For starters, I've just been watching waaaaaaay more movies in general over the last few years. I used to devote the majority of my art consumption to books; that's still the case, but movies are catching up. Pretty straightforward reasons for that--access to streaming services, more disposable income for buying Blu-Rays, etc. I've also been seeing far more in the theatre than I used to, which can be laid squarely at the feet of Moviepass--I was able to see upward of 50 movies in the theatre last year thanks to that service.
In terms of the kinds of movies I watch, I've been drifting further and further away from trying to see all of the "nerd canon" of SF/F/action from the 80s onward that I haven't already seen (Predator, Donnie Darko, etc). Ready Player One and similar stuff is a big part of that for me--I'm so fucking sick of fan culture and reference-wank and all the joyless gatekeeping bullshit that goes along with them. When terrible people obsess myopically about certain pieces of art, it makes me less and less likely to want to experience them. So in the past few years my focus has shifted increasingly from big, popular genre movies to other stuff. Not to say I don't still love a lot of genre movies and watch plenty of them, but I don't define myself as a genre fan first and foremost anymore.
I'm actively trying to watch way more older movies lately. I'd seen my fair share prior to the last couple of years, but there were and still are massive gaps in my experience with movies prior to 1980 (just saw Casablanca for the first time last week, whassup). That, again, has something to do with me reacting to contemporary culture and "content consumption" in a lot of ways. I have a co-worker who prides himself on having read less than ten books published prior to 2000, and that just viscerally bugs me. I feel like that attitude pops up all over the place as regards moviewatching, especially on the internet--where you get "cinephiles" who think Nolan is the height of the artform (and I love a lot of Nolan movies, don't get me wrong) and who've seen maaaaybe ten movies from before Star Wars. That kind of willful blindness to the history of the medium, as if movies didn't exist before the last forty years, just bugs the shit out of me. So in the last couple of years I've been slowly embarking on a project to cover all my obvious old-movie gaps both out of appreciation for the artform and loathing for stupid people. Just got a Filmstruck subscription, which should help with that.
One big thing happening as of this week is that I'm not going to a new Star Wars movie for the first time, which would have been unfathomable to me a few years ago. It's not because I hate the Disney films--I loooooove TFA and TLJ--but because, in addition to Solo just being monumentally uninteresting to me, I want to try to keep the experience special. Teenage me would just swallow any and all Star Wars content regardless of quality, and even me of a few years ago probably would have gone to see this one just because he felt obligated. It's honestly refreshing to know that I'll be sitting this one out.
EDIT a couple of weeks later: Disregard the last paragraph, my friends overcame my good judgment.
Last edited by DarthPraxus (2018-06-07 16:30:53)