrangement and alienation. The world of Travis is eerily easlily identified despite its being unique to him and his own psychology. Raging Bull is a remarkable biopic with a bravura perfomance, but Taxi Driver transcends mere story telling and illustrates the unversal through the peculiar.
Taxi Driver is potentially my favorite... after watching it a few times it has really sunk deeply in my mind... it's pretty baffling, the amount of depth invested in Travis Bickle... but Raging Bull aint too bad aitha.
I think both are fantastic films, but, in my opinion Raging Bull is honestly just the better film.
I didn't love either of these movies quite as much as their reputation. Both very good, but despite having seen it more recently, I don't remember nearly as much about Raging Bull as I do Taxi Driver. On even ground in most respects, I have to give it to the more distinctive film; the one that's lingered in my memory.
Both of them are great movies. De Niro's an effing master and he shows it in both. But at any given moment, I'd rather watch Taxi Driver. I think it's got a better flow. It's easier to watch. For me, anyway. Taxi Driver's just got that something that I can't put my finger on that gives it the edge.
I have to agree with MovieNerd. These are two of the best films on the planet but Raging Bull is too good to lose this match up.
both masterpieces from one of the greatest directors ever, and both very high on my list. I have to go with Raging Bull this time
Even though Raging Bull had Pesci in it I'm still going with Travis "You talking to me?" Bickle.
I wasn't impressed at all by either one of these. I guess I was less bored in Taxi Driver.
I couldn't really get in to Taxi Driver and Raging Bull is infinitely more compelling to me.
The fact De Niro had to eat his way through Italy to gain 60 pounds while being paid is great!
Both films show De Niro at his best! If I had to choose between the acting...I would pick Raging Bull (not saying De Niro was bad in Taxi Driver though) but as for the movies themselves...I pick Taxi Driver :)
By far my two favorite De Niro flicks, and Scorsese for that matter too, but I have to give it to Raging Bull which has to be my favorite movie of all time. Best acting performance of all time.
Raging Bull is without a doubt the better overall film in my eyes. Shot better, the subject matter is more interesting (to me, at least) and I preferred De Niro's performance in Raging Bull as well, although he's definitely fantastic in Taxi Driver too. Plus, Taxi Driver doesn't have Joe Pesci.
De Niro's two best performances. Taxi Driver is far more entertaining, and offers more insight on human nature, and therefore gets my vote. I suppose Raging Bull is the greater technical accomplishment, but Taxi Driver is my favorite Scorsese.
Taxi Driver. It's a very thought provoking film and has one of the greatest movie endings of all time. I actually think Raging Bull is a bit overrated. I think the only thing that Raging Bull has on Taxi Driver is Joe Pesci, who was brilliant by the way.
Raging Bull is better than Taxi Driver by a little bit. Robert De Niro shows off his best performance in Raging Bull along with Joe Pesci.
Taxi Driver is De Niro's best ever.
Taxi Driver has a more engrossing story and features a MUCH more intriguing main character.
Raging Bull but not by much.
Raging Bull. It has better performances, but not by a whole lot.
Both all-time classics from the master Scorsese. Raging Bull is probably the better movie but Taxi Driver is more my cup of tea.
Just watched Raging Bull for the first time last night and thought it was pretty great, but it doesn't touch Taxi Driver for me.
Well, I find Taxi Driver to be easier to watch, even though they're both highly effective films. De Niro's kind of a fucker in Raging Bull. You're fed up with him by the middle of the movie, but I guess that's not accidental. I never did like Taxi Driver's denouement, though, it feels a bit tacked on. So I guess that gives Raging Bull the edge. I'll probably have a different opinion tomorrow.
Taxi Driver it is...but man...these are two borderline perfect performances...
I can appreciate De Niro's performance in both films...but man, I didn't really care for either. Taxi Driver's oddly borderline-happy ending really threw me, and Raging Bull just made me feel kind of ugly. Bleh. Still, an easy win for Taxi Driver for me.
Both great, but Taxi Driver is better.
They are both awesome, But Taxi Driver is better.
You talkin to me vs you fucked my wife?
I'm gonna change my mind. Raging Bull's REALLY gone up my list as I've gotten older and there are reasons for that, obviously. I don't think I've ever seen a movie deal with what goes on in the mind of an angry person so elegantly in my life. I'd say Taxi Driver's almost there, but that movie leans more towards alienation, I think. But they both nail it and they hit pretty close to home for me. Wonderfully put together, the both of them. Herrmann's score was great, but it's always felt kind of out-of-place to me. Like it belongs in one of those old Hitchcock movies of his. Raging Bull's score fits right in. Pesci's presence only helps things. Bull's beautiful to look at; you could frame about half of the shots that come out of that movie. What it comes down to is simple preference. I can actually relate to both central characters (don't look at me like that) and Scorsese, Schrader, and De Niro do a fantastic job at bringing everything to life. But I'm a little bit older and things have swung in the other direction by the slimmest of margins. So, Raging Bull, it is. I just wish Marty would have thrown in some Stones. :)
I may surprise many of you, but I've got slight anger problems "IRL." It's hard for me to totally relate to Raging Bull because it constantly shows DeNiro's character at his worst--it's a kind of distant film in a way--but they totally nailed the escalation of the anger, and how the people might as well be speaking different languages at that point. For me it's a very unpleasant (good, but unpleasant) movie I haven't had the urge to watch more than once. Taxi Driver? Entertainment in my book, put it on any time.
Raging Bull for me. But this is very difficult.
Raging Bull for me.
Raging Bull. But I must admit, pretty tough.
on Mar 30
on Apr 8
Both are in my top twenty, but after seeing both twice, I decided to go with Taxi Driver. Both are excellent, excellent movies, though.