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Changing channels

September 24, 2009 Watching the Emmy Awards Sunday was an educational experience. The first thing it taught me is I don’t know much about television anymore. more »»

What ‘9’ adds up to

September 17, 2009 ‘9” is one of those movies that keeps reminding you that the people who made it are smarter than you are. more »»

End of the dark ages

September 10, 2009 ‘Corny!” whispered the woman sitting behind me to to her husband during Sandra Bullock’s climactic scene in her new comedy, “All About Stev. more »»

History lesson

September 3, 2009 School’s back in session; new lessons have begun. Last weekend they were in history, a subject that becomes more relevant as you realize you’re becoming part of it. more »»

License to kill

August 27, 2009 With a hundred-watt twinkle in his eye and a Kentuckee twang in his voice, Brad Pitt cavorts through “Inglorious Basterds,” playing Nazi-scalping Lt. more »»

Welcome to District 9

August 20, 2009 Tops at the box office this week, the unusual sci-fi parable “District 9” is full of special effects, but manages not to lose its way in them. more »»


August 13, 2009 ‘You ever seen a ghost?” sings Bob Dylan in the song “Spirit on the Water.” “No, but you have heard of them. more »»

Deep in the valley, high on the peaks

August 6, 2009 Two years ago, four Maui cycling friends got off their bikes and went for a walk. more »»

Beach bummed

July 30, 2009 They’re going to have to change the name of the Kapalua Fun Swim. Unless your definition of fun includes near-death experiences. more »»

Magic words

July 23, 2009 When I talk about magic, it doesn’t take long to start sounding like a Hallmark card. Double rainbows over Haleakala. Staring into the eye of a whale. more »»

Nervous titters

July 16, 2009 Over the top is not a place most performers want to be. It’s generally an embarrassing spot to find yourself in, knowing you’ve gone too far, and people are watching. more »»


July 9, 2009 When the news broke of the death of Michael Jackson a few weeks ago, we were in a place that didn’t get the message. Funny thing — the place was named Jackson, too. more »»

Look who’s coming to Maui Film Fest

June 4, 2009 Forget the paparazzi. Leave the entourage in LA. more »»

Mummies and dummies

May 28, 2009 So I read recently that Ben Stiller will receive MTV’s highest movie prize, the Generation Award, in ceremonies Sunda. more »»

Maui Film Fest preview

May 21, 2009 A phone call with Maui Film Festival Director Barry Rivers, especially at this time of year, is like trying to herd cat. more »»


May 14, 2009 Now that the Starship Enterprise has landed, it’s come down to the old guys vs. the new guys. Trekkies of old have decried J.. more »»

All ears

May 7, 2009 After tonight’s sneak previews, when the Starship Enterprise sets down in megaplexes across the U.S. more »»


April 30, 2009 Somewhere around the 18-mile marker on Hana Highway, the song came on the radio. more »»

The news is the news

April 23, 2009 After we came out of “State of Play,” we talked for hours. “So when Robin Penn Wright said that, Russell Crowe must have realized that Ben Affleck knew all along that ... more »»

Hawaiian things

April 16, 2009 ‘Hawaiian things are not lost. But the fields need to be weeded, and the river needs to flow. more »»



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