Grand Rapids-based filmmaker Joel Potrykus finds absurdist humor in uncomfortably long takes, his camera settling on Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge) as he perpetuates a scam – and rages when things don’t go his way. (Marty’s sputtering crime spree takes him from western Michigan to Detroit.) Burge and Potrykus are the DeNiro and Scorsese of stunted adolescence, collaborators who explore the petulance and violence of stymied young men. Buzzard challenges viewers the way Marty challenges his overeager “work friend” Derek (a hilarious Potrykus), with demanding bluntness and little warmth. Each small triumph goads Marty to go further, and every defeat exposes just how little he understands the world outside his own little bubble.
Review by Serena Donadoni
Released on March 6, 2015 by Oscilloscope Laboratories
First published in the Metro Times.
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