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Weekend Preview May 19-24
Bob Dylan tributes, Deborah Voigt, Tom Paxton, Bill Kirchen, John Kirk and Trish Miller

Celebrating Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday in Style
Paying tribute to the greatest rock songwriter ever

FILM REVIEW: In a Better World and Of Gods and Men
Review by Seth Rogovoy

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Deborah Voigt Headlines Mahaiwe Gala
Opera star to sing arias, show tunes on Saturday, May 21

Famed Spiritual Teacher to Speak on Nonviolence
Mother Maya in free talk at Sruti Yoga in Great Barrington, Mass., on Friday May 20 at 7pm

Special Effects Wizard to Be Honored by Film Festival
Doug Trumbull to be Feted by BIFF

Weekend Preview May 12-16
Cultural Highlights of the Berkshire Weekend

Talk about a small world
Elaine and I grew up together, but only just recently met....

Berkshire Living to Cease Publication
A Farewell from Publisher Michael Zivyak

twiGs Branches Out
Lenox boutique launches new e-tail site

[MUSIC REVIEW] Avalon Quartet in Close Encounters at Mahaiwe
Review by Seth Rogovoy

[MUSIC REVIEW] Avalon Quartet in Close Encounters at Mahaiwe
Review by Seth Rogovoy

[FILM REVIEW] Bill Cunningham New York
Review by Seth Rogovoy

[FILM REVIEW] Bill Cunningham New York
Review by Seth Rogovoy

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Top 10 Films of 2006


Disclaimer: This list only includes films I've seen. Scroll to the end for films I missed that likely would have been included had I seen them.

1. The Departed, dir. by Martin Scorsese: This is top-form, epic storytelling by Scorsese, finally paired with Jack Nicholson, playingng the devil incarnate in an analogous manner in which Scorsese always let DeNiro go off the boards. Plus, we FINALLY understand what it is that Scorsese sees in Leonardo DiCaprio, who practically walks away with the entire film. Great supporting roles by Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen, too.

2. Inside Man, directed by Spike Lee. Starring Clive Owen, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe, and a clueless Jodie Foster who seemingly wandered in from another movie set, this film showcases Spike Lee at his journeyman best in a heist film that seems to have as an underlying motif some sort of apologia for some of Lee's more crude, stereotypical portrayals of Jews in his movies.

3. Marie Antoinette, dir. by Sofia Coppola, starring Kirsten Dunst. Sofia Coppola is fast becoming one of the true auteurs of her generation. Ostensibly a period piece, yet subtly (and no to subtly) interwoven with contemporary touches (especially the music) that make this a story and a movie for today.

4. Little Miss Sunshine. A tender, sweet family breakdown comedy, showcasing Alan Arkin once again as the greatest comic actor of our time.

5. An Incovenient Truth starring Al Gore. Why is this man not president? How long must we wait? "In 2008, Gore is great."

6. Borat. Stupid, offensive, sophomoric, insulting, gross, politically incorrect, all add up to hysterically funny.

7. United 93, dir. by Paul Greengrass. An unsentimental, unsensationalized, gripping look at what happened on Flight United 93 on 9/11.

8. The History Boys. An unsentimental, unsensationalized, and very funny portrait of a group of English public schoolers in the early 1980s trying to improve their station in life by getting into OxBridge.

9. Casino Royale. Even a non-James Bond fan had plenty to enjoy, including the innumerable double crosses, a few wild chase scenes, and this new Bond who was multi-dimensional and even vulnerable.

10. Children of Men. Even if the story was a little weak and Clive Owen didn't have a lot to do, still, this film offered a vision of bleak horror and dystopic beauty.

Films I missed:

The Good Shepherd; Fast Food Nation; The Queen; Letters from Iwo Jima; Volver; Man Push Cart; Babel; Inland Empire

Dear Seth
Happy New Year--
May I respectfully remind you that an enlightened mind forgives assholes (Mel Gibson)
To snub is to allow "snub-ee" to rent space in your head
I worry that your list has a "corporate-based sponsor bias"
And that hurts the high standards you have set

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