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Buffalo '66

Review #17 - Buffalo '66:
(Vincent Gallo, 1998)

Buffalo '66 is Vincent Gallo's directorial debut and it's pretty impressive for what it is. Gallo seemed to have a clear (though unique) vision in his mind and aimed to achieve it; but it's normal for first-time directors to be radical and creative (before they're eventually swallowed up by hollywood and commercialised) and here is no exception, Vincent experiments and produces some interesting results with the camera.

As for the film itself, it starts off on a good note, a slew of humorous moments before complete bizarreness ensues; the scenes in the parent's house enforce my statement, watch with caution. Buffalo '66 gradually slows down and settles into the quirky drama genre, the smartly crafted personalities (Gallo's character especially) place it away from the norm of untypical indie titles and overall, add to the entertainment/enjoyment factor.

Vincent Gallo's performance didn't come off as sympathetic but still good from an objective standpoint, besides I don't think they were going for a particularly connective characterisation as the film's tone is clearly downbeat. Christina Ricca wasn't quite his equal but that can be accounted to lesser screen time as she was darn great for the time she was in there. Anjelica Huston plays a mother (duh) and does her typical shtick of authority flaunting.

Buffalo '66 defines unconventional filmmaking and story, and that's what adds to it the most. A risk well taken.