How many people do you know that are interested in the same films, or binge-watch the same things on Netflix?
Nowadays we think of choice as a good thing, after all, there’s so much of it – right? How many times have you sat down to look for a movie, only to become paralysed by the sheer number of them staring back at you? The amount of choice out there is vast. Netflix has tried to make this easier. For instance, they suggest content that has similarities based on what you have previously watched and via a percentage. Apple is also making choices for you. You want a laptop? You’ve got two to choose from. You want a desktop? Here’s one.
We’re constantly being told that there is so much to choose from and yet we limit ourselves to whatever’s trending on Twitter. You might buy the next updated version of the same phone, or watch a film because your favorite actor is in it, and you’re familiar with them. Trying new things is exciting, I might watch something I’ve never seen before and become completely enchanted by it. Or, I might watch something I’ve never seen before and as soon as the credits roll I’ll say to myself “it’s shit, that’s why I’ve never seen it”. Either way, I’m learning something new about myself each time, films do that – in some small way. You’ll be surprised by what you don’t know you like. I recently tried black pudding crisp, I don’t like black pudding. The crisps, however, were delicious. Anyway…
I’ve decided to start a blog series, a carefully picked selection of films that you probably won’t find on most critics lists. I’m calling it “The Unsought Film Collection”. As the name of the series suggests, I will look at films that have received mixed or negative responses over the years from critics but have since gone on to earn a cult status due to artistic merit. You will find new installments appearing online at the beginning of every month, with the first one starting on June 1st, 2017.
“I’m trying to free your mind […]I can only show you the door, you’re the one that has to walk through it” – Morpheus (The Matrix, 1999)
I hope this series is fun for many of you to read and hopefully it may encourage a few of you to be a little more adventurous with what you watch. Don’t be afraid to watch something because a verified Twitter user told you not to. Don’t be scared of scare quotes, they’re bluffing – sometimes! Don’t let Netflix choose for you, where’s the fun in that? The fun in choosing comes from trial and error! Give yourself options and choices, you might just find out something new about yourself – whether the film is good or bad. I’m trying to free your mind. I can only show you the door, you’re the one that has to walk through it.