|BUZZARD (director/writer: Joel Potrykus; cinematographer: Adam J. Minnick; editor: Joel Potrykus;cast: Joshua Burge (Marty Jackitansky), Joel Potrykus (Derek), Teri Ann Nelson (Carol), Katie Call (Stacy), Scott Baisden (James), Joe Anderson (Craig Kowalcyk), Rico Bruce Wade (Larry), Crystal Hilliard (Maid), Michael Cunningham (Zach); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: NR; producers Michael Saunders/Ashley Young; Oscilloscope Pictures; 2014)|
|"Bleak grungy slacker indie."
by Dennis Schwartz
Potrykus ("Ape"/"Coyote") directs and writes
this somewhat endearing and yet not so endearing bleak
grungy slacker indie. It offers an amusing satire on
how to deal with office boredom, work petty scams and
to fool yourself into thinking that you are more
important than you are.
low-life petty scam artist Marty (Joshua
Burge), who is the titled character, bolts from
his dead-end office bank temp job, after
one of his scam's fails. He hides in the
basement of his weasel-like work-place friend and
cubicle-mate, a clueless nerdy figure named Derek (Joel
Potrykus, the director). The socially
backward nerd hopefully calls his basement
“the Party Zone.” When Marty's bank boss
gives him a bunch of undelivered checks and tells
him to find the clients’ new addresses, he instead
signs some of them over to himself and cashes
them — only to discover that the bank keeps
track of such transactions. Paranoia takes
over and he goes on-the-run to his basement
hide-out. When Marty takes off for Detroit, he
takes with him his invented Nintendo Power
Glove with Freddy Krueger finger blades and
some bogus checks. In Detroit he continue his check
scams on new turf.
unsympathetic loser is an arrogant guy who hates the
system and looks to rip off everyone, not just the
system. He takes an interest in such things as video
games, comic books, vandalism, junk food, slasher
movies, heavy metal, and, gets a particular joy,
getting away with cashing fraudulent checks. He's the
kind of turd you might want to succeed on principle,
if you root for underdogs, but still hate it if he
does succeed because the dude's such an ass-hole it's
not possible to identify with him.
is the best of Potrykus 's three films,
as I almost really liked it.
REVIEWED ON 2/4/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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