Should've gone before we left.
- Apr 4, 2020
Oh, I don't consider shlock bad by definition. I refer to it as shlock because, I mean, it's bunch of beefy americans in a jungle fighting an alien. It's silly, and it doesn't necessarily have anything thematically interesting to say. It's just a fun, very well made, shooty shooty bang bang thrill ride, with a proper internal logic and a very good understanding of itself. I actually enjoy using the term shlock now, it's very liberating to admit you unironically like big, stupid fun. -- Back in my 20's I was all about consuming meaningful and intelligent movies. I liked watching Magnolia and Todd Solonz movies and such; it was THAT phase. Trust me, when use the term shlock it's always in regards to a quality movie.I actually don't consider Predator schlock. I call that a damn good action horror movie. Sure, it's just a Sci-Fi version of Beowulf and The Most Dangerous Game. But it's a concept Shane Black made work. I know there's this inclination of most action movies are schlock, but I don't see that as the case all the time. Or the splitting hairs of what's good schlock and bad scholck. I feel it's been used too much as a defense buffer or for people to justify why they like something. A precursor to the whole I watch it or like it for "ironic" purposes. Because they're afraid others will treat them or judge them for liking something that's not the norm or outside the target audience. I'm not claiming that this is you, but it's something I've learned over the years.