Monday, May 27, 2024

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Ronni Monsky

Ronni Monsky has had a varied career but her love of film has been a mainstay throughout her life. She studied human development at Cornell University, received a Master’s in teaching at Columbia University, and got her psychology doctorate from Pace University. Through the years she has been a teacher, PR writer, advertising copywriter, film reviewer and now a psychologist. Traveling has always been significant in her life - circumnavigating the globe on her honeymoon which included trekking in the Himalayas and living on a houseboat in India. She lives in Hillsdale, N.Y., with her husband Stanley, daughter Saskia and her philosopher/dog Xhabbo.

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FilmColumbia: Exquisite ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ a complicated yet simple story of doomed lovers

The slow burn of their enveloping passion is beautifully done, a very tender love story.

FilmColumbia: Gorgeous, inspiring ‘Varda by Agnes’ highlights Varda’s joie de vivre

This autobiographical film is the best cinema studies course imaginable.

FilmColumbia: 20th anniversary festival a treasure trove of films from all over the world

As I perused this years film catalogue for FilmColumbia, I saw some films that could be classified as pure entertainment but others that really will spark controversy and understanding of what is happening in our social/political world.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ profiles the astonishing life of famous sexpert

This 4-foot-7-inch dynamo with a thick German accent connected with her audience because of her candor and her good intuitive advice.

2019 Berkshire International Film Festival ‘the best year yet’

Great Barrington -- “This will be the best year yet,” Kelley Vickery, founder and artistic director of the Berkshire International Film Festival, stated during her...

FilmColumbia: Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ explores the consequences of secrets past

In his first film set in Spain, director Asghar Farhadi continues to provoke and examine his usual themes of class and gender struggles.

FilmColumbia: Brilliant ‘Wildlife’ abounds with metaphor

Some mention must be made of the awesome cinematography — the magnificent Montana vistas and the smoke coming off the mountains are stunningly captured by the great cinematographer Diego Garcia.

FilmColumbia: 2018 festival awash with tempting films, honors actor Brian Cox

Is there a theme this year? Well, no—Biskind is “going for the best films I can get.” And looking at the program this year, he has done just that.

ON FILM: BIFF bears witness to truth, opens with ‘American Animals’

The film was complicated but enriched by actually showing the real students,14 years later, after serving prison time for the consequences of their crime.

PREVIEW: Berkshire International Film Festival 2018 — 80 films from 27 countries in 4 days

I am still interested in the documentaries from war-torn areas of our globe and dramas of family strife, but there also needs to be some relief — some comic relief — and I think this festival successfully provides both.

FilmColumbia: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a triumph for Frances McDormand

Humans are often viciously flawed but perhaps they can be redeemed. This treatise on humanity – damaged but capable of changing – won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

FilmColumbia: ‘Lady Bird,’ Greta Gerwig’s autobiographical directorial debut

Gotham Awards/Independent Film Project deservedly nominated Gerwig for Breakthrough Director and Best Screenplay and Ronan for Best Actress.

FilmColumbia: ‘Loveless,’ divorce, Russian-style

Divorce’s effect may never have been shown in such a brutal way.

FilmColumbia: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ Annette Bening is brilliant

They say that 90 percent of directing is casting – if so, this film is golden.

FilmColumbia: “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”

Many indigenous musicians chose to identify themselves as African or Mexican as there was often more prejudice against Native Americans.

FilmColumbia: A first-rate festival with cream-of-the-crop films

How have I missed this great festival right in my backyard? Now that I have discovered this festival, I am a huge fan. I suggest my Berkshire friends take notice of this awesome event taking place this week.

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