domino harvey wrote:
If I only watched movies that started with the letters A-G, that would be arbitrary and equivalent to Moe's methodology
I actually understand going through the vast pool of movies available in the world by priorizing that way.
I currently almost only watch movies released by Criterion, Arrow, MoC, the BFI and Carlotta, simply because they're releasing very good movies most of the time in very good releases most of the time so it just feels a good place to plunge and dig within stuff I have no idea what their artistic value can be or sometimes have never even heard of before. And if they're not the ones releasing these movies, I'm likely to simply let them slip, which is quite arbitrary too.
If they're stuff I can relate to, cinematographically speaking, then, though, I'm likely to pick them (for instance the Ozu Eclipse because I liked many Ozu movies so don't want to pass on these). I guess that's where I differ and am less arbitrary than some. But Criterion has a pace which I think is high enough so that you could spend your monthly BD budget in it (around $120 per month) and almost wouldn't have to look elsewhere.
However, I stopped buying them ALL (especially Criterion) because I got stuck like Luke M at some point on buying movies because Criterion released them but ended up being disappointed with them. Same goes with Arrow Video : I watched Blood Rage, The Mutilator, Nightmare City and Contamination, I won't get fooled again buying things like that anymore (not even on sale). Fortunately, I got to see Satan's Blade through a check disc, I can't even imagine how I would have felt if I bought it. I won't even ask screeners for Microwave Massacre and Slugs.