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Quick-Thoughts: Buffalo ‘66 (1998)

Actor Vincent Gallo’s directorial debut Buffalo ‘66 is a film that I’d rightfully regard as “stylistically open-minded.” It promotes risky graphic designs in the editing, some unforeseen witty and snappy dialogue for such a touchy subject matter, and an acute variation in cinematography. Sometimes it stretches reality with a little too much reliance on crummy plot devices for a movie that wants to tell something so applicably personal and sentimental, but they’re certainly not beefy enough to distract from the tragic thrusts of Gallo’s vision. 

So, indubitably the one-hit-wonder covers a meaty quantity of topics in arguably common scenarios. It’s a childhood trauma statement, a cry of vengeance from a lack to live, and an accumulation on how so much suffering can bridge the line between becoming what many would consider a bad person or frankly quite the opposite. Let’s also not forget, the cult hit is visually shot like a true, unforgettable classic—so cinephiles, check it out!

But side-note, your movie would be nothing without Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7, Mr. Gallo. 

Verdict: B+ 

“Buffalo ‘66” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and Hulu.

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