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BNK48: Girls Don’t Cry | Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

April 6, 2019

One baffling segment in BNK48: Girls Don’t Cry sees the Thai version of Japanese girl group AKB48’s “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”  —  one of the most popular J-pop singles released this decade  —  being regarded as a potential flop by some members of BNK48, the Thai branch of Japan’s theater-idol franchise. The cluelessness of everyone involved at this specific moment speaks to just how little this film is really interested in being a piece of promotional material for AKB. Director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit invests little time in…

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Outkast | ATLiens

For an idea of where Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s heads were at after their first album, look no further than the infamous 1995 Source Awards. The massive New York crowd booed Outkast as the duo took home the Best New Rap Group award. But they…

July 14, 2015
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EPMD | Strictly Business

Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith nicked expensive names to big up their first effort as EPMD on debut Strictly Business. That was just how it was done back in 1988, a much-touted golden age; the scene resembled the wild West when it came to label-funded creative freedom. Still…

March 6, 2015
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