'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 ...

Mumblecore arrives in Japan, a decade late

Film | Wide Angle Sep 16, 2015

Mumblecore arrives in Japan, a decade late

by Giovanni Fazio

The closest thing American cinema has had to a movement in recent years has been the self-deprecatingly titled genre, mumblecore, made up of lo-fi independent films that incestuously share cast, crew and concerns. Take the insecurity and self-obsession of Woody Allen's "Manhattan" mixed with ...

Frances Ha

Film / Reviews Sep 10, 2014

Frances Ha

by Kaori Shoji

My mom used to say the trouble with being in your 20's is not realizing how ridiculous you're usually behaving. My take on it is that everyone should have periods of ridiculousness as often as possible, or we end up becoming bitter and shriveled ...