Big Pussy: There’s Just Like No Good Words….

Big Pussy: There’s Just Like No Good Words….

Big Pussy is a hilarious 8-min. short film written and directed by filmmaker Todd Strauss-Schulson, who’s been dubbed a younger version of Woody Allen.  The South By Southwest Film Festival asked Todd to premiere his new short Big Pussy in 2009, and the film was subsequently selected to screen at the world famous Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and at the NYC Downtown Short Film Fest.  In the film,  a young, but very neurotic nice-guy struggles to build enough confidence to tell the girl he loves that her vagina has an…odor.  But how on earth will he be able to tell her something that he can’t manage to find the words to say?

The answer to the poor young fellow’s “vagina as nemesis” dilemma suddenly appears as a very funny, surprising twist of fate at the very conclusion of the film. Now, despite any concerns that viewers might have about watching this film, Director Todd Strauss-Schulson is quick to reassure everyone that his short film, Big Pussy, is “Very classy, I swear.  My mom likes it!” So without any further silly ado, here it is for your viewing, ahem, pleasure!!

Big Pussy: There’s Just Like No Good Words….

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Elegant Nostalgia and Utter Loneliness: All Hail to Taxi Cabs!

Elegant Nostalgia and Utter Loneliness: All Hail to Taxi Cabs!

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes

Are you talkin’ to me?
Well, I’m the only one here.
–Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver”

All Hail to Taxi Cabs! is a superb collection of beautiful photographs taken of taxi cabs from all around the world.  From our own perspective of experiences as passengers riding in the cabs cruising around our towns and cities, many of the photographs of the taxis presented here are both old and rare, and can elicit both feelings of nostalgic reminiscence and memories from earlier times in our lives.

But these remarkable photographs draw upon yet another perspective, that of the often isolated taxicab driver.  “Are you talkin’ to me?  Well, I’m the only one here,” said Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.  It is this last line, “Well, I’m the only one here,” that has seldom ever gotten quoted.  Yet, it stands as perhaps the truest line in the film.  In a sense, taxi drivers throughout the world represent people with a desperate need to make some kind of contact somehow, to share or mimic the effortless social interactions they see all around them, but in which they can’t or don’t really participate.  This feeling of utter loneliness is at the center of the film Taxi Driver.  We have all felt as alone as Travis.  Fortunately, most of us are better at dealing with it.

Elegant Nostalgia and Utter Loneliness: All Hail to Taxi Cabs!

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