The spoof, satire and parody have been around in comedy movies for almost as long as the medium has been around. Some of the great early works from the Marx Brothers, Abbot and Costello and Laurel and Hardy used these to make fun of other genres and tropes in timeless ways.

After Superman and Batman, Spider-Man is arguably the most popular superhero in the world. From the minds of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko to the pages of thousands of Marvel comics to the silver screen in several forms, the web-slinger Peter Parker is a mainstay in pop culture.

OLEAN — An interactive art show, “Organic Images Through the Eyes of an Artist,” by Joan Pingitore is on display through Oct. 30 in the Olean Public Library Art Gallery.

WILLIAMSVILLE — The petals from the flowers disintegrate down the towering wall, flow across the floor, over your feet and body as you become part of the artwork.

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, people across the country and in much of the world reminisced about where they were, how the world was then and how it is now.

There’s something about a murder mystery story that humans love — the allure of the unknown, wanting to put a puzzle together, the intrigue of how a person could actually kill another person is all attractive from a safe distance.

OLEAN — Neighborhood School of Dance enters its 2021-22 dance season under the theme “Welcome to the Neighborhood” in honor of "supportive people, businesses and organizations that bring our communities together."

Following the cultural juggernaut that was “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019, which brought the ongoing storyline from the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a satisfying conclusion, Disney had to figure out what’s next.

After January, August is usually the second-worst month for new movies. It’s well past summer blockbuster season, and the fall movies hoping for upcoming awards nominations won’t be released for a few more weeks, so most August releases are pretty disappointing.

When trying to think of a way to best describe “Reminiscence,” the new sci-fi thriller from Warner Brothers, I think Yogi Berra said it best: “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Whether you play video games online for hours every day, causally pick up the Game Boy from time to time or haven’t played a video game since the days of Pong and PacMan, the greater culture has been undeniably changed by gaming culture.

The few movie studios that try to take a mulligan and remake a big-budget franchise installment in order to put their own stamp on the overall cinematic universe rarely make it work. From the unbearably boring “Fantastic Four” remake for Marvel to the latest iterations of Batman and Superman…


From a purely financial point of view, my 20 acres of land has very little economic value. In other words, there’s no timber, oil or gas. Most of it was cleared over a century ago and has been in hay fields ever since, and while the hay does have a small amount of economic value, the greates…

Although the weird and niche independent films made by writers and directors who have a specific but unconventional vision in mind aren’t usually blockbusters, they’re often important for film as an art and really, really good.

I am saying farewell with this last recipe because my bags are packed and I am moving to Florida. My time at Olean Medical Group has been wonderful but I am looking for a new adventure.

Do you ever re-remember something that happened 10, 20, even 30 years ago, and the memory of it is so vivid it could have happened last week? If you’re like me, you often think to yourself, “Where did that time go? How can I be this old already?” and I’m only 28.

We’re fortunate in Cattaraugus County to have access to large tracts of public lands, but every once in a while I may happen to find myself walking on logging roads on large tracts of privately-held forest land. If that does happen it may possibly be because there are no obvious POSTED signs.

Whether you love them, loathe them or don’t have an opinion either way, it’s impossible to deny the impact The Beatles had on popular music in the 20th century. More than 50 years later, Paul McCartney, one of the band’s lead songwriters and bass player, can still sell out a stadium and get …

Delivered about seven years later than everyone wanted, and not nearly as impactful since the fourth “Avengers” film in 2019, Marvel’s superheroine Black Widow finally has her own solo movie in theaters.

I am usually eating lunch on the fly. I rarely go to the trouble of fixing something for myself. Grabbing a piece of fruit sometimes satisfies me. However, not everyone can or should do that.

There’s something special about movies that focus less on a specific plot or an antagonist to overcome and puts most of the attention into watching characters in their day-to-day lives. Many of the movies take place in the summer, which is the perfect time of year to kick back, relax and enj…

ST. BONAVENTURE — Art galleries at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will reopen in late August following a summer of work to restore gallery spaces that had been repurposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OLEAN — Fourteen students from the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Practical Nursing Programs, based at the BOCES Career and Technical Education Centers at Belmont and Olean, received graduation pins and diplomas at a ceremony in Olean.

As we emerge from many months of distancing during the pandemic, we have found that individuals appear to be suffering more from seasonal allergies than ever before.

As the sweltering heat wave across most of the United States continues this week, a movie set in the icy early spring in Manitoba, Canada, with plenty of snow and chilling gusts could give audiences a cooling experience through osmosis.

I promised more desserts this week and I have two that I think you would like.

With July 4 coming up, I’m sure many are planning a get-together, especially since the start of the pandemic. You still need to be cautious but certainly any outdoor party would be welcomed.