The scathing reviews have made me vow never to see this film. I don't want to waste 90-120 minutes of my life watching something that I KNOW I'll feel is a piece of shit afterward. I have other things I can be doing, like watching paint dry.
I'm not one to typically engage in or care to reply to comments I find completely ludicrous and off-base, but alas I must make an exception to this because it is soo bothersome. :x
Now, not wanting to be confrontational or combatative, I'll try to refrain from outright insults and go like this: There is nothing wrong with a person not wanting to see a particular film or listen to a certain record, etc., etc., but when someone makes a point of not wanting, even going as far as "vowing" not to do this or that becuase of what some douchebag "critics" are saying- especially at a film fest the likes of Cannes, yikes- is just dumbass. For my money, Vincent Gallo is a supremely talented ARTist in a day and age when the very notion of art and originality is sickly compromised by commerce and mainstream catch phrases people use to be negative towards things that can not be easily appreciated or rooted for in a Spielbergian kind of way. Buffalo 66 is easily one of the most important and soulful films to emerge from the 90's. It has such a clear, beautiful, and transcendent visual quality that is seldom seen. It is an artist at his most indulgent, and when it works in total and complete harmony with an original aesthetic point of view, it is thoroughly representative of why film is the most powerful artistic medium we have. For this reason alone I will watch and look forward to watching The Brown Bunny before forming such an EXTREME opinion, be it positive or negative, because the artist Vincent Gallo has EARNED it, not some uninformed, failed critics, who are more often than not a failed artists. Vinny is obviously an easy target for many due to his outspoken, radical comments, but alas, I will ALWAYS give the benefit of the doubt first and foremost to the ARTIST I respect.
I don't know if you yourself are an aspiring filmmaker or artist of some kind, but I find it unbelievably comical and frightening that the work that someone may pour his/her heart and soul, time and energy into, will be so immediately negated and dismissed, solely based on the simplistic ramblings of some critic.
In closing, get over yourself... you and your time are not that important to the universe in the grand scheme of things that watching paint dry or farting under your covers or whatever else you do to pass the time, is more relevant than choosing your sched based on what people tell you, and you subsequently enacting as the law of your life. As Godardian said, form and base your opinions on what you may or may not think of something by and for yourself- it's only right.
Some FYI, since Cannes and the now completely edited and final version and proper print of The Brown Bunny showed at Vienna and Toronto, reviews have been very positive. Maybe I'll share a few in another post. I say this only because you seem to put much stock into such things.
Apologies for this attack, but I had to because I felt the above comments from cinephile were so utterly asanine. With a name like that, you'd think that you'd actually be a watcher of films before forming such strong points of view. Anyways, I'm tired or typing.... cheers!