Buffalo '66 (1998)
November 9, 2022 12:27 PM - Subscribe

After being released from prison, Billy (Vincent Gallo) 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 (Christina Ricci) and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.

Also starring Ben Gazzara, Anjelica Huston, Rosanna Arquette, Jan-Michael Vincent, Kevin Corrigan, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Pollak, Alex Karras.

Directed by Vincent Gallo. Screenplay by Alison Bagnall, based on a story by Gallo. Gallo also did the film's music.

76% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on seven different services, many of them free. JustWatch listing.

Today, I'm going to post six movies that are problematic and/or made by/starring problematic people, but also either: have merit/are acclaimed; won some awards; are very popular; have a certain amount of cultural cachet. I'll be tagging these #problematicmovies.

This one makes the list because of, hey, its plot, but also because Vincent Gallo had a #metoo moment.

I'm also posting this one because, somewhat hilariously, it was featured in the lyrics to "Wet Dream" by Wet Leg, as essentially the kind of movie a problematic guy would love.

You said, "Baby do you want to come with me? I got Buffalo '666 on DVD."
posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total)
Maybe I'm wrong but I have the lingering impression that it's more fair to say that Vincent Gallo is a walking #metoo continuity.

Hated this, hated brown bunny, Wet Leg is much better than any of <waves> this </waves>
posted by drewbage1847 at 12:46 PM on November 9, 2022 [2 favorites]

I saw this film decades ago, shortly after it came out, and only remember two things about it:
  1. The dinner scene didn't use the typical visual grammar (e.g. shot / reverse shot) but gave each character a POV shot and took turns with POVs around the table.
  2. I loathed the film, completely and immediately, with a visceral intensity which was kind of shocking.

posted by johnofjack at 2:17 PM on November 9, 2022 [2 favorites]

one of the greatest films ever made. shame about gallo's whole thing but he bottled lightning here
posted by JimBennett at 4:31 PM on November 9, 2022

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