This week marks 25 years since the film “Tommy Boy” was released. The movie tells the story of a son’s (Chris Farley) efforts to save his father’s auto parts manufacturing plant and the jobs of its workers. While a comedy, people in the manufacturing industry say the 1995 movie was prescient and reflects what’s happening in their field today.

We explore the issues with our guests:

  • Ana Liss, acting director of the Monroe County Department of Planning and Development
  • Matthew Sydor, program manager for Sydor Optics
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for CITY Newspaper

A documentary called “Slay the Dragon” takes on the issue of gerrymandering and its impact on elections and social issues. From the Flint water crisis, the bathroom bills, and more, the film explores how elected officials can control political outcomes by redrawing district maps. The film tells the story of citizen groups in two different states that challenge the issue and their fight to protect democratic principles.

The film will be screened at the Little Theatre next week as part of the One Take Documentary Series, but first, we preview it on Connections. Our guests:

  • Tim Kneeland, chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Nazareth College
  • Linda Moroney, filmmaker, and director and programmer for the One Take Documentary Film Series
  • Katie Fahey, founder of the citizen action group, Voters Not Politicians
  • Chris Durrance, co-director of “Slay the Dragon”

Who and what will win at the Oscars on Sunday? Some critics have this year’s awards season as “bizarre,” “disappointing,” or “suspect,” but both they and their fans still have favorites.

From 1917 to Parasite to Little Women, our guests share their predictions for who will win, their thoughts on who should win, and their takes on the art of movie making. Our guests:

  • Jack Garner, longtime Gannett film critic
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for CITY Newspaper
  • Linda Moroney, filmmaker, and director and programmer for the One Take Film Festival
  • Jackie McGriff, film fan, and owner of Jackie Photography

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Kodak has been hiring some people over the last couple of years. And many of those positions involve the company’s legacy, the film business.

Kodak recently revealed that it has signed long-term contracts to keep supplying motion picture film to the major Hollywood studios, including Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros.

Eastman Kodak has confirmed reports that it has signed new deals with five major film studios including Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. Those companies have made a commitment to buy film for the foreseeable future.

Kodak has not said at this point how long those contracts are for, but did indicate this is a "long term deal."

Kodak is the last big supplier of motion picture film. Competitor Fujifilm stopped its production in 2013.

Actor Ricky Gervais’ monologue during Sunday’s Golden Globes has led to buzz and backlash. While hosting the awards show, Gervais delivered a series of jokes, which viewers and media outlets have described as ranging from provocative to mean to speaking truth to power. He sparked controversy with comments about the #metoo movement in Hollywood, about actors making political statements during acceptance speeches, about what it means to be “woke” in the industry, and more.

Those comments have led to broader discussions about Hollywood as a whole, and if it’s time for the industry to take a look in the mirror when it comes to its practices. Our guests discuss that question and if Hollywood is – or should be – headed toward a more progressive era. In studio:

It's all things Star WarsEpisode IX: The Rise of Skywalker opened in theaters Thursday night, and we're joined by fans of the franchise to discuss their expectations for the newest and final film in the saga (don't worry, there won't be spoilers!).

We talk about a range of issues, including how to balance critical and artistic choices while keeping fans' interests in mind, the use of archival footage to bring back characters played by deceased actors, and our guests' thoughts on what it would take to stick the landing for the saga.

In studio:

The new film “Joker” depicts a man suffering from mental illness who turns to violence. Mental health advocates have been split by two themes in the movie: the connection of mental illness to violence, and the need for funding and support services for those who have mental illness.

We discuss the concerns that critics have, and we also talk about what the CITY Newspaper critic thinks about the movie as a whole. In studio:

The ImageOut Film Festival is back. The annual event presents LGBT arts and cultural experiences to promote awareness and foster dialogue. It kicks off this Thursday.

We preview this year's lineup, including a film called “For They Know Not What They Do,” which explores the evangelical church’s reaction to LGBTQ issues. We also discuss the film, "Unsettled," which tells the story of LGBTQ refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. after being persecuted in their home countries. Our guests:

20 years ago, the film “American Beauty” was released. It won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2000. Today, it is routinely mocked. The Little Theatre has been highlighting films from 1999, which was considered one of the great years in cinema history. How could the critics in the Academy have been so wrong about a movie that was supposed to be the best out of all of them?

We reexamine suburban life, teenage angst, and the quest for meaning within the satirical film. In studio: