All posts by Michael Cummings

While You Were Studying: The Oscars Edition

While you were probably spending this Sunday night studying, I threw my thesis out the window and cozied up to the T.V. with a plate of greasy Chinese food to glamorously celebrate the year in film with a three and half hour marathon known as—The Oscars. So, here’s my cheat sheet as I break down the ten biggest lessons I “learned” from watching the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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Buffer Oscar Predictions

With the Oscars so close, the Buffer editors love nothing more than to debate the outcomes of each category. Here are our predictions for the winners of some of the top categories for this year’s Academy Awards.

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American Hustle: The Art of Manipulation

David O. Russell is the director who keeps on doing. On the heels of the wildly successful Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Russell continues his filmmaking renaissance with the over-the-top comedy crime caper American Hustle. After finding moderate success early in his career with films like Flirting with Disaster (1996), Three Kings (1999), and I Heart Huckabees (2004), Russell went on a six-year filmmaking hiatus. But he’s come back stronger than ever—American Hustle is one of his best movies yet.

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Tipping Of The Scales

When it comes to glitz, glamour, and giant profits, there’s no question that the film industry is still Hollywood’s crown jewel. Movies bring worldwide acclaim and billions of dollars of box office returns; in an age of globalization and outsourcing, they have become the main American export to the world. Nonetheless, due in part to the rise of cable and the rigid corporatization of the major film studios, the television industry has recently made exceptional progress in shrinking the gap between the two media. We examine how TV has caught up with film and what the future holds for the two industries.

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