March 2020 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
Movies under quarantine – 3/18/20
How to support the silver screens that have gone dark – 3/25/20

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized March 2020: First Cow, Mulan, Swallow, and More – 3/6/20

Matthew Passantino –
Awards Profile 2020: Tom McCarthy’s ‘Stillwater’ from Focus Features – 3/20/20

Christopher Schobert –
12 ways to keep kids from going crazy (and stay safe) while schools are closed – 3/16/20
Chalk, virtual coloring books and Google Earth: Unique ways to have fun with the kids – 3/25/20

Jeff Simon –
Worthwhile things to read when you’re sick of binge-watching – 3/25/20

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Entire Cahiers du Cinéma Staff Quits, Berlinale Award Winners, Funding Opportunities & Professional Development Events Coming Up – 3/2/20
Monday Memo: COVID-19 Has Changed Everything, But There’s Still Plenty of Films in Development – 3/16/20
Monday Memo: Responding to COVID-19 with Resource Guides, CPH:DOX Goes Online, and Cannes & Docaviv Postponed – 3/23/20
Monday Memo: Industry Responds to COVID-19, Mailchimp & Oscilloscope Present SXSW 2020 Shorts Online – 3/30/20

February 2020 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
Cat weekend at the North Park Theatre – 2/29/20

Adam Lubitow –
FILM | Black Cinema Series – 2/5/20

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized February 2020: Vitalina Varela, Birds of Prey, Wendy, and More – 2/6/20

Matthew Passantino –
Circuit Q&A – Supporting Characters Deserving of Star Vehicles – 2/24/20

Christopher Schobert –
Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: The Irishman, Best Actress Winners, American Docs & Marlon Brando – 2/12/20

Jeff Simon –
15 movies that made me me, including Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ – 2/19/20

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Sundance 2020 Wraps, Pure Nonfiction Returns, Firelight Launches Development Fund & More! – 2/3/20
Monday Memo: Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards, Berlinale and SXSW Lineup Additions & More! – 2/10/20
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Monday Memo: Berlinale in Full Swing, IDA Awards 15 Film Projects, New Directors/New Films Lineup Announced, Netflix Hires Theatrical Veterans – 2/24/20

January 2020 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
Film flurries – 1/29/20

David Palmer –
Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2020 (A Running List) – 1/31/20

Matthew Passantino –
Circuit Consideration 2019: Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘Fast Color’ (Best Actress) – 1/7/20
Circuit Q&A: What Film Do You Want To Receive A “SURPRISE” Screenplay Nod? – 1/7/20

Jeff Simon –
The Golden Globes were good. The Michelle Williams Show was better – 1/6/20
Two cheers for Meghan and Harry’s planned ‘Megxit,’ one for Oscar noms – 1/13/20
Take a good look, SAG Awards announced some new things – 1/20/20
A common sense guide to impeachment media – 1/28/20

Christopher Schobert –
Toy store adventures for kids & kids-at-heart – 1/24/20

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Oscar Nominated Filmmaker Feras Fayyad Denied American Visa, Streaming Platforms Dominate Oscar Doc Shortlists – 1/6/20
Monday Memo: 2020 Cinema Eye Honors, MoMA’s Doc Fortnight Lineup Revealed, as Kathy Im Challenge’s the ‘Master Narrative’ – 1/13/20
Monday Memo: PBS’s MLK Collection, 2020 Oscar Noms, New Euro Doc Association Soon To Launch & SXSW Lineup Unveiled – 1/20/20
Monday Memo: Sundance 2020 In Full Swing, Women Push Directors Guild for Better Parental Benefits, Davis Guggenheim Launches Concordia – 1/27/20

December 2019 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
New Guillermo del Toro joint ‘Nightmare Alley’ to be filmed in Buffalo – 12/11/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized December 2019: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘A Hidden Life,’ ‘In Fabric,’ and More – 12/5/19

Matthew Passantino –
Circuit Q&A – Favorite Actor/Actress Pairings – 12/3/19
Circuit Consideration 2019: Sienna Miller for ‘American Woman’ (Best Actress) – 12/16/19

Christopher Schobert –
Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: The Souvenir, New Hollywood, Eyes Wide Shut, and More – 12/26/19

Jeff Simon –
Books are always in season for Hanukkah – 12/10/19
Are American movies broken? Reaction to the Golden Globe nominations – 12/13/19
A totally wasted life without selfies – 12/17/19
Eddie Murphy comes back with a vengeance – 12/24/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Winners from IDFA & British Independent Film Awards Unveiled, Sundance Nonfiction Grantees Announced & An Anti-List Manifesto – 12/2/19
Monday Memo: IDA & Doc Society Sue the State Department + Awards Mania ~ IDA, Gotham, European Film Awards & More! – 12/9/19
Monday Memo: DOC Institute Honours, Doc Additions to the National Film Registry, An Examination of the #DecolonizeDocs Movement & More! – 12/16/19
Monday Memo: The 92nd Oscars Shortlists, a new Agnès Varda Retrospective, the NFB Turns 80 & a Debate of Syrian Documentary and its Public – 12/23/19

November 2019 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
FILM | ‘Filmi Worlds’ – 11/20/19
Mistletoe and Holly(wood) – 11/20/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized November 2019: ‘Waves,’ ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Marriage Story,’ and More – 11/1/19

Jeff Simon –
What you should know about the original ‘Nightmare Alley’ – 11/6/19
Books on Nichols, Stritch will make theater geeks delirious with joy – 11/8/19
Jazz doesn’t merely live on records, it triumphs – 11/15/19
Music and books: A steady stream of great stuff next to river of holiday commerce – 11/27/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: DOC NYC Opens Wednesday, special flash sale on select screenings; and more! – 11/4/19
Monday Memo: DOC NYC Continues, Cinema Eye Unveiled 2020 Feature Nominees, Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellows Announced & More! – 11/11/19
Monday Memo: 2019 DOC NYC Award Winners, Grierson Award Winners, Oscar Race Submissions and More! – 11/18/19
Monday Memo: The Paramount Decree of 1948 Reversed, the Arrival of the Streaming Era, an Award Season Update & Much More! – 11/25/19

October 2019 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
More science than fiction: Anya – 10/31/19

Adam Lubitow –
Film preview: Rochester Labor Film Series – 10/1/19
Film preview: Witness Palestine Film Festival – 10/8/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized October 2019: ‘The Lighthouse,’ ‘Parasite,’ ‘Joker,’ and More – 10/3/19

Jeff Simon –
The TV season is new, most of its ideas are not – 10/1/19
Don’t invite Martin Scorsese to the next Marvel comic book movie – 10/8/19
The constant pleasures of an impolite history of music – 10/15/19
Ishmael Reed, ‘the purest literary troublemaker we currently have’ – 10/23/19
An open letter to Rob Gronkowski – 10/25/19
Finding awe in books as a kid – 10/29/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Robert Greene on a Decade of Radical Changes, Doclisboa Unveils ’19 Program and Kartemquin Reveals $90k in Funding for 12 New Projects – 10/7/19
Monday Memo: IDA Documentary Awards Shortlists Revealed, DOC NYC 2019 Program Announced, Laura Poitras Steps Down From Field of Vision – 10/14/19
Monday Memo: Critics’ Choice Doc Awards Noms, AFI Fest Launches Inaugural Doc Section, 20+ Alanis Obomsawin Now Streaming on NFB.ca – 10/21/19
Monday Memo: Cinema Eye Honors, IDA Awards & IFP Gotham Awards Reveal Noms, Plus MoMA Reopens as The New Yorker Launches Web Series – 10/28/19

September 2019 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
Peter Bagrov named new curator at Eastman Moving Image Department – 9/10/19
Film preview: ‘Projecting Our Voices’ – 9/17/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized September 2019: ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘IT Chapter Two,’ ‘The Death of Dick Long,’ and More – 9/4/19

Jeff Simon –
A new guide on how to love classical music – 9/6/19
New readers for a great critic, new listeners for a singer-songwriter – 9/13/19
The Times reporters who dynamited the #MeToo floodgates – 9/14/19
Is country music better than ‘Country Music?’ – 9/17/19
An imperfect, but invaluable biography of literary titan Susan Sontag – 9/25/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Doc Box Office Is Art House Lifeline, Telluride Lineup, Filmmaker Mag’s 25 New Faces + – 9/2/19
Monday Memo: Robert Frank & Daniel Johnston Die, Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners, and Reports from TIFF & Camden – 9/16/19
Monday Memo: 2019 Grierson Awards Nominees, Wiseman to be Honored at 2019 Critics’ Choice & Kent Jones to Exit NYFF – 9/23/19
Monday Memo: Lisa Valencia-Svensson on Diversity & Representation in Docs, 35 Years of IDA Documentary Awards, DOC NYC Short Lists & More! – 9/30/19

August 2019 — Features, Musings & More

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Powers Past ‘The Lion King’ in Latest Fast and Furious Chapter – 8/4/19
Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Ends R-Rated Comedy Drought, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Drifts to Second – 8/18/19
Box Office: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Rises with $21M Opening in Late Summer Weekend – 8/25/19
Netflix’s ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,’ ‘Stranger Things 3’ and the Summer of Nostalgia – 8/30/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized August 2019: ‘The Nightingale,’ ‘La Flor,’ ‘Genesis,’ and More – 8/2/19

Matthew Passantnio –
Awards: Can Terrence Malick Find His Way Back to the Oscars With ‘A Hidden Life?’ – 8/21/19
Circuit Q&A: Who Is Your Favorite Venice Film Festival Alumni? – 8/23/19
Awards: Will the Best Picture Winner Play at Telluride This Year? – 8/27/19
Circuit Q&A: What Was Your Favorite Movie of the Summer? – 8/30/19

Christopher Schobert –
Six of WNY’s must-visits for kids – 8/9/19
Buffalo Film Seminars brings Mitchum, Mel Brooks, ‘Moulin Rouge’ to Amherst Theatre – 8/20/19
Fattey Beer Co. is a chilled-out craft beer destination – 8/26/19

Jeff Simon –
Why did America let TV take over presidential elections? – 8/1/19
They call it ‘The lost Miles Davis record’ – 8/5/19
A return to Woodstock with Dale Anderson, Jeff Simon and Jeff Miers – 8/9/19
The creative new ‘sisterhood’ of Channel 2’s ‘Most Buffalo’ – 8/9/19
Abbie Hoffman, Woodstock’s greatest mythologist – 8/15/19
The perfect storm that was ‘The Natural,’ and hopes it could happen again – 8/28/19
Ken Burns on ‘Country Music,’ Emily Nussbaum’s collection of TV series reviews – 8/30/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Direct Cinema Pioneer D.A. Pennebaker Dead at 94 – 8/5/19
Monday Memo: IFC Center Announces Craft Ed. Seminars, 2019 TIFF Docs Revealed & iPic Entertainment Files Chapter 11 – 8/12/19
Monday Memo: Independent Lens Drop Fall Lineup, The Obamas’ First Film Coming Soon & Camden’s 2019 Slate Announced – 8/19/19
Monday Memo: #200 – 8/23/19

July 2019 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
Screwing with people’s heads a little: An interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic – 7/23/19

Adam Lubitow –
Film: reflecting on Rutger Hauer’s work – 7/26/19
FILM | “Wally Got Wasted” Screening and Q&A – 7/31/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized July 2019: ‘Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood,’ ‘Midsommar,’ ‘The Farewell,’ and More – 7/5/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ ‘Toy Story 4’ Hold Off ‘Crawl’ and ‘Stuber’ – 7/15/19
Box Office: Disney’s Lion King Spells End for Harry Potter Record, ‘Endgame’ Dethrones ‘Avatar’ – 7/22/19
Box Office: Disney’s ‘Lion King’ Hits $350M, Career-High ‘Hollywood’ Shines Bright for Tarantino – 7/29/19

Matthew Passantino –
Top 5 Movies of 2019, So Far Movie Review – 7/1/19
Top 10: Underrated Performances from 1999 – 7/14/19

Christopher Schobert –
Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Making ‘Alien,’ Chantal Akerman, Analyzing ‘Peterloo’ & More – 7/10/19
Playtime has arrived: A family guide to Canalside’s Explore & More – 7/18/19
Great Lakes Christian Film Fest is an outlet for faith-based projects – 7/30/19

Jeff Simon –
Ideal books for summer’s short bursts of attention – 7/2/19
Tanks, flyovers and a big, fat, inadvertent laugh – 7/5/19
‘Mad’ was satire you could bring home to show mom – 7/11/19
If your TV isn’t fired up on Sunday nights, when is it? – 7/12/19
Provocative film sheds light on Marshawn Lynch’s history of silence – 7/17/19
Chappaquiddick- The 50th anniversary that’s painful to remember – 7/19/19
‘Big Little Lies’ finally showed us why you hire Meryl Streep – 7/22/19
In world full of opinions, where are fresh ones? – 7/29/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Threats to Press Freedom, Exhibitors Speak Out & John Cooper Announces Departure From Sundance – 7/01/19
Monday Memo: New Academy Members, Doclisboa Co-Director Heads to Sheffield & DOC NYC Expands For 10th Anniversary – 7/08/19
Monday Memo: Doc Engagement Creating Space for Change, Alamo Drafthouse to Revive Video Store, and New Senses of Cinema – 7/15/19
Monday Memo: Mental Health in the Doc Industry, 71st Emmy Nominees & Martin Bell’s Restored Street Docs Return – 7/22/19
Monday Memo: POV Shorts Season 2, News & Doc Emmy Noms, Grierson Awards Short List & More – 7/29/19