As this weekend proved less congenial to blogging than I’d expected (dog-sitting for a friend’s pups), here’s a question of the week instead: is there a genre or sub-genre of movies/TV/comics/fiction that you cannot stand?
Westerns are one of mine. I don’t utterly hate them; there are several I love, including Silverado, Red River and Winchester ’73. But most Westerns leave me cold.I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the genre, Westerns just don’t click with me. I find no magic in the fantasy of the Wild West and the frontier; maybe it’s the American mythology, but my English soul is happier with swashbucklers. If the reviews say a Western is Awesome, I’ll usually rate it Okay, at best.
I dislike found-footage films much more intensely. Sure, Blair Witch Project was great, but most of the films following in its wake just use the premise to cheat. You don’t have to provide intelligent explanations if the characters forgot to turn the camera on during the exposition scene. No need to have things fit together, just blame it on which scenes got filmed and which didn’t. Not the filmmaker’s fault! Only of course, it is. It’s why I loved one episode of the anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya that comes off as a found-footage parody (“No, there’s no unseen footage where Miss Asahina undresses before going to bed!”).
It was a real shock to discover that the 2018 Irish film The Devil’s Doorway is a good found-footage film. It’s set in 1960s, with two priests arriving at a Magdalen Laundry — brutal facilities for penning up unwed mothers and their children — to confirm or disprove accounts that one of the statues is weeping blood. It turns out there is indeed a dark force at work, but is it any worse than the horrors the nuns have inflicted on their charges?
So to restate my initial question, are their genres or subgenres you hate — and are their films/books/TV shows from that subgenre that won you over anyway?