My fervent wish as a fan is to give me something I didn't know I wanted in the first place.
This, to me, is the reason to appreciate most anything creative. Not to get more of what you already know you want, but to be introduced to something you never knew you wanted, and to want more of it.
It happened to me with Kurosawa — I knew almost nothing about Japan or Kurosawa when I saw Ran, but after I walked out of it I wanted to know every damn thing there was to know about both the country and the director. I had never known I could have such curiosity about something, anything.
The same thing happened with Koyaanisqatsi. If I hadn't encountered that movie at an age when my understanding of films was still relatively plastic — that is, that they didn't have to be any particular kind of thing, that they could be as open-ended and all-encompassing as
One of the things I've pounded on ceaselessly in these posts is the need for people to get out of their experiential and prejudicial bubbles — especially if they consider themselves creators. It's too easy to get comfortable, and worse, to never know just how much that comfort is holding you back.