My Fuehrer

Dani Levy undertakes a challenging task with My Fuehrer to make an historical comedy out of a Jew's interactions with Hitler during late 1944. But some challenges are better left unaccepted, and unfortunately My Fuehrer is one  ...

Quantum of Solace

Regardless of what you may have heard, I did not travel from San Francisco to London to see Quantum of Solace before it opened in the US. But I did see the film on my first night in London, at  ...

Interview: Ben Niles

Ben Niles I met with Ben Niles on May 31, 2008 in San Francisco. The following is a shortened transcript of the interview. ESM: Would you tell me a bit about your background? Niles: Well, I grew  ...

Note by Note

The full-length documentary, Note by Note, is a fascinating account of the yearlong process of building one Steinway grand piano, Number L1037, starting with lumber and ending with a unique, complex concert grand. Since the late 1800s, in an ordinary  ...

Apocalypto (2006)

Directed by Mel Gibson   Starring: Dalia Hernandez, Mayra Serbulo, Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo, Rudy Youngblood Directed by: Mel Gibson Produced by: Ned Dowd, Vicki Christianson, Mel Gibson Rated R for sequences  ...

Israel – Not Like the Sound Bites

I admit it: I was apprehensive about going to Israel. First it was the Intefada that kept me away. Then I spent the better part of two days at Heathrow when all planes were grounded there because of the terrorist  ...

Re-visiting New York City

Re-visiting New York City: the past is present I grew up in New York City, although by now I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area almost as long as I did in New York. My  ...