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Re: Which "good" filmmakers have been ignored?
All this truly makes for interesting conversation, but I believe it remains a matter of personal taste (or opinion) being mistaken for an objective standard. This works in areas where there is little room for grey areas: murder is a terrible thing for example. But objective standards become useless in the face of the Arts, especially film since it's so conveniently and commonly accessed. Is it Shakespeare or is it Johnny Mack Brown? There simply are no objective standards that make sense when determining the worth of aesthetics particularly when rooted in the realm of entertainment. It IS personal taste. How else could you explain fanatical devotion to films that most others find repulsive or worthless? Is one group right and one wrong? There are no great movies or terrible movies, just movies that some people choose to love and some choose to hate. Wanton negativity masquerading as critical rhetoric makes for an unattractive and unenlightened component to the conversation.