November 2019 — Features, Musings & More

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

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

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

June 2019 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
We’re past the ‘Endgame’ now – 6/5/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Wins Weekend Battle Over ‘Rocketman,’ ‘Ma’ – 6/2/19
15 Years Later, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ Remains Wizarding World’s Best – 6/4/19
Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International’ Continues Sequel Summer Slump with $28.5M Debut – 6/17/19
Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 4’ Debuts with $118M as Fourth-Biggest Animated Opener – 6/23/19
Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Tops Second Weekend of Doll Mania Over ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ – 6/30/19
15 Years Later, Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 2’ Ranks as Marvel’s Greatest Superhero Sequel – 6/30/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized June 2019: ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco,’ ‘Our Time,’ ‘The Chambermaid,’ and More – 6/7/19

David Palmer –
The Best (and Worst) of 2019 Movies So Far – 6/30/19

Matthew Passantino –
What Is Your Favorite Hitchcock Scene? – 6/16/19

Christopher Schobert –
Extra Points: Jobs, Buffett … Keanu? Why the ‘John Wick’ Star Should Be Your Business Role Model – 6/28/19

Jeff Simon –
I’ll take ‘Truth without Math,’ Alex – 6/7/19
Two Buffalo institutions collaborate on bang-up movie book – 6/14/19
Sunday peak TV’s bad boys Vs. empowered women – 6/14/19
Return of Christine Baranski corrects three-year mistake – 6/19/19
Pauline Kael roars back in readers’ memories – 6/21/19
The 21st century vocabulary for abuse – 6/25/19
This weekend’s ‘The Loudest Voice’ on Showtime begins with a bang – 6/28/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40, Schmeer Fellowship’s Diversity in the Edit Room Program & LEAVING NEVERLAND Wins in Court – 6/3/19
Monday Memo: YouTube Controversy, Sheffield Doc/Fest Previews, Pride Month Cinematic Celebrations & More – 6/10/19
Monday Memo: Scorsese’s ROLLING THUNDER REVUE Drops, Docs As Ads, Realities of True Crime Docs & More! – 6/17/19
Monday Memo: Will Cinema Survive The Future? + Streaming Fatigue, AFI Docs, and a Wang Bing Dossier – 6/24/19

May 2019 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
Sharing rarities – 5/1/19
Preview: The Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series – 5/10/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Tops $600M Domestic, Sinks ‘Titanic,’ ‘Star Wars’ Worldwide – 5/5/19
Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Dethrones ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Detective Pikachu’ Battles for 2nd – 5/13/19
Box Office: ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Hits Franchise-High $57M, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Topples ‘Avatar’ – 5/19/19
Box Office: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Flies High Over Memorial Day, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Tops $800M – 5/27/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized May 2019: ‘The Souvenir,’ ‘John Wick: Chapter 3,’ ‘The Third Wife,’ and More – 5/3/19

Matthew Passantino –
Circuit Q&A – What’s the Best Palme d’Or Winner Since 2000? – 5/21/19
Circuit Q&A – What’s Your Favorite Performance From a Musical Biopic? – 5/28/19

Christopher Scobert –
A geek must-list for kids: ‘Star Wars’ Night, Spidey and more – 5/16/19
Wildlife sanctuaries to explore with the family – 5/17/19

Jeff Simon –
A springtime eruption of grandeur between book covers – 5/6/19
An open letter to CBS News’ big shots – 5/9/19
Old-school action movies are a guilty pleasure now – 5/10/19
As dramatic as May finale season gets – 5/16/19
Tim Conway, the last of TV’s supremely gifted skit demolitionists – 5/20/19
It was a TV series finale week for the ages – 5/21/19
Great cast, crew unite behind Milch in ‘Deadwood’ – 5/30/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: The Doc Biz Financial Divide, Dronepocalypse & Sheila Nevins’ Big Move to MTV – 5/13/19
Monday Memo: TELL NO ONE Shakes Up Poland, New Execs at Kartemquin & Film Independent, Sheffield Doc/Fest & AFI DOCS Lineups – 5/20/19

April 2019 — Features, Musings & More

Adam Lubitow –
Film | “Sicily: Land of Love & Strife” – 4/3/19
Preview: Salam Film Series – 4/19/19
Film preview: ‘The Exploits of Elaine’ – 4/23/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Rises to $53M, ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake Stays Alive with $25M – 4/7/19
Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Powers Past Newcomers, ‘Little,’ ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Missing Link’ – 4/14/19
Box Office: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Takes Easter Weekend, ‘Captain Marvel’ Tops $400M – 4/21/19
Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Annihilates ‘Infinity War,’ ‘Force Awakens Records with $350M – 4/29/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized April 2019: ‘High Life,’ ‘Her Smell,’ ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night,’ and More – 4/5/19

David Palmer –
2019 Summer Box Office Predictions – 4/20/19
Christopher Schobert –
Locally shot suspense-thriller ‘Photographs’ to premiere at Aurora Theatre – 4/9/19

Matthew Passantino –
Circuit Q&A – What’s Your Favorite Movie Turning 25 This May? – 4/30/19

Christopher Schobert –
Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: The Best Movie Year Ever, Orson Welles, Sam Peckinpah & More – 4/17/19
‘Avengers’ screenwriter Christopher Markus returns home for Q&A, ‘Endgame’ screening – 4/30/19

Jeff Simon –
An all-star birthday party for Joni Mitchell and others – 4/4/19
Relive Woodstock 50 years after the fact, minus the mud – 4/12/19
The Trump story we need, and won’t get, in Howard Stern’s book – 4/15/19
TV games on Thrones, Wall Street and Broadway – 4/23/19
James Holzhauer, the contestant who took the fun out of ‘Jeopardy’ – 4/27/19
When voters and audiences give way to ‘fans’ – 4/30/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Remembering Agnès Varda, CPH:DOX Award Winners & Thoughts on PBS’s ‘Women, War & Peace II’ – 4/1/19
Monday Memo: Spring 2019 Pure Nonfiction Lineup, Full Frame Award Winners & 90th Issue of Senses of Cinema Released – 4/8/19
Monday Memo: Peabody Nominees, Newly Announced Follow Focus Grant & Disney+ Streaming Service – 4/15/19
Monday Memo: Peabody Award Winners, Cannes Lineup, Climate Story Lab & POV Spark Announced – 4/22/19
Monday Memo: THE JINX Back In The Spotlight As Tribeca & Hot Docs Kick Off – 4/29/19

March 2019 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
Frost/Nixon at the Irish Classical Theatre – 3/6/19

Adam Lubitow –
Film preview: ‘Cat Video Fest 2019’ – 3/8/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Soars Again Over Tyler Perry’s Madea Finale – 3/3/19
Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Dominates 2019 with a Higher Further Faster $153M Opening – 3/10/19
Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Remains Miles Ahead of ‘Five Feet Apart,’ ‘Wonder Park’ – 3/17/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized March 2019: ‘Us,’ ‘Transit,’ ‘Black Mother,’ and More – 3/1/19
‘Giant Little Ones’ Director Keith Behrman on Defying Labels and Finding Authenticity in Adolescence – 3/2/19

George Sax –
Angels in America at Second Generation Theatre – 3/13/19

Christopher Schobert –
Road Trip / Toronto for families – March 2019 Buffalo Spree
Let’s roll, Buffalo: Queen City Roller Girls skate to a milestone – 3/28/19
Meet the faces of Queen City Roller Girls – 3/28/19

Jeff Simon –
Jeff Simon’s List of the BPO’s Best Recordings – 3/7/19
BPO’s New Record of Respighi Works Is a Beauty – 3/7/19
•: TMZ gets to the real heart of R. Kelly/Gayle King interview – 3/14/19
‘Billions’ gets language and ego to do what ‘Game of Thrones’ does with slaughter and nudity – 3/15/19
Why I think we shouldn’t permit mass murderers anonymity – 3/19/19
Jeff Simon’s thoughts on network TV’s crime fantasies, while considering J. Edgar Hoover – 3/26/19
A ‘sandwich from hell’ made me miss Anthony Bourdain even more – 3/26/19
The final seven satiric blasts from ‘Veep’ – 3/29/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: New Doc Development Opportunities, Post-Sundance Doc Distro Report, and Lineup Announcements from Tribeca & Hot Docs – 3/11/19
Monday Memo: Barbara Hammer Dead at 79, POV Announces 32nd Season & New Streaming Service OVID.tv Launch Date Set – 3/18/19
Monday Memo: Doc Focused OVID Launches, Means TV Announced & The D-Word Turns 20 – 3/25/19

February 2019 — Features, Musings & More

M. Faust –
The Movies of 1979 at the North Park – 2/27/19

Matt Marshall –
Box Office: ‘Glass’ Scores a Third Win for Shyamalan Over Weak Super Bowl Weekend – 2/3/19
Box Office: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ Builds Much Smaller Opening than 2014 Original – 2/11/19
Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Dismantles Lego Sequel Over Presidents Day Weekend – 2/17/19

Jared Mobarak –
Posterized February 2019: ‘Hotel by the River,’ ‘Birds of Passage,’ ‘Cold Pursuit,’ and More – 2/1/19

Christopher Schobert –
Bringing the kids to ‘Harry Potter’ at Shea’s? 5 things to knowBringing the kids to ‘Harry Potter’ at Shea’s? 5 things to know – 2/22/19

Jeff Simon –
‘The Black Dahlia’ haunts American movies still – 2/1/19
It’s amazing how ancient stupidities refuse to die – 2/4/19
Finally lending an ear to a great American composer – 2/12/19
Reality TV is savior of America’s ecology of fame – 2/18/19
Brilliant writers look into male toxicity – 2/22/19

Jordan M. Smith –
Monday Memo: Award Winners from Sundance, Slamdance & Rotterdam – 2/4/19
Monday Memo: Open City Launches Assembly Lab, True/False Lineup Drops & CPH:FORUM Projects Revealed – 2/11/19
Monday Memo: BAFTAs, Berlinale and a Quartet of New Releases – 2/18/19
Monday Memo: Oscar & Independent Spirit Award Winners, Beyond Award Season – 2/25/19