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Worth A Look: 20.62%
Average: 11.34%
Pretty Bad: 12.37%
Total Crap: 9.28%

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Buffalo '66
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by Chris Parry

"Depressing flick, but extremely well shot. Mixed bag."
4 stars

This is 'slo-mo train wreck' of a movie. It leaves you with no sense of learning or joy or excitement or relief. It's just a very depressing, very morose event that for some reason you can't look away from.

What Buffalo '66 does have going for it is an artistic tilt. Vince Gallo is tyring to be a little auteur. Bully for him. His 'vision' gives this film a feel and atmosphere it really needs to get through the first half hour. Casting himself as the main character is a bold (or bigheaded) step. Giving 90% of the lines in the movie to his character is an even bolder (or biggerheaded) step. Having Christina Ricci fall in love with his annoying, riling, fucked up character is borderline unbelievable.

Here's the story. Billy is a fucked up human being. The result of parents that would make you leave your kids with Jeffrey Dahmer if they were the only two options on the babysitting roster, he's fresh out of prison and desperate to make his parents think he's a big-shot, he kidnaps Ricci and forces her to play 'happy wife'. Ricci, for whatever reason, seems happy to do so.

Ricci doesn't really exude much of anything in her character, and I guess that's what was required. Gallo exudes plenty in his babbling, ranting, raving, excrutiating role. But just when you feel like you're enjoying the film, you get visions of Calvin Klein ads. His look, his mannerisms, they're straight out of CK, and it get's bloody annoying.

I wanted to reach into the screen and shave this son of a bitch for the entire two and a bit hours.

The cast is star packed. Ricci, Rosanna Arquette, Anjelica Huston, but unfortunately they're all playing tiny roles or extremely annoying ones. To make it all the more depressing, Mickey Rourke and Jan Michael Vincent have roles and seem to be saying "look at how fucked up I am", not just as characters but in reality. Jan Michael Vincent seems barely able to talk, let alone act.

The result of all this is extreme depression throughout. There are no up moments. Dead puppies, shiny red boots, groping fathers, a lot of "don't touch me", a retarded boyhood pal called Goon/Rocky (played to perfection by the always superb Kevin Corrigan - the most underrated actor around), it's all very sordid.

But it's extremely well put together. If Gallo only has monologued tales of boyhood gone wrong in his head, then he should perhaps steer clear of further scripting. As an actor he seems somewhat limited in the type of roles he can pull off, so perhaps that's not his future path, but he should direct a whole lot. This film was imaginatively put together, shot and edited and it's a sign of good things to come. Let's just hope this non-actor is happy being a good director. Are you listening Quentin?

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User Comments

1/17/14 Donald Weintraub Big time Buffalo Bills fan.....Outstanding movie 5 stars
11/28/07 jm mahy gr8 stuff 5 stars
10/06/06 Scott J This movie is meant to be felt just like an acid burn. It hurts but oh so effective. 5 stars
9/29/06 b gardner absolutely awful...someone should have shot gallo, or me while watching it 1 stars
11/12/05 oneika russell great style and innovative shot compositions. Good character development and really good wr 4 stars
7/02/05 Indrid Cold Bizarre in tone, but some surprinsingly intense, affecting scenes. 4 stars
10/23/04 Griffin Fairly entertaining. Clearly Gallo has something to say as a director 4 stars
9/21/04 atanu gallo is a talentless poser who needs to be buttfucked with a lawn mower 1 stars
8/28/04 Goggman Very funny but kinda sad at the same time. 5 stars
8/04/04 ian chrisina ricci is better looking than any other creature on the planet 5 stars
7/02/04 Kay I want to hug this guy... hard! Loved it! 5 stars
2/18/04 john original 5 stars
2/17/04 Calon Quartorze Perhaps the biggest waste of time ever. 1 stars
12/29/03 Robin McNulty wonderfully done. 5 stars
8/27/03 Chrys Are you fucking kidding me?? 1 stars
8/20/03 elise amazing... 5 stars
3/24/03 Jack Sommersby The only thing I found watchable was Ricci's bust. 1 stars
3/08/03 Nancy N. creepy, and I would've liked less if I didn't know so many families just like theirs 4 stars
1/04/03 Roy Smith Crack must be making a comeback. 1 stars
12/03/02 Zack W. Young Brilliant and touching story that seems to weep right off the screen. 5 stars
11/19/02 lance t. burgess i hate you 5 stars
10/28/02 frekizoid Bitchslap deserves a bitchslap, this movie rocks 5 stars
8/28/02 .Choadushouse. Kind of slow. But directed beautifully.Great characters&the ending leaves you feeling warm! 4 stars
7/29/02 James really good 5 stars
2/28/02 Lizard King genius 5 stars
2/23/02 wyrock The sweetest love story made for the males in the audience 4 stars
12/17/01 Dan B Definitely in my top 5 favorites! 5 stars
12/10/01 Dan YES 5 stars
12/08/01 Adam Gallo's red pixie-style shoes are definitley the focal pont of the film 5 stars
11/29/01 Justin Dooley I really liked it 5 stars
11/21/01 MARIA say no more say no more 5 stars
11/13/01 poop it freaking rocked. christina ricci is definitley bonable 5 stars
11/12/01 Justin the best character study ever. the best film i've ever seen. 5 stars
10/31/01 Joseph Sherman This film is a fantastic character study, brilliantly cast and directed, I need more room! 5 stars
10/15/01 Adam Really good. Entertaining, stylistic, intelligent and funny. A solid achievement. 5 stars
10/14/01 amanda great acting!! Definitly worth a look if you have any interest in film as art! 4 stars
10/12/01 Marie the most touching film I've ever seen, my favourite one 5 stars
10/06/01 skizzo312 this is a masterpiece 5 stars
10/04/01 Phoenix A bit different, but I like movies like that, and this film is one of those. 4 stars
10/02/01 alf repetitive repetitive repetitive dialogue dialogue d 1 stars
9/29/01 Peter H. Burris This movie reflects ALL my misgivings about Indie films: pompous, under-edited, and hammy 2 stars
9/27/01 Xerox Gallo is so full of himself. I always laugh when I see his shitty little cameo in Basquiat. 3 stars
9/03/01 Jan Nyska, you are an idiot. 4 stars
9/02/01 blicero great stuff, clear cassavetes influence, Gallo has real talent 5 stars
7/24/01 Eggy Joe The strip club scene is amazing 5 stars
7/15/01 officer 412/l great direction,great acting and deeply moving without being sappy about it. 5 stars
7/09/01 Roy Smith A drama without logic or real characters rarely works; this is a good example of why. 1 stars
6/11/01 SlipNSlide C'mon guys. It spanned time. 5 stars
5/26/01 Basil I thought the scenes with his parents were hilarious. 5 stars
10/18/00 Dan Strangely ambient mood, excellent performances and well directed. Brilliant. 5 stars
10/05/00 Nyska It's so annoying. Why does Ricci fall in love withAidiot who treatsHerBad?+watchd4schol :p 2 stars
9/03/00 Jens Very bleak yet engaging if only to indulge the life and misfortunes of such a loser 4 stars
8/08/00 lily percy A more entertaining or hilarious film than this one would be hard to find. 5 stars
7/20/00 dr_Fardook incredible film. Made me want to nerve gas buffalo. 5 stars
1/15/00 Alexis Hill I knew I would love this movie a year before I saw it 5 stars
11/02/99 Bozo whats to like? couldn't even watch the whole thing & who cared? 2 stars
10/26/99 Lisa excellent contemporary tale of seperation and redemption. I loved it. 5 stars
9/30/99 Vanessa the coloring visual style was interesting, but lights and mirrors can't give a film a plot. 4 stars
3/16/99 haden Ricci falls in love w/kidnapper-right.would it have killed him to give her a character 2 stars
2/23/99 Jeff Oh the redemptive powers of love--give me a break--give that man some lithium. 3 stars
2/14/99 Van Noble Boring, painful to watch. I want that hour and a half of my life back 1 stars
12/10/98 George Morgan Interior shots are all dark. Exterior shots all have dark clouds. It's a dark movie. 3 stars
11/03/98 Steven The Goose One of my top five favorite movies! 5 stars
10/23/98 James Garstang My favourite film ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO SEE!!!! 5 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo No substance, lotsa style. Ricci earns it an extra star. 3 stars
10/16/98 aaron sias amazing film, by amazing up and coming talent 5 stars
9/15/98 Gamma I love films like this. Ricci makes it that much better. She's a brilliant actress. 4 stars
9/15/98 susan one of the year's best 5 stars
9/06/98 Young Einstein Quickly forgotten. 3 stars
9/06/98 Janine some good camera tricks but overall just EH! 2 stars
9/06/98 Gary Interesting and enjlyable 4 stars
8/28/98 Dov C. Ricci is a babe 4 stars
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  21-Jul-1998 (R)
  DVD: 17-Jun-2003



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