'20th Century Women': Smoke signals from the late 1970s

Film Jun 7, 2017

'20th Century Women': Smoke signals from the late 1970s

by Kaori Shoji

American culture in the mid-20th century begs a multitude of descriptions, but if I had to sum it up in one word, it would probably be "smoking." People chain-smoked through the Vietnam protests, Watergate scandal, Stonewall riots and innumerable other events, both historic and ...

'The Search' for a reprieve from war in Chechnya

Film / Reviews Apr 15, 2015

'The Search' for a reprieve from war in Chechnya

by Kaori Shoji

Prestigious film awards are often a kiss of death. After all the commotion and red-carpet moments of glory, the winners may fade away or become the victims of attacks launched by the media. Such is the case with Michel Hazanavicius, who bagged a totally-out-of-left-field ...

'The Face of Love': Falling for a doppelganger

Film / Reviews Feb 4, 2015

'The Face of Love': Falling for a doppelganger

by Kaori Shoji

Back in the 20th century, there was an unwritten consensus of sorts that actors and actresses over a certain age should not be involved in heavyweight love scenes. But over the last decade, veteran performers have been cast in romantic comedies of all kinds, ...