Emily S. Mendel, a writer and photographer, has been a regular contributor to culturevulture.net since 2006, where she reviews theater, art, film, television and destinations. Ending her 30-year law practice has given Ms. Mendel the time to indulge in her love of travel and the arts, and to serve as the theater reviewer for berkeleyside.com.
Writes in: Art & Architecture, Dance, Destinations, Etc, Features, Film, Television, and Theater.
Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel in "The Fairy"
The Fairy (La Fée) (2011)
Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno RomyScreenplay: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno RomyStarring: Dominique Abel; Fiona Gordon; Philippe Martz French with English subtitlesRun Time: 94 minutes ...
Better This World
Documentary by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega Run time: 90 minutesMPAA rating: Unrated
The powerful award-winning documentary “Better This World” follows two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, as their world spins ...
Art & Architecture
De Staebler's "Yoke Winged Man" (1994)Photo by Scott McCue
'Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler'
De Young Museum, San FranciscoJan. 14 – April 22, 2012
The de Young Museum’s compelling retrospective exhibit of the sculpture of ...
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady"
The Iron Lady
Directed by Phyllida LloydWritten by Abi Morgan Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant Run Time: 105 minutes Rated: PG-13
Yes, it's possible to ...
‘Downton Abbey’: Season 2 on PBS Masterpiece Classic
Written and created by Julian FellowesDirected by Ashley Pearce, Brian Kelly, Andy Goddard, James Strong and Brian PercivalStarring: Starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan StevensMasterpiece on PBS stations, ...
Directed by Martin ScorseseScreenplay by John Logan, adapted from the Brian Selznick's book, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret"Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron CohenOriginal music by Howard ShoreRunning time: 127 minutesMPAA rating: PG
‘Woody Allen: A Documentary’
Two-part documentary on American Masters, PBSWritten and directed by Robert WeideInterviewees include Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Scarlett Johansson, Martin Scorsese, Sean Penn, Chris Rock, Owen Wilson, Leonard Maltin, Letty Aronson (sister/producer), Marshall Brickman (co-writer), ...
Art & Architecture
"Allegory of Mars, Venus and Cupid," by Paris Paschalinus Bordone, ca. 1560, oil on canvasPicture courtesy of the deYoung Museum
Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum
de Young Museum, San ...