I have picked up a habit recently. When I’ve been considering what DVD to watch next, I’ve grown to rely partly on whim, partly on the recommendations of people who like the same things that I do and partly on Amazon reviewers. There is some overlap between the last two categories, of course. But only some.
I don’t mean ‘rely on Amazon reviewers’ in the sense of ‘believe everything they say.’ That would be foolish. But I have noticed that whenever there is a significant split in the positive and negative reviews – whenever about half of them are along the lines of “THIS IS BRILLIANT” and the other half are “EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION MY SKIN FALLS OFF” — when this happens, there is a DVD that I should probably watch.
So, this afternoon it’ll be the Peter Sellars version of Handel’s Giulio Cesare.