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If you haven’t bought a pass for the Buffalo International Film Festival yet …

… then spend 60 seconds watching this trailer. It’s the movie bargain of the year.

Vincent Gallo alert

Wanna start a fight? Walk up to three Buffalonians and say, “So, what do you guys think about Vincent Gallo?” But whether your reaction is “Love him,” “Hate him,” or “WTF is with that guy?!?” you have to hand this to the Buffalo-born actor: He has never gone Hollywood.

Last year he was named Best Actor at the prestigious Venice Film Festival for his wordless performance in Essential Killing. He plays a Taliban prisoner who is captured in Afghanistan and transported to a military base in Poland. Escaping his captors in a desolate are, he struggles to survive and make his way back home through a land about which he knows nothing.
Essential Killing was directed by the veteran filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski, a one-time protégé of Roman Polanski who is undergoing a revival of interest with the DVD release of his 1970s films The Shout and Deep End. The Venice festival awarded him the Grand Jury Prize.
Essential Killing with have its local premiere at the Buffalo International Film Festival. There will be one screening only, at 9 pm on October 18th at the Screening Room in Williamsville. Seating is limited, so you might want to purchase tickets in advance at


Buffalonian on Seinfeld tonight

ev_1If you’re one of those people who watches Seinfeld on cable while you’re eating dinner, look closely at the episode airing on WTBS tonight at 6pm. (It’s the one where Kramer decides that butter makes a good shaving cream.) The old guy playing “McMaines” is Everett Greenbaum, a native of Buffalo who became a successful comedy writer. He created the hit 1950s series “Mr. Peepers,” starring Wally Cox and Tony Randall, and wrote numerous scripts for “M*A*S*H,” “The Real McCoys,” “”The Andy Griffith Show,” and “Sanford and Son.” He was a creative consultant on “Matlock,” and wrote a number of films for Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. In the decade prior to his death in 1997 he also appeared as an actor on sitcoms like “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Grace Under Fire,” and “Ellen.” You can check out the rest of his career at

Everett Greenbaum will be one of the recipients of the first Al Boasberg Comedy Awards, named after the Buffalo native who was one of the most influential comedy writers of the 20th century, having had a hand in steering the careers of the Marx Brothers, Burns and Allen, the Three Stooges, Bob Hope, Jack Benny and many others. The Awards will be presented as part of the Buffalo International Film Festival this month; you can read more about them in this week’s ArtVoice.

You can also watch this interview with Everett Greenbaum: