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5.29.11
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5.18.11
Weekend Preview May 19-24
Bob Dylan tributes, Deborah Voigt, Tom Paxton, Bill Kirchen, John Kirk and Trish Miller



5.18.11
Celebrating Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday in Style
Paying tribute to the greatest rock songwriter ever



5.17.11
FILM REVIEW: In a Better World and Of Gods and Men
Review by Seth Rogovoy



5.17.11
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5.12.11
Deborah Voigt Headlines Mahaiwe Gala
Opera star to sing arias, show tunes on Saturday, May 21



5.15.11
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



5.12.11
Special Effects Wizard to Be Honored by Film Festival
Doug Trumbull to be Feted by BIFF



5.11.11
Weekend Preview May 12-16
Cultural Highlights of the Berkshire Weekend



6.4.09
Talk about a small world
Elaine and I grew up together, but only just recently met....



5.8.11
Berkshire Living to Cease Publication
A Farewell from Publisher Michael Zivyak



5.8.11
twiGs Branches Out
Lenox boutique launches new e-tail site



5.8.11
[MUSIC REVIEW] Avalon Quartet in Close Encounters at Mahaiwe
Review by Seth Rogovoy



5.8.11
[MUSIC REVIEW] Avalon Quartet in Close Encounters at Mahaiwe
Review by Seth Rogovoy



5.7.11
[FILM REVIEW] Bill Cunningham New York
Review by Seth Rogovoy



5.7.11
[FILM REVIEW] Bill Cunningham New York
Review by Seth Rogovoy





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TOP 10 FILMS of 2007

1.4.08
From where I sat at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, Mass., this year, hereís my list of the Top 10 movies of the year.

11. Charlie Wilsonís War: OK, Iím cheating, but I couldnít pare my list down past eleven. This smartly written political satire, directed by Mike Nichols, was played very close to the vest, as it had to be, being based on the true and unusual story of an obscure congressman, played by Tom Hanks, who apparently almost singlehandedly pushed the U.S. into aiding the Afghan resistance against the Soviet Union, thereby putting into play world-shattering events including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of Islamic terrorism. The film includes one of Philip Seymour Hoffmanís many great performances this year.

10. Once: A modest Irish romance that deceptively is by form a musical or really an opera, although the songs that drive the story are so organic to the plot, since the main characters are musicians, that a viewer might not even realize it. In other words, a modern musical for those who hate musicals.

9. Michael Clayton: This sharp corporate thriller starring George Clooney is a classic throwback to the conspiracy and paranoia thrillers of the 1970s, and features a stunning performance by actress Tilda Swinton as the very embodiment of corporate dread and evil.

8. Before the Devil Knows Youíre Dead: Marking the return of director Sidney Lumet, this was a brilliant, character-driven heist film drawing on Shakespeare and incorporating contemporary techniques of multiple points of view, and once again featuring an Oscar caliber performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman, alongside Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and a remarkably revealing Marisa Tomei.

7. Two Days in Paris: This modest romantic comedy written by, directed by, and starring Julie Delpy suggests she could be the new Woody Allen.

6. Sweeney Todd: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are perfectly cast in this film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical, but itís director Tim Burtonís vision throughout that makes this dark, violent tale such a grandiose entertainment.

5. Eastern Promises: Viggo Mortensenís brooding presence haunts this violent film directed by David Cronenberg and set in London, where Naomi Watts finds herself accidentally in the middle of a life-and-death struggle with the head of the Russian mob.

4. No Country for Old Men: The Coen Brothers are back in form in this over-the-top deconstruction of the Western and action genres. Not for the faint of heart.

3. Iím Not There: The surprise hit of the year, director Todd Haynes pulled off this dizzying, impressionistic riff on Bob Dylanís life and career, with great help from Cate Blanchett, who deserves nothing less than the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of mid-Ď60s Bob.

2. Ratatouille: Iíve never seen a more intelligent and entertaining full-length cartoon, one so successful that even though it stars rats in restaurant kitchens, it makes you root for them.

1. The Darjeeling Limited: Director Wes Anderson is undoubtedly an acquired taste, but if youíre with him, he scores again with this dreamy, surreal story of three brothers reuniting on a long train trip through India, a journey thatís one part Three Stooges and the other part spiritual adventure.





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