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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.

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Madeleine Peyroux – Bare Bones

It might be her soothing voice and the simple yet beautiful melody, or maybe it’s the French name… but there must be something that makes Madeleine Peyroux worth listening to.

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Hathaways – Hand Me Down

Hathaways’ first EP release Hand me Down is a really fresh startup for the duo, who combine indie folk with Peruvian flavor that sounds familiar, yet brand new.