On display

(Captioned Daily Jocks ads, focused on men’s bodies and the presentation of the self in photos, not on language, though there’s a small morphological note.)


All in his head:

In his trancewear, Rod
Re-plays his greatest
Tricks, three seconds per


Travis is on offer:

You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?
You make the move. It’s your move, faggot.

Notes on #2, which takes us into the world of Taxi Driver.


Taxi Driver is a 1976 American psychological thriller and drama, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Considered an early example of neo-noir, the film stars Robert De Niro as a disturbed loner [Travis Bickle]. He finds a job driving a taxi, and gradually begins engaging in vigilante activities. The film is set in New York City following the Vietnam War, and also stars Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks.

The film is regularly cited by critics, film directors, and audiences alike as one of the greatest films of all time. (Wikipedia link)

The scene alluded to in the caption above has Travis rehearsing his encounters with scum in front of a mirror. The clip:

Chilling stuff. In a transcript (from IMDb):

Travis Bickle: [Travis is trying his guns on the mirror] Huh? Huh?
Travis Bickle: Faster than you, fucking son of a… Saw you coming you fucking… shitheel.
Travis Bickle: I’m standing here; you make the move. You make the move. It’s your move…
Travis Bickle: Don’t try it you fuck.
Travis Bickle: You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talking… you talking to me? Well I’m the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to? Oh yeah? OK.

(Linguistic note: the verb reholster ‘holster again’ is derived from the verbing holster ‘put (a gun) into its holster’ (NOAD2).)

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