Monthly Archives: December 2010

January 2011 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the January 2011 issue of EL Magazine, which came out on Christmas day. They cover films released in Tokyo between late December and mid-January. Burlesque Postmodernism is dead, according to Burlesque, a … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 26, 2010

Here‘s this week’s Media Mix, which is the annual Media Mix Awards. There was no room on the page this year for the usual What’s-hot-what’s-not chart, so I’ll include it here. If you have any additions, let me know. The … Continue reading

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January 2011 CDs

Here are the CD reviews I wrote for the January 2011 issue of EL Magazine, which comes out today. All the albums were released by local labels in Japan during the month of December 2010. The Sun Comes Out -Shakira … Continue reading

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Best movies 2010

Here is my list of ten-best-movies-plus that comes out in EL Magazine this week. It was a disappointing year. The pickings were slim because, on the one hand, movies are getting worse and, on the other, Japanese distributors are handling … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 19, 2010

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about university grads’ well-publicized desperation in the face of a shrinking job market. The story has been covered extensively for the past year or so, but the Closeup Gendai feature cited in the … Continue reading

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Best CDs 2010

Before compiling the best-CD list for EL Magazine, which this year will be published on Christmas Day, I usually shut myself in for a weekend in late November and bathe in those albums that have intrigued me over the past … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 12, 2010

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the Ichikawa Ebizo scandal. As often happens with such stories, the column was outdated the moment it was published. Two days previously, the police arrested the man who allegedly beat up Ebizo. … Continue reading

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