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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

Computer Games – review

Culturevulture Plays [Computer] Games Much to my surprise and delight, I've found the best of the sub-sub-genre of computer 'adventure games' to be completely engrossing, mesmerizing, fascinating and just plain fun. So please suspend your disbelief for  ...