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Summary: A young woman decides to break free of the debt-culture that her family has created by ironically setting up her own debt collection agency.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian VOD Release Date: 9th September 2020

Country: USA

Director: Tanya Wexler

Screenwriter: Brian Sacca

Cast: Raymond Ablack (Prakash), Nicholas Carella (Mitch), James M. Connor (Clip), Jai Courtney (Wizz), Zoey Deutch (Peg), Jayne Eastwood (Rhonda), Jennifer Farrugia (Tammy), Jermaine Fowler (Graham), Barbara Gordon (Mrs. Cooney), Judy Greer (Kathy), Alex Harrouch (Darren Meedham), Bill Lake (Judge Connor), Jonathan Langdon (Chris Stephens), Ilarion Michaels (Young JJ), Kate Moyer (Young Peg), Lorrie Odom (Backer), Noah Reid (JJ), Brian Sacca (Sal), Carolyn Scott (Henrietta), Lusia Strus (Frances), Tammie Sutherland (Jacquie Walker), Paulyne Wei (Jin), Nicole Williams (Prison Guard Cheryl)

Running Time: 95 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)

 

 

OUR BUFFALOED REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Buffaloed Review:

In these days and times you could be forgiven for thinking that films only work if they have big name stars and are full of super-heroes. That certainly isn’t the case though and sometimes it takes a small film like Buffaloed to remind you that all you need for a great film is a talented cast and an intriguing screenplay.

Set in the city of Buffalo the films follows Peg (Zoey Deutch – Before I Fall), a young woman who has dreamed about escaping the city for her entire life. With her Dad gone out of her life since a very early age Peg watched as her mother, Kathy (Judy Greer – Jurassic World), struggled to make ends meet and ultimately ran up so much debt that calls from debt collection agencies are almost a daily occurrence.

Peg does all she can to try and educate herself in an attempt to break out of this lifestyle and when she watches her brother JJ (Noah Reid – Schitt’s Creek) open up his own bar she decides that it is time to live her own dreams. But after a small misdemeanour she finds herself put into jail by prosecutor Graham (Jermaine Fowler – BoJack Horseman). Upon her release life is even more surprising as she finds herself having to work for a debt collection agency under the control of the ruthless Wizz (Jai Courtney – Suicide Squad).

The power of Buffaloed comes from its witty and original screenplay that is brilliantly brought together by director Tanya Wexler (Girl With No Name). In a lot of ways Buffaloed is played out with the intensity of a stage play. There are many dialogue driven scenes that pack the punch of an action film whether it be Deutch going toe to toe with unrecognisable Jai Courtney or moments of true realisation when Peg realises that her life is a mess and that it isn’t going to be easy to fix.

The true power of this film though comes from the characterisation. Despite her obvious flaws, and criminal activity, Peg is a likable character. I never in my life thought I would see a movie where a debt collector was made likable but somehow screenwriter Brian Sacca (The Definition Of Sex) does just that. You want to see Peg win in life but you also understand the obstacles that she must face. What seperates Buffalo from so many of the ‘feel-good’ movies out there is that not everything in her life is easy to overcome and the obstacles that are placed there are believable. Sure the film might be making a statement about ‘debt culture’ but it is also showing that there are ways out of it if you put your mind to it.

When it comes to characterisation Sacca’s script also brings the minor characters into play in a big way. Like so much of this movie the relationship between Graham and Peg is believable even if it is freshly unexpected. The fact that the team that Peg brings together to form her company is each given a character trait shows the power of Sacca’s writing, as does the fact that Peg’s brother JJ is so three dimensional that he becomes another character that you find yourself barracking for.

Sacca’s screenplay also allows for some amazing performances in the film. There is no doubting that Deutch makes a massive statement in this film. She is often cast in the ‘supporting role’ spot in films like Zombieland: Double Tap but people have forgotten just how good she was in films like Before I Fall. Here though Deutch takes a huge step and breaks out of that ‘teenage’ role stigma. She is strong, confident and shows Hollywood that she is more than ready to be a leading lady with a performance that needs to be seen to be believed.

Likewise Jai Courtney also takes that big step we knew that he was capable of. Sure he has had some big roles in movies like A Good Day To Die Hard and Terminator Genisys but here Courtney gets a chance to show off his real acting ability. His character acting style that he brings to the character of Wizz is something that we haven’t seen from him before. He is sensational in the role and makes Wizz a truly menacing antagonist.

With its powerful script Buffaloed is one of the genuine finds of 2020. Not only does it show a different side to the acting of Zoey Deutch and Jai Courtney but also announces the arrival of Tanya Wexler as a director to look out for the in the future. Witty and heartfelt this may well be one of the most underrated films of 2020.

 

 

 

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IMDB Rating:

Buffaloed (2019) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Buffaloed Reviews:

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Still Mine

Summary: In his first lead after decades of supporting roles, James Cromwell delivers a stand out performance in Still Mine, a deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years. Based on true events and laced with dry humour, Still Mine tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison (Academy Award nominee Cromwell), who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene (Academy Award nominee Genevieve Bujold). He quickly gets blindsided by local building codes and bureaucracy, but as his wife grows increasingly more ill, decides to take matters into his own hands..

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Canada

Director: Michael McGowan

Screenwriter: Michael McGowan

Cast: Zachary Bennett (Jeff), Genevieve Bujold (Irene Morrison), James Cromwell (Craig Morrison), Barbara Gordon (Margaret), Lewis Hodgson (Dr. Murphy), Joe Pingue (Derek), Verlyn Plowman (Marty), Jonathan Potts (Rick), Ronan Rees (Gavin), Rick Roberts (John), George R. Robertson (Chester), Campbell Scott (Gary), Julie Stewart (Ruth), Hawksley Workman (Gus)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification:PG

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘STILL MINE’:

David Griffiths: Stars(4)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Still Mine’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Greg King: Stars(4)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Still Mine’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating:  Still Mine (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Still Mine′: Check Episode #35 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Still Mine’.

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