Category Archive: Movies

Feb 24 2017

2017 Oscars Predictions

I almost didn’t do an Oscars list this year, but I was able to sneak it in this year. For those wondering about other blog posts, I have some in progress to be posted later this year. But this post is obviously on the upcoming Oscars. Here are my predictions of who will take home awards …

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Feb 26 2016

2016 Oscars Predictions

I don’t have time this year for bowling and I won’t be able to explain many of the choices. Below the list are a few explanations for why I will predict that winner for that category. 1. Best Picture: “The Revenant” 2. Best Leading Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, for “The Revenant” 3. Best Leading Actress: Brie Larson, for …

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Mar 31 2015

The Failure of Modern Japanese Cinema

The general inability of mainstream Japan to make simple, realistic introspective drama is modern Japan’s true loss. I couldn’t have said it any better than this quote, from a user on iMDB, partially describing the movie “Always: San-chome no yuhi”. I gave that movie a 6 out of 10, which is almost too nice; at …

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Feb 22 2015

2015 Oscars Predictions

Like many years, it’s difficult for me to get around and see these films. My favorite film so far of 2014 was “Interstellar”, and I am shocked at how few nominations it received. And one movie that I thought would be a sure bet for the animated feature Oscar, “The Lego Movie”, was also snubbed (but hey, I guess it could …

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Mar 02 2014

2014 Oscars Predictions and Bowling

Well, I made this list somewhat quickly this year. I’ve seen 2 of the 9 Best Picture nominations which is actually probably more than usual in recent years. I’ll get around to the others this year, of course. 1. Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave” 2. Best Leading Actor: Matthew McConaughey, for “Dallas Buyers Club” 3. …

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Aug 20 2013

The Kirishima Thing Movie Review

I did a post less than a year ago of the Top 5 movies of modern Japanese cinema. I had to edit that list to include this movie (I posted this post in 2013. A year later, in 2014, I edited that top 5 list). Here is a tight movie that seems to be a character study at first, but …

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Feb 23 2013

2013 Oscar Bowling

You can see my list of Oscars predictions with some explanation/commentary on each choice here. Now it’s time to go Oscar bowling. I’ll post my score after the Oscars here (though you could do the math yourself, as well). Don’t know what Oscar bowling is? What happens is that for each prediction I get correct, …

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Feb 22 2013

2013 Oscars Predictions

It’s that time of the year again, where I reveal my predictions for the Oscars. Here’s hoping for another good year. I didn’t guess last year’s Best Picture correctly, so I hope to at least get that one this year. I think I missed about 5 or 6 last year, and I was happy to …

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Jan 01 2013

Top 5 Wong Fu Productions Videos

Wong Fu Productions reminds me of why I love and support independent short films. So, I’d like to appreciate them more by making a Top 5 list of which videos are the best among the seemingly hundred or so they have in their repertoire nowadays. I went through some more Wong Fu videos today just …

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Nov 20 2012

Top 5 Movies of Modern Japanese Cinema

I am probably doing this post because I am not happy with the current state of Japanese cinema. It’s not that there aren’t good films, but I think that it is plagued by its own set of problems including way overused cliches. I’ll have a different post on this coming soon. For now, it’s worth noting …

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