Sunday, November 11, 2007

Joe Le Taxi...

...or rather, Taxi, the french movie. It's some years old, but I heard that this was a good movie (note: Not "good for a french movie, just "good") so I decided to watch it last weekend.

What can I say? Is this the french version of "The Fast And The Furious"? Yes, it's perfectly OK to make movie about fast cars, but how 'bout a story? The so-called story was pretty lame: A cop wanted to catch a gang of German bank robbers to impress his bigbreasted, blond, femal collegue (played by Swedish Emma Sjöberg) and recruits a taxi driver/ pizza delivery boy wannabe rac driver to help him out. And guess what? The manage to arrest the german gang. But only after a long car chase through Marseilles, and off course helped by a bunch of pizza delivery boys on scooters...

Good car scenes, crappy story and average performance of the actors. I will say it's an OK watch if you're really bored, but I guess you have to be french to fully appreciate it.

Edit: What the... is up with the layout on this post???

21 comments:

Wilhelm said...

..so you're saying that in a french movie, the villains are *gasp* Germans?

How truly original.

You watched what turned out to be teh french and the furious and got screwed over - such is life. When life kicks you in the ass and gives you a handful of snails and industrial waste, make a traditional french meal.

Pigeon said...

Damn.
Only my office mate liked that movie.
The only good thing in that 'movie' is Marion Cotillard (la vie en rose- Edith Piaf) who was discovered thanks to it.

Wilhelm said...

How come Joe Le Taxi has a yellow saxofone and listens to rhumba, old rock and mambo?

Anders said...

The only good thing in that 'movie' is Marion Cotillard (la vie en rose- Edith Piaf) who was discovered thanks to it.

Which had the great and important part of "girl friend #2". Basically, most of her scenes were just "dress or undress".

Wilhelm said...

..but why does Joe have a yellow saxamaphone and enjoys rocking out to "rhumba, old rock and mambo"? THAT's what I want to know

Anders said...

Saxophone is a metaphor for something...
And apparently all french cab drivers enjoys the occasional exotic dance...

Wilhelm said...

Apparently he also enjoys a tall glass of rum whilst rocking out to mambo

Anders said...

Who can blaim him? You really need a huge shot of some sort of alcohol before doing something stupid as the mambo...

Wilhelm said...

Interesting theory, A-man. Are you implying that Joe Le Taxi needs to liquor up before he plays oversized yellow flutes and proceeds to "mambo"?

Anders said...

"plays oversized yellow flutes"? There got to be a metaphor in there somewhere, but I don't want to know...

Wilhelm said...

..........."playing teh flute"?

You're familiar with the goings-on in Kristiansund on any given weekday, so you of all people should know what I'm talkin' about.

Anders said...

You know, I'm too old to remember the 80's (I do clearly remember the 70's, so I got to be too old), but wasn't Ms. Paradise like 3 1/2 years old (give or take 10) when she recorded that tune? Now I only remember "Joe Le Taxi" from the lyrics, so I don't know anything about large instruments or shaking loose, but what is the lyrics about? It seems they are in french. Man, I wish there was someone around here that spoke french who could translate... mmmh....

Wilhelm said...

From what I remember from 8th grade french, it's about some dude called Joe Le Taxi who enjoys a tall glass of rum as he rocks out to rumba, old rock and mambo. And he likes hanging out in bars, dark corners and his house.

Wilhelm said...

Btw; I think you're right - Vanessa Paradis was quite young when she had this hit. In Norway, she also had one other - something to do with crepes or whatever

Anders said...

Joe Le Crepes?

Anders said...

Joe Le Taxi who enjoys a tall glass of rum as he rocks out to rumba, old rock and mambo.

English translation: He's a playa?

And he likes hanging out in bars, dark corners and his house.

English translation: Just chillin' at the crib/ hangin' at the club?

Wilhelm said...

He's still french. From what little I understand of teh lyrics, he's a taxi driver with a raging alcohol problem and a weird taste in music who owns a yellow saxophone

Anders said...

He's still french.

Isn't that pretty much the same as this:

...with a raging alcohol problem and a weird taste in music..

Or has the word "french" gotten a new meaning?

Wilhelm said...

It's the difference between this:

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And this:

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Anders said...

Yeah, but this:
He's still french. From what little I understand of teh lyrics, he's a taxi driver with a raging alcohol problem and a weird taste in music who owns a yellow saxophone

could be written as:

As i understand the lyrics, he's a french taxi driver who owns a yellow saxophone.

Actually, isn't "yellow saxophone" a metaphor for cab? (No french birds who knows?)

Then the whole post could be short and sweet:

I think he's a french taxi driver.

No?

Wilhelm said...

Could be - my epic french skillz - never much to begin with, have sorta dwindled since I acquired them.

Joe Le taxi was actually a hit about the same time or a little earlier, so.........