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Welcome to Buffalo B Film and TV!

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My name is Buffalo B, and I'm here to share my opinion on films and television. Why should you listen to me? Well, because I say so, but, aside from that, I'm a film and television nut, certified by my BFA in Film and Television and the fact that I have a loan whose moneys are dedicated simply to movie tickets, dvds and my cable system's movie tiers.

Soon there will be both written articles and video reviews for you to enjoy. Until then.... well.... enjoy other LiveJournals, and we'll see you soon.

Dec. 31st, 2024

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Introduction for Introduction's Sake - On Cinema

If this is going to be a blog about films, what I think of them and whether you should invest your time and money in their viewing, then I feel some introductions are in order. Now, it's worth noting that this certainly isn't an OKCupid profile, so such introductions are going to have a lot more to do with my view of films and why I am a qualified judge of them (in my mind at least). So, let us begin at the beginning...

My passion for movies began well after that first time I went to the cinema (I was three or four and got ill during Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and then I was not ill when we went to see it at the drive-in, but neither of these are formative, simply memories). My love affair with cinema began with an unnaturally voluptuous cartoon that shimmered in a way that I had never seen a cartoon shimmer in all my time with Tom and Jerry, Bugs and Daffy and the Tasmanian Devil. Who Framed Roger Rabbit hit me like a cannonball. It was just a hair more bawdy than anything I had ever seen before, and while I can't say that I got it then, I'd like to think that my grandmother and grandfather were a little mortified at 'Patty Cake.'

It continued with a television program called Movie Magic that detailed the artistry and some of the science behind Special Effects in movies. Now, I hadn't seen a whole lot of the movies that they were showing, young as I was, but it all just revved my engine, so to speak. From piles of bullets and cartridges in Hot Shots! Part Deux to liquid mercury in Terminator 2 and a bullet-ridden Cryogenics chamber in Demolition Man, there was a little bit of something for everyone.

So, I grew up watching everything I could get my hands on. In high school, I acted and I read and I watched more and more and more. Everyone thought I was going to be an actor, but I wanted to make movies. So, I went to Film School. It was the best four years of my life... and then I didn't get a job in the industry. So now, I"m working retail, trying to get back on the job. My specialties are writing and, surprise surprise, Special Effects Makeup.

Now, to the meat of the matter...

When it comes to what I see, and what I look for, it's tough to put a firm finger on. The tough thing about Great Cinema (and, for the record, the beautiful thing) is that there is no formula to get it right. The last piece that I consider to be truly great cinema is Wall-E. Who could have imagined that a film about two 'cartoon robots' who have at best a rudimentary ability to speak could be so fulfilling. It's a game changer... the kind of movie that you look at and know that a certain genre can never be looked at again in the same light. Inglorious Basterds came damned close to being there, but that doesn't make it a damned fine film and something not only worth watching, but worth celebrating.

So here's a list of some of my top all-time movies, just to give you an idea of what the truly excellent pieces are going to be measured against: Wall-E, The Usual Suspects, Goodfellas, The Godfather, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Seven Samurai, Pulp Fiction, Raging Bull, The Shawshank Redemption, Raise the Red Lantern, My Neighbor Totoro, Akira, The Princess Bride and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Now, not being on that list doesn't mean I didn't like it. Hell, I liked Avatar, but that doesn't mean that I want to get down on my knees and worship James Cameron, or that I think I was a Navi in a past life. Heck, there are a lot of BAD movies that are worth at least taking a look at; I mean, 2012 wasn't something that I see myself adding to the canon of so-called important, 'Great' cinema. But it was a hell of a fun movie; a special effects masterpiece with pithy dialog thrown in for great fun. But that's a bad example, because it's not really a bad movie.

So, that's what you'll get here, both the enjoyment of the kid who fell in love with Jessica Rabbit and the would-be screenwriter and makeup artist with the critical, sarcastic eye (and deep reverence) that one can only get from the deep learning. See you again soon.

Jul. 22nd, 2010

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Buffalo B Reviews "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Nicholas Cage (dir. John Turteltaub)

          Disney strikes again! Years after the unmitigated success of basing a movie on theme park ride (that became a global phenomena-style trilogy and let the world see that Orlando Bloom could be cute when he's not being a nancy-boy elf and finished Johnny Depp's evolution into a pure Hollywood leading man) in The Pirates of the Caribbean, they've taken another odd piece out of the books and made something new out of it. Fantasia is arguably the most important film in the Disney catalog for being a the proverbial straw that moved movies from black and white to colour. And The Sorcerer's Apprentice is one of the iconic shorts from that film.

          In this interpretation of the imagined tale, Nicholas Cage plays Balthazar, one of Merlin's three Apprentices, searching through time to find the true heir to Merlin's power tasked with fighting evil sorcerer's who are disciples of Morgana Le Fey. He searches for thousands of years, until the year 2000, before a ten-year-old kid from the outer burroughs named Dave stumbles into his Manhattan antiquities shop (the Arcana Cabana) and shows himself the true heir to Merlin's power, inadvertently frees Le Fey's oldest and most powerful disciple Horvath (Alfred Molina) and in due course gets them both stuck in an urn for ten years, and gets himself a ticket to lots and lots of therapy.
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Jul. 20th, 2010

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Buffalo B Reviews Christopher Nolan's "Inception" starring Leonardo DeCaprio

          You may notice, faithful readers, that the title of this article puts Christopher Nolan up front, as oppose to my crediting the director at the end of the headline of this particular review. That is because when you're watching a film written and directed by Nolan, you're in for something a little different, especially when it isn't part of the Batman franchise. He is an auteur, like a former Batman franchise director who was known for off beat and, let's face it, completely twisted on its ear paradigms in his films, Tim Burton. That being said, if this was in that franchise, I wouldn't put his name up front. No, while the directors are important to it, Batman is its own thing and is bigger than the sum of its parts, even if Nolan is singularly responsible for its resuscitation. When I think of Memento and Insomnia, Christopher Nolan's name is the first thing that comes to mind (that and the original Scandinavian Insomnia) and it is still the case in his new film, Inception.

          For those of you have missed the media blitz, Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me If You Can, The Departed) as Cobb, an expert in the field of extraction, or the theft of information through ones dreams. He and partner Arthur (3rd Rock from the Sun's Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are among the best in the world. But when a job goes wrong, they are forced to take on the difficult task of Inception, or the creation of new thought, often considered the impossible-to-reach apex of the thought-theft game, making Robert Fisher Jr. (Nolan film alumnus Cillian Murphy [Batman Begins, Red Eye] make a business decision with his dying father's (Pete Postlethwaite) company.
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Coming Soon - Buffalo B's "Second Look" at 2012

Jun. 28th, 2010

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Buffalo B Reviews "Jonah Hex" starring Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Megan Fox (Dir Jimmy Hayward)

          Welcome to the second decade of the twenty-first century in modern cinema. Original ideas unfortunately do not move to the forefront during blockbuster season. We sit here, waiting with baited breath for Twilight: Eclipse and other pieces, we get to consider remakes, sequels and the latest and greatest treasure trove of untapped movie ideas, comic books. We've seen a lot of the big guys take to the battlefield in Iron Man (and Iron Man 2), The Incredible Hulk, Batman Begins (and The Dark Knight) and hints towards Captain America, Thor and The Avengers. We've even seen some more niche but acclaimed pieces come to the screen in Sin City, The Watchmen and The 300.

         Jonah Hex is a fun movie that takes place in a vaguely alternate reality from our own in the United States just before the first Centennial is celebrated. The title character, Jonah Hex, we find out is a bounty hunter whose life was destroyed after he turned in his commanding officer in the CSA and killed his best friend rather than commit a war crime. But, after it turns out that said commander had faked his death and was trying to put together a super weapon to turn against the United States, he is conscripted to settle the score for once and for all.
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Mar. 24th, 2010

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Buffalo B reviews "Repo Men" starring Jude Law and Forrest Whitaker (Dir. Miguel Sapochnik)

        In the interest of full disclosure, I have to begin by saying that I was a HUGE fanboy for Darren Lynn Bousman's Repo! The Genetic Opera. I hate trying to compare two movies to one another, especially within the same genre, but given how much I enjoyed that movie, I knew going in that it was going to affect my view of Miguel Sapochnik's Repo Men.


        Repo Men takes place in a not-so-far into the future reality of the United States where the recession has dragged on and it is inferred that the war in Afghanistan and Iraq is not only still ongoing, but is entering into its fifth front in Nigeria. In this possible future America, the issue of limited organs for transplant has been perfected by a company known simply as "The Union." As the tag line says, "For a price, any organ in your body can be replaced. But it can also be repossessed."
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