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Predicting the 87th Academy Awards

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on February 20, 2015 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Best Picture

Boyhood – 30% chance of winning

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – 29%

American Sniper – 15%

The Imitation Game – 13%

The Grand Budapest Hotel – 7%

Selma – 3%

The Theory of Everything– 2%

Whiplash – 1%

Boyhood was widely expected to win this category after sweeping the early awards circuit and gaining momentum from the Golden Glo...

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Oldboy and Oedipus

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on December 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

POWERLESS OR POWERFUL?

The Role of Individual Choice in Determining the Fates of Oh Dae-Su and Oedipus in Oldboy and Oedipus Rex


By Kenneth Shinozuka

December 23, 2014



Much like the collapse of just one domino can topple a chain of multiple dominoes, one crime ...

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A Brief Overview of the 86th Academy Awards

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on March 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Friends,

Here is a brief overview of the 86th Academy Awards that I wrote a few weeks ago. Sorry that I'm uploading it rather late! Also, I'd like to note/brag that I predicted 20 of the winners correctly out of a total of 21 categories.


After Seth MacFarlane’s hosting last year drew criticism for its racy musical numbers and innuendo-filled comedy, the producers of the Academy Awards decided to play it much safer this year.


Ellen DeGeneres hos...

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Predicting the 86th Academy Awards: Who Will and Who Should Win

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on March 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For 86 years, the Oscars have celebrated and enshrined one of the most essential assets to our global culture. The annual ceremony awards those who have best mastered the art of visual storytelling – better known to us as the cinema – in a televised extravaganza viewed in over 200 countries. Glamorous celebrities walk down the long red carpet, interviewed about the often less-than-glamorous roles for which they were nominated. Between the presentations of each award, the host atte...

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The Wolf of Wall Street: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on January 12, 2014 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

                                


The Wolf of Wall Street


Released: Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio (Jordan Belfort), Jonah Hill (Donnie Azoff), Margot Robbie (Naomi Lapaglia), ...

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The Spectacular Now: A Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on September 22, 2013 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)



The Spectacular Now


Release Date  |  Friday, August 2, 2013


Starring  |   Miles Teller (Sutter Keely), Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley), Kyle Chandler (Tommy Keely), Jennifer Janison Leigh (Sara Keely), Brie Larson (Cassidy)


Director  |   James Ponsoldt


Sc...

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42: A Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on April 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone,



Here is a review I recently wrote for my school newspaper. I hope you enjoy it.







42


Release Date: Friday, April 12, 2013


Starring: Chadwick Boseman (as Jackie Robinson), Harrison Ford (as Branch Rickey), Christopher Meloni (as Leo Durocher), Nicole Beharie (as Rache...

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The Disappointing Harvests of Springtime

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on March 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Why hello everyone!


Below is a piece I wrote recently for a school newspaper. I hope you enjoy reading it!




The Disappointing Harvests of Springtime



Spring typically yields the weakest cinematic crops of the year, the unfruitful season after a winter in which a number of outstanding films were released to compete for the Academy Awards. Due perhaps to the absence of holidays f...

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MacFarlame: A Review of the 85th Annual Academy Awards

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on March 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello all!


Here is a review of the 85th Annual Academy Awards:



MacFarlame



A tribute to James Bond! A tie in a category! Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Charlize Theron dancing in a Frank Sinatra musical number? William Shatner as Captain Kirk in one of the most bizarre opening Oscar sequences ever?


These were just a few of the surprises in the 85th Annual Academy Awards, h...

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85th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on February 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

It's that time of year again! Here are my predictions for 21 of the 24 categories (excluding Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short) recognized at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, one of the most heated competitions in recent memory.




Best Picture


Winner: Argo

Possible: Lincoln, Life of Pi

Unlikely: Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour...

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