(July 22, 1946- )
Wrote 'The Yakuza (1975),' 'Taxi Driver (1976),' 'Obsession (1976),' 'Raging Bull (1980),' 'The Mosquito Coast (1986),' 'The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)' and 'Bringing Out the Dead (1999)'
Wrote and directed 'Blue Collar (1978),' 'Hardcore (1979),' 'American Gigolo (1980),' 'Light Sleeper (1992),' 'Affliction (1997)' and 'Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)'
Author of 'Transcendental Style in Film'
Why he might be annoying
He worked as a film critic and was a protégé of Pauline Kael.
His movies tend to be bleak and violent.
He went through a period of homelessness, drug abuse and depression.
He suffered a nervous breakdown and refused to speak with anyone.
While writing 'Taxi Driver,' he based some of Travis Bickle's character traits on himself.
He had an affair with Natassja Kinski.
'The Last Temptation of Christ' angered some Christians for its controversial portrayal of Jesus.
He was fired from directing 'The Exorcist' prequel and replaced by Renny Harlin (2004).
Why he might not be annoying
He was raised in a strict Calvinist community.
He did not see his first movie until he snuck into a movie theater at age 17.
He has written several scripts with his brother.
He collaborated with Martin Scorsese on some of Scorsese's best films.
The studio fired him from 'The Exorcist' prequel for not making it violent and gory enough, even though he said he would not do so.
When the studio released his version of 'The Exorcist' prequel, it was better-received than the Harlin version.
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Year In Review:
For 2013, as of last week, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 14 Votes: 78.57% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 47.06% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 23 Votes: 73.91% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 27 Votes: 48.15% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 30 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 63 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 113 Votes: 54.87% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 56 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
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