Travis Bickle

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Over at Badass Digest, the astute Meredith Borders is raising an important question about unlikable lead characters and the impact they have on audiences liking the movie they’re in. After all, negating the use of unlikable characters is creatively limiting, but some movie fans simply don’t care for those movies which glorify the dastardly and dickish. In her well-intentioned pursuit, Borders brings up the crew from It’s Always Sunny, Walter White from Breaking Bad and the various man-children and woman-children that have hit theaters in the past few years. The problem is, in trying to defend unlikable characters, all the characters she mentions are perfectly likable. They’re just assholes. The difference is an important distinction – one that plays toward how an audience responds to storytelling at a raw level.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we take on the cinematic emotional roller coaster by speaking with comedian Bill Bailey about getting him hired for the next Star Trek movie and by dissecting Taxi Driver‘s Travis Bickle with psychologist, Dr. Jeff Greenberg. Plus, Landon Palmer joins me for a long-form discussion about the terrorist attacks of 9/11, their effects on movie culture, and on audiences. Download This Episode

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Are you tired of watching Travis Bickle get angrier and angrier on that tiny 72” Hi-Def plasma TV of yours? Me too, and I only watch your TV when you’re not at home. Imagine how tired I’d be if I did it more often. Fortunately for both of us, AMC is bringing Taxi Driver to the big screen. It’s a consolation prize for Lars Von Trier not forcing Martin Scorsese to remake it, but it’s a consolation prize I’ll take any day of the week. You should too (unless you’re truly hung up on seeing it on a 4K digital projector, and if you are, it’s a completely legitimate hang up), and here’s when you can check out it: Saturday, March 19th @ 8PM and Tuesday, March 22nd @ 8PM. Where do you need to go? Any of these choice AMC Theaters that might happen to be near your home:

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