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  • Actress Irina Maleeva

    Appears in The Meddler with Susan Sarandon

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 15th, 2016

    Irina Maleeva, born in Bulgaria but who has lived in the United States for over 40 years, started her movie career at the tender age of 14 while living in Italy. She was discovered by famed filmmaker Federico Fellini and went on to work with some of the premiere filmmakers including Orson Welles.

  • Overview of Two Oscar Winners

    Revenant and Son of Saul

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    By: Nancy Kempf - Mar 03rd, 2016

    Two of the most highly acclaimed films of this awards season have been Alejandro González Iñárritu's “The Revenant” and László Nemes’s “Son of Saul.” Oscars went to Iñárritu for Directing, Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor and Emmanuel Lubezki for Cinematography. Nemes’s “Son of Saul” won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Both films center on a protagonist in unimaginable torment. One survives through an obsession with vengeance, the other through an obsession with atonement.

  • Berlinale 2016

    Another Blockbuster Film Festival

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    By: Angelika Jansen - Feb 22nd, 2016

    Berlin just concluded the February 11 - 21, 2016 Berlinale by presenting 434 international films and more than 300.000 tickets were sold. Perhaps for the first time, a documentary film received the most coveted Golden Bear, 'Fuocoammare,' by Gianfranco Rosi. A thread of 'the right to happiness' was woven into the selection of movies, as there were also most serious subject matters in 15 categories. Two demanded much of the audience, time wise: They were 8 and 11 hours long.

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival

    Oscar Previews

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 22nd, 2016

    “Son of Saul” is Hungary’s Official Oscar Submission and the buzz on the street says it’s a strong candidate to take home the Oscar. Actually, I’m voting for “Labyrinth of Lies” as Best Foreign Film with “Son of Saul” as the alternate.

  • Stellar Female Performances 2015

    Focus on Outstanding Actresses

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    By: Nancy S Kempf - Jan 20th, 2016

    Four especially penetrating films focused on women that articulate a wide-ranging cultural critique. Taken together their impact should be nothing less than profound. “Room,” “Brooklyn,” “Carol” and “45 Years” have rightfully received their nomination due in the awards in advance of the Oscars. Their impact has been amplified with greater complexity by the indie jewel “Tangerine,” giving us more reason for rejoicing.

  • Revenant

    One for the Ages

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 14th, 2016

    What's left when a great director extracts the heart and soul of an actor through a stunning performance? Brando was never the same after Last Tango. Is there any gas in the tank for DiCaprio after being mauled and mangled in the stunning epic The Revenant?

  • Shaz Khan Star of the Feature Film Moor

    Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

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    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 04th, 2016

    One of the largest film festivals in North America is the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), now in its 27th year. This year my focus is “Award Buzz” film entries. These films have an opportunity to be considered as candidates for Oscar nominations in the category of “Best Foreign Film for 2015.

  • 2015 in the Arts

    Hiphopera, Tap, Berkshires and Beyond

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 02nd, 2016

    In some of the most exciting and insightful productions and performances of the year there was a notable cross pollination and invention as vernacular street cultures and indigenous art forms conflated into high art. Classic works were not just revived but reinvented from the insight out. The best works of 2016 raised the bar through risk taking and challenging audiences. These rare experiences tend to make the majority of what we experience ordinary and enervating. In an era signified by ubiquitous standing ovations what is truly worthy of special recognition?

  • Hollywood and the Media

    Spotlight and Truth

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 04th, 2015

    The investigative stories depicted in "Spotlight" and "Truth" although based on events that occurred not that long ago represent that last gasp of the tradition of great American journalism. Beyond entertainment these films raise issues about the ever diminished means by which we get the news.

  • At the Movies

    The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Everest

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 19th, 2015

    Last week we binged at the movies. This included The Martian, Bridge of Spies, and Everest. They are all likely to be award winners in various categories but overall we found Everest to be most compelling and entertaining.

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc with Live Music

    Donald Greig Devises a Score Presented at the Miller Theatre

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 17th, 2015

    Silent films of the 1920s began when the theatre lights dimmed and a conductor marched down the aisle He raised his baton, the curtains opened. On flashed the film accompanied by the orchestra. At the Miller Theatre, five singers entered the stage and as the film started, they sang.

  • Steve Jobs The Movie

    Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin Sort of Attached

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 08th, 2015

    We've had book and film commentary on the legendary Steve Jobs. With the director of Slum Dog Millionaire directing and West Wing's Aaron Sorkin writing, one would have hoped for more insight. Great performances by Michael Fassbinder, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Seth Rogen make the film worth seeing.

  • The Bet Directed by Finola Hughes

    End of Summer Teen Flick

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 18th, 2015

    As “the Bet” plays itself out in this lighthearted, sort of silly but sweet rite of passage movie, Libby, Addison’s mom, also begins to date again after the death of her husband of several years ago.

  • Exorcising Black Mass

    Whitewashing the Bulgers and Southie

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 18th, 2015

    Under a ton of makeup to get the look Johnny Depp is pretty good as Whitey Bulger. But, lets face it, when it comes to epic crime flicks he pales by comparison to Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in the Godfather. In directing Black Mass at best Scott Cooper is a Martin Scorsese or Mario Puzo wannabe.

  • Flick by Annie Baker at Gloucester Stage

    Losing It at the Movies

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 01st, 2015

    There is a distinctly Massachusetts flavor to Amherst based, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Annie Baker's Flick at Gloucester Stage Company. In two acts and just under three hours it takes a long and slow approach to making us care about minimum wage workers at a one screen movie theater on its last legs.

  • Marilyn Monroe – Declassified

    Interview with Filmmaker Paul Davids

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 06th, 2015

    Recently Jack Lyons met with filmmaker Paul Davids after a screening of his new documentary film Marilyn Monroe Declassified. It is due for theatrical release later this year.

  • Playwright John Guare at Barrington Stage

    Updating His Adaptation of His Girl Friday

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 01st, 2015

    The renowned playwright John Guare was in Pittsfield recently for the first days of rehearsal of his play His Girl Friday. It is being directed by Julianne Boyd for Barrington Stage Company. He and others in the production met with the media for a lively give and take.

  • Every Other Sunday

    Growing Up in the Dark

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 25th, 2015

    Before cinema or film noir on every other Sunday, the maid's day off, we went to the movies. On many levels I grew up in the dark.

  • Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

    Economic Impact of Making Films in the Berkshires

    By: BFMC - Jun 05th, 2015

    The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) has released an economic impact study to examine the effects of a film shoot on the economy of rural communities. The study, “When Movie Making Comes to Town: An Economic Impact Analysis and Strategies for Development” was authored by Rick Feldman of InCommN, LLC, who was one of the developers of IMPLAN, a widely used economic impact analysis software program.

  • Misery Loves Comedy by Pollak and Vorhaus

    Documentary Explores Feng Shui of Stand-up Comedy

    By: Jack Lyons - May 17th, 2015

    Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David and Jon Favereau are among many famous funny people featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company. You will enjoy the in-depth, candid interviews with some of the most revered comedy greats who each share their unique path and a life devoted to making strangers laugh.

  • Kumiko and the Journey into Dreamerhood

    Film by David Zellner Riffs on Fargo

    "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"
    By: Christopher Johnson - Apr 27th, 2015

    David Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” is not an unseen phenomenon in US cinema. But in taking the true story of a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, who went looking for the money that Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) hid in “Fargo,” and fictionalizing that story, the filmmakers (David Zellner and Nathan Zellner who wrote and starred in the film) create a constant vacillation between truth and fiction.

  • It Follows Reboots the Horror Film

    Details the Nightmare of Adolescence

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    By: Christopher Johnson - Apr 22nd, 2015

    Horror movies tend to stay with us for longer than we want. Not like the usual emotion-provoking film where we think about it intensely and with nostalgia, wanting to see it again to remember all the feels that came with it. Horror movies, typically have a different type of feels that manifest themselves in screams, intense heartbeat, jumping, and the general inability to sleep with the lights off because if you don’t keep your eyes at the edge of your bed at every minute, a infant demon with black eyes will show up.

  • What We Do in the Shadows a Dissapointing Film

    Expecting More from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement

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    By: Christopher Johnson - Apr 22nd, 2015

    It was really easy to expect more from Taika Waititi’s and Jemaine Clement’s “What We Do in the Shadows,” especially with Images’s sign proclaiming The New York Times’s approval: “Hilarious!” It was still a fun film to watch and follow.

  • She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

    Film Celebrates Women Who Made It Happen

    By: Nancy S. Bishop - Apr 07th, 2015

    She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a 90-minute film directed by Mary Dore, does not spend a lot of time glorifying the feminist icons of the 1960s. the film focuses on the women—the activists and organizers—who made things happen on the ground in New York, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and other cities.

  • Still Alice Depicts Disease but Not Its Metaphors

    Another Take on Alzheimer's

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    By: Christopher Johnson - Apr 06th, 2015

    “Still Alice” can, like other films, seem to be a commercial attempt to propagandize an issue evoking more empathy about it. It is nothing like those types of films.

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