Monthly Archives: March 2012

Fountains of Wayne play to the choir

Yesterday I attended the first of Fountains of Wayne’s two-night stand at Ebisu Liquid Room in Tokyo. Though not sold out, the show was suitably packed to provide the sort of sweaty love-in the group tends to enjoy from its … Continue reading

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April 2012 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April 2012 issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last weekend. Wrecking Ball -Bruce Springsteen (Sony) Voice of Ages -The Chieftains (Hear/Universal) That Bruce Springsteen would make his latest … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Mar. 25, 2012

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is yet another discussion of how LGBT issues and people are covered in the media, TV in particular. My use of the American TV drama series Glee and a Japanese variety show featuring “onee … Continue reading

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April 2012 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which will be distributed in Tokyo tomorrow. The Artist The general opinion about this Oscar-winning, French-produced homage to Hollywood is that it gets by on sincerity. … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Mar. 18, 2012

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about earthquake insurance. At the end of the second paragraph I mention that the number of policy holders has tripled since last year’s Great East Japan Earthquake, but that’s a misleading statement. Actually, … Continue reading

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Happy to be a tourist: What Michelle Williams doesn’t know about Marilyn

These days most of the Tokyo press conferences for Hollywood movie stars take place in Roppongi at either the Midtown Ritz-Carlton or Roppongi Hills Hyatt, which is good because it saves me the trouble of trucking out and up to … Continue reading

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Diplomatic: Meryl makes Maggie in Tokyo

Considering that Meryl Streep had just won the Oscar a little more than a week before, the Tokyo press coference for The Iron Lady, in which she portrays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, wasn’t as packed as one would … Continue reading

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