Buffalo '66

Buffalo '66 ★★★★

BUFFALO 66 is a film that really reveals itself to have a lot of heart that might not be as decipherable in that way at first glance. Everyone does a great job playing their roles. I thought Vincent Gallo was really good, but in all honesty, everyone else stole the show for me, Christina Ricci especially. Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Huston are awesome as well and when all of these characters were on screen together, it gave me ERASERHEAD dinner scene vibes. Also, Ben Gazzara's singing scene gave me chills. The last 10 minutes or so of the film is also pretty fantastic, but naturally, if you use Heart of the Sunrise by Yes then you are bound to immerse me. There are some odd unnecessary stylistic choices that Gallo implements that I'm pretty mixed on and there is a bit of a repetitive nature to a lot of this film that really holds it back for me. Furthermore, I wish Billy's friendship with Goon was developed more because, for whatever reason, I didn't buy some of their scenes. I was going into this simultaneously stoked because I thought from what bits I had seen I was going to love it while I was also slightly worried because of my feelings towards Gallo's THE BROWN BUNNY. BUFFALO 66 is much better than THE BROWN BUNNY, but it still comes off a bit try-hard at times. I still really dig this though. This kind of independent film has a lot of performances, cinematography, and raw emotion that make this stand out above most others.

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