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November 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the November issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on October 25. Boyhood By now everyone knows how this film was made. In 2003, Richard Linklater started shooting a core … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 19, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the rise of “black baito” and how the mass media decides which companies to out by name. Yuri Takano is cited at the end of the column as a corporate leader who has exposed … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 12, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about the new idol group, The Margarines, and how the media conditions adolescent girls’ self-image. My main criticism has less to do with the overt sexual meaning of the group than with the less obvious … Continue reading

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October 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the October issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on September 25. My Everything -Ariana Grande (Republic/Universal) Unlocked -Alexandra Stan (Victor) A lot of people seem to care that former-kid-star-turned-pop-diva-upstart … Continue reading

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October 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the October issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. About Time High concept gets out-of-hand in this romantic comedy, which tries to make time travel work for its … Continue reading

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September 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the September issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Alvvays (Polyvinyl/P-Vine) Nabuma Rubberband -Little Dragon (Because/Warner) Since pop and, especially, rock don’t exclusively belong to youth any more, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Aug. 31, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the media’s reaction to Asahi Shimbun’s retraction of its comfort women reporting in the 1980s and 90s. Though I point out how right-leaning publications have used the retraction to their own advantage and offer … Continue reading

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