TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976): 9.1
All the more frighteningly relevant as we actually have disturbed men going around killing people because they think women owe them a date. This film actually cares enough to go deep inside the psyche of an extremely damaged person… and then notes how that person exists inside of every man. Which, of course, makes it a bleak, disturbing film, but also, an essential one. Also, I’m pretty sure Tommy Wiseau based his entire life on Harvey Keitel’s character.
BLUE RUIN (Jeremy Saulnier, 2014): 7.5
Ordinary guy with no core level of competency gets in a violent situation way over his head and who knows when he might fuck up next. Turns out this is a nailbiter. Give a good idea 90 minutes to play around with and that’s all you need, you know.