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Old 06-17-2012, 07:02 AM   #41
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Drive.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:05 AM   #42
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Even though I own Taxi Driver I have still yet to watch it. So Drive is the only one I can really choose.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #43
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Drive. Taxi Driver seemed to build up to something which it didn't deliver whereas Drive did have a satisfying ending.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:40 AM   #45
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Taxi Driver is a mature character study about plausible people with real world relevance while Drive is a shallow, juvenile and derivative exercise in style.

I'll take Taxi Driver.
Oh you big smarty pants with your fancy words.

Anyway, I'd take Taxi Driver.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:35 AM   #46
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If I can only own one it would be Taxi Driver.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:40 AM   #47
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It's an easy choice for me because I've re-watched Taxi Driver multiple times and love it, whereas I still have yet to see Drive!
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:00 PM   #48
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Both are good movies, but Taxi Driver and Drive are two entirely different films.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:19 PM   #49
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Yeah, I blind bought it, barely finished it due to the extremely poor writing and inconsistent characters, then promptly sold it.
The Director must not have seen The Godfather.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:48 PM   #50
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These two movies shouldn't even be compared, but if you must decide....

Get Taxi Driver.

Taxi Driver was a far more riveting film.

Where Drive was enigmatic, Taxi Driver was emblematic.

Since Drive is more modern, it can have greater appeal among younger audiences. But Taxi Driver is a classic.

Gosling vs De Niro.
De Niro is De Niro, and he's always shined in Scorsese films, he needs no introduction or explanation.
Gosling has been better in other movies. In this one, he gets criticized for his stone-like demeanor. I won't put that all on him. But he's definitely not giving the type of performance De Niro gives.

As for supporting cast, I think this is where Taxi Driver starts to dominate Drive. Drive has at least several great supporting actors, but these characters aren't fairly explored or interwoven. That's where Taxi Driver shows its complexity and makes you realize you're watching a real movie.

Refn vs Scorsese.
Did you hear that...? Directors the world-over are laughing that those two names were even mentioned in the same sentence.
Maybe Refn will eventually make a name for himself and in 25 years, when Refn's early work (now) is given some perspective we'll be able to make a proper comparison, but for now, Scorsese is without question a better director and Taxi Driver is considered a better film.

Scorsese also got in front of the camera on Taxi Driver, playing the "Passenger Watching Silhouette" and did a pretty damn good job too. That isn't to say Refn can't act, but that's a unique directorial stamp on Taxi Driver that Drive does not have.

Both movies are similar in the sense that they're difficult to recommend to the casual movie-goer, and they're sometimes recommended on some artistic merit and they're either love it or hate it.

Taxi Driver, with four different Oscar nods (leading, supporting, score, and Picture) has a lot more critics on its side, but it is still a love it or hate it movie.

Drive, which also had a nomination (for sound editing) simply isn't in the same league as Taxi Driver, and critics have been pretty sharply divided on the merits of Drive, but there are still those enamored with its style over substance.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:29 PM   #51
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Taxi Driver is my second favorite film of all-time. Watch THE DRIVER starring Ryan O'Neal (dir. Walter Hill). I haven't seen DRIVE nor will I ever. But I'm confident that THE DRIVER is light years better than DRIVE.
Since you've put it out there, why not see Drive?

Hey, I love Hill's work and I love The Driver, but your head won't explode if you take a chance on Drive -- and if it turns out you prefer the latter film, you can be pleasantly surprised.
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Everyone's a critic.
Everyone thinks they are a critic.

...just own both. I know I do.
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I dont have a clue how anyone can even put these two movies side by side, drive wasnt bad but nowhere near the same capacity as Taxi Driver, a bona fide classic. But yea, Taxi Driver for me.
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Taxi driver = masterpiece
Drive = garbage

Drive could have been a great film. I thought its biggest fault was relying on music to convey emotion instead of the script. Ryan Gosling is a good actor; I would have rather seen him act instead of making weird faces while some crappy music plays.
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Finally, someone who agrees with me on Drive. Most overrated film of the year.
Not anywhere near as overrated as The Artist.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:29 PM   #56
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Obviously Taxi Driver.

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Taxi Driver.. and this isn't even remotely close. Taxi Driver is one of the finest films in cinema. Drive wasn't even the best film of its year.
To be fair, neither was Taxi Driver in my opinion. Of course, 1976 was in the 70s, and therefore had about 20 films per year better than any film that comes out nowadays.
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i like both
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:33 PM   #58
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The simple, easy answer, both.
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Taxi driver = masterpiece
Drive = garbage

Drive could have been a great film. I thought its biggest fault was relying on music to convey emotion instead of the script. Ryan Gosling is a good actor; I would have rather seen him act instead of making weird faces while some crappy music plays.
I expressed nearly those exact sentiments after watching drive myself
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Drive could have been a great film. I thought its biggest fault was relying on music to convey emotion instead of the script. Ryan Gosling is a good actor; I would have rather seen him act instead of making weird faces while some crappy music plays.
If Drive consists of people pulling faces to music, I'll probably enjoy it. I like Easy Rider and Inferno because they feel more like extended music videos than conventional three-act films.
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