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Just thought I'd comment on that Avril Lavigne shit.

Saw that -all- over Shibuya when I was down there the other day. Kinda disappointing really.

Avril is already the poster girl for the spooky Kera magazine-reading, Marui Young chicks, but her appeal is alarmingly much bigger than that.

I saw her voted "Most Popular Gaijin" on TV the other day, with Beyonce and Cameron Diaz trailing behind. Who comes up with these figures anyways?

The good news is, as the Goddess Kannon points out, "it will be someone else up there soon enough."

This, as you may be aware, is a true story:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_5_Wishes

Tommy Heavenly6 should try the OEL manga approach. Might actually work here. I'm pretty sure she's taken most of her musical cues from Avril already, so why not the marketing?

(PS I break out the Tommy Feburary6 when no one is looking)

Lots of baby animals and other crap, but tomorrow night at 8pm Terebi Champion is going to have a foreign otaku champion battle! Are you one of the contestants, Patrick?

I ain't but I think Ardith Carlton might be...http://toki-o-koete.livejournal.com/

I honestly can't remember what the most recent, as far as release date goes, Japanese flick I watched was. Probably Izo.

Wait, no, Great Yokai War.

Many big name Japanese films (or big films, really) are great examples of a paint-by-numbers approach to filmmaking. Like Limit of Love http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0809469/ .

Definitely Swing Girls.
Definitely Great Yokai War.

To those I would add:
* Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma monogatari)
* Otakus in Love (Koi no mon)
* Ashura (Ashura-jô no hitomi)
* Last Quarter (Kagen no tsuki)

And these guilty pleasures:
* Marebito
* Nana

The last Japanese film I saw was Sinking of Japan, which was fucking horrible. It makes Higuchi's earlier Lorelei, which was highly decent and entertaining but incredibly nationalistic and with a lot of plot problems, look like a masterpiece. I've heard great things about Kaneko's Death Note movies, though.

Apparently South Korea is where it's at now as far as Asian cinema is concerned. I just haven't had the time or money to see as many Korean films as I should, though I loved Oldboy and The Host.

how come marebito is a guilty pleasure? if americans would make films like that I'd be in a state of bliss. what about noriko's dinner table, memories of matsuko, hanging garden, tony takitani, who's camus anyway, bashing? I could go on and on. Japanese cinema is like today's Nouvelle Vague.

Ok. Maybe I've isolated the source of my disinterest. While things are ok for art films and big budget whatevers, genre film has really been suffering of late. 10 years ago, Miike would have directed Sukeban Dekka as a V-cinema and it would have been amazing.

I really liked "Linda Linda Linda" but I know it came out years ago, and it's kind of a Japanese indy-film (or so I imagine). The same goes for "A Taste of Tea".

speaking of Linda Linda Linda - Patrick did you record a commentary track for the VIZ dvd release? I haven't received my copy yet but I enjoyed your commentary on Densha Otoko.

I didn't do a full commentary track this time. It's more like an audio FAQ where I freestyle for about 10 min total.

Oh man, Wes' comment totally reminded me of watching Umizaru. That movie was great.

I was looking forward to Miike's western until I realized that it's probably all in English. That was almost unbearable in Imprint, and I couldn't even understand what they were saying in the trailer.

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