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Unsettling and bracingly original, Buzzard is a fascinating -- and often very funny -- plunge into lo-fi cinematic psychosis.



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Marty is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next. When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo (R) Power Glove, and a bad temper. Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger in BUZZARD, a hellish and hilarious riff on the struggles of the American working class. (c) Oscilloscope


Jason Roth
as Kubiak
Joshua Burge
as Marty Jackitansk
Joe Anderson (VI)
as Craig Kowalczyk
Lisa Mueller
as Bank Teller
Michael Cunningham
as Office Supply Zach
Alan Longstreet
as Gas Station Clerk
Michael Saunders
as Christopher
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Critic Reviews for Buzzard

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (6)

  • 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.

    Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With its casual deadpan attitude, Buzzard offers a nightmare portrait of arrested development and anomie for the age of inequality.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Potrykus's puckishly outrageous visions are short on insight, but they pack an enduring hallucinatory power.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Burge is phenomenal here, giving a memorable, well-rounded performance. His take on Marty is not your typical cinematic slacker: all cool detachment and naïve apathy.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Love it, hate it or tolerate it with reluctance, "Buzzard" has a ruthless clarity of vision, and breaks new ground in pushing character-based comedy right to the edge of profound discomfort.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Tough to categorize, tougher to shrug off, "Buzzard" firmly places young indie filmmaker Joel Potrykus on the ones-to-watch list.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Buzzard

  • Nov 21, 2015
    Yes, it's one of many modern films focusing on angry and aimless white males, but "Buzzard" distinguishes itself by focusing on a uniquely troubled character. More delusional than psychotic and less clever than scrappy, Marty proves to be one of the "great" losers to grace the screen in the past few years.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2014
    Joel Potrykus' deliriously idiosyncratic Buzzard tells the story of Marty, a similarly idiosyncratic small-time scam artist whose life slowly starts to unravel, throwing his sanity into crisis along with it. This deliriously daring, genre-bending thrill ride easily transcends its decidedly low-fi production values. This is thanks in large part to Potrykus' script, which -- again like its main character - is hilariously snarky and oddly charming, while consistent in conveying a strong undercurrent of frustration and dread. A large chunk of credit must also go to lead actor Joshua Burge. With his distinctive look and considerable acting prowess, Burge brings the unhinged Marty to vivid life. He assures that all eyes will be glued to him at all times, even when Potrykus dares the audience to look away. With a one-of-a-kind style and several memorable scenes, Buzzard already feels like a surefire cult favorite.
    Sam B Super Reviewer

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