And a lot of the ways that people remix and react to what’s at the multiplex is inspired by genuine passion.
But a lot… isn’t. In the place of spontaneous, honest, imaginative responses, I’m increasingly seeing a pro forma set of filters through which movies new and old are being considered—often at the expense of what those pictures actually are, and what they have to say.
In certain quarters this article is being dismissed as crotchety. Maybe that’s why it appeals to me. When The Room was playing in cinemas here, it was exclusively as a Rocky Horror-style ‘this is how you will respond to this film’ exercise. There were pamphlets.