Finding courage and hope in 2016

Film Dec 21, 2016

Finding courage and hope in 2016

by Kaori Shoji

The Year of the Monkey is drawing to a close. Despite the events in the real world, this year at least brought us some soulful films. Perhaps the filmmakers wanted to prepare us for the impending yuckiness of future reality. Still, my picks for ...

'Truth': Ask no questions, hear no lies

Film / Reviews Aug 3, 2016

'Truth': Ask no questions, hear no lies

by Kaori Shoji

'The truth is out there" is the tagline from sci-fi thriller TV series "The X-Files," suggesting that perhaps all we had to do was find it and retrieve it like a lost frisbee. "Truth," however, reveals that it's never that simple. Based on the real-life ...

Cate Blanchett tapped as UNHCR goodwill ambassador

Entertainment News May 3, 2016

Cate Blanchett tapped as UNHCR goodwill ambassador

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett said Monday she's proud to have been named a global goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency. Filippo Grandi, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said the Australian actress "has already demonstrated great commitment to the cause," having just returned ...

Time to get over the 'shock' of aging actresses

Film May 15, 2014

Time to get over the 'shock' of aging actresses

by Kaori Shoji

"Americans can be strange about aging," said French actress Jeanne Moreau, in a brief interview she gave me back in 2005. She was then at the tail end of her 70s and had just co-starred with French heartthrob Melvil Poupaud in "Le Temps Qui ...