While I respectfully don’t agree with your reviews, I’d like to ask, why would you change your mind…

Thanks for the comment! To me, the idea that our feelings about a work are fixed permanently seems silly. Supposedly, there’s even a quote from Kubrick along the lines of “How can you even tell if you like a film after only seeing it once?” Our feelings change with time, life experience, context, learning about the process behind a work, etc — for example, I feel very differently about Frank Miller’s Sin City comics, which depict lots of classic sexist tropes from pulp fiction + exploitation films, now that I know more about Miller and regard him as an actual raging misogynist.

In the cases I discuss here, however, there are some other things going on, and I think those factors are mostly expressed in the piece. For some I already cite contexts that, in retrospect, colored my perception — for example, the screening of 2014 Best Picture films, which nudged my desire to like each film upward a little. With others, I had conflicted feelings right away but didn’t voice them: I wanted to like Inside Out and Selma more than I did, so my initial writings on them now feel a bit dishonest.

All that said, this piece evolved into something that’s not really about movies; between its lines, I’m looking at my relationship with media from a whole other, and more important, perspective. The nuances of that part are best left as I’ve written them.

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