I started Cult Film: A Critical Symposium by David Church, Matt Hills, I. Q. Hunter, Chuck Kleinhans, Mikel J. Koven, Ernest Mathijs, Jonathan Rosenbaum and Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock with interest.
I got to this segment by Hunter, "... many of the most problematic questions about cult film, e.g., what is the difference between a cultist and a fan; how many people make up a cult (I’m very keen on the remake of Stepford Wives—am I completely mad and alone?); and why are cult films usually associated with male tastes (Withnail and I and Fight Club are cult movies, so why not Titanic or Dirty Dancing)?"
Frankly, I couldn't be sure if that last question was intended seriously or with some kind of irony that simply went right on over my head. I mean, clearly anyone could see another obvious difference between those two pairings other than the gender balance of their audiences, right? But then what... Yeah, I don't get it.
I read on for a while, but I realized... I don't care about "cult movies".
I mean, obviously a brief skim of the article will show that titles of movies I'm interested in and love are name checked, and lots more of those that might have been are movies I'm interested in. Not to mention the movies I'm interested in and love that none of those authors considered making mention of, but would still undoubtedly be considered "cult movies" by it authors along with most of the public.
I care about the movies themselves.
I don't care about the label or the phenomenon or what it says about me or other people that we like these movies or what other people think we're trying to say by enjoying them or what a lot of other are trying to say by liking these movies.
I probably did care about all of those things ten, fifteen years ago, but I couldn't tell you why at this point.
Now, I just want to enjoy the movies I enjoy and celebrate them with occasional friend and acquaintance and be done with the matter. I don't mean anything different when I enjoy a mainstream movie than I do a "cult movie", I don't mean anything different when I enjoy and action movie than when I enjoy a romantic comedy.
I think I'm just too old and tired to think about this stuff.