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Monday, December 05, 2022
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“Deadpool 2” comes out on May 18. Director Tim Miller left the project due to “creative differences” with star Ryan Reynolds.

May Movie Guide

This is it, folks: the end of a gosh-dang era. While it’s been fun indulging myself writing about movies (almost) every month in ways that probably only I find amusing, I do hope that at least one reader — if there are any — has enjoyed this half as much as I have.


Just a guy

I graduated from UB in December with a degree in media study and a journalism certificate, because I don't want to make any money, I guess. I’m still here because our editor-in-chief asked me to finish out the year as managing editor. I was hesitant, mostly because I was afraid of being just a guy.


Grapplers Anonymous

Eleven professional wrestlers have come out of Grapplers Anonymous, a wrestling gym in Lackawanna. Local wrestlers go to the gym Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings to learn to run the ropes, take bumps and trash talk like WWE Superstars.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird took his national tour to the CFA Saturday night. Bird demonstrated his eclectic musical ability through a survey of his discography.

Fowl play: Andrew Bird rocks the CFA

Andrew Bird did just about everything one can do with a violin on Saturday night. He bowed, strummed and plucked the strings, played it clean and distorted with pedals, and looped his own sound back to build on himself. The genre-bending virtuoso made every note count. Bird took the audience through the evolution of his music career that started when he was just four years old.

February is known as a "dump month" in the film industry. The "Fifty Shades" trilogy reaches its climax with the release of "Fifty Shades Freed" on Feb. 9.

February movie guide

February is traditionally known in the film industry as a dump month, the time in which studios take a steamy, hot, collective crap on the proverbial chest of theatergoers around the world. With Oscar season in full swing and winter weather keeping people indoors, studios put out unmemorable dreck and the movies they secretly hope nobody will see with only a handful of exceptions. Lay down the Seran wrap and avert your eyes, because this month is already prairie dogging.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be the biggest film of the year, despite losing Carrie Fisher before the release. December also brings us a few gems along with Spielberg’s latest dad-fare.

December movie guide

The holidays are a time to stay home and spend time with family and friends. It’s also a time to trek to the nearest movie theater and pay to sit in silence with a bunch of strangers for a few hours. At first glance, December appears to be a light month for releases but a closer look reveals a few gems hidden among whatever dad-movie Steven Spielberg is putting out these days. Oh, and the biggest movie of the year.


F is for family

My father died from alcoholism in the summer of 2007. I was 12-years old, old enough to remember him kicking a basketball-sized dent into my mom’s Ford Escort when we tried to leave the house one night. Old enough to remember watching him pass out face first into his mashed potatoes.

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Vincent Piazza delivers a superplex to his opponent during a training session. Piazza wrestles as Vinnie Moon and hopes to sell his signature bandanas at upcoming shows.


Brandon Thurston observes training at a Grapplers training session. Thurston is the head trainer at the gym, where he teaches a new generation of Western New York wrestlers.


Jesse Guilmette throws his opponent into a steel chair in the corner of the ring. Guilmette teaches the advanced class at Grapplers on Wednesday nights.


Kevin Lockwood pulls himself from the mat using the ring ropes. Lockwood is a naturally talented wrestler who wrestles for Smash Wrestling in Canada as Kevin Blackwood.


Nick Pufpaff crushes his opponent beneath is billed 420-pound frame. Pufpaff is always the crowd favorite and gets the biggest reactions of the night.


Brandon Thurston locks his opponent in an armbar. Thurston is a student of Japanese pro wrestling where performers strive to replicate reality and treat it as a serious sport.


Graig Knowlton delivers an elbow to the chest of "The Red Death" Daniel Garcia. Knowlton works as a deliveryman and hauls 20-foot rubber mats when not wrestling.


Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center is located in downtown Buffalo, providing artists with access to media equipment. Executive Director Maiko Tanaka took the position after working as an art curator in Toronto

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