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Joseph Popiolkowski

Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.


"Punisher: War Zone" is the latest Marvel comic book to endure another stab at movie adaptation. Its cinema lineage is long. It's a sequel to 2004's "The Punisher," which was preceded by a 1989 film of the same name.It's the story of Frank Castle, aka the Punisher (Ray Stevenson), an ex-Special Forces instructor exacting revenge on all Mafia types like the ones that killed…

It is hard to manage simultaneous careers in music and academia. Hadji Bakara -- synthesizer and sound manipulator for manic but earnest indie rockers Wolf Parade -- knows this firsthand.When he spoke to us, Bakara was on a train from Montreal to Toronto, where his dance remix duo Megasoid would play a "mega dance party" until 2:30 a.m. Early the next morning, he would tak…

When did movies about rehabilitation and redemption go from guardian angel Clarence taking us on a tour of a George Bailey-less world in "It's a Wonderful Life" to using force and violence to extract change in a person's behavior? "Phone Booth," for example, taught us that the penance for infidelity is to let a sniper take pot shots at you. The price for not truly appreci…

Third Room, in developer Mark Goldman's Calumet building at the corner of West Chippewa and Franklin, is where it all started in 1990. It's hard to believe, but back then the Chippewa entertainment district -- the now-famous "Chip strip" -- was non-existent.Today, the building houses Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant and Latin club La Luna, with Third Room sandwiched between t…

Vincent Gallo's band RRIICCEE -- no, my keyboard buttons aren't stuck -- hasn't abandoned the guitars and drums modus operandi just yet. But it's still seeking that unpainted corner of the canvas by eschewing the record, cut, dub, mix, release, tour method in favor of composing and performing songs in the spirit of the moment.To be sure, jam sessions and noodling have been…

The hand-painted white lettering on The Pub's main window caught our attention: 25 cent wings, details inside. What other details could there be, we wondered. Doesn't "25 cent wings" say it all? So after years of driving by, watching the wing price fluctuate and wondering if it was a deal too good to be true, Pam, Derek, Mary and I finally made our first visit on a recent …

Canadian songstress Sass Jordan capped off Artpark's "Wednesday at the Gorge" summer concert series with a night of straight-ahead rock tunes that would be equally at home in a (preban) smoky, brick-walled club or venue perched high above the Niagara Gorge.She and her four-piece band (including three long-haired ax wielders) took the stage just as the sunset's cotton-candy…

Movies based on the craft of intelligence and espionage are particularly susceptible to the wanderings of a screenwriter's artistic license. It's often difficult for moviegoers to separate myth from reality because -- while most people know intel gathering is not "James Bond" -- few people have a clear understanding of how intelligence communities really operate, which, of…

To include bands such as Saliva and Klear in the Thursday at the Square lineup is what makes it a concert series. Everyone at some point this summer has a chance to come downtown, grab a front-row spot and sing along to a band that appeals to them. Thursday night it was the headbangers' turn.Memphis hard-rockers Saliva hit it big in the early 2000s by combining mid-90s alt…

If "Death Race," from director Paul W.S. Anderson, feels like a video game, that's because it is.In the mid-1990s an addictive game for Super Nintendo called "Rock 'n' Roll Racing" stole many hours from this reviewer's youth. Players raced heavily modified cars outfitted with weapons and racked up points and money to advance to the next interplanetary round -- all to a gre…

Mirrors are more than just everyday items made of silver and glass in the aptly titled horror film "Mirrors." They're sinister, otherworldly portals full of evil sprits that manipulate the unlucky chosen -- to great visual effect.In this remake of the Korean film "Into the Mirror," Kiefer Sutherland -- as Ben Carson, a disgraced NYPD cop -- does battle with demons, persona…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Comedian Kathy Griffin took Hollywood to the woodshed Saturday night in the Seneca Niagara Events Center by taking aim at pop culture celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Paula Abdul and Oprah.Griffin is Tinseltown's iconoclast. She has made a career of biting the hand that feeds her, which makes her few friends but plen…

If there was any club show in Buffalo this summer to be circled in red on a calendar, it was Spiritualized at the Town Ballroom -- a well-known rock act in a cozy club on a Saturday night equaled a no-brainer.The show was highly anticipated and much-buzzed about in area music circles. And the British space-rockers didn't disappoint. On the last stop of its U.S. tour in sup…

Collaboration between the Doug "Trigger" Gaston Quintet and vocalist Joyce Carolyn -- both mainstays on the Buffalo jazz scene -- has been a project many years in the making.So with a batch of original numbers finally committed to tape, Gaston and Carolyn decided to roll out the new tunes Sunday at the third installment of The Buffalo News Jazz at the Albright-Knox series.…

Honey-voiced singer-songwriter Michael McDonald brought a set of Motown favorites and R&B originals to an enthusiastic audience Tuesday night at Artpark.Positioned center stage under a finely coiffed mane of flowing silver hair, the keyboardist and his six-member band treated the crowd to a fine retrospective of his career, which has spanned three decades.McDonald's career…