This week in Buffalo: Franco and a Fantastic Festival


Every week offers cinematic treats in the Queen City — tomorrow, for example, the Buffalo Film Seminars screening for the week is Charlie Kaufman’s stunning “Synecdoche, New York” — but this week is especially packed with intriguing options.

The Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival actually began on Friday (November 8) and runs through this Thursday. Billing itself as “7 Days of the Best Independent Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Action, Thriller, Animation, Cult and Fan Films from Around the World,” the festival’s numbers are stellar: 26 feature films, 59 shorts, 13 local productions, and 27 international films. It’s a cool way to see some movies on the big screen that likely would never come our way.

On Friday comes a biggie at Hallwalls: James Franco’s “Interior. Leather Bar.” This is the fascinating “reimagining” from Franco (and co-director Travis Matthews) of the supposed lost 40 minutes of William Friedkin’s still-controversial “Cruising.” I have long found “Cruising” to be a strange, enthralling artifact, and the idea behind “Leather Bar” seems utterly brilliant. The film screens twice, at 8 p.m. and midnight.

And just think, this week also saw the Buffalo openings of “12 Years a Slave” and “All is Lost” …