Film Reviews, Short Review

Buffalo ’66 (1998)


There are things to like in Buffalo ’66; scenes of bleak, rage-fuelled comedy that would make Bill Hicks think twice, a grainy visual style buffeted with uncommon visual techniques like in-frame transitions, and a majestic performance from Christina Ricci. Unfortunately, she plays a completely nonsensical concoction who falls in love with her kidnapper Billy Brown (Vincent Gallo) after being forced to pose as his wife at the family dinner table. That Ricci still makes it succeed is testament more to her talents than Gallo’s as a writer and director. Despite its occasional, but impressive bright sparks, Buffalo ’66 still comes off more as the work of a solipsistic bore maintaining a wish-fulfilment fantasy rather than a coherent film.


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