Re: Nothugh's 'Armond White Challenge'
I was born in 91. It's not absurd since you stated the reasons pretty accurately. I believe niche taste is the genuine future of the art form. Other than 48 Hrs, can Walter Hill's movies be considered truly mainstream? Southern Comfort is a movie that everybody knows about? I was familiar with 48 Hrs probably at age 7, but not with Hill as a standalone auteur. It doesn't matter how absurd it is because we both know it's true. There are plenty of people who consider themselves movie buffs but who don't know Walter Hill. Maybe not your age, but definitely my age.
I've seen quite a lot of movies, many of which I just don't talk or think about anymore. I'm sure I've seen stuff that no one else on here has.
I've done the equivalent of all of those things many times.
Yes, I know the type. But I'm not it. I'd be embarrassed to tell you how many hours of my life I've spent trying to find watchable copies of films like Thunder Bay, Countdown, things by Borzage, Alan Rudolph, Godard...Christ, the dozen times I've tried to find a watchable version of Nouvelle Vague and failed every time. Man, that's frustrating. And isn't it true that Southern Comfort was not available in anything better than VHS quality until about 6 months ago?
The movies I watch over and over again, I do so out of pure hedonism. I just enjoy the hell out of it. Unless I'm trying to write an analytical book, my motives are not purer than that. I mean hell, I'll admit it: the action films White recommends entertain the shit out of me. My home theater system in and of itself entertains the shit out of me. I'm conscious of the fact that your generation and older ones didn't have home entertainment resources that I do, and I thank my lucky stars every day that I have them and didn't have to spend crap on them.
It may be that I and my generation are spoiled
. But I recognize the privileges of the internet age and the home theater age, and I swear to God, not for a second
do I take it for granted. This is where I have to admit though that 3 years ago I didn't know shit. Now, I feel that I do. Doesn't mean there isn't more to learn, but my passion is ultimately not for movies. My passion is for good