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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Hi again film fans – here is the monthly listing of classic and repertory films being shown in the Buffalo area during May. This month look for a series of special screenings, held in conjunction with Nickel City Con, featuring live appearances and talks by stars.
Labyrinth,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room Cinema Café (Boulevard Mall). Jim Henson musical fantasy about a teen (Jennifer Connelly) who must solve the mystery of a labyrinth to save her brother from the Goblin King (David Bowie). Also see May 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11.
Hi again film fans – here are listings for classic, repertory and specialty films being shown in the Buffalo area during April. The first list is a calendar by date. If you prefer to look up movies by title, an alphabetical list with description follows.
“Blow-Up,” 7 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars.
“We are Columbine,” 7:30 p.m. at the Screening Room Cinema Café (Boulevard Mall).
Hey film fans – here’s the listing of classic and repertory films being shown in the Buffalo area for March by date. Prefer movies by title? Look below where you will find the films in alphabetical order with a description.
March 1 “Charade,” 7:30 p.m. at the Screening Room Cinema Café (Boulevard Mall). “10,” 9:30 p.m. at the North Park Theatre.
March 2 “10,” 9:30 p.m. at the North Park Theatre.