One of the cooler films I got to check out at this year's Tribeca Film Festival was Gardener of Eden. Screening this year as part of Tribeca's World Narrative Competition line-up, Gardener is best described as being a "suburban Taxi Driver," with equal parts comedy and drama. For screenwriter Adam 'Tex' Davis, this is his first produced film to go a darker route, after having already been the voice behind the hit comedy Just Friends. I sat down with Adam to talk about Gardener, his writing process, what it's like working with celebrity director Kevin Connolly, as well as how Leonardo DiCaprio became involved in the film. Check it out ...

Cinematical: Watching Gardener of Eden, I couldn't help but sense a Taxi Driver vibe. A little bit of Death Wish too. Did these movies serve as inspiration for you while writing the script?

Adam 'Tex' Davis: Absolutely Taxi Driver, which is probably my favorite movie -- well, not the movie that inspired to make movies; that was Jaws. But once I was becoming more mature and started to really get into movies, Taxi Driver, to me, became the be-all end-all. Especially Scorsese movies; I loved the style of it, the slow burn leading to a big finale. I loved that you had a character that was at times likable, but then at other times not likable. So in crafting the character and story beats, Taxi Driver was definitely the model. The Death Wish thing? Not so much. I mean, I loved the movie as a kid, even though with the sequels -- each one got a little bit more ridiculous. Look, yeah, there's the whole vigilante thing, but I was more inspired by the Bernard Getz vigilante shooting than Death Wish. But Taxi Driver ... absolutely.