The Tale of the Movie Snob

Last week while grappling whether to go watch Batman vs. Superman, I went through every reason why I shouldn’t, visiting both Rotten Tomatoes and The guardian website to confirm my predictions that it was going to be a big piece of cinematic cow dung.

Something, different happened last week, however, I think it might have been the spring air or my excellent ability to ignore my gut feelings and make terrible decisions. I decided to go watch the Batman vs. Superman, to my surprise it really wasn’t as terrible as the critics said .Snobbery

This made me question myself and my ability to make my own movie decisions, without consulting the movie critics, websites or podcasts. I wondered if I had been reading so much of the Guardian that I have inadvertently become a complete movie snob.

Who am I kidding, I was a bit of a movie snob before I started reading the Guardian, the thought of watching anything that has the words ‘fast’, ‘speed’, ‘furious’ and probably ‘terror’ in the title actually perturbs me. But now I think it’s kind of worse and what I don’t like is feeling controlled, in the sense that I base what I watch purely on what others say. This is a trap most of us fall into after the age of 15.

My 12 year old self would have watched anything, therefore I experienced movies from different genres, and watched things that I wasn’t really interested in at first glance, but enjoyed any way. What this reminds me of is the idea of exposure and its importance in all art forms. I mean how do you know a movie is good if you haven’t watched a bad movie? You have nothing to compare it too.

This is what is happening to me I think and so many others, because the price of the cinema ticket has become a matter of life and death. We critically analyse which movies we should watch therefore disregarding everything else.

The issue with this is that if you’re watching the same types of film you forget what is actually good or not  and everything is just on the same level.

Movie-ing forward I would like to cleanse myself of my movie snobbery and challenge myself to watch more films out of my comfort zone. As to truly experience the power of film, I will have to explore It in all its facets, the good, the bad, the cheesy, the funny and the plain old shit.

Last week while grappling whether to go watch Batman vs. Superman, I went through every reason why I shouldn’t, visiting both Rotten Tomatoes and The guardian website to confirm my predictions that it was going to be a big piece of cinematic cow dung.

Something, different happened last week, however, I think it might have been the spring air or my excellent ability to ignore my gut feelings and make terrible decisions. I decided to go watch the Batman vs. Superman, to my surprise it really wasn’t as terrible as the critics said (read my review here).

This made me question myself and my ability to make my own movie decisions, without consulting the movie critics, websites or podcasts. I wondered if I had been reading so much of the Guardian that I have inadvertently become a complete movie snob.

Who am I kidding, I was a bit of a movie snob before I started reading the Guardian, the thought of watching anything that has the words ‘fast’, ‘speed’, ‘furious’ and probably ‘terror’ in the title actually perturbs me. But now I think it’s kind of worse and what I don’t like is feeling controlled, in the sense that I base what I watch purely on what others say. This is a trap most of us fall into after the age of 15.

My 12 year old self would have watched anything, therefore I experienced movies from different genres, and watched things that I wasn’t really interested in at first glance, but enjoyed any way. What this reminds me of is the idea of exposure and its importance in all art forms. I mean how do you know a movie is good if you haven’t watched a bad movie? You have nothing to compare it too.

This is what is happening to me I think and so many others, because the price of the cinema ticket has become a matter of life and death. We critically analyse which movies we should watch therefore disregarding everything else.

The issue with this is that if you’re watching the same types of film you forget what is actually good or not  and everything is just on the same level.

Movie-ing forward I would like to cleanse myself of my movie snobbery and challenge myself to watch more films out of my comfort zone. As to truly experience the power of film, I will have to explore It in all its facets, the good, the bad, the cheesy, the funny and the plain old shit.

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