From Mav: Back on the Pop Culture Etiquette episode, Hannah and her boyfriend Josh mentioned in passing that they don’t like the movie The Shining. The rest of us quite predictably told them that they were wrong and somehow they consider to live amongst us today rather than having been stoned to death. That said, during the episode, she gave a pretty compelling reason for why she personally doesn’t like it. I still think she’s a little crazy. I still think she’s wrong.
But at least I understand it. Of course, that said… I really don’t like the TV show Lost… I know, right? I also don’t like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, I hated Absalom, Absalom, and I think pretty much everything Monty Python is really dumb. So yeah…
We’ve talked before about the fall of monoculture. We live in a world now with so many media choices that really, no one ever has to ever be forced to watch or read things they don’t like. And yet, for some reason we still have this thing where we get really upset if people don’t like the same things that we do. We don’t like when people don’t validate our tastes by sharing them. Have you ever run into someone who hates Star Wars? Did you stab them? Think about the recent thing where Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have both said they hate Marvel movies. People want to kill them. Why is that? Why should two 70 year old men with very specific tastes be forced to like things that they don’t care about?
We want to talk about this. But we want to approach it a different way. We want to know what media (movies, books, tv shows, whatever) are near universally acknowledged as great… but you don’t like them. We’re not necessarily talking about the obviously controversial stuff where there’s a big fanbase, but it’s panned by others (DCEU Movies, Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, etc.). We’re talking about the stuff that’s supposed to be “good” but you don’t like it. What’s something where you realize “ok, yeah, there’s a lot of craft that went into this. I see why so many people like this. But I don’t care. It’s not for me.”? And why don’t you like it? Let us know.
From Hannah: What is “good” anyway? And how could the critics be so impossibly wrong about the most boring movie of the year, Ad Astra?