terrible academy awards predictions

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Awards season hit the homestretch today.  The nominations were announced with little to no surprise.  I’ve only seen a few of these movies and technically not qualified to pick winners or losers.  It’s the internet and I’m going to speculate anyway.

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american hustle

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As the year end winds down, movie studios amp up their output of features designed to delight the awards crowd. One of those pictures is American Hustle, David O. Russell‘s fictionalization of the “ABSCAM” operation in the late seventies.

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on netflix-dealin’ with idiots

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Today, the newest installment of the Hunger Games trilogy opens up in theatres. For most movie studios, the tentpole feature is now their bread-and-butter, a proven way to get audiences to the cinema. Thanks to Netflix and other Video on Demand (VOD) services, smaller films have an easier time of finding a wider audience. I’d like to examine some of those pictures, starting with Jeff Garlin‘s Dealin’ With Idiots.

 

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let’s go to the movies

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Netflix is a vast universe of a poorly curated section of videos on the Internet that exists in nearly every home with a broadband connection. Recently, I had been using it to watch older episodes of King of the HIll. Unfortunately, they hit their expiration date.  My dad bought a smart TV, and I set up Netflix for him. A technological luddite if there ever was one, he’s devoured the service at an astonishing rate. When I ran across this small piece on The Dissolve about the way film students take in their curriculum, I was less surprised then I should have been. 

 

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