“Taxi Driver”/”Nightcrawler”: Bickle and Bloom are two of God’s lonely men

By on August 7, 2015

Last year, a lot of movie critics were saying, in their reviews of Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut from 2014, Nightcrawler, that this dark, stylized and often humorous media satire surely must have been influenced by Martin Scorsese’s classic Taxi Driver (1976), and now we have this gorgeous supercut from Vimeo user Jorge Luengo Ruiz which highlights and contrasts the main characters in both films.


Ruiz’s edit shows how both Robert Deniro’s taxi driver Travis Bickle and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom — a former thief who starts shooting video footage of late night accidents and crimes in Los Angeles, selling the content to local news channels as a self-made stringer — are similar in their isolation and their aimlessness, both acutely aware of what’s going on in their solitary nocturnal worlds, and both charged with fierce intelligence and the determination to break out of their situation but making bad decisions along the way as they do.


Bickle and Bloom are rather disturbed characters too, we suppose, perverse and utterly alone — they’re two of God’s lonely men — and both seem to exist in a kind of closed-off, insular world, like the worlds that were created in film noir movies several decades before Scorsese starting making movies.


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.