Quote of the Day

“Hardcore fans display innocent mania, but aesthetes are the dandies of fandom. They relish not merely chases and fights; they treasure peculiar spectacle and piquant ruptures of tone. Steeped in Camp and other alternative pleasures, they often subscribe to J. Hoberman’s notion of “vulgar modernism,” the possibility that mass cinema’s off-center products parallel the avant-garde in the high arts. The good things in popular art, according to this postsurrealist view, are the moments of radical dépaysement, absurdly farfetched plot twists, violations of taste and logic. The fan’s spontaneous “Whoa, where did this come from?” becomes a self-conscious principle, a connoisseurship of radical weirdness.”

                                                              — David Bordwell, Planet Hong Kong

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