Most of us like a bit of novelty and conversation from our cinema, and traditionally we shell out for the 'new release' for that reason: if there's something new we want to be the first of our friends to see it so that we get the thrill of crapping on about it and being listened to.
Like the long lists of books that you're supposed to read before you can consider yourself 'well-read'— there are those equally long lists of 'Movie Classics' but the problem with giving over your leisure time to these stories that have stood the test of history, is that afterwards there's often nobody to talk to about it.
Poverty ( and the reluctance to download ) have kept most of the new releases off my viewing menu for some time now. However, the possession of the one of last Video Cassette Players in Limerick has meant I can constantly supply meself with oldies at 50¢' a pop; if you can get into oldies, I recommend you do so because there really is quite a lot of treats out there.
I'm not a 'buff', and I can't say "I enjoy film" without putting an 's' on the end and before tonight, I had never seen nor heard of the Ox-Bow Incident, but it's a western, and it's a cracker...
How can I explain best?
Okay,-I'll put it in the context of a new-ish fillum that I have seen:
"Is it as good as say... um Coen brothers version of 'True Grit'?"
— you might ask, and the answer would be:
"Well... the acting's not as good, the writing's not as good,- it's in black and white and you never really feel like you're outside of the studio, there are no relatable female characters,- the moralising element of the story could seem naive and twee and the only black man has the mannerisms of a craven caricature, but yeah... it's just as good."
Speaking for myself, I found it more engaging; it creates a cowboy world of characters who each seem far more authentic than their surroundings; it has the tension of a thriller and quite determinedly describes the moral implications of a lynching in a way that, for every point it loses in realism, gains two for depth of theme and philosophical contemplation of the nature of mankind and the concept of civilisation.
So in other words: I enjoyed it.
I just wish there was somebody to talk to about it.