||05-28-2010 03:01 AM
Originally Posted by Sukuri
Because asking "So you have to gain something positive from watching movies now?" on the surface seems like some deep, pro-art statement, but is really fairly nonsensical when you think more about it.
Presumably you watch a movie because you have a reason to want to. You expect either entertainment, or education, or even just a unique experience. Even if the movie is bad and you know it will be an unpleasant experience going in, you still presumably expect to gain SOMETHING (even if just a deeper understanding of it). If you know the premise and reputation of a movie, and it doesn't sound entertaining or educational or enjoyable to you - what is your reason to watch it? Just to say you did? I've probably watched some films because of the sole motivation of curiosity. But if you're not even curious? Maybe you should just skip it.
I wouldn't judge anyone for thinking this way about a film like Salo. Not that this applies to everyone - certainly the film has something for people with certain tastes or more active curiosities. But for others, this is an easy skip. The same way something like "Sex and the City 2" is an easy skip for me - there's simply nothing in it I'm even curious to see.