ITALIANO wrote:I don't know if conformist is the word I'd use. But it's clear that you - like so many others here, so it's not just about you - are heavily influenced by the foolish critical appraisal of this and other movies. I think it's more about intellectual weakness, and a fear of being alone, of not "getting" greatness, though there's obviously nothing really great about Roma. People MUST like Roma - and often you feel how unconfortable they really are when they pretend they like it.
Don't you think, ITALIANO, that you might be the opposite? Everyone loves Roma
so you're going to be guarded and determine to seek out its flaws and be closed off to any of its merits?
No, anonymous - strange as it may seem to you, there ARE human beings who aren't conditioned, in any way, by group thinking. Just check my reviews and you will realize that I sometimes agree with what critics say. But I always think with MY head not others'. There are still, in the world, independent-minded people - a concept which especially in the era of internet seems to be old-fashioned but which I still stubbornly adhere to.
Or maybe it's just envy. I sometimes feel like the ageing woman (played by the director's mother) in that famous scene from When Harry Met Sally, the one who sees Meg Ryan's faking an orgasm in a restaurant and then says: "I'll have what she's having". I'd love to be as moved by A Star is Born as flipp was. I'd love to find a masterpiece at every corner like you do. I'd even love to be able to find aspects, in movies which I disliked, which make me at least partly agree with the praise these movies are showered with by so-called "critics" (a term which once had a meaning, and a respectable one).
But I can't. I have a character, and like it or not I can't change it. I studied Ancient Greel, Philosophy, History. This gives me a responsability, and sadly prevents me from having the freedom of being stupid. And trust me, I'm not always so happy about that
Yet, happy or not, I know that I am right, absolutely right, when I tell you that Alfonso Cuaron and Federico Fellini should never, never been put on the same level. I don't care if others did and you simply followed them. They belong to different planets - artistically, historically, etc. I can forgive idiocy, but I can't forgive ignorance even when it's about films. Sorry if I am a bit hard - and I am sure that if you start crying you will find, on this board, many who will be ready to comfort you and attack me - we know their names, even too well. But remember, anonymous: they are wrong, I am right.