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158 Ratings


Directed by Joel Potrykus
United States, 2014
Drama, Comedy


Paranoia forces small-time scam artist Marty to flee his hometown and hide out in a dangerous Detroit. With nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, his power glove and a bad temper, the horror metal slacker lashes out.

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Buzzard Directed by Joel Potrykus

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2014 | Special Mention: Junior Jury Award (International Competition)



It’s either an extremely difficult or very simple movie to embrace. On the one hand, it contains enough juvenile/dumb/low humor to elicit honest guffaws alongside of-the-moment ‘90s nostalgia to appeal to those of us raised on horror VHS tapes and Nintendo. Insults are clever and land with precision. The characterization of idiot manchild culture is somehow at once both obvious and insightful. More challenging to embrace, notice or even appreciate are the film’s formal risks.
October 13, 2016
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…What’s more funny: Marty’s ignorance about such terms, or the fact that capitalist culture has deemed an actual difference between “free” and “complementary” and convinced poorly paid hotel staff to reify that distinction? Such scenes cement Buzzard’s place as one of the most damning contemporary independent films about American capitalism in some time.
March 14, 2015
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Behind the amateurish aesthetic lies a director with high-art sensibilities who uses Buñuelian surrealism to undercut the film’s verisimilitude. Like Potrykus, Burge shows great daring, his performance a high-wire act of ballistic anomie and genuine empathy; we may find Marty repugnant, but only because we fear ending up like him, a disillusioned hellion desperate for a way out.
March 11, 2015
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