Buffalo ’66 (1998)

Director: Vincent Gallo

Writer: Vincent Gallo, Alison Bagnall (Screenplay)

Starring: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette, Jan-Michael Vincent, Anjelica Huston

 

Plot: After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.


Tagline – Billy Brown just got out of jail. Now he’s going to serve some real time. He’s going home.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Dull

 

Story: Buffalo 66 starts when Billy Brown (Gallo) is released from prison, his parents never know that he has been to prison, he heads to town where he ends up kidnapping Layla (Ricci) forcing her to pretend to be his wife when he visits his parents.

As the two are spending more time together, we learn why Billy is acting this way, why he was in prison and just what his plan is now he is out of jail.

 

Thoughts on Buffalo 66

 

Characters – Billy Brown has just been released from prison, he has had his own problems which led to him being in prison and it isn’t long before he goes to the extremes to impress his family. He is painted as an aggressive man that believes that woman are just objects and has built his world in lies. Layla is the tap dancer that gets kidnapped, she starts to play along with what Billy wants and even enjoy his company the more time they spend together. Jimmy and Jan are his parents that have both been either distracted or strict in raising Billy, as he wants to impress them now. The Bookie is the man that put Billy in jail as a result of the debts he owed him, he gave him a choice with jail being the only one that didn’t hurt anyone.

PerformancesVincent Gallo doesn’t bring us a very interesting character, it isn’t written well or directed to make us interested in him, he just can’t make this character work. Christina Ricci was trying to break out of the child star roles by now, this is different to what we had seen before, though she does look bored through the film. the rest of the cast struggle too, it is just poorly written to give the actors a chance.

StoryThe story follows a gambler that had paid the price for his addiction and now is free, he wants revenge only he spends the time with his kidnap victim as we get to see the difficult life he has had which led him to the life of crime. Well I think that is what we are meant to be seeing, the story does drag along at an awfully slow pace with nothing much happening, trying to make us believe the two could be falling in love, though he is abusive with his actions and spends more time running around looking for a toilet than showing any sort of emotion.

Comedy/Crime/RomanceIf this is meant to be a comedy, the jokes miss big time as you will struggle to get a laugh out of this film, while the crime only seems to focus on the kidnapping, which she could have escaped from with ease plenty of times, so that never feels like a threat, the romance just feels awkward for the most part of the film because there is zero chemistry between the two.

SettingsThe film is set in the Buffalo area, which is meant to be about the passion of the locals, it could easily be any town with a big American football team.


Scene of the Movie –
The first look at the dinner table makes it a clever shot, until it gets boring.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We spend more time looking for a toilet.

Final ThoughtsThis is just a dreadfully dull movie that has no direction in anyway, it fails to capture any attention from the audience with a truly unlikeable main character.

 

Overall: Dreadfully boring.

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ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – F – Frank & Lola (2016)

Director: Matthew Ross

Writer: Matthew Ross (Screenplay)

Starring: Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Nyqvist, Emmanuelle Devos

 

Plot: A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.


Tagline – Love Obsession Betrayal Revenge

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Blank & Boring

 

Story:  Frank & Lola starts as we meet chef Frank (Shannon) who has started dating college graduate Lola (Poots) as they get involved in a strange relationship in Las Vegas, which sees her mother Patricia (Arquette) as questionable.

When Patricia brings her former partner to town, Lola wants Frank to help get revenge for something that happened between the two, as he has become more of a no nonsense type of person who gets offered a job by her new boss Keith (Long) which could solve his problems because of his brilliance in the kitchen.

 

Thoughts on Frank & Lola

 

Characters – Frank is a brilliant chef that has started dating the younger Lola, he gets jealous easily which makes him want to know who every man in Lola’s life is as he starts to look to solve her problems. Lola is a college graduate in fashion that is in Vegas, she is dating Frank and starts working for the charismatic Keith, she knows what will make Frank jealous as she starts to use him to get what she wants. Keith knows people in Vegas, he offers jobs to talent, which will see him follow a strict code of not trying to date them, he will always offer people job if he believes they deserve the change. Patricia is Lola’s mother that hasn’t always been as close with her daughter.

PerformancesWe have such a great cast here, Michael Shannon gives one of his most average performances of his career, Imogen Poots struggles to make an impact, Justin Long gets his moments, but not enough. Most of this comes from such dull characters they must try to bring to life.

StoryThe story is the hardest part to describe because it seems to follow a chef that is trying to do anything to clean up his girlfriends past, only to get caught up in the middle of just what might be true or not. The problem with the story comes from the poor dialogue which makes it hard to connect the story together, it seems to create scenes which put Frank’s mind in one direction only for the next one to change it, this happens too often and becomes annoying because we can’t get invested in his story. we did get some heavy themes which do just get glanced over which only confuses in the end.

Crime/RomanceThe crime side of the film comes from what Frank will do for Lola, he is driven by his love for her which shows him where to go with his actions.

SettingsThe film has two main settings, Las Vegas and Paris, both are used to show the busy side of the lives of the people we are follow.


Scene of the Movie –
Job offer.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The story is too heavy on changing direction too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a dull romantic thriller that just drags along at a snails pace, never using the talent to its strengths.

 

Overall: Bitterly disappointing.

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For the Love of George (2018)

Director: Maria Burton

Writer: Nadia Jordan, Hayley Nolan (Screenplay)

Starring: Nadia Jordan, Rex Lee, Rosanna Arquette, Tate Donovan, Kristen Johnston, Shaun Sipos

 

Plot: Romantic Comedy about a jilted wife who leaves her cheating husband in England and sets off to LA hoping to meet who she believes is the perfect man – George Clooney.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smile Inducing Rom Com

 

Story: For the Love of George starts in England, where Poppy (Jordan) is preparing for her husband’s birthday, only to learn about his affair, packing her bags and heading to LA to see friend Justin (Lee) and search for George Clooney.

Extending her stay in LA in hope to bump into George as we see how her obsession with finding the perfect man starts to make her question her own decisions as she see Dr Faye Carter (Arquette) and psychic Sara (Johnston) showing the extremes she will go to find her place.

 

Thoughts on For the Love of George

 

Characters – Poppy is the married journalist, she has always tried to look after her husband, but learning of his affair she heads to LA to start a fresh. She sets herself an unrealistic goal in finding a new man and other tasks to keep her mind of her marriage collapse, this is a good character that shows how one person whose life can be shattered by an affair, leaving them lose in the next stage of their life. Justin was the wedding planner for Poppy, he offers her a place to stay in LA, he gives her a new option to how life could go as they are both looking for a dreamy guy.

PerformancesNadia Jordan takes on both the lead role and writing credits here, she is good in this role as her character does go through the emotional changes as the story unfolds. Rex Lee is good because he brings us the fun character that gets laughs through the film. the cast is good through the film, each characters get the laughs needed for the film.

StoryThe story follows one lady whose life is turned upside down after learning of an affair, seeing what she does to recover is interesting as it shows how life could go in a new direction for her making her happy, it shows that if you get the chance you should always take it, but you will need to learn the different between realistic and unrealistic dreams.

Comedy/RomanceWhen it comes to comedies, you need to make the audience laugh, this will make you laugh through the film without any problems. The romance side of the film shows the aftermath of a marriage and what new romantic ideas it could open, ones you want or ones you don’t.

SettingsThe film is set in LA, which seems to make sense when it comes to trying to track down George Clooney, we get plenty of reference to why Poppy could be a fish out of water with the different culture she is entering too.


Scene of the Movie –
Pumpkin drive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is it that easy to get a therapist in LA?

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable romantic comedy, it will make you laugh at times and make you think about life when needed. It has a good cast that perform well and will leave you with a smile.

 

Overall: Great romantic comedy

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