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Buffalo '66 (1998)
An interesting, original romance film
Vincent Gallo is presumably best known for making a film featuring unstimulated fellatio, THE BROWN BUNNY (see it for yourself, and then make up your OWN mind), in 2004. The film was panned, and it was subject to widespread controversy, but its reassuring to know he made this little-known cult movie.
It is not really an enjoyable experience, but an honest and depressing one featuring realistic performances Gallo (lead star) and Christina Ricci, in a tap-dancing scene you Ricci fans won't want to miss.
It elevates itself from the typical romantic drama, and thus makes it a better one. An independent masterpiece.
Blue Velvet (1986)
The masterful Blue Velvet lies within the Technicolor tradition of film-noir, where evil continually lurks beneath the surface
One of the most talked about films in recent memory was marketed with the very appropriately fitting tagline "It's a strange world" -- an artificially nostalgic world that David Lynch depicts of neighborly neighbors, friendly dogs, of red roses growing against a white picket fence, a clear blue sky, and the neat suburban homes that are shown in the beginning and at the end of the film. There are also the cheerful sounds of the radio DJ announcing the time "at the sound of the falling tree." It is a town that, by a first glance, you'd certainly want to live in. There is also a dark side to life that David Lynch (MULHOLLAND DRIVE, THE ELEPHANT MAN, TWIN PEAKS series) wants to show you as the underbelly of a small town, and that's what gets explored in this original American film, a film that actually means something.
Jeffrey is a typical college-aged man returning to his home town of Lumberton, after his father had a stroke and he must run the family hardware store. The day-to-day routines of suburban family life changes for him when he picks up a decomposing human ear in a field and immediately takes it to the police, where he is aided by Detective Williams.
Jeffrey soon meets Detective Williams' harmless, girl-next-door teenage daughter, Sandy -- outside her house and she intrigues him by mentioning that she overheard her father talking about the case and that they are investigating the nightclub chanteuse Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), who resides in a 7-story apartment in the neighborhood. Jeffrey feels adventurous and romantically inclined toward Sandy and talks her into showing him the her apartment after Sandy devalues as much info possible. Jeffery then goes a step further and devises a plan to sneak in and observe her apartment.
Days later...Jeffery finds himself hiding in the slatted closet after he returns home while he is in the middle of investigation, Jeffrey gets an eyeful of the mysterious, beautiful singer parading around in panties and bra, and sees her have one of the weirdest sexual encounters ever in a commercial film. Deranged gangster Frank Booth enters her apartment and begins a sadomasochistic tryst with her while he screams bizarre obscenities while he rapes her. And this is just the beginning of Jeffery's entrance into a place that he thought didn't exist.
Blue Velvet sure sticks with you years after you've watched it, and has had a very powerful affect on myself. Hopper is funny and menacing in one of his all-time best over-the-edge roles. He is the energy of the film, and has outrageous lines like: "let me f*ck everything that moves!" In what goes for conversation, he asks MacLachlan: "What kind of beer do you like?" MacLachlan: "Heineken" Hopper: "f*ck that ^%$#, Pabst Blue Ribbon!" Rossellini was amazing, and commanded by attention throughout the entire film. She shattered the constricting perception as being the daughter of screen-legend Ingrid Bergman (CASABLANCA). Whether you enjoyed this film or not, it goes without saying it deserves its reputation as a landmark in cinema history. It isn't something that will appeal to everyone, but it deserves the credit it gets for being simply an excellent film.