It’s February and you know what that means – lots of hearts and flowers. But if you’re a classic movie fan – or your sweetie is – there’s only one way to celebrate on Feb. 14: watching classic romances at The Screening Room Cinema Café at the Boulevard Mall, Amherst.
The boutique cinema, that has a special fondness for classic movies, has a Valentine’s Day package for two offered for either “Casablanca” or “The Princess Bride.” For $40, you get two tickets, two drinks, popcorn and two chocolate sundaes. It doesn’t get better than that.
“Casablanca” starts at 7 p.m., “The Princess Bride” at 9:30 p.m. Separate admission of $8 is offered for each film – but find a friend and go for the package and sundaes!
If you can’t make it then, there will be other screenings throughout February.
November is another full month of movie events in the Buffalo area including the Buffalo premiere of William Fichtner’s “Cold Brook,” to a slate of classic films, a few Oscar winners and a “Twilight Zone” celebration.
Here’s a look.
“Au Revoir les Enfants.” Director Louis Malle’s 1987 film based on his childhood in Nazi-occupied France will be shown as part of Buffalo Film Seminars. Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Dipson Amherst.
“The Bikes of Wrath.” Buffalo premiere of documentary about five Australian friends who set out to bike from Oklahoma to California on the same route traveled in “The Grapes of Wrath.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Screening Room Cinema Café.
“Cold Brook.”Buffalo premiere of locally made film written, directed and starring William Fichtner. Times: 7 p.m. Nov. 8; 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10; 7 p.m. Nov. 11; 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13; 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Aurora Theatre.
“Demon Wind.” A man haunted for years by his grandparents’ deaths visits their old farm with a group of friends. Nothing good can come of this. Times: 7:30 and 9:35 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. Part of Thursday Night Terrors film series.
“Elf.” Will Ferrell stars as the childlike title character in this holiday family comedy. Time: 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Regal Quaker Crossing and Walden Galleria.
“The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.” Classic romantic fantasy about a widow who moves into a seaside home inhabited by the ghost of a sea captain. Times: 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 15; 1 p.m. Nov. 16 (Mimosa Matinee) and 5 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Screening Room.
“The Godfather Part II.” The 45th anniversary screenings of the film considered to be the greatest sequel ever made. Times: 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Regal Elmwood and Transit. Also 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Dipson Amherst and Regal Elmwood and Transit. Part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series.
“Goodfellas.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 7 p.m. Nov. 22 (with Scorsese trivia afterward). Dinner and a movie night, 6 p.m. Nov. 16 (advance purchase required); $30 in the Screening Room.
“Hoop Dreams.” Documentary on two high school basketball players in Chicago who dream of playing in the NBA. Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Dipson Amherst. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars.
“Murderous Trance.” Josh Lucas stars in film inspired by true events surrounding hypnosis crimes in 1950s Denmark. Times: 6 p.m. Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 8 p.m. Nov. 7 (with music by the Impostores at 6 p.m.) in the Screening Room.
“Rear Window.” Jimmy Stewart sees more than he bargained for when he watches his neighbors while convalescing with a broken leg. Grace Kelly and her wardrobe co-star. Times: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, 29, 30 and Dec. 2 in the Screening Room.
“ROMA.” Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning film about his youth in Mexico. Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Dipson Amherst. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars.
“Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear.” Called a “surreal meditation on faith and surfing,” this film has been popular on the midnight circuit. Time: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Screening Room. $10.
“To Sleep With Anger.” Danny Glover stars as a drifter whose sudden appearance upends a family in South Central L.A. Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Dipson Amherst. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars.
“Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration.” This program features a new documentary short “Remembering Rod Serling” and six digitally restored episodes – “Walking Distance,” “Time Enough at Last,” “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” “The Invaders,” “Eye of the Beholder” and “To Serve Man.” Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Regal Elmwood and Transit.
“Widow’s Point.”Locally made supernatural thriller features award-winning performance by Craig Sheffer as an author who plans a publicity stunt by staying locked in a haunted lighthouse overnight. Times: 7 p.m. Nov. 1; 5 and 9 p.m. Nov. 2; and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 6, 8 and 9 at the Screening Room. Filmmaker Gregory Lamberson will be on hand for all showings and participate in a Q&A session.
In October, the film schedule is full of treats for horror movie fans with black and white classics, cult favorites and even horror films that make you laugh.
There’s also another multiday film festival and a pretty cool event with some very special guests.
The 14thBuffalo International Film Festival returns Oct. 10-14 in the North Park Theatre. This year’s festival spotlights some notable films that were made in Buffalo or have a local connection including “A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, “The True Adventure of Wolfboy” at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 12 and “Clover” at 9:45 p.m. Oct. 12. With films coming from around the world, there are too many to mention here, so check out the full schedule at buffalofilm.org.
If you know the abbreviation MST3K, you are in for a treat. The just announced “Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Cheesy Movie Circus Tour” with Joel Hodgson is coming to the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda at 8 p.m. Oct. 22. That’s right – Joel will be here along with Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy. Tickets are $38.50 to $43.50. There are very cool VIP packages available, too. Here’s a link to the info. Continue reading “October classic films, movie events in the Buffalo area”
The return of the Niagara Falls International Film Festival in September will be of special interest to classic movie fans.
The second NFIFF, which runs from Sept. 18 to 21, opens with a red carpet event on Sept. 18 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) and continues with screenings in the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 12 in Niagara Falls through the end of the festival.
Highlights include a celebration of the career of director Samuel Fuller with his wife and daughter – Christa and Samantha Fuller – in attendance. The event will show such Fuller classics as “The Naked Kiss” (1964), “Hell and High Water” (1954), “Shock Corridor” (1963) and “The Big Red One” (1980), which will be the closing night’s film. Samantha Fuller’s documentary about her father, “A Fuller Life,” will be screened as well.
NFIFF also includes a visit from Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr. who will attend with his film “The Reason,” as well as Xander Berkeley (“The Walking Dead,” “24”) and Jackson Rathbone (“The Twilight Saga”), who will be on hand for Magdalena Zyzak’s “The Wall of Mexico.”
For the full list of films and more info, visit nfiff.com.
Before I get to the list of classic and repertory movies showing in the Buffalo area for August, I’d like to share info on the fourth annual Western New York Movie Expo and Memorabilia Show, a four-day event starting off the month with more than 100 movies and shorts from Hollywood’s Golden Age, along with vintage TV episodes.
The Expo is held from 10 a.m. to midnight Aug. 1 to 4 in the Buffalo Grand Hotel, 120 Church St. Tickets are $35 to $40 for the full event or $12 a day ($6 Sunday). There is a dealer’s room that is so big they call it a dealer’s emporium. Highlights include shorts and features from the greats of early comedy including W.C. Field, Charley Chase, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy; silent movies and shorts with musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis including the 1929 film “Pandora’s Box”; a celebration of Rod Serling and the “Twilight Zone’s” 60th anniversary; and retro TV episodes from the series starring Donna Reed, Danny Thomas, Red Skeleton and more . For full info, visit wnymovieexpo.com.
It may be warm outside, but there are still plenty of classic, repertory and specialty films being shown indoors around the Buffalo area. Want to watch a film outside? Head to the Transit Drive-In for its “Retro Tuesdays” film series with fun double features.
Classics and repertory
“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache.” 6 p.m. July 26 and 7:30 p.m. July 30 at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe. Documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blache. Narrated by Jodie Foster.
“Charade,” 8:15 p.m. July 26 at Screening Room. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in Stanley Donen’s 1963 mystery romance.
“Easy Rider,” 4 and 7 p.m. July 14 and 17 at Elmwood Regal and Transit. Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson play two bikers on a counterculture trip in classic road movie directed by Dennis Hopper. Part of the film’s 50th anniversary celebration.
“Glory.” 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21 and 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Regal Transit and Elmwood. Plus 7 p.m. July 24 at the Dipson Amherst. Part of the TCM Big Screen Classics. Civil War drama about the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar as best supporting actor. With Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick and Cary Elwes. Continue reading “Classic, specialty movies showing in July around the Buffalo area”
Summer brings the end to many of the local ongoing film series, but it also marks the return of the drive-in so we still have some strong classics to enjoy with friends in June.
Here’s the list:
June 4: “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty In Pink,” dusk at the Transit Drive-In. This John Hughes double feature is the first of the drive-in’s annual “Retro Tuesday” movie series. Each week benefits a different local charity. This week, it’s the Breast Cancer Network of WNY.
June 7: “Niagara,” 7:30 p.m. at the Screening Room Cinema Café (Boulevard Mall). It’s so much fun to watch this locally filmed noir mystery starring Joseph Cotten and Marilyn Monroe. Also shown June 8, 9, 11, 14.
June 8: “Niagara,” 7:30 p.m. at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe.