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“From the Journals of Jean Seberg” and “Jean Seberg: American Actress,” Nov. 1999

I recently realized that almost all of the movie reviews I wrote for the Asahi Shimbun in the 90s and early 00s are not available on the Internet, so I will remedy that by slowly, methodically posting them here on my blog. … Continue reading

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Media Mix, April 23, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the documentary, Nihon to Saisei, on the feasability of renewable energy in Japan. As I said in the column, the movie is a polemic, strongly in favor of renewables, that does not … Continue reading

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April 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last month. SweetSexySavage -Kehlani (Atlantic/Warner) Ensen -Emel (Partisan/Hostess) The question posed by Kehlani Parrish is, How could someone so young sound … Continue reading

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Media Mix, April 2, 2017

Here is this week’s Media Mix, which is about the unofficial “Nippon Sugoi!” campaign. “Nippon Sugoi!” is usually translated as “Great Japan!”, though I think “Amazing Japan!” is closer to the vernacular meaning, since “sugoi!” is so commonly used as … Continue reading

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April 2017 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on March 25. Captain Fantastic Road trips vivify the great American indie movie, and while Matt Ross’s feature is light as … Continue reading

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Media Mix, March 19, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the press’s inability—or unwillingness—to question the government’s rush to repopulate the evacuation zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear facility. Of the examples I gave of media who have questioned this move, Mako Oshidori’s … Continue reading

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Lou Reed/Yo La Tengo, Oct. 2000

I recently realized that almost all of the music reviews I wrote for the Japan Times in the 90s and the movie reviews I wrote for the Asahi Shimbun during the same decade are not available on the Internet, so … Continue reading

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