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BUZZARD (2014): Review…A Great Character Wasted Away Into Boredom

buzzard_xlgMan I so wanted to like this film. When I watched the trailer it brought back memories to those punk, angst, teen, flicks I used to watch in the 90’s. It’s a daring feat by writer / director Joel Potrykus, who did an excellent job in executing the direction of the film. Besides holding 5 minute shots of a character eating a plate of spaghetti, or staying on a character the entire time he waits for a bank employee to go retrieve his funds. I totally understand the reasoning in making us linger there, forcing us to watch, but that doesn’t necessarily make it viewer-friendly or enhance the overall entertainment value of the film.

Marty Jackitansky is a slacker bank temp, sick of his job, and spends most of his life scamming coupons, taking advantage of promotions, stealing checks from his work, making false workman’s comps claims, and obsessing over horror films. Until one day he finds out that his work can trace the checks he has stolen. Marty goes into “hiding”, which consists of hiding in a co-workers basement, and going to Detroit and staying in hotels…all paid for by the stolen checks. When the bank catches on to the checks and Marty has no more funding sources, he gets desperate and…nothing happens.

This is as exciting BUZZARD Gets

This is a film that has a great character in Marty, and a fantastic actor, Joshua Burge, playing him…but the story really never utilizes the great character or actor enough to really catch the audiences attention. The film really goes nowhere, and after a few scenes enjoying Marty’s slacker attitude, it wears thin and then your just left watching someone eat spaghetti.

Stay away from this one folks, unless you are into character pieces with no character development, or you liked the cliche’ punk soundtracks that were popular in these types of films in the 9o’s.


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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.