Share this article

print logo

Christopher Schobert


Buffalo Magazine: Home

On October 20, 2017, the most famous and culturally significant film ever shot in Buffalo came home — so to speak. Barry Levinson’s “The Natural,” the stirring baseball drama starring Robert Redford, screened before a packed house at the North Park Theatre as a presentation of Turner Classic Movies. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz and director Levinson were in attendance for a pre…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

In addition to “The American Side” and “Dwelling,” recent films shot in Western New York include: “The Purge: The Island”: The fourth entry in the popular horror series is a prequel set on Staten Island. Shooting locations include the Sinclair apartments on Washington Street. Scheduled for July 2018 release. “Clover”: This crime drama shot in Buffalo in November 2017…

Family

There are certain questions that strike fear in the hearts of parents and grandparents: “Can I get a toy?” “Can we listen to KidzBop?” “What else is for dinner?” And, of course, there’s this pearl: “What are we doing over mid-winter break?” Mid-winter break is a far trickier proposition than spring break, which for most schools will run from the end of March into early …

Caleb Carr’s 1994 novel “The Alienist” is one of the most haunting, extraordinarily dense serial killer dramas ever written. Film rights to this hugely popular bestseller were quickly purchased, but could such a shocking story ever make it to the screen? “The Alienist,” after all, is a story the hunt for a killer of teenage boy prostitutes who ply their trade dressed in gi…

Gusto

The Buffalo Film Seminars, one of the area’s longest-running screening series, returns on Jan. 30 with a season of cinematic giants. Hosted, as always, by University at Buffalo professors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, the BFS runs through early May. Screenings are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.). The spring series is another…

Gusto

The first films from some of the most insightful directors in cinema — including Sofia Coppola, Kelly Reichardt and Julie Dash — are the focus of a new monthly series from Cultivate Cinema Circle called  “Women Direct: First Films by Modern Visionary Filmmakers.” The series starts Jan. 11 and will feature introductions from local film scholars.. CCC Director Jordan Smit…

Gusto

It is a harrowing, made-for-streaming adaptation of a Margaret Atwood classic. It is sad, sobering, and powerfully of-this-moment. But it’s not “The Handmaid’s Tale.” While that Hulu series was one of 2017’s most binge-worthy and disturbing series, there is an even better Atwood adaptation available for streaming. That series is “Alias Grace,” and the six-episode Netflix s…

Gusto

The most unexpectedly poignant scene of 2017 comes near the end of “The Disaster Artist,” an uproarious and genuinely insightful creation. It is the premiere night for “The Room,” a film written, produced, directed by and starring a man of mystery named Tommy Wiseau. If you’ve seen “The Room,” or know the story of the film and Wiseau, you can guess what happened the nig…

TV

Here’s the pitch: David Fincher, director of films like “Fight Club” and “Gone Girl,” will produce (and occasionally direct) a 10-part Netflix series on the early days of criminal profiling. Set during the 1970s, the series will be inspired by real-life FBI agents who gained insight from interviews with jailed serial killers. Interested? Yes, the director of “Seven” and “Z…

Gusto

“Wonderstruck” is a rarity — a bold, tremendously original film that is equally entertaining for children and adults. It’s one that will be adored for years to come. The film transports the viewer to places that are long, long gone: Manhattan in the 1920s, the down-and-dirty Big Apple of the 1970s. And it tells two stories, separated by several decades, that are as emot…

Gusto

The presence of Jeff Goldblum in “Thor: Ragnarok” is a statement. It tells us that this, the third feature centered around Asgard’s God of Lightning, will not be Marvel-by-numbers. How could it, when the iconic, oddball-ish, delightfully sputtering star of “The Fly” and “Jurassic Park” is one of your main villains? Casting Goldblum says, “We’re not taking ourselves too …

Gusto

If you have a toddler, or there’s one in the family, there is a very good chance a stuffed Winnie the Pooh is in his or her bedroom, perhaps lodged between a Tigger and an Eeyore. These are the Disney-fied versions of A.A. Milne’s beloved characters. “Goodbye Christopher Robin” never mentions Disney, nor should it; it’s a film about the inspiration for and creation of W…

Gusto

A busy fall movie season in Buffalo gets even busier with the return of the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival. The genre-focused fest mixes of action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, thriller and science-fiction features and shorts from around the world. As in previous years, the fifth installment of Buffalo Dreams is split between two locations. It runs…

Gusto

MOVIES Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking By Eric Lax Knopf 353 pages, $28.95 It may seem like an odd time to release a you-are-there book about the making of a film by Woody Allen. It certainly would have been more interesting to read such an account from the early days of his career, or even during the period in which he made greats…

Gusto

There won’t be a more delightful documentary in 2017 than “Faces Places,” the warm, funny, moving collaboration between French New Wave legend Agnès Varda and the photographer known as JR. In fact, there might not be a more delightful film, period. It is another notable milestone in the career of Varda, the diminutive director of classics like “Cléo from 5 to 7” and …