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In John Haslett Cuff’s “Eat Your Hearts Out Cinephiles, The Tube Is Where It’s At,” he claims that television programs are much more important and entertaining to him than the moves.

He says that even reruns, in the summer, of shows such as ER, Law & Order, and The Drew Carey Show are more entertaining to him than the movies that he might see at the theatre. He refers to the cinema as “Hollywood bombast,” and is essentially just been a bunch of explosions and flashy special effects. However, he points out that movies have not always been that way, and he was actually a major film buff in the 1960s and 70s. Among his favourite directors were Akiro Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick and Robert Altman. But when blockbusters such as Star Wars and Jaws, took over the big screen in the 1970s, and were met with resounding success, the movie industry took a “nosedive.” This is the point where they stopped having amazing plots, and started having major special effects. He said his same critique does not apply to foreign films, but only to mainstream Hollywood.

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He says that television has an advantage over movies because it is accessible and has a “familial intimacy.” It can also be accessed by essentially every class of person. He uses Frasier, Roseanne, and Seinfeld as examples of shows that are arguably more carefully crafted than a top blockbuster, and also much more advanced and relevant. He said the same argument could be applied to many of the top TV dramas, such as NYPD Blue or ER. He states the emotional quality that is generated from these types of shows are often better than almost all hundred-million-dollar action film. Cuff concludes his essay by stating that television is very immediate and produced at a rapid speed, which makes it more relevant than movies. It’s also more relevant to the political and social issues of the day, and this allows it to explore issues that are close to the audience. He said he looks forward to new seasons of TV series, but is willing to wait to watch movies on pay-TV or video.

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