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Year in Cinema 2014: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone January 2, 2015

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - 2014 FILM STILL - Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight

  Best of 2014 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson did something special with this bittersweet, visually opulent memory film: He made a 1930s-style comedy that astutely incorporated the tragedies of 1930s Europe into its fabric—and was ...

Year in Cinema 2014: Laura Clark Leon

by Laura Leon January 2, 2015


  Best of 2014 1. Guardians of the Galaxy Quite simply, the best conceived, written, executed and acted movie of the year. A real matineer that reminded me of the excitement I felt the first time, and every ...

Year in Cinema 2014: Ralph Hammann

by Ralph Hammann January 2, 2015


  Best of 2014 1. Nightcrawler A wonderfully creepy black comedy that mashes up Taxi Driver and Network and succeeds in creating something original and timely—with what is truly Jake Gyllenhaal’s breakthrough performance as a believable and unforgettable ...

Best of Theater 2014

by James Yeara December 31, 2014


  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare & Company Outgoing Artistic Director Tony Simotes ends his reign on a high note with his New Orleans-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s indestructible comedy finds new depths with the “acto-muso” ...

Best of Video 2014

by Shawn Stone December 31, 2014


  1. Out of the Past Damn, this Blu-ray of Jacques Tourneur’s noir classic looks perfect. It has Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas and enough deceit for three dramas. 2. Why Be Good? This 1929 silent Colleen Moore ...

The Year in Dining

by B.A. Nilsson December 31, 2014


  It’s not just community support that necessitates the pursuit of locally grown and raised food. It’s the health of it. Try to get a medium-rare burger in any of the chain eateries. Food-service people know ...

The Year in Review

by The Staff December 31, 2014


  Obamacare is a success You won’t hear this on Fox News, but the Affordable Care Act—the dreaded “Obamacare” of so many right-wing screeds—is working. Millions who were never covered now have health insurance. Bloomberg News reported ...

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Gone But Not Forgotten

by The Staff December 31, 2014


  Mario M. Cuomo Ben Bradlee, Maya Angelou, Pete Seeger, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nadine Gordimer, Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Mike Nichols, Billie Whitelaw, James Brady, Joan Rivers, Shirley Temple Black, ...

Best Recordings of 2014: Josh Potter

by Ali Hibbs December 31, 2014


  1. Aphex Twin, Syro “He’s back . . . ” Like the whispered buzz of some techno-utopian prophesy—excitement cut with nervous dread—the news of IDM pioneer Richard James’s triumphant return to his most influential moniker changed ...

Best Recordings of 2014: David King

by David King December 31, 2014


  1. Einsturzende Neubauten, Lament Envisioned as a performance piece about the horrors of war, Neubauten’s Lament a is simultaneously visceral and thoughtful, gorgeous and repulsive. The album of the year is both a history fetishists’ dream ...

Best Recordings of 2014: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 31, 2014


  1. Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age Frisell explores a set of songs that made an impact on him in his youth and may well have drawn him to the guitar in the first place. ...

Best Concerts of 2014: Timothy Mack

by Tim Mack December 31, 2014


  1. Paul McCartney Times Union Center, July 5 Too obvious? Too bad. Hands down, the best musical experience of the year. If you were one of the 14,000 on hand, you knew that already. 2. Kiss, Def Leppard Saratoga ...

Best Concerts of 2014: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 31, 2014

  1. Billy Eli The Ale House, March 1 2. Peter Mulvey, Suitcase Junket Caffe Lena, April 4 3. My Darling Clementine The Ale House, April 16 4. David Lindley The Van Dyck, June 6 5. Chandler Travis Philharmonette The Ale House, June 28 6. King ...

The Year in Review

by The Staff December 24, 2013


    Obamacare agonistes Passing the Affordable Care Act was torture. Getting it through the courts was torture. Dealing with a massive wave of right-wing, anti-Obamacare propaganda was torture. But those struggles were to be expected. The rollout ...