On my recent internal list of "15 Favorite Films," KILLER OF SHEEP (Charles Burnett) and WANDA (Barbara Loden) came in at #11 and #12, respectively. Lupino and Ulmer are among my favorite directors. The only Mary Lambert works I've seen are her music videos, so I probably have some catching up to do. So, now what?
I see no contradiction in Welles being my favorite director (talk about impoverished) and Wood being #30 (on another internal trivial list of "30 Favorite Directors"). And, yes, the fictional meeting of Welles and Wood at the end of ED WOOD made my heart leap with joy. In my world, enjoying Max Ophuls and Hugo Haas visually and viscerally (and intellectually) is possible. Perhaps that is one of my failings and an indicator that i have bad taste or, worse, no taste. I prefer to think of it as eclectic tastes.
That others may not be able to find pleasures in both spheres I find somewhat sad, but certainly not something that angers or consumes me. Some of my best friends think Stanley Kramer made good films (that should anger me, but I live with it).
"Why does anyone waste their time on Ed Wood's crap where there is so much good stuff out there?" (1) I don't feel it is a waste of time. (2) I don't see it as "crap". (3) I do watch as "much good stuff out there" as I can.