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Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek (2009) is a great action movie worth seeing for it’s humor and smartass dialogue. In fact, the best parts of this Star Trek movie were all the parts that weren’t Star Trek, in so far as it was actually a movie and not another boring T.V. episode.

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YAM – Issue 004

On this issue?
The Brothers Bloom, Tsumiki no Ie (La Maison en Petits Cubes), Tea Date, Up, and a bunch of blockbuster films – on the music front? The Sounds, Shiina Ringo, SNDS, 2PM, Green Day and Shinee. Plus, Yu Aoi, Life on Mars and House M.D.

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Maison en Petits Cubes, La

Tsumiki no Ie, or La Maison en Petits Cubes, is a Japanese animated short, winner of a 2009 Academy Award. It was directed by Kunio Kato, and it tells the story of an old man living in a town flooded by water.

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SHINee – Romeo

The anticipated comeback from the noona-loving boy group falls short, seeing as they try to use an already overly used style… like a bad sequel to their first.

The Year of Asian 3

The Year of Asian

There seems to be an Asian storm coming. Now with the MTV Asian-centric MTV Iggy, and the success of films like Tokyo Sonata at Cannes Film Festival, Departures at the Academy Awards, and even the first Asian-American Pixar character! There is a lot of Asia coming our way.

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Brothers Bloom, The

The Brothers Bloom is a one of the funniest, most compelling movies I’ve seen this year. It may even bring you up a bit after brain dead fare such as Terminator Salvation.

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SNSD – Gee

The nine-girl group’s comeback releases a wave of dance mania not seen since Wondergirls’ Tell Me. The mini-album consists of five tracks that vary in style and make your ears ache.

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Life on Mars

Life on Mars (BBC 1 2006-2007) was a brilliant show whose writers understood that great stories have a beginning, middle and definitive end. It’s premise is very simple, the situations that arise therein quite complex. It weaves together a few different genres in what seems like a police procedural as interpreted through literary magical realism.

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Watchmen (2009)

I was really excited about this movie and it lived up to my expectations and then some. I read the books a few years back and while I am a fan of Alan Moore, and it is certainly a thoughtful and complex work, the original graphic novel left me a little cold. I respect it and enjoyed it, but it was more of a detached fascination then any real affection for the characters.