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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

Dori Berinstein, a three-time Tony-winning Broadway producer, makes her debut as a feature film director in the full-length documentary, ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway.And her bias is clear: ShowBusiness is a homage to the Herculean labors of  ...

Stardust (2007)

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Novel by Neil Gaiman*; screenplay by Jane Goldman Starring: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer MPAA rating: PG-13 for fantasy violence and risqué humor Run Time: 130  ...

Ten Canoes (2006)

Written, directed and produced by: Rolf De Heer Starring: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, David Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin and Peter Minygululu Not Rated, Run Time: 90 minutes, in Yolngu (an Australian Indigenous tribe) with English subtitles  ...

Things We Lost in the Fire

Watching a widow grieve her loss and a user recover from his heroin addiction is not the usual Hollywood fare. But Things We Lost in the Fire explores these gut-wrenching struggles with candor and maturity and without a clichéd happy  ...

The Counterfeiters

Starring: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach Written and Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky MPAA Rating: Rated R Run Time: 1 hour 38 minutes German with subtitles http://www.sonyclassics.com/thecounterfeiters/ The Counterfeiters is the dramatic depiction  ...

Oliver Twist: PBS Masterpiece Classics: culturevulture.net – Television review

PBS stations, Sundays February 15, 2009 and February 22, 2009 9:00 pm ET/PT http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/twist/index.html Directed by Coky Giedroyc Adapted by Sarah Phelps BBC/WGBH Boston co-production DVD available at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=3422433&cp=1378003.1414639&ab=hmaster&parentPage=family A new and modern retelling of Dickens’ Oliver  ...